Top 5 Luxury Motorcycles to Ride in Charlotte, North Carolina

Mar 17, 2022

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Charlotte, North Carolina is a city that offers a little bit of everything to those with a set of wheels and the willingness to ride. Nestled in between beautiful mountains and inviting beaches, this city is brimming with attractions of its own. Roll into town, and you’ll find yourself confronted by a diverse array of top-notch dining options, comprehensive shopping centers, and vast tracts of pleasant suburbia. In this article, we pair Charlotte’s best attractions with five luxury motorcycles so you can jump right into your next North Carolinian cruise. To simplify trip planning even further, use Riders Share, where you can rent motorcycles directly from riders. Want more trip ideas? Check out the Top 5 Motorcycle Routes Near Charlotte, North Carolina write up.

1. NASCAR Hall of Fame

Located in uptown Charlotte, the NASCAR Hall of Fame is an 86,500 square-foot venue that fans are bound to find impressive. Even better, this massive museum also doubles as a 278-seat theater and hall of honor. Test your driving skills and get behind one of eight race car simulators and test your skills against up to 15 other drivers. 

An adrenaline-fueled attraction like the NASCAR Hall of Fame deserves a two-wheeled ride that’s just as impressive. We recommend the BMW R 18 power cruiser. This luxury bike boasts a 1802cc Boxer Twin with a maximum torque of 116 lb-ft. at 3,000 rpm, making it a durable and reliable choice for rides on the outskirts of the city. Add in 91 hp at 4,750 rpm, and you’ve got a bike that not only accelerates quickly, but looks like eye candy, too.

2. U.S. National Whitewater Center

If you want to enjoy the best in American water, land, and air sports, the U.S. National Whitewater Center belongs on your bucket list! Not only is it the center of an Olympic training site, but it’s also the largest artificial whitewater river in the world. Here you’ll engage in whitewater kayaking, canoeing, and/or rafting. If you prefer to get out of the water and dry off on land or in the air, you can also go biking, zip-lining, and rock climbing.

We recommend riding BMW’s R NineT Scrambler. This bike handles city riding and longer rides, outside the city, with ease. Adding to its convenience, the Scrambler features GPS navigation, USB charging for devices, and can accommodate fuel tank and saddlebags. 

3. Crowders Mountain State Park

Take a break from the ho-hum routine of life and spice things up with a fun-filled afternoon at Crowders Mountain State Park. Despite its name, this state park is the perfect place to relax and get away from the crowds you’d normally encounter in the city. Here you’ll find numerous hiking trails catering to all levels of experience. If hiking isn’t your thing, try fishing, canoeing, or kayaking. Rocking climbing and bouldering are available for more daring visitors.

To really experience a multidimensional adventure, we heartily recommend riding Harley’s FXDF103 Dyna Fat Bob. Its thick, burly tires are made for the rougher roads you’ll find on your way to Crowders Mountain, while its six-speed transmission only adds to its attractiveness. Don’t hold back on your next excursion into North Carolina’s gorgeous forests.

4. Carowinds Amusement Park

Follow the sound of screams and laughter to Carowinds Amusement Park and enjoy thrilling rides and live entertainment. Whether you prefer to get soaked on the water rides or stay on dry land, there’s no shortage of fun to be had. Take a heart-pounding ride on the Flying Cobra, an exhilarating slide down Hurricane Falls, or a rapid whirl around the Electro-Spin.

For a lighthearted outing like this, you can’t go wrong with the BMW K 1600 GT. This bike is pure eye candy and gives instant style points as you travel throughout the city. But don’t let its looks fool you: it comes equipped with a powerful Boxer engine and offers sensitive handling that responds to your slightest touch.

5. Charlotte Motor Speedway

Continue the Charlotte thrill with a visit to the Charlotte Motor Speedway! You can get behind the wheel of your very own NASCAR race car and drive solo on the 1.5-mile quad-oval track. The experience is as real as you can get. If you don’t wish to drive, participate in a NASCAR Ride Along and leave the fancy stuff to a professional driver.

While you might take a racecar on the track, you’ll need a motorcycle for the roads. The BMW R 1200 RT is a top-of-the-line touring bike that can hold its own in the world of two-wheeled automobiles. With a top speed of 145 mph, a powerful Boxer engine, you’ll feel like you never traded the bike for the car.