Top 5 Powerful Motorcycle Pairings for a Trip to Kansas City, Missouri

Feb 23, 2022

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Kansas City, Missouri is known as “the Paris of the Plains” and owes this impressive nickname to its many beautiful boulevards. Some say they rival the streets of the City of Light. However, this isn’t the only reason why you should make Kansas City a vacation destination. As a central point on the United States map, Kansas City is smack-dab in the middle of the country, making it a convenient location for motorcycle enthusiasts seeking new scenery.

Kansas City is a truly impressive transportation hub and is a great starting point for a day drive. You can branch off from the city in any direction and be sure to end up somewhere spectacular. If you’re inclined to travel outside the city, consider this: 55 million people are within a day's ride, and your access to amenities and adventures only grows the longer you’re willing to travel.

If you’re on the fence about whether you should rent a car or rent a motorcycle in Kansas City, we’re here to make your decision easier. Allow us to share some popular destinations out of the city and why we think a motorcycle rental will serve you best. Once we’ve got you committed to a trip to Kansas City, all you have to do is rent a street bike from Riders Share, and you’re ready for an unforgettable time in the heart of America.

1. Mark Twain’s Birthplace and Ducati

37352 Shrine Road, Florida, Missouri 65283

Where are the literature buffs? If you’re within three hours of this legendary location, it would be a shame to miss it, and that’s exactly where you’d stand with Kansas City as your starting point. Mark Twain, born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, is most well-known for his work The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The historic site of his birthplace is located off Route 107 and features many of Twain's personal belongings and even a handwritten manuscript of Tom Sawyer. In addition to the modest museum, you can also go boating, fishing, camping, and hiking in order to make the most of your visit. 

A Kansas City Ducati rental is a great choice for this three-hour drive. The Ducati Monster Diesel-edition is a lightweight motorcycle with a sharp design. It’s comfortable for those long stretches of road and affords you the freedom a car never could. Upon arrival, it can be easily tucked away in guest parking.

2. Shady Jack’s Saloon and Harley-Davidson

1432 N Broadway, Saint Louis, Missouri, 63102

The original biker bar, Shady Jack’s, has got to go on your list of road-trip pit stops. It’s a full-service restaurant and bar, and is more than just “motorcycle-friendly.” The founder, Shady Jack himself, has been riding since the 1960s and has turned his restaurant into a hub for all things motorcycle-related. The saloon has been home to a number of poker runs, charitable events, and motorcycle events over the decades. Make a point of stopping by for a bite and grab a cold house-made beer. You can even meet Shady Jack himself—he’s always interested in meeting out-of-town visitors! 

While the saloon welcomes everyone, not strictly motorcycle riders, it just makes sense to roll up on a hog. A Harley-Davidson rental sounds right for the job, especially the Harley XL883N Sportster Iron. The all-black aesthetic and sporty cruiser design sound perfect for a good, old-fashioned biker bar.

3. Onondaga Cave State Park and Suzuki

7556 Hwy. H, Leasburg, Missouri 65535

If you want to know why Missouri is often called the Cave State, put this state park on your itinerary. Inside Onondaga cave, you will see towering stalagmites and stalactites that formed from centuries of mineral buildup inside the cool, dark cavern. They are truly a marvel to behold and make for eye-catching pictures. In addition to the wonders within, Onondaga is accessible by one of the most scenic routes in the state, Missouri’s Midland Trail. Walking the full trail may take you out of the most direct path from Kansas City to Leasburg, but we assure you it’s worth it. You can also enjoy part of the trail and then branch off early to head directly to the cave. 

The scenic Midland Trail is probably the best reason to choose a Kansas City motorcycle rental for the trip. Specifically, a Suzuki GSX-R600. With a sizable fuel tank, this sportbike is great for longer rides. A standard car rental certainly won’t give you the type of exhilaration as this high-performance motorcycle.

4. Carthage Civil War Museum and Harley-Davidson

205 Grant Street, Carthage, Missouri 64836

History buffs, it’s your turn. This Civil War Museum highlights the events of the Battle of Carthage, the first full-scale land battle of the Civil War. It’s certainly a must if you’re interested in seeing the various artifacts and displays explaining the Civil War in the Ozark Mountains. You’ll also be able to peruse the battle maps and historical maps of Missouri. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in the nitty-gritty details of the nation’s defining conflicts. 

Ride out of Kansas City on a Harley rental. The Harley FLHTCU Ultra Classic Electra Glide is a fantastic pick for the two-hour drive. Equipped with a four-speaker sound system (or six, if you opt for the Tour Pack) and electronic cruise control, you’ll be well-set to enjoy the invigorating ride down to Carthage.

5. Lake Jacomo and Suzuki

7401 SW West Park Rd, Blue Springs, Missouri 64015

Lake Jacomo is a short ride from Kansas City, at under 30 minutes, and is perfect for a day of taking-it-easy. At the marina, you can rent a boat, buy bait and tackle for fishing, engage in some stand-up paddle boarding or windsurfing, or grab some snacks for your walk along the lake’s various trails. These numerous options make Lake Jacomo an ideal spot for rest and relaxation, especially before or after a long day of riding.

Take a Suzuki motorcycle rental along with you. More specifically, the GSX-1300R K8 Hayabusa is the best choice when it comes to enjoying a comfortable yet very fast ride. It’s perfect for a day at the lake and will make it easier to find parking once you arrive. 

There’s nothing quite like a good motorcycle for the open road, and Missouri has lots of both. Take the opportunity to enjoy a solid ride from Kansas City and let us know which roads you’ve explored! For more popular destinations and motorcycle recommendations, check out the Why You Should Ditch Car Rentals for Motorcycles in Las Vegas article.