Trip to Vermont

Discussion in 'Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carp' started by 4x15mph, Mar 4, 2018.

  1. 4x15mph

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    Hello and new member here from Downingtown, PA. I am planning a trip for my son and I and I am thinking we will go from our home, PA up through NY and over to Vermont for some rides in the green mountains. We have 2 new (to us) bikes and will be getting our license and safety courses in early June. Bikes are a Yamaha FZ8 and Honda CBR600 rr

    Does anyone have recommendations on good roads, routes, and points of interest to see along the way? Thank you
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  2. cyclopathic

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    VT100, VT125? over Middlebury Gap, Lincoln Gap (though it is no longer paved). Most secondary roads on western side of lake Champlain. Catskills. NY30, from US17?

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  3. RoadRider13

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    Check out Road Runner magazine. They have a few nice 'clover leaf' rides in VT. Good places to start. Also check out the Amaricade Rally site. They always have a couple of good rides into VT since the location is Lake George. Also DO NOT miss a ride through the Adirondacks! So many rides in this part of the country, so little time. I love doing route planning. That is what I do during the winter. Good luck and enjoy the ride!


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  4. Boondox

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    With a Vermont map in front of you identify the spine of the Green Mountains. On the west side you’ll see Rte 7 and on the east Rte 100. Between those two roads you’ll see just a handful of roads running east to west through the Greens. Those are the Gaps, and all are scenic


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  5. flei

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    Good roads? It's easier to ask what roads to avoid when riding in VT. IMO, avoid Rt. 7, and I89/I91. Otherwise you pretty much can't go wrong. The gap rides that Boondox cites are awesome on ADV bikes, but on street bikes you might want to be sure which gaps are dirt or have very poor pavement.
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    RickB1975 Long timer

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    Here's a google map route I just made real quick.

    https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Dow...7f!2m2!1d-72.9996256!2d43.0547606!2m1!1b1!3e0

    The ride on 97 in New York in the Upper Deleware Water gap is a great motorcycle road with some really nice scenery. It actually looks like a pretty nice ride and under 11 hours of riding. Might want to plan 2 days to get up there if you take that route, but well worth the trip out of your way.
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    Lincoln Gap and Hazen Notch are dirt. The rest are paved


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  8. BMgreenmt

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    Put knobbies on those road bikes, once you get to Vermont get off the pavement. Just kidding, many beautiful paved rides in VT. I seldom ride south, no traffic up here and the scenery never gets old.
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  9. henrymartin

    henrymartin Mr. Tourguide no more.

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    You could also take NY side along the Champlain Canals, and cross over to VT on a ferry. From there hit the gaps and go towards Silver Lake State Park for camping. Nice roads in the area, and it is a good mid-way point from where to explore.
    Some VT unpaved roads are totally fine on a street bike - just take it easy. Stay away from the gravel/babyheads roads, though. :) CBR on a Class IV would be no fun.
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  10. 4x15mph

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    Great ideas and thank you everyone! Let me know if you have other ideas on apps or other that you use to plan your routes. Looking forward to it


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  12. cyclopathic

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    Lincoln is dirt at spots but not in entirety. We went over in September and it deteriorated from what I remember it back in '01? Looks like they just graveling now sections which used to be paved. Still it's more than 50% paved and my riding buddy had no prob on RT with street tires.. well packed, just watch for potholes on eastern side near the top.
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    The OP mentioned he and his son just got their bikes and would be taking the MSF and getting their licenses in June. Given those constraints and having ridden Lincoln Gap many times, I felt it's a road riders should avoid till they develop a certain baseline level of experience and confidence. The pucker factor is high for a new rider coming up the west side to discover the dirt portion has been recently graded and has been reduced to five miles of loose gravel...
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    I don't see MSF mentioned, just they have new to them bikes. But then again even VT 100 and Midleburry Gap could be dangerous for new riders even if it is 100% good pavement.
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  15. Nortryder

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    Everything is sandy and graveling in early spring and gets clearer as the season moves on. There are fun rides every where. Mt Tabor in Landgrave/Danby. Kelly Stand behind Stratton. Rt 100 is a great way to waste a day. Best plan on hitting Curtis BBQ over in Putney for nourishment.
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  16. VTphoneman

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    Depending on how much time your are going to have I'd consider a swing through the White mountains in New Hampshire. Some thing like this. https://goo.gl/maps/iCpptHugpSC2
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    +1 for the Curtis Barbeque! Hell, I’ll even ride the 175miles to meet you there for lunch!:photog
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    If you sent him out the Kank, take a left on Bear Notch Road to a left on 302. They could come back through Crawford Notch on their way north.
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    Just a comment to reinforce something said in an earlier post. The roads have a lot of loose gravel and sand in the spring and that can be very dangerous for new riders that don't know to slow down for blind turns and make sure they have decent traction for the speed they are riding. It is way too easy to have a low side accident on loose sand in a turn if your not savvy enough to look for it and slow down or change your line to avoid it.

    Early Spring is called Mud Season in VT for a reason. The melting snow results in lots of runoff that frequently adds dirt and gravel to the sand put down by road crews during the winter months. My point is not to scare you guys but to make sure you understand that riding in New England mountains in the Springtime, requires you to be vigilant and make sure you pay close attention to the road conditions and always be looking ahead to where you are going - not watching the scenery instead of the road. Save gazing at the scenery for easy straight roads or when you stop for a break. Having said all that, VT is one of the most beautiful states to ride. Just be careful and smart while you do it.
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  20. VTphoneman

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    Yes that’s exactly what I did. Then it connects up to Rt2 back to Rt 16 north to 26 which the takes you through Dixville Notch. Only sucky part is going through Berlin.
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