Vermont - Motorcycle Roads and Riders

Vermont - Motorcycle Roads and Riders

It’s pretty obvious from its numerous mean little roads that Vermont has small state complex. It wants riders to know immediately that it’s not the size of the state that matters, but how many roads full of hairpins and S-curves that it has that counts. Of course, Vermont also wants riders to love it, so it makes sure that its roads are scenic, tree-lined beauties, as well.

Riders who love thrill rides will find a lot to love on Vermont Route 17, especially a seven-mile section known as Appalachian Gap -- or App-Gap, for short. This little route contains 53 turns, some with decreasing radiuses, and short straights. App-Gap is a very technical road that is best left to expert riders.

To reach App-Gap from Bristol, riders should take VT-116 to VT-17. Once on VT-17, they will enter a two-mile stretch of road known as Baby Gap. This road has some medium radius turns that will hopefully warm up riders for the much more technical App-Gap ahead. In between Baby Gap and App Gap is a stretch of sweepers and straights.

Another route that is laden with twisties is a section known as Smugglers Notch Pass, which is located between Jeffersonville and Stowe on Route 108. This technical road boasts a lot of different features to keep a motorcyclist on his toes, including steep inclines and switchbacks. A word of warning, one section of this road is not only extremely narrow, but riders are also unable to see if there is oncoming traffic ahead.

If riders are still in need of more twisties, they can head to VT-232. This is 14 miles of very technical road that rolls through the Groton State Forest in undulating waves punctuated with sharp curves. In addition, the road has narrow shoulders and there are steep drop-offs in some areas, so it is a road best left to skilled riders. Luckily for bikers, this route was repaved in 2010.

Another fun road that is worth mentioning is Middlebury Gap, a road that crosses from east to west over the Green Mountains. This road, which is also known as VT-125, features some steep ascents and descents. Motorcyclists can start this 16-mile ride, which is also designated as a scenic road, in Texas Falls and follow it to the small village of Ripton.

VT-100 is a road that riders either love or hate. It stretches the entire length of the state, from north to south, for 216 miles, passing through the beautiful Green Mountain National Forest, quaint New England towns and countryside. It is considered by many to be the most scenic route in New England. Many motorcyclists love it because this road boasts a ton of sweepers, curvy sections and some fast straight a ways. On the other hand, many bikers also loathe this road because it attracts slow-moving tourists in cages and motor homes that can pretty much suck the fun out of this route, especially on weekends and during the leaf-peeping season.

Riders who are interested in a pleasurable, scenic ride will enjoy Route 2, which curves through the Lake Champlain Islands and is escorted by the beautiful Adirondacks on one side and the Green Mountains on the other. This road stretches from Alburg to Burlington for about 40 to 50 miles and offers up a gorgeous slice of Vermont for riders to cruise through.

In addition to its numerous fantastic roads, Vermont also is the site of many motorcycle shows, events and rallies. The Killington Classic is one of this state’s most popular events and features five days of rides, live music acts and fireworks. The rally is typically held at the end of August.



Disclaimer:  All information is provided as a service to motorcycle riders, and the opinions expressed here are subjective. Although we have tried to research this information thoroughly, it is possible that changing circumstances can cause this information to become inaccurate. In addition, the conditions and roads described can change without notice for a number of reasons, including closings, weather conditions and maintenance. Motorcycle events such as rallies and rides may also be cancelled or dates changed without notice, as well. This site is not responsible for these types of circumstances, which are beyond our control, and riders relying on this information will be doing so at their own risk. This site is not liable for any actions a rider takes based on the information provided here.  Please consult other sources before heading out on these roads and do not use the directions given here as a map, as again, circumstances may have affected their accuracy.