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post #1 of 26 Old 09-02-2009, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
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Heading up through NH and VT soon. Anyone have any favorite roads in those states? Thanks

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Here are a couple of websites I used on my recent VT tour.

http://www.motorcycleroads.com/route...T/VT_index.htm

http://www.newenglandriders.org/Grea...nformation.htm

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Ride the Kanc!

It's a part of NH 112- definitely a worthwhile ride.
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Kancamagus Highway is a favorite of a lot of bikers in New Hampshire.
http://www.nhtourguide.com/triprepor..._hampshire.htm

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Kanc is over rated

I'd plan hitting Rt 118, best section is between Warren & Woodstock

Rt 123 in southern NH

Rt 153 along NH/ME border
RT 113 thru Evans Notch
Hurricane Mtn Road

a ton of other secondary state highways and town roads as well

in Vermont, I'd plan a tour of the notches

Brandon Gap (Rt 73)
Middlebury Gap (rt 125)
Lincoln Gap (some gravel but paved over the notch)
Appalachia Gap (Rt 17)
Smugglers Notch (Rt 108)
Hazens Notch (rt 58)

link them together with Rt 100, best section is thru Granville Gulf,



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There are a ton of great roads up here.

Shoot me a PM if you'll be in the Hillsborough County area at all.
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Kanc is over rated

I'd plan hitting Rt 118, best section is between Warren & Woodstock

Rt 123 in southern NH

Rt 153 along NH/ME border
RT 113 thru Evans Notch
Hurricane Mtn Road

a ton of other secondary state highways and town roads as well

in Vermont, I'd plan a tour of the notches

Brandon Gap (Rt 73)
Middlebury Gap (rt 125)
Lincoln Gap (some gravel but paved over the notch)
Appalachia Gap (Rt 17)
Smugglers Notch (Rt 108)
Hazens Notch (rt 58)

link them together with Rt 100, best section is thru Granville Gulf,
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Stay away from the Kanc unless you like sucking Harley fumes 10MPH under the speed limit.

As a whole, VT is a better riding state. I'd plan more time there. YMMV.

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FWIW, it is legal in Vermont to pass on double yellow
Damn, I wish I knew that a few months ago.

I'll offer an outsiders opinion. Kanc was gorgeous. Yes, even I was so busy gawking that a Harley could have passed me:rolleyes: I just wanted to appreciate sights and take it all in. I think I could have even tolerated an RV in-front of me. I was in no hurry...and that's not my style at all.

Mt Washington was the highlight of our New England tour and not to be missed. Best if you can avoid traffic ahead of you because they are annoyingly slow. It's a fun road that takes you from lush green at the bottom to a moonscape on top.

New Hampshire was a great state to ride. Roads are a bit rough, but they put out more motorcycle caution signs warning of hazards than any other state I've ever seen (Vermont was good at this too).

Rando mentioned Smugglers Notch. Very cool road in a class all by itself. Ride it if you get a chance.


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Rt 153 along NH/ME border
RT 113 thru Evans Notch

in Vermont, I'd plan a tour of the notches
Smugglers Notch (Rt 108 )
+1 on these with one exception (see below). I would add that if you do Smugglers Notch, you come at it from the North, make sure to stop right where the center line disappears and the boulders come into play. You can walk around and take some great photos. You will start off in Smuggler's Notch "Tourist Land" from the North, and wind up in Stowe, feeling better about yourself and the ride ;-) Also, through the boulders, there are some very steep, twisty, single lane sections that, in my opinion, are easier to handle with gravity working for you. . .


Stay off 153 if you can, I was on it last month and I think I left parts all over the fricken place. At least between Sanbornville and Route 25. It has to be the worst road I've ridden this season in New England. Normally, it's a great road AND it parallels the highly traveled Route 16.

Dixville Notch up in the "North Woods" of New Hampstah is very nice, the Notch is so-so, but the road is nice and the view of the the Balsams is great.

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