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Riding Vermont Historic Route 7A


Many of Vermont’s roads were built a couple of centuries ago when oxen pulled wagons. Now merely covered by asphalt, these narrow serpentine roads still undulate across the landscape through the moist shade of forests and fields bordered by stone walls. It’s motorcycle-riding paradise. In the cool hours of early morning, I crossed the state from the Connecticut River to ...

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New England: Revisiting Old Haunts, And Some New, In The Six States

Ocean Drive in Newport, Rhode Island

The sun was shining, the day was warm, and traffic minimal. It was like old times, traveling along Route 66 (Massachusetts, not U.S.) into the Berkshire Hills, T-boning into Route 112 as it runs alongside the Westfield River, heading north to Worthington, then east on Route 143 through Chesterfield—all roads I was familiar with from riding my first motorcycle, an ...

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Northeast Grand Slam: New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine


by Scott A. Williams photography by the author and Gregory R. North Lots of riders (your humble scribe included) have added GPS to their motorcycles. While I’m truly enjoying satellite navigation with turn-by-turn directions, hundreds of MP3 selections and thousands of points of interest, I did manage just fine for years without all that. The desire to explore has taken ...

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Riding Across Central New England on an Electra Glide

The Ultra and I are on top of Lincoln Gap, some 2,500 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, which lies about 120 miles to the east. Maybe if there were a tower and a telescope I could see the ocean, but in reality we are surrounded by the thick woods of Vermont’s Green Mountain National Forest (by the way, Vermont means ...

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Vermont Motorcycle Rides: Over the Green Mountains


Story and photography by R.W. Ballou [Vermont Motorcycle Rides: Over the Green Mountains was originally published as a Favorite Ride in the March 2005 issue of Rider magazine] I live in the southeast corner of Vermont, where the hills are steep, the valleys are narrow and the architecture in the villages is distnctly 19th century Yankee, all clapboards and shutters ...

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Vermont Motorcycle Rides: Exploring Covered Bridges


Growing up in New England, my dad taught me many useful lessons about exploring back roads. For example, the fact that you don’t know where a road goes is a good reason to take it. “We can always turn around,” he would say. Dad recommended investigating roads with the prefix Old, like Old Stage Road or Old Highway 28. Such ...

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