Motorcyclists touring on VT-100 near Granville
Vermont has something for every type of motorcyclist: low traffic counts on roads with relaxed, country sweepers; technical twisties for challenge; remote dirt roads through forests for dual-sport adventure. In a single day ride, you can easily pick a route that combines all of these characteristics. Our people are open, friendly and helpful. You can find good meals from local sources and wash it down with a world-class Vermont micro-brew. Vermont has everything a motorcyclist could want. So why are you waiting?
Vermont Motorcycle Roads and Touring
There are over 14,000 miles of roads in the Vermont. More than half of these are unpaved, gravel roads. Our paved roads are typified by towns or villages every ten miles or so, with a rural landscape in between. The space between population centers keeps traffic to a mimium and the open fields of Vermont’s working agricultural creates vistas to the green mountains.
To learn more about good motorcycle routes, see: Vermont Motorcycle Roads
Dual-sport and adventure bike riders should read our Vermont Dual Sport Resources Guide.
In most Vermont towns you purchase gas, food and basic supplies. In Vermont's larger cities and towns, you can purchase whatever you need. Use our Motorcycle Services section to locate motorcycle repair shops (most are closed on Sunday and Monday). In our smaller towns, your resources are often limited to a single, owner-operated store. These stores often close early by suburban standards: do not count on reliable commerce after 6 p.m. in many small towns.
To learn more about motorcycle friendly places to stay or eat, see: Motorcycle Friendly Lodging, Dining and Attractions
The riding season begins in April and ends in November. Temperatures at the beginning and end of season range from morning lows in the low 40’s, to midday temperatures in the 70’s. An overnight low in the upper 30’s is not unusual in April, October or November. Heated gear and good riding pants are highly recommended for early or late season riding.
Early-May through late-October are prime riding season. Vermont’s comfortable summers enable you to wear your safety gear without overheating. It is unusual for us to get temperatures above the mid-80's and summer norms are mid-70's to 80 degrees.
Motorcycle-Vermont posts around hundred events each season on our events page.You can find a motorcycle event almost every weekend. The Killington Classic in September and the Crossroads Motorcycle Rally in July are the State's largest annual rallies, attracting riders from around the region.
Vermont has hosted national rallies, like the BMW Owners National Rally, the Curve Cowboys Reunion, Women on Wheels, and the National Sidecar Rally. The Bennington Bash in June and the CroMag adventure riders rally in the fall draw riders from around the northeast.
To see what is happening in Vermont motorcycle events, see:Vermont Motorcycle Events
Motorcycle Rentals and Tours
Riders who would like to rent motorcycles have three options: Moto Vermont in South Burlington provides a full range of BMW motorcycles, including adventure bikes like the R1200 GS and F650 GS, and sport touring bikes like the Ducati Multistrada, the BMW F800 ST and the BMW R1200 RT.
Moto Vermont is conveniently located near the airport and provides assistance with ground transportation. They also have complete gear rentals, including helmets, gloves, GPS and camping gear.
Vermont's two Harley Davidson dealers, Green Mountain Harley Davidson in Essex and Wilkins Harley Davidson in Barre, have full rental fleets. Riders can choose touring bikes like the Street Glide, Road Glide or Electra Glide Ultra or smaller bikes like the Sportster Custom.
Vermont’s tour operators can help you learn the state quickly, taking you to their favorite spots.
To learn about renting a motorcycle in Vermont or tours, see: Vermont Motorcycle Rentals and Tours
To read about renting a Harley, read HOG for a Day. To learn more about renting a BMW motorcycle from Moto Vermont, see this article.
Other Useful Information for Motorcycle Touring in Vermont
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