THE VERMONT 400 NORTH
400 MILES, 4 DAYS. A multi-day dual sport tour circumnavigating Vermont's vast North Woods
The success of the original Vermont 400 has inspired us to develop this completely unique 4 day dual sport tour through our state's least populated regions; eastern and northeastern Vermont.
Many of these discontinued roads were completely new to us and required clearing and chainsawing to open them up! We cannot wait to introduce you to these enjoyable and rewarding glimpses into the history of our region. Like our Vermont 400, riders will encounter mud, rocks and the occasional ledge or hill climb along the route. There will also be incredibly beautiful dirt roads, breathtaking vistas and quintessential Vermont scenery.
We've paired this exciting and challenging route with unique and comfortable lodging each evening. As with all MotoVermont tours, get ready for delicious and unique meals along the way.
A SPOT satellite communicator will be kept with the group at all times. A lead and tail guide will assist with mechanical issues along the way and carry tools, tubes, tow straps and other emergency equipment. Guides are trained and certified in Wilderness first aid.
Given the variety of terrain, off-road riding skills are a must on this tour. That being said, the MotoVermont team will be there to help riders along every step of the way.
After the kick stands are down for the evening, relaxation will ensue: Warm fire, hot coffee or a cold beverage of your choice will be waiting for you at the evening's lodging establishment. The MotoVermont chase truck will be there for us with our extra belongings as well. A fresh and delicious hot meal will be served as we recount the day's adventures and look forward to the next.
Airport/local hotel transfer
4 days of local, expert guidance
3 nights comfortable, clean lodging
Delicious, hearty meal each night
Breakfast each morning
Chase vehicle with extra bike, tools and gear
Guides versed in trail navigation, bike maintenance and certified in Wilderness First Aid
AMA Sanctioned and insured ride
Meet and Greet, riding discussion.
Depart staging area on maintained forest roads and over the twisting Middlebury Gap. From the Mad River Valley we head east on lesser known and completely unmaintained gap roads - several with considerable difficulty, all with abundant views.
Quick stop for lunch of made-to-order sandwiches, then back into the woods for a few more fun trails before winding into Hardwick, VT. Enjoy cozy motel-style lodging along the Lamoille river.
Dinner at Positive Pie, a gourmet Pizza joint known for their unique pies and lengthy tap list.
Breakfast and coffee outside your door and back onto the trail right out of Hardwick. We're really getting into the Kingdom now as the path gets rugged and remote.
Lunch at Cajun's, the famed Northeast Kingdom snack bar. A tough mountain pass, more trails and fun dirt roads round out the day.
Day 2 is a long one, but it will feel great pulling up to the historic Essex House Inn in Island Pond, Vermont.
Dinner on site at the delicious and creative tavern. Stroll the historic and quaint downtown.
Breakfast and coffee await in the lobby. Day 3 provides us with a similar medley of terrain while mixing in a bit of history; we pass several old cars, trucks and tractors along the route, some in operation, some rusting away.
We will ride parts of the historic Bayley-Hazen road - the military road established in 1777 that opened up much of northern Vermont to early settlers. We also pass by the historic relics of a village and 2 hand laid stone mill foundations.
Lunch, coffee and pastries at local bakery. Our evening will be spent at the Seyon Pond lodge located within the Groton State Forest. We will have this amazing Inn all to ourselves! Dinner on site where a fresh, authentic Vermont meal will be served.
Cold drink by the fire overlooking Noyes pond. Still one more day to go. Life is good.
Breakfast at the Lodge and back into some fun trails and small double track roads. Pulling into a historic general store for excellent sandwiches, salads and soups before climbing a few more trails and unmaintained gap roads. A couple more twisty gap roads and we're back at the staging area.
High fives all around, load up and until next time!...
Each night we will find ourselves at a unique lodging establishment ranging from updated motel-style inns to historic lodges. All will have clean, comfortable accommodations.
*Single lodging $275 additional. Double occupancy only available to family/friends booking together
* Add $275 for single occupancy lodging.
Double lodging only available to family/friends booking together.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
May 23-26, 2021 - SOLD OUT
June 6-9, 2021 - SOLD OUT
July 25-28, 2021 - ONE SPOT LEFT!
Sept 12-15, 2021 - ONE SPOT LEFT!
Ground transportation provided by Moto Vermont to and from Burlington International Airport (BTV) or an area hotel.
Vehicle parking during your tour.
Storage of your non-riding gear during your tour.
4 days professional guidance
3 nights shared lodging *(single lodging $275 additional. Double lodging only available to family/friends booking together)
Dinner each evening(3)
Breakfast each morning(3)
Chase vehicle carrying spares/luggage
Extra bike on hand
24 hour-per-day roadside assistance
AMA sanctioned event
Eric Milano is the founder of MotoVermont. He is certified in Wilderness First aid and will act as lead guide on the Vermont 400 North
Spenser Peterson is head trail director for MotoVermont. He is certified in Wilderness First Aid, and skilled in trailside mechanics. An expert navigator and rider, Spenser will act as tail guide during this tour, ensuring all riders stay together and navigate obstacles along the route
Support Vehicle A third guide will drive a truck that carries an extra rental bike, tools and riders' luggage from inn to inn, allowing us to keep our bikes lightweight and nimble on the trail.
The support vehicle will parallel our route and meet us in the case of a mechanical issue or tired rider. There will always be a safe and reliable alternative to riding every day if need be.
We plan to eat well on this tour. Local, creative meals of all types will be offered; from made-to-order sandwiches on homemade bread to artisanal dinners that will leave you satisfied and inspired.
Ride hard, eat well!
Motorcycle endorsement holder
Rider should be in good health and able to endure several hours on bike each day
Rider should possess basic off-road riding skills; rear brake usage, body positioning, foot peg weighting.
Rider must wear full-face helmet, gloves, off-road-specific boots, Armored motorcycle-specific jacket and pants.
Bike should be in good running and street-legal condition; registered, insured and thoroughly checked over.
Bike should be equipped with good, off-pavement tires and engine case protection. Feel free to contact MotoVermont for bike-specific tire recommendations.