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THE VERMONT 400 SOUTH

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4 Days, 3 Nights.  400+ Miles
DESCRIPTION:

Small adventure-ready motorcycles lead us down forest paths and Mountain trails as we circumnavigate Vermont's central Green Mountain range, off road.   Each night the small group of 7-8 riders will arrive at a different historic inn along the route.  A chase vehicle carries extra bikes and our extra gear, but will not be able to follow us down every road and trail.  We will fend for ourselves on trail with tools and emergency equipment. 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.

2023 brings some exciting changes to the Vermont 400.   The route has been updated to include some new and adventurous roads and trails.

We have also added a new lodge for day 3 and a new lunch stop for

day 2.   All in all, we think these changes will provide a more enjoyable adventure with better route flow and more opportunity for interesting terrain.

We begin the Vermont 400 in the sleepy town of Lincoln, Vermont.

From there, on the western slope of Vermont's Green Mountain National Forest, we begin by heading south through some of our state's most beautiful public lands.  Riders can plan on encountering some exciting terrain: mud, rocks, hills and water crossings will be aplenty so 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 evenings 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 prepared as we recount the days adventures and look forward to the next.

We hope to see you on this year's 400!

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS:
 
  • 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

  • Parking for truck/trailer while on tour

  • Guides versed in trail navigation, bike maintenance and certified in Wilderness First Aid

  • AMA Sanctioned and insured ride 

 
ITINERARY:

Day 1

Meet and Greet, riding discussion.

Depart south from staging area on maintained forest roads with interspersed moderate trails.  Gas and Lunch near Killington, VT.

Beautiful twisty forest roads and a few more small trails lead us to our lodge for the night.

Fresh campfire meal prepared over an open flame bbq 

 

Day 2

After a re-fuel of caffeine, protein and petrol at the local Country Store we jump right into some exciting trail riding. We pop out of the forest for a hot lunch at the Grafton store before heading back into one of our favorite state forests.

 

Plenty of fun, beautiful and rough trail on day 2! 

We end the day kicking back on the porch at the Gray Ghost Inn.  Home-cooked dinner served on site.

Day 3

A big breakfast sets us up for a long day riding up the eastern slope of the Green Mountains.  We get right into some fun stuff with a slippery water crossing followed by several unmaintained roads leading us up the Spine of the Southern Green Mountains. Lunch under Vermont's largest sycamore tree at the Harmonyville store.  Our final evening is spent at the historic Quechee Inn, the home of Vermont's first Lieutenant Governor and built in 1793. 

 

Many laughs will be had and many stories (some true) will be told as we dine on an exquisite meal prepared by the award winning Marshland farm restaurant. Expect a slightly later night as we dine on local fare and regale each other with stories and anecdotes from the previous 3 days of riding. 

 

Day 4

Our last day of the Vermont 400 South has been updated for 2023 to include more trail and less maintained road.  We head back over the Green mountain range from east to west using some exciting and challenging unmaintained roads and trails, long forgotten by typical pedestrian vehicles.  We will need the last of our energy, but the fun factor and views will be worth it!  Homemade sandwiches, treats and excellent creemees at the Northfield Falls general store before making our last ascent and descent back into Lincoln, Vermont

 

 

Want to read more about the Vermont 400 tour?  Check out the article in ADVmoto magazine on the side bar of this page! 

LODGING:

Each night we will find ourselves at a unique lodging establishment ranging from more rustic ski chalets to historic and well-appointed Inns.  All will have clean, comfortable accommodations.

 

 

* Add $275 for single occupancy lodging.

Double lodging only available to family/friends booking together.

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RIDER REQUIREMENTS (Please also review our Rules & Regs page)
  • 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.

  • This tour is appropriate for dual sport motorcycles under 650cc.

  • 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.

$ 1400*

4
days

* Add $275 for single occupancy lodging.

Double lodging only available to family/friends booking together.

Upcoming Tour Dates:
 
June 25-28, 2023 - SOLD OUT
July 30 - Aug 2, 2023 - ONE Spot Left!
WHAT'S INCLUDED:
 
  • 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)

  • Dinner each evening (3)

  • Breakfast each morning (3)

  • Chase vehicle 

  • 24 hour-per-day roadside assistance 

  • AMA sanctioned event

 

TOUR GUIDE:
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Eric Phillips is happiest on 2 wheels or 2 skis.  An educator and ski instructor by trade, he has experience guiding groups of skiers and motorcyclists throughout the Adirondack and Green mountain ranges.  Eric has been trained in both CPR and first-aid.

TOUR GUIDE:
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Lucas Jenson is a strong, avid local rider who has been exploring Vermont for over 20 years. This will be Lucas' fourth year guiding the Vermont 400 tour.

TOUR GUIDE:
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Andrew Hirsch is an all-around Vermont sports enthusiast.   He is a member of the National ski patrol and holds an Outdoor Emergency Care(OEC) certification. 2023 will mark Andrew's fourth year guiding with MotoVermont. His riding prowess, kind nature and calm disposition make him a great addition to the Vermont 400 team.

SUPPORT VEHICLE:
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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.

Read the write-up from
ADVMoto Magazine:
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