Submit your on this road.
This is a beautifully paved (two lane uphill) road running through Shenandoah National Park and provides for access to Skyline Drive (another outstanding motorcycle road).
It Is posted with Motorcycle Caution signs on the eastern side of the mountain top and bottom for good reason.
I suspect folks not accustomed to steep descending tight turns get crossed up most often.
Downhill inertia can ruin your day!
You need to commit and be prepared for the dreaded decreasing radius turns.
Otherwise and because of this - the road is a joy!
To give you an idea, I sometimes have ridden up and over and back again dozen or so times just for fun.
- Brian P., Haymarket, VA (9/4/13)
Road has been repaved on the east side. Very nice.
Paint rumble strips installed on several corners as a result of the high crash rate.
Very popular road for good reason.
From the experienced to the first season rider it can be enjoyed.
- Anonymous (10/20/11)
An excellent road.
You will scrape your pegs in a couple of turns – so take it slow. The rumble strips and signage have saved a few lives, I am sure. Prior-to their installation, a very high crash rate road.
- Jim B., Fredericksburg, VA (11/22/10)
Probably is a fairly dangerous road, if you are unfamiliar with it.
Go there early in the morning on a Sunday, get there around 8 am.
Ride up and down the road many times to get a feel for it, then you will be fine.
Once you remember what turns are next, they won't take you by surprise and then you can push your bike to the limit on them, if you're into that sort of thing.
Going up is way safer than going down, because there's two lanes going up and only one going down, plus there's some road patches going down and those always have gravel left over from the patch or it breaks off and gets in the roadway, making it hazardous.
Plus, going upwards has banked turns which push you into the road, making it easier for your tires to grip.
Been there many times and have seen no cops at all.
Just use common sense, get used to the turns and don't do anything stupid and you will be fine, seriously.
- Anonymous (7/25/10)
The state has added rumble strips before most curves and dropped the speed limit to 25, all but taking the fun out of this road.
Police presence is heavy on weekends & during nice weather. Beware.
- Anonymous (7/11/10)
Drove this route today (in vehicle - not motorcycle) and came across an accident of a biker that lost his life today on this road.
This young man was only 20 years old and from witness accounts was driving too fast for the curve that took his life.
To the bikers out there - PLEASE be careful while traveling this stretch of road.
Beautiful country..deadly curves if you're not careful.
- Jean D. (5/20/10)
Plan on wreckin' is right!
Nice touring road though.
Came on a wreck July 4th where the kid washed out and took a friend with him.
Compound shoulder fracture and road rash.
May lose the arm. Hope not.
No cell phone reception in the twisties so plan on laying in pain for 45 minutes before EMS arrive.
It's a beautiful ride, take your time and enjoy it!
- Anonymous (7/6/09)
Living just 25 miles east of here, I have traveled this stretch of road many, many times.
There are many turns with diminishing radii to trap the unsuspecting rider, so beware!
And that's just the road.
You also have to be aware of wildlife, leaves, falling rocks, and those grandparents driving their houses over the yellow lines:)
If you plan on racin, plan on wreckin, and keep in mind, it will be a minute for the EMT's to respond since you are in the middle of nowhere.
But.... If it wasn't dangerous, it wouldn't be fun, now would it???
Be safe and enjoy!
- Marc Ritchie (1/13/08)
A challenging and exhilarating stretch of tarmac!
Lot's of tight turns and the road condition is top notch - highly recommended for anyone looking for a thrill-ride!
Be careful not to get too carried away though - as others have said, this stretch of road has claimed more than a few riders - there is actually a road sign proclaiming it to be a 'High Motorcycle Crash Area' - I don't think i've ever seen that before!
- Brad Morgan (10/23/07)
Lots of twisties between Sperryville and Luray.
Take it slow and enjoy the ride.
This section of road has killed bikers.
- Ian (10/14/07)
If you do 70 over this mountain you will get a ticket.
The local Rescue Team srapes a pile of rice off the road every weekend.
It's a nice ride back if you still have your bike under you.
- Fritz (9/4/07)