Ride the Highlands – Top 5 Curves

/ May 30, 2016

The curves of Ride the Highlands are thanks to those road builders who went against orders to make things straight.  They knew that someday, someone, somewhere, would appreciate their craft.  Even though in some cases motorcycles weren’t even invented yet, they knew people would want to have fun, on the very ribbons they’ve cut through the landscape.

Paying homage to and recognizing their efforts is important.  So to do this we have put together a short list of some of the windiest, twistiest pieces of asphalt that will make you tip your helmet and say….thanks.

1. “270 Degrees” – Westport Road 

This curve is literally a work of art.  Located just west of the town of Westport, “270” is set amongst the scenic back drop of Wolfe Lake.  You can’t really appreciate the view because you can’t take your eyes off the road.  This bend is worthy of riding multiple times and stopping for a few photos.

Westport Road Bend

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2. Elephant Lake & Peterson Road

So, so many choices on this, the top of the asphalt food chain.  One of our fav’s is the slow speed sequence almost right at the point where the two roads meet as they cross the feeder to Benoir Lake.  When you see the posted speed limit, they mean it.  This is super tight and quite a nice pull.  We love this piece so much we’ve never actually stopped for a photo. Ok, we stopped for this photo, but that’s it…  There are however so many incredible photo opportunities on these two roads.

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3. 515 Quadville Road

Just northeast of the little village of Quadville (about 2 kms), is some juicy goodness that you will want to turn around and ride again.  It’s a sharp climb with a stellar view, and of course some sick bends.  The scenic distraction factor is high here so pay attention. There is a nice rock cut or a church parking lot to kick back and grab the selfie.

Quadville Road

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4. Opeongo & Foymount Road – Cormac 

This sequence is technically right at the intersection of the Opeongo and the 512 as it drops down into the little hamlet of Cormac.  It’s a giant S bend that cranks hard around the Cormac Church.  It’s incredibly scenic. The elevation changes and the corners are perfectly balanced.  Once again a tip of the helmet to the road crew on this one.

Opeongo Road

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5. Bolingbroke Road

Sometimes having a structure such as a bridge on a tight corner makes things interesting and not just for the scenery.  This slow speed gem is very tight and you will want to do it a few times in order to take a look around. Bolingbroke Road’s curviness is as cool as its name.  There are numerous pieces of goodness along this entire road to check out.

Bollingbroke Road

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The Author’s Fine Print

Please enjoy responsibly.  Ride the Highlands does not condone or promote speeding in any way, especially on any of its epic twisty ribbons of joy.  Respect settlement areas with your exhaust notes and always, always ride within your ability.  Also, please thank a road crew anytime you see one. Maybe even buy them a coffee.  Enjoy the ride.

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