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3.33 out of 5 Rider Rating 3.33
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By Guest (0 McR Points) on Feb 28, 2007

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May 28, 2012
I can see where this road would have the…
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October 18, 2010
There is some videos of this ride on utube.
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Written Directions

Start your route in the town of Ilion, NY (which is just 10 miles southeast of Utica, NY) and head south on Rt 51 to East Winfield, NY.

Scenery

This short and sweet 10 mile run is a NY route that is one of those routes that is a well kept secret and all but unkown to most NY riders - until now! Route 51 or the "Ilion Gorge" is carved in a narrow valley that winds along a small creek bed. The steep cliffs on both sides limit the amount of deer that are visible. During the fall months, the leaves are beautiful and during spring the gorge is roaring with melted snow runoff. There are numerous stops to fish, swim, whatever. Looking for the perfect AR-15 trigger? We cover the most popular from drop-in to upgraded mil-spec. Upgrading to the best AR 15 trigger can be a quick change big improvement in your shooting accuracy. The best ar 15 trigger has a smooth consistent take up, a light pull weight, combined with a fast reset. For improved accuracy, a trigger sear should have a polished surface. A quality aftermarket trigger will remain rugged and safe. Below are the eight best AR-15 triggers currently on the market as of this writing. Visit Rotorm.com for more info!

Drive Enjoyment

The quality of the road varies, they State keeps it up pretty well, but the extremely sharp turns (which are all banked perfectly) sometimes collect debris, so be careful around turns.

Tourism Opportunities

Ilion is a nice little upstate NY town. Home of Remington Arms and has plenty of amenities. The south end of the gorge is Cedarville, not much there more than a country store/diner with gas and a beer garden right at the stop sign. Perfect!

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Guest
May 28, 2012
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Motorcycle Type : Sport - Touring
I can see where this road would have the potential to be a FANTASTIC stretch for any kind of riding. Unfortunately NYS DOT has covered all of the great stretches with slippery tar snakes. It ruined the road for us, and until it's repaved, makes those 15-20mph corners a little dicey.
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October 18, 2010
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There is some videos of this ride on utube.
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August 1, 2010
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I don't think Joe Rocket has been on this road recently - I took the Gorge Road four days ago on a quick trip to Cooperstown. The pavement is in excellent condition and is well maintained by NYS DOT. A couple of nice tight turns, a couple of sweepers, and no issues with dirt or debris in the corners. At the end of the gorge, consider continuing south another three or four miles on ST-51 to US Highway 20. Turning east will get you to Richfield Springs, or a turn west will get you to West Winfield - Both are small farming communities with great character - amenities are readily available.
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