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21   in Arkansas Arkansas27 Miles

Motorcycle Roads The Melbourne Run

By Gary Hardee
on March 1, 2004

4.2out of 5

12 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

Start the route in the town of Mountain View, AR which sits about 85 miles due north of Little Rock. From there you take State Road 14 north out of Mountain View, AR for about 6 miles and then look for State Road 9 (you will see signs pointing the way to Melbourne, AR). Take a right on State Road 9 and you'll be heading east and cross the White river and you are on your way to Melbourne, AR. For the next 20 or so miles, stay on State Road 9 and take it in to Melbourne (note: State Road 9 is part of the Ozark National forest).

Scenery

Start by crossing the scenic White river then gear down for the climb up the first mountain. At the top of the first peak prepare for tight 180 degree turns. Pass sheer mountain cut outs as you descend slightly then up again and hard turns. Look to your left and you can see a sheer drop-off to the river valley below. It is hard not to stare at the beautiful scenery. Only trouble is if you do (with all the killer turns) this will be a one-time trip.

Road Quality

It is a good road, well maintained. However be aware that this is a mountain road and with changing weather conditions there will be loose gravel from the mountainside on some turns. One thing to watch out for is large black birds feeding on the road kill. They won't move until the last moment and when they do they could just a well fly at you as away from you. Have had three close calls in the last two years.

Roadside Amenities

Visit the well-equipped store at the base of the road for gas and drinks. There is nothing from Mountain View to Melbourne except motorcycle adventure. However, running out of gas is not a problem as you could probably coast down most of the 25-mile distance.

Additional Info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather .

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What Riders Say About this Route Add Review & Rating

By hijasmin12
on September 11, 2017 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2017

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Sport

The road was fun with lots of twistys but it wasn't very wide with little if any shoulders. If it was wider I'd give it a 5 but have to give it a 4.

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By pwcracker
on June 17, 2012 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2011

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Sport

Me and a buddy rode this route in May of 2012. It was the first twisty road I had ever rode and I have to say it's the most fun I've had on my motorcycle yet! As everyone else says, it's curvy as can be with nice high speed curves it's a joy to ride and the views are very nice as well.If your taking this route you should stop by Blanchard Springs and see the free sites there. With this route being less than 100 miles from me I am sure to ride it many times again.

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By mickris
on January 7, 2012 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make HD

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Great ride! This road is twisty, curvy and scenic.

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By ArkTerry
on September 12, 2011 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2011

Motorcycle Make Can-Am Spyder RT

Motorcycle Type Other

Really nice run! Lived in Arkansas my whole life and been all over North Arkansas, but never took this road unitl now. Now my favorite road in the area!

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By pb4ugo
on July 31, 2011 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make BMW K1200LT

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Great road in good condition. Had recently been resurfaced in several areas. Lots of deer hanging around so use caution.

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By Guest
on July 26, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

My wife and I have ridden it a couple of times in the past month,nice little road.

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By Guest
on June 9, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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What an awsome road. Melborne to Batesville is a nice ride too. Everytime I take a rider that has never been, they go back.

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By Guest
on September 24, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

3.5out of 5

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Highway 9 is an excellent road, and the last time I went that way, they resurfaced the road. The highway department's idea of "resurfacing" on that road was dumping some kind of loose chat stuff all over the road, and then let traffic pack it down over time. Not a good surface for bikes. This was at least a year ago so hopefully the surface has improved.

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By Guest
on September 15, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Drove a gas tanker across this in the early 80s. Only rd ever made me sick (nauseus) and I liked curves. Now I'm on a Yami Raider and Love this rd! Lots more traffic now tho, but not usually bad.

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By Guest
on June 11, 2008 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/27396342@N06/2555465596/
One amazing road. My Dad has told me about this road for years and I finally got to ride it. One of the reasons I'm moving back. :-D

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By Guest
on June 11, 2008 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 1997

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Sport

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/27396342@N06/2555465596/" title="Beautiful by joshua_mcanally, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3139/2555465596_5015334d64.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Beautiful" /></a>
One amazing road. My Dad has told me about this road for years and I finally got to ride it. One of the reasons I'm moving back. :-D

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By Guest
on April 3, 2008 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Touring

This is an amazing ride! We make 3-4 trips a season to the Mountain View area and this stretch of road is always a highlight for us.

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