Northeastern Ohio's Curve Heaven - RT 164

Average Rating - This road has been rated by 12 visitors


State: Ohio
Date Submitted: June 1, 2007
Submitted by: Sandman/mobile/images/icons/
Motorcycle Road Length: 45 Miles

Written Directions

Start in a town called Leesville Lake Park, OH (see online map) and simply head east-northeast on Rt 164. You'll pass through Perrysville, Amsterdam, Monroeville, and end in Lisbon, OH. Enjoy!

Scenery  

A run through some of the twistiest roads in northeast Ohio all the while traveling through the sandstone hills of Jefferson County which is part of the Appalachian Highlands of northeastern Ohio. The woods are dominated by oak and hickory forest along with beeches, maples, tulip trees, walnuts, elms and ashes. You may also take in some wildflowers such as wild geraniums, hepaticas and bloodroots and wildlife like song bird songs, wild turkeys, and grouse. An excellent run to make in the fall when the leaves change color.

Road Quality  

It's an excellent road that is clean for the most part and traffic is light. It is an EXTREMELY technical road that would be a sport biker's 'wet dream'. The curves are capable of causing a Sportster to drag a peg, and then some. This road is full of surprises; from extremely tight hairpin's, to loads of elevation changes, to sharp blind corners. The speed limit the last time I was on it (2006) was roughly 45 mph yet this speed limit is actually a bit too fast for rookie riders, especially in the corners. PAY ATTENTION TO THE SIGNS! If it says '15 mph' at a corner, u MIGHT be going too fast at 15 mph!! This road also contains tricky reduced radius curves, and this curve type can get a rookie in serious trouble if they take em too hot. Also, keep in mind there are some corners might contain gravel at times. Tip for rookies: always look where u want the bike to go to. this will keep u from asphalt surfing when u encounter a reduced radius curve.

Roadside Amenities  

This is a road that because of its design, it seems to go on forever. The towns it goes thru are all '1 stop-light towns' basically so not too much to do off the bike. From Scio to Lisbon, the route will be approximately 45 miles and is extremely rural. Respect these curves, because should u go down on this road, help might be very slow in coming and it will be a very long walk to a town.

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Reviewed by Akumu on December 28, 2013
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Creator: Akumu
motorcycle_year: 2005
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Sport-Touring
Comment: A pretty fun road in it's own right. Nothing crazy, but recommended if you're in the area. Road surface was ok, not much in the way of road debris.
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Reviewed by Guest on September 5, 2010
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Creator: Barb
motorcycle_year: 2008
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: My husband and I rode this about a month ago..I on a cruiser, he on a sport bike. VERY fun ride....new pavement almost the entire way to Leesville. There WAS a little gravel at times and we also had a deer jump out in front of us, so do be careful and watchful at all times. This would be a GORGEOUS ride when the trees change color and we will definitely go back for that. I agree that stopping at the Steel Trolley Diner is a must....I also agree that you need to bring your appetite, as the burgers are HUGE. We made the mistake of ordering a "whole" basket of fries, which was enough for 4 people.
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Reviewed by Guest on August 28, 2010
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Creator: Lee
motorcycle_year: 2000
motorcycle_make: Kawasaki
motorcycle_type: Sport-Touring
Comment: Rode it today South from Lisbon. Crazy fun road, actually scary at times. Lot's of blind hills, and some gravel in turns. Very roller coaster like, one of the best I've been on as far as curves go. Definitely can't comment on the scenery because there was no time to look around. This one will keep you busy! Exercise some caution on this road. Not recommended for beginner.
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Reviewed by Guest on August 8, 2010
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Creator: philjimpot
motorcycle_year: 1975
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Standard
Comment: I rode Route 164 today (8 Aug 2010) from Lisbon to Leesville. I saw a lot of crotch rockets in the area. The road condition is very good. Some parts have new pavement. I did have a couple pucker moments where there was loose gravel on the road on a couple of the turns just west of Kilgore. Other than that, it was a great time. As far as twisties go, Iíve been on better roads in the past but it wasnít bad. Iím already talking about a revisit before winter comes. I live about two hours away from the road but it was worth the trip.
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Reviewed by Guest on July 12, 2010
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Creator: Mark
motorcycle_year: 2008
motorcycle_make: Kawasaki
motorcycle_type: Standard
Comment: Awesome ride... 164 was recently repaved and it was a ton of fun to ride! Definatly a techinical challenge at times, pay attention for the stop sign warnings! Can't wait to head back there and do it again... it's a hidden gem with very light traffic.
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Reviewed by Guest on June 22, 2010
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Creator: Redhawk
motorcycle_year: 2008
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Sport-Touring
Comment: Don't miss the "steel trolley diner" in Lisbon. It's on main street (rt 30 ?) just east of the intersection with 164. Work up an appetite first.
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Reviewed by Guest on June 21, 2010
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Creator: James
motorcycle_year: 2007
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: I just rode this route. 6/21/10. I would recommend this road to any avid motorcycle rider. I was quite impressed for a road in Ohio. It has a good mix of tight and sweeping turns and great scenery. Just pay attention to the road signs so you dont suprised by some of the turns.
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Reviewed by Guest on November 25, 2009
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Creator: ohioace59
motorcycle_year: 2000
motorcycle_make: Kawasaki
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: One of my favorite NE Ohio rides. If you are coming from North of this area, you can jump over to Route 9 and take that back up North!! Both route 164 AND Route 9 are exceptional motoring roads!! You'll be near Salem, so stop in and check out BB Rooners bar/restaraunt while in the area for lunch/dinner. It is owned by a biker, and has a great outside deck...
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Reviewed by Guest on July 13, 2009
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Creator: kentrider
motorcycle_year: 2002
motorcycle_make: BMW
motorcycle_type: Enduro
Comment: Best part is from East Palistine to Calcutta. When you get to Calcula search for Beaver Creek State Park. Enjoy the twisty narrow road into the park. Instead of returning the way you came in cross over the bridge, climb the mountain and then take the first right back to route7. This ride will keep you smiling
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Reviewed by Guest on September 22, 2008
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Creator: kyller
motorcycle_year: 2005
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Sport-Touring
Comment: ok just rode this road on sunday. and have a few things to add.
this was a real fun ride with nice turns and tree foliage. South of rte 14.
I added a little twist at the end of my ride. make a hard right turn onto sprucevale rd. very nice twisty road with lots of surprises . be careful.....
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Reviewed by Guest on June 2, 2008
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Creator: 05gsxr6
motorcycle_year: 2005
motorcycle_make: Suzuki
motorcycle_type: Sport
Comment: went on this ride today (6/1/08) where rt 170 crosses rt 14 goin south is a blast hitting a lot of awesome turns all the way down to calcutta, but rt 170 north of rt 14 won't be something i will be doing again, just wasn't that great, nice scenery but mostly straight roads and goin into poland i seen 3 cops within a few miles of each other FTP!, but it was def. worth the trip to hit 170 south of 14 to calcutta, i def recommend it!
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Reviewed by Guest on May 27, 2008
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Creator: clutch564
motorcycle_year: 2000
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Sport
Comment: Very Good road! Best I have seen in eastern OH.
(make sure you enter it Rt. 170 in GPS or map quest... I think that is it's correct name)
I took a trip from Erie, PA to Wheeling , WV last weekend and specificly road over to OH to check this one out. Good pavement and NICE TURNS(especialy for my CBR) ! I thought I was in heaven... untill I reached West Virginia, then I realized it was just purgatory. I will now be taking this road when I go south through OH ! Thanks!
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