Attending a Bike Event: What Should You Know?

Group motorcycle rideDuring a typical year, late spring through early fall is prime time to attend local motorcycle events. Some are charity rides to support a specific cause, while others are simply for camaraderie.

Due to COVID-19 concerns and social distancing measures, many annual bike events have been canceled or rescheduled to next year. Yet across the country, some events are still on with significant changes from previous years.

If you plan to attend a motorcycle event in 2020, here are some common precautions being taken and what you should expect.

Outdoor Only

Most motorcycle events have adapted to be outdoor-only for 2020. Take Myrtle Beach Bike Week’s Fall Rally as an example. This event will take place outside under a pavilion and feature about one-third the usual number of vendors.

Although an outside event eliminates some risk, those in attendance still need to practice social distancing and be mindful of the surrounding community.

COVID Testing

Especially for events that have attracted thousands of motorcycle riders in the past, some organizers are debating, if not requiring, COVID testing pre or post-event.

In the case of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, this 80-year-old event attracts riders from all over the country, who could have brought in the virus or took it back home to loved ones. It’s estimated that more than 400,000 people attended this year’s 10-day rally.

Due to opposition from the surrounding community, Sturgis organizers encouraged attendees to be tested four to seven days following its conclusion on August 16th.

While some Coronavirus cases have been attributed to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, official numbers have not yet been determined. 
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Fall Safety Tips & Best Spots to Ride

Many people say fall is the perfect time to explore New England on two wheels. You have the chance to see leaves changing color from vibrant green to warm oranges, yellows and reds, while the temperatures are comfortably cool.

The crowds have thinned, beaches and their surrounding communities are still open and the frigid coastal winds have yet to arrive. What could be better? Check out some of the region’s most road trip-worthy destinations.

Fall Riding Safety

colorful fall foliageBefore an autumn motorcycle ride, it’s important to think about safety. The changing leaves are beautiful to see, but once they fall from the trees and gather on the road, leaves becomes dangerous.

Riders should be on the lookout for piles of dry leaves that could be covering hazardous road conditions like potholes. Always be looking at the road ahead and make sure to steer around any piles.

Wet leaves are another danger. Your motorcycle could lose traction with the road if your tires make contact with a slick surface. Also be sure to slow down and maneuver around wet piles of leaves.

In addition, watch for other motorists who may be taking in the scenery and not see your bike. Always make eye contact before proceeding at an intersection and dress to make yourself visible to others.

Kancamagus Highway, New Hampshire

Commonly called “The Kanc”, this highway cutting through the White Mountains leads outdoor enthusiasts right to hiking and ski trails. It covers roughly 34 miles of canopy-like foliage that lines the winding road and passes through many small towns. September through October is peak foliage season here, so schedule your itinerary before frost sets in.

Mohawk Trail, Massachusetts

This scenic route officially starts on the New York border, then takes you 60 miles through the Berkshires. It’s a day’s journey that wanders by some of the region’s best sights to enjoy the panoramic scenery. Along the way, you’ll ride by 18th and 19th century homes and bridges to stop and admire.
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4th Annual MDA Benefit Ride & Concert

Trantolo & Trantolo, LLC and TSI Harley-Davidson present the 4th Annual MDA Benefit Ride & Concert on Sunday, July 15, 2018. This annual event is back at it’s original venue, Sun Valley Beach Resort in Stafford Springs.

Ride, Rock & Make a Difference for the MDA of Connecticut!

Purchase Tickets

MDA Tickets Tickets are $30 in advance and include the scenic motorcycle ride and admission to the concert. They can be purchased at:

  • The Law Offices of Trantolo & Trantolo
  • Four Seasons By The Lake at Sun Valley
  • TSI Harley-Davidson
  • Yankee Harley-Davidson
  • Sheldon’s Harley-Davidson

Join the Ride

Don’t miss your chance to take part in the largest one-day charity motorcycle ride in Connecticut! The scenic motorcycle journey to Sun Valley is police-escorted and will leave from three satellite locations:


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5 Scenic Rides for Summer in Connecticut

When warm weather arrives in Connecticut, many of us cannot wait to get outside and enjoy it! A beautiful day is an invitation for motorcyclists to take the bike out and explore what our state has to offer. This time of year, we love riding to the following scenic destinations.

Sun Valley Beach Club

two men riding their motorcycles in the sunshineSun Valley Beach Club is a family-owned and operated private campground in Stafford Springs. The lake covers 10 acres of peaceful land, including 300 seasonal camping spots. Four Seasons By the Lake at Sun Valley, formerly known as Clubhouse Café, is the new on-site restaurant to enjoy a meal overlooking the water.

The Cornwall Bridge

If you’ve never visited Connecticut’s Appalachian Trail, you are missing out on some truly breathtaking views! To get there, the West Cornwall Covered Bridge is must-stop along your route. This wooden truss bridge over the Housatonic River is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which would be a great weekend adventure.

Bull’s Bridge

This single-lane wooden covered bridge is a historic landmark in South Kent. As one of the only three surviving covered bridges in the state, Bull’s Bridge is a must-see. While crossing 109 feet over the Housatonic River near the Connecticut – New York border, stop to admire the reinforced trusswork and surrounding waterfalls.

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7 Scenic Motorcycle Rides in Connecticut

By popular demand, we are back with more of our favorite scenic motorcycle rides. There are so many beautiful areas in Connecticut that it’s hard to narrow down! Everyone has their own preferences, but we will highlight 7 great routes to try. 

Colchester, CT Tour

Cornwall Covered Bridge Situated in Southeastern Connecticut, Colchester is a historic town with plenty of landmarks to visit and activities to try. As a motorcycle rider, you know there is often no better way to clear your mind than to take a scenic cruise on winding country backroads lined with farmland. That’s what you will experience in Colchester and at the Salmon River State Park. Be sure to stop for a hike or picnic lunch and enjoy the views!

Connecticut Route 4

Starting in the rural, woodsy town of Sharon, this trip from the northwest region of the state brings riders through the relatively deserted roads of Cornwall, Goshen and Torrington into Harwinton, Burlington and West Hartford Center. Along the Farmington River, there is a great stretch of open road for riders who need to clear their head among nature.

Connecticut Route 20

This route through Litchfield and Hartford Counties spans nearly 32 miles across some of the quietest areas in our state. Starting from Route 8 in Winchester, riders can enjoy long, winding and scenic rural roads.

One of our favorite spots to stop along this journey and experience an incredible sense of calm is the Barkhamsted Reservoir at Saville Dam. Be sure to snap some pictures and share them with us on social media! The ride continues into Granby and East Granby before Windsor brings you back to I-91.

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4 Fall Foliage Season Rides in New England

Autumn is arguably the most beautiful season in New England. The trees flourish with bright colored leaves and we adorn our homes with festive fall decorations. As temperatures drop into the 60s, we are more excited than ever to get our bikes out on the road. The air feels crisper and summer road trip traffic has died down, making fall the perfect time to ride. We list 4 of the best places to enjoy fall foliage season on two wheels in New England.

Connecticut Route 169

colorful fall foliageBeginning in Norwich, scenic Route 169 takes riders on a tour of farms, historic churches and classic village green centers. Eastern Connecticut has a beautiful landscape of rolling hills and old backroads that provide fantastic views during fall foliage season.

For 32 miles, our fellow motorcyclists can ride through quaint towns like Lisbon, Centerbury and Woodstock along Route 169, ending in Southbridge, MA. Remember to put on your helmet before crossing into Massachusetts!

North Appalachian Mountains

The northwestern corner of Connecticut is much quieter than the hustle and bustle of Hartford and its surrounding towns. To get away from it all, visit the North Appalachian Mountains in New Milford. From Granby, ride from Route 20 to Route 44 towards Lakeville and Sharon. Cross the Cornwall Bridge and enjoy the vibrant colors of fall around you.

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Best Locations to Ride in Connecticut

Connecticut may not be the biggest state, but it definitely has its fair share of scenic roadways that are perfect for a day of motorcycle riding. Whether it’s late spring, when the landscape comes alive or fall, when the foliage forms a brilliant backdrop, these roads offer riders a great chance to get away from the stress of everyday life and let the wind carry them to a peaceful state of mind.

Northeast CT Country Loop

CorwallBridgeStarting in Ashford, this trip runs east on Route 44 and features a number of small villages and old farms. The loop consists of routes 198 to 171, then 169 to 197 and back to 171. This takes you through out-of- the-way towns, including Quinebaug, Pomfret and Woodstock. In addition to the rolling farmland, you’ll also be treated to scenic forests and old country towns. Parts of the ride touch on Nipmuck State Forest and Natchaug State Forest. The area is sparsely populated, which means traffic is minimal and you can ride for long stretches without hitting a stop sign or traffic light. However, this also means there aren’t many roadside amenities, so plan on eating ahead of your trip. The roads are in good shape and as long as the weather is nice, this trip is great for easing back and enjoying a nice ride.

Northern CT Border Run

Running parallel with the Connecticut and Massachusetts state line, this trip begins at the intersection of Route 169 and 190 in North Woodstock. Head west on Route 197, which will turn into Route 190 roughly 25 miles into the ride. Running through Nipmuck State Forest, there are very few towns on this route, so it is recommended that you fill your gas tank before taking off. However, the lack of civilization is offset by the beautiful forests and widespread farmland of northern Connecticut. Traffic is light and there are few distractions in terms of signs and lights, but there is plenty of wildlife, so keep an eye out for deer and other animals running across the road. Although far removed from towns, the roads are in good condition and provide a few twists and turns to keep the ride exciting. This ride is perfect for a fall foliage trip and a warm October day can’t be beat.

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