Photos: Motorcycle Group Visit, Tour Bermuda

April 23, 2013

[Updated with video] Massive motorbikes with TVs and airbags aren’t exactly common in Bermuda – except for this weekend – when dozens of them could be seen on Bermuda’s roads.

The group arrived in Bermuda aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas at approximately 8.00am on Saturday [Apr 20] and toured Bermuda heading all the way to the east end, arriving back in Dockyard in time to make the ship’s afternoon departure.

ETA Motorcycle Cruise, Bermuda April 20 2013-4

The group is part of the ETA Motorcycle Cruising Club, which offers cruises all through the Caribbean for motorcycle enthusiasts, and have been visiting Bermuda for a number of years. The stopover was part of an itinerary that saw the ship scheduled to visit St Maarten, St. Thomas and San Juan before returning to New Jersey.

ETA Motorcycle Cruise, Bermuda April 20 2013-21

After fuelling their motorcycles at a nearby gas station, the group made their way to Gibbs Hill Lighthouse and John Smith’s Bay Beach before heading to St George’s. Mayor Garth Rothwell greeted the visitors who were also joined by members of the Bermuda Long Riders Motorcycle Club.

The group were entertained with a display of St George’s MP Suzann Roberts-Holshouser being placed into the ducking stool and plunged into the water for the “crime” of “nagging her husband” following a brief “trial”.

After a brief rest, all roads led to Gombey’s Restaurant at Clearwater Beach where lunch was served and some enjoyed a swim. Fans and riders alike mingled amongst the large collection of motorcycles with some witnessing the machines for the first time while others look forward to the group’s every visit.

The ETA Motorcycle Cruising Club has at least four cruises scheduled to visit Bermuda this year and are already advertising for trips in 2014.

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  1. Triangle Drifter says:

    Fantastic to see events such as this. I hope the DOT, TCD, BPS anyone else involved bent over backwards to accomodate them.

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  2. Paradise Reclaimed says:

    Although late arrival nixed the Nort Shore return, it was fantastically organized. Kudos to all!

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  3. Xman says:

    I personaly know the guy who first organised this event and was fundamental in getting the Dept of Tourism,TCD,
    a Insurance Company,and the Police to come together to get this bikers event started.
    He was once the Vice President than the President of the Bermuda Long riders,
    designed the Club Logo and was a founding member.
    he now lives and rides abroad.- haven't seen in for a couple of years.- a nice guy. and a nice event for Bermuda.

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    • Tommy Chong says:

      @Xman do you know if the Bermuda Long Riders have ever considered having vests with their logo on it like the clubs in other countries? I think it would be nice for tourist to see that they are a Bermudian motorcycle club as they ride past. It's great that this club shows tourist Bermudian hospitality & they should be recognized for it. In other countries motorcycle events are a big draw for tourist who are motorcycle enthusiasts. We need to start promoting outside the box events like this more & stop only focusing on golf & beaches.

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      • Xman says:

        @ Tommy Chong
        I'm not a member but I do know a few people that are members of the Long Riders.
        From what I gather there are a few guys that ride with there Bermuda long riders T-shirts overseas-
        all I know is the big guy from ETA says that the Bermuda Ride is the best out of all the Islands they stop too.
        I just used to know the Guy who originaly put it together.
        My family including my 80 year old Mother finds them very entertaining and enjoys when they pass by the house.

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      • Caramel Queen says:

        I would love it if they announced the ride route so that people can come outside and wave......they came pass my house and I caught them after a few went by. My nephews aged 7 and 8 would have loved to see these HUGE bikes. What an awesome sight.

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      • GERARDO DESIO says:

        Tommy, if you get this message please give me a call.
        335 9132 cell/day
        236 7927 home/after 4:00 pm
        Thanks
        Gerry

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      • GERARDO says:

        Tommy Chong, I was going through some these ETA cruise photos and commends, came across yours about the vests and logo, we do have a logo/patch which is a registered trade mark and those members that wants to wear them I have them for sale, we also have T-shirts, Golf shirts, caps with the logo on them which we consider part of our club uniform.
        I did reply to you once, but so far I have had no reply, please, if you have any questions, give me a call, again my cell 335 9132 days, or after 5:00pm 236 7927 at home.

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  4. Sharon O. says:

    My husband and I were part of the motorcycle group that toured this beautiful island. The friendliness and hospitality of the locals can not even be described. We felt like we were in a parade, everyone standing and watching us pass. Everyone waving and taking pictures. I want to thank everyone from Bermuda for such a warm reception. I hope to return one day and experience Bermuda again!!!!!

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  5. Joe A. says:

    I also had the pleasure of riding on Bermuda that day. The welcome we received all over the island was incredible! A huge 'thank you' to everyone that came out and saw our group. Will always remember that day! Also, hats off to the 2 motor officers that escorted our ride as well as the Bermuda Long Riders that accompanied us.

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  6. Paul Galietti says:

    I work for ETA Motorcycle Cruises. I'm currently one of their senior Road Captains. The reception we receive in Bermuda is unprecedented. The warmest people I've found. I tip my helmet to you all and thank you!

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  7. Steve/ETA says:

    Bermuda is Another World and we get to experience that every time we come to Bermuda on the ETA Motorcycle Cruises. As President of ETA, let me say thank we thank all Bermudians for showing our guests true hospitality. Rated the #1 island by our guests, it's because of the people of Bermuda.
    Our thanks go out to Bermuda LongRiders, HM Customs, Bermuda Police, Colonial Insurance and the many otherswho make our visits fantastic! A big thank you to BERNews for always being part of our visits.
    Thank you and Safe Rides!
    Steve Wallach, President/ETA

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