Photos: Visiting Motorcycle Group Tours Island

April 26, 2014

[Updated with video] Massive Harley Davidson motorbikes with satellite radios and airbags aren’t exactly common in Bermuda – except for today [Apr 26] – when dozens on them could be seen on Bermuda’s roads after arriving via a cruise ship.

ETA Motorcycles St George's Bermuda, April 26 2014-18

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 group arrived in Dockyard aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas at approximately 8.00am this morning, and and toured Bermuda heading all the way to the east end where they stopped for a while and watched a ducking stool re-enactment.

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  1. swing voter says:

    Now thats a bike I won’t mind spending 8K on ;-)

    • Terry says:

      Well spend it.
      The duty alone will make your purchase at least $65,000.
      Shalom.

    • MAKE MY DAY says:

      Some of those bikes cost up to $20 grand in the States – depending on ALL the *bells and whistles*!!! I have seen several in Arizona for that price!!

      Iv’e also been passed on the Interstate highway by guys doing at least 140 – 150 MPH on their Honda’s and Suzuki’s!!!

  2. Bermudian says:

    you might have to double that 8k

    • James Lindsay says:

      And then some. I have around 30 grand tied up in my Harley and I’m not done yet.

  3. nuffin but the truth says:

    one rule for one and another rule for others..typical Bermuda B/S.

    They must think people that live in Bermuda couldn’t handle these bikes on Bermuda Roads,they might be right for the younger age groups,but only older and wiser((Drug Dealers exception!)could afford to get one if they were allowed.

    btw,we already have Caddy’s and Big ugly 4x 4 here.

  4. JUNK YARD DOG says:

    Bermuda is the island of ” NO ! ”

    The BLUE SUITS can have a B M W; Jeep; Hummer; and Mercedes,all ” Mussel Cars”, however, even if you are over 55 and are a respectable business man in BLUE JEANS we have to be satisfied with 150 CC and if you want to tow your young lady on the back that is 75CC for each of you, tourists have 50 CC scooters going up or down Knapton or Coral Beach hills,kind of risky for them, don’t you think ?

    Some of those Harley Davidson and Honda riders are Doctors lawyers and professional people who are riding on over $30,000 Motorcycles which in some circles are considered works of art and the epitome of fashion in the motorcycle world , don’t think for one moment that those people are going to ride crazy with that kind of investment.

    Did you know that BMW manufactures about 10 different motorcycles,” the ” Ultimate Riding Machine”.

    Why is Bermuda 20 years behind the rest of the world in every thing we do ?

    Is being narrow minded our latest epidemic ?

    • Say say say says:

      Junk Yard: Bermuda has always been behind the times. If you recall, they didn’t allow people to own cars until 1948, still don’t allow casinos, and bikes above 150cc remain out of our reach. Of course there are several cars you can buy that will do in excess of 140mph. But they won’t let you have even a 250, 350 motorcycle.

      In addition, the OBA (who I voted for) have not in 18 months found the time yet to pass a gambling bill.

      We are brilliant at doing NOTHING.

      “Come to Bermuda, the islands of inaction”.

      • Toodle-oo says:

        Are you people seriously suggesting that we open the roads to 500-1200cc motorcycles ? ?

        As it is we have a fleet of over sized SUVs on the road now that very few can justify really needing and 90% of the rest of the public despises them in term of the space they hog and the way most of their owners don’t seem to know how to drive them !

        This only serves to reinforce my belief that there must be something in the water here now because the amount of stupid out there is growing by the day .

        • Mike Hind says:

          Exactly!

          What on EARTH do we need bigger bikes on the island for?

        • nuffin but the truth says:

          NOT just seriously suggesting,frankly,Demanding them!…
          the size of the engine has nothing to do with it..why?…look under the hood of most cars!..that’s your arguement out the door.

          • Mike Hind says:

            What possible reason do we need bigger bikes here for?

        • Say say say says:

          Lot of stupid yes clearly you didn’t read my post

          • Toodle-oo says:

            Maybe you can direct us to the salient part of your message that you think we missed. IF it’s the 250-300cc part that’s still pointless as well .
            And as far as the engine under the hood (bonnet) argument goes, NO-ONE makes a car specifically for the Bermuda market so we get what they put in ‘em based on the overall size of the car.
            I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that you’d still complain if all cars , from class A to J (or whatever it is) came with only 500cc 2 bangers.

            • Say say say says:

              Toodle oo – not quite sure what point you are trying to make. I was merely saying it might be nice if we could have 250 or 350. That’s all. Don’t think anyone was demanding anything. In addition, I doubt if government would allow it. And Mr Hind, obviously 150 is enough to carry you and that’s fine. I know many people who’d like a slightly bigger bike that’s all I was trying to say.

              And incidentally, the new Z4 of which there are several in Bermuda – does over 140 mph and is still allowed. Yet we are stuck with 150cc bikes. Its just an opinion guys. Ease up and take a pill.

              • Toodle-oo says:

                Admittedly , it was nuffin who was demanding them but aren’t there many things in life that would be ‘nice’ if we could all have but make no sense at all ?
                When the over 100cc ban was instituted back in the mid 70′s it was done because a number of out of control people were riding like fools and killing themselves on (mainly) the then new technology Yamaha 125 twins. Before that there hadn’t really been a problem with the old Triumphs and Lambrettas , etc.
                Now with advances in engine design today’s 80cc bike is as powerful as a 125 from back then.
                I rode a 100cc for 31 years and it was plenty. I now have a 125 and it’s more than enough . Does anyone really need a 150 ? You could move a cow with one so I don’t really think that it’s a case of being ‘stuck with them’ as if they’re inadequate.
                To be quite honest I think the Police could happily get away with 250′s and 350′s .Even they don’t need 650′s and 700′s so the public needing anything larger is ridiculous . It’s just another ‘want’ , one which is completely impractical.
                When people stop coming up with these outrageously stupid ‘I wants’ the rest of us can ease up and stop taking pills.

        • Triangle Drifter says:

          At a legal speed limit of only 20mph why would anyone need a bike of more than 150cc in Bermuda?

          For that matter, given our size & roads why do we have the cars that we have when we could get by very nicely with street legal golf carts or side by side ATVS.

          If they were allowed, I would suggest that 2 per household be permitted rather than one large car.

          • Ignorance is not Bliss says:

            Street legal golf carts or side by side ATVS would not be convenient to families with say 3 children under 5. Some people need a reasonably sized car to accommodate child seats, pushchairs, wheelchairs etc.

          • Kami says:

            Street legal golf carts! Really!? What a tool

  5. Triangle Drifter says:

    Nice to see that this event has become an annual thing. Who remembers the battles with beaurocracy to make it happen. Every excuse in the book, & some more, was thrown at the local promoters as why it could not be.

    These people are not the ugly hairy gun toting drug dealing bikers of Hollywood fame. Monday to Friday they are respectable Drs, lawyers, business people & regular guys to whome the motorcycle is a hobby.

    Motorcycle rallys are a big deal to many towns across the US in the summer. Ocean City, MD had a big rally this past weekend. Hundreds of bikers in town, all needing accomodation & food. Big business for any town that they show up in.

    • Toodle-oo says:

      Ocean City ? Think Sturgis ! !
      While I agree that this is a great event I can’t recall the kind of difficulties you talk of in getting it to actually happen.
      In the end , I wonder what kind of trickle down effect it has in terms of possible referral business .

      I’d still like to see the vintage cars come back though that we had some years ago . That was a great event .

  6. Say say say says:

    To put it another way, I’m sure there are many mature sensible people who would well deserve the opportunity to own and sensibly operate a motorcycle of larger than the rather entry level 150cc.

    I would personally see little harm in it. However, our law states otherwise so for those of us who might have that dream, it will remain so.

    I have been to the Laconia show in NH several times and it is populated 95% by middle aged professionals in $500 jackets talking on cell phones – not gun tot’n two teeth red necks git’n druurnk!