Monday, July 27, 2015

Blue Knights ride

On Sunday I left my house and traveled about 35 miles to the Woodrow Wilson Service Area on the  NJ Turnpike to meet up with the Knights of Lusitania RC.  I get there after a quick stop at a Wawa for fuel and a cup of coffee and then waited about 30 minutes for the group to arrive.  Once the group arrives, we quickly leave and head north on the Turnpike towards Newark, about 60 miles.  We were a group of about 20 riders and when we arrive at the meetup there were quite a few other bikes already there. 
My Yamaha Super Tenere

Two of the guys in my group have two motorcycles I have always salivated over.  The Yamaha VMAX and the Honda RVT RC51

A few of the other interesting motorcycles already there

A Honda Valkyrie RUNE

A beautiful matte black Indian

A little later the ride starts, there were easily over 200 motorcycles on the ride.  I didn't take any photos during the ride since I forgot my small camera and only had my SLR with me.  The ride was pretty long, up the Turnpike to Fort Lee, down under the George Washington Bridge and then along the Palisades Parkway and  eventually making our way back mainly through back roads.  Being the Blue Knights ride, all the police departments along the way basically blocked all roads for us to pass unimpeded.  I'm sure some people were stopped at intersections for more than 15 minutes which I think it's kind of unfair.  The Newark police were very professional and the ride went without incidents.  Here's a few photos of the Newark motorcycles.

I had never seen so many police motorcycles in one place.  The yellow are from the Newark police department and the few white are from the Linden police. 

After the ride it was time for lunch.  By the time I got inside the food line was already pretty long but there was plenty food for everyone and since most of the groups are Portuguese the food was catered from a Portuguese restaurant.


While some of the people were having fun inside with the band playing some good songs, others were outside watching the bike washing girls.

There were lots of dollar bills flying around, I think the girls did well.

As the afternoon wound down it was time for the Knights of Lusitania to leave, they had about a 90 mile ride to Philadelphia.  I decided to stay a little longer and watched them leave.
Outside I saw this Suzuki wrapped in red vinyl, it was pretty well done.

The group assembling and getting ready to leave

The event had a burlesque dancer and not only was she beautiful but danced well too.  She did two routines and everyone was entertained for sure.  I will show more photos in another post, I will end this post with two teaser photos.

More to come....


  1. What a large group of riders. I couldn't imagine a gathering that bit, but then I know there are ones even larger.

    Looks like you had a great time.

    1. It was a good gathering but it was a little too hot to be on the bike in a city environment, around 90 all afternoon. It was crazy to see so many bikes ride in procession through local towns.

    2. Not that I think this was a sexist event George (I saw the gals in uniform) but where are the photos of the good looking young men washing bikes ;) Kidding aside, it did sound like quite a day.

    3. Ha ha, guys go crazy over girls washing their bikes, I didn't know women liked that too, maybe we need to organize a ladies ride and then have guys washing their bikes. I think even more dollars would be flying around, I know a few ladies that would go nuts :-)
      Yea, I was surprised to see quite a few female police officers riding Harley's

    4. George ... I'd just go crazy to have somebody, anybody else wash my bike (chrome, all that chrome, what was I thinking!)

    5. George ... I'd just go crazy to have somebody, anybody else wash my bike (chrome, all that chrome, what was I thinking!)

    6. I don't worry so much about cleaning it, yea, I wash it but I don't obsess over it.