From the Press
Motorcycle Tours is one of the oldest motorcycle touring companies in
the USA - in business since 1996. Our own Clement Salvadori wrote in a
2001 article about the company, "The reason people pay Reid good money to go on his trips is that
he knows the best roads to ride, the best places to eat, and the best
places to lay your head at night."
- "Getaway USA"
- Rider, February 2011
Motorcycle Tours has been in business for over fifteen years
now...owner Sean Reid is known for his innate ability to search out
only the very best places to ride, eat and sleep. For gorgeous scenery,
memorable lodgings, friendly camaraderie, great riding, and unbelievable
meals, for my money, you just can't beat Northeastern Motorcycle Tours."
- "Touring The Cabot Trail"
- Fred Rau Motorcycling, February 2010
NMT is still very much about motorcycle riding, and the center of
attention is still on the roads to be ridden, there is considerably
more emphasis on lodging and food than you find on other motorcycle
tours. Doubtlessly, the food and lodging are what sets
Northeastern Motorcycle Tours apart...Having since returned for two
more NMT tours, I realize that, of the ten best meals I have eaten in
my life, at least six of them have come from one of Reid's handpicked
- "Fine Riding, Fine Dining"
- Robb Report Motorcycling, July/August 2006
"Northeastern Motorcycle tours...has
gained a well-earned reputation for staging some of the best-run
motorcycle tours in the world...I could
rant for days about the pleasures of his tours."
- "NMT's Cabot
- Motorcycle Consumer
News, October 2002
place was so lovely I was all set to find myself a piece of property and
move...The first meal was definitely up to palatal snuff, as I savored my
smoked salmon with caviar, followed by a pasta with lobster sauce that
arrived with a massive heaping of crustacean
on top...The reason people pay Reid good money to go on his trips is that
he knows the best roads to ride, the best places to eat, and the best
places to lay your head at night. That evening we bedded down in an old
sea-captain’s house in Lunenburg, the residence now
an exquisite Bed and Breakfast. We ate three scrumptious courses at a
nearby inn using many plates and regretting
not a mouthful...As we sat at the table on our last night in Baddeck,
going through a bottomless bucket of mussels as an appetizer, then
dismantling entire lobsters or slicing into thick filets of planked
salmon, we could barely speak for the pleasure of eating. But we did
discuss the riding. “Stupendous,” said the doctor from New York.
“Outstanding,” said the man from Santa Fe. “Remarkable,”
maintained the couple from Oregon. In truth it was."
"...Five-star restaurants and inns fill the non-riding agenda...The food is divine, the staff
welcoming, the rooms breathtaking -- all compliments to the surrounding smoothly banked roads...So what about the roads?
Sean Reid of Northeastern Motorcycle Tours, created the Fall Foliage Tour. Operating tours in New England and Eastern
Canada, this guide knows his stuff...The quality of the roads surpassed the quantity."
Excerpt from review
of an all-Ducati "Fall Foliage Tour" that Northeastern created
for Lotus Tours
"All in all a grand week of
motorcycle touring; a golden combination of superb roads, fascinating
history, wonderful camaraderie and magnificent accommodations. And, best
of all, for us, a tour that we were able to ride our own machines on. A
big plus! The Gaspé is a place of stark and raw beauty. It has a rich
history and a distinctly French and European feel, yet is only a few
days' ride away from the Backroads area. You could go see it by yourself,
but for the money you will never surpass the roads, dining experiences,
inns and history that a week in the Gaspe with Northeastern Motorcycle
Tours will give you."
Lands' End... A Gaspé Adventure"
- Backroads, September, 2000
"Actually, New England
offers incredible motorcycling anytime between late May and mid-October.
But if it's fall foliage you're after, New England is the place to be...
Hitching a ride with Northeastern Motorcycle Tours is one of the best
ways to get off the beaten path"
expansive ocean vistas and forested lanes with little traffic...
The Cabot Trail and Nova Scotia are definitely a “must do” ride and
visit, among the most beautiful places in the world...I'd
be remiss if I neglected to mention the feeling of welcome by created by all of
the people we met in Nova Scotia. I have traveled extensively, and nowhere
in the world have I found warmer, friendly, and genuinely interested
residents... En-route, we stopped at a tiny unassuming looking restaurant in one
of Nova Scotia’s Acadian French regions and had scallops fresh that day, the
best I’ve ever enjoyed anywhere...Organized motorcycle tours may seem
expensive, but this one was worth every penny. The riding in Nova Scotia and the
Cabot Trail, the food, the accommodations, Sean’s leading and organizing, the
local people and, perhaps most of all, joining like-minded motorcyclists to
share the experience made this a lifetime highlight."
the Cabot Trail with Northeastern Motorcycle Tours"
- BMW Owners News,
the leaves of the Berkshires, the Adirondacks and Vermont from the seat of a
two-wheeler - motorcycle that is. You'll average a hefty 200 miles a day -
on your own bike or a rental - but you'll be rewarded with gourmet dinners and
Trips You Can't Afford To Miss...Fall Foliage Favorites"
- Consumer Reports
Travel Letter, August, 1999
motto of gourmet food, gourmet lodging and gourmet riding rings
- Motorcyclist, November, 1998
"The roads were twisty,
well-maintained, almost devoid of traffic, and wound through some
of the most breathtaking scenery imaginable...I can't remember
when I've felt so relaxed or enjoyed riding so much...I highly
recommend Northeastern Motorcycle Tours..."
- Motorcycle Consumer News, September 1998
"The wind in your hair, the
open road, a hot machine between your legs...conquering the coastline's hairpin
"It was all the best
roads of Wales and Scotland with some Alps thrown in! Not what
I'd expected at all from America...Riding every day for two weeks we
sampled some awesome roads and views. From long sweepers in huge
valleys to climbing 6000 feet up Mount Washington and mountain
gaps that you'd see in adverts for Swiss chocolate...After a week
and a modification to my suspension I was worried the food and
drink might be catching up on me. Each evening we pulled up at
fine inns and hotels with dining a la carte already paid for.
Then time for beer, the hot tub and a chat about the day’s
riding and what we had to look forward to...Bliss...Worth every
"I glimpse the perma-grins etched onto the riders' faces, and I doubt that
things could get much better. But then I remember that it's only
day two of our weeklong tour, and that the best riding and luxury
lodging lies in the miles beyond the next hairpin turn...a
combination of luxury New England accommodations and
painstakingly researched tour routes. Throw a high level of
organization into the mix, and you've got a bike tour that will
meet the needs of virtually any clientele, from grizzled touring
veterans to husband-and-wife weekend cruiser teams...NMT offers
some of the finest motorcycling in the country because New
England's terrain is so varied...In five days of riding, my bike
racks up almost 1,000 miles, and I discover parts of New England
that I didn't know existed. Incredible...Our group--with origins
ranging from Baltimore to Vienna--became fast friends, often
lingering around the dinner table or sitting well into the
evening, sipping coffee and port and anticipating the next day's
ride. Motorcycling is, indeed, a universal language...Reid has
scored a hit with Northeastern Motorcycle Tours..."
Robb Report , May 1998
that first night, and every night after that, we feast — oh,
how we feast..Living
like a king can be addicting...Northeastern Motorcycle Tours is
one of the most highly organized, luxurious domestic touring
companies that riders can spend their money on and it's here to
- BMW Owners News, December
Letters From Tour
been riding off and on for about 25 years, both street and dirt...I've
always dreamed of touring New England...So when I bought a BMW this
past winter, I signed up for Northeastern's Fall Foliage Tour...At
the end of every day, I said the same thing, "Oh my gosh, that
was the best riding of my life!" These are some of the things
that went on inside my helmet: a little nervousness, a lot of
smiles, joy at the beauty of peak foliage and classic New England
countryside, whoops of exhilaration and laughter, revelation at new
found skills, moments of peace and near epiphany when the sounds of
the wind and engine disappear and there is nothing in the world but
this and now. You know the place. The food was excellent; the
accommodations were above and beyond. Great camaraderie from
all. Sean is knowledgeable and funny. Advice is freely
given if asked for, no preaching. I came away a better, safer,
and more confident rider...Definitely the most fun I've had on a
motorcycle so far..."
- Dave Wood,
Fall Foliage tour on a BMW R1200C
"Sean Reid and NMT
take rider enjoyment to a new level. The spectacular roads, accommodations,
and gourmet food coupled with Sean's vast knowledge of local history,
folklore, and all aspects of motorcycling, will keep you coming back year
after year. More than once I have continued on past the end of my
scheduled tour, and into the next. My only regret is that the tours
always have to come to an end. The bottom line is: I have found no
one who does it better than Sean Reid and NMT!"
- Cliff LaMotta,
BMW Motorcycles of Danbury
dedication and professionalism, you're sure to always be a success
in the industry."
- Dan Saari
and riding buddy Joe Brooks (upper row in picture shown) with John
& Alice Bradley, Cabot Trail tour on a BMW R1100GS and BMW
From a post to
the BMW K1200LT discussion list:
"My wife and
I got home on Saturday from our 7-day trip with Northeastern
Motorcycle Tours. The trip was one of a lifetime. The weather was
perfect, the lodging was top notch and the food was incredible. Sean
Reid runs a top-notch operation with an eye on detail. There were
five of us on the tour, my wife Melinda, Bill and Karla Russell from
Virginia and Tom Dolan from Illinois, myself plus Sean, his partner
Melissa and a chase vehicle.
All of us but my wife were
riding BMWs. My wife was on her Voyager XII. The trip took us through
Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. The roads Sean took us on were
beautiful and challenging. We hit most of the Gaps and Notches in Vermont and
New Hampshire including the Appalachian Gap the Holy Grail of twisties in
Vermont. Smugglers Notch also proved to be quite challenging. We also rode to
the top of Mount Washington in NH (the highest point in the northeast) no guard
rails and part of the road was dirt. The average mileage was just over 200 miles
per day with stops for various points of interest. When the days ride was done
we would be at our next nights lodging where our bags would already be placed in
our rooms. Ahhh... this is my idea of roughing it. During our week or riding,
Sean would ride with each of us and give us pointers as to how to improve our
riding technique. This is not something that is mentioned in his brochure but it
was a definite bonus. I have been riding for over 30 years and I learned a lot
in our week of riding. Sean took my wife out one morning before the tour started
and worked with her in a parking lot for about an hour on slow speed maneuvers.
This helped her with her confidence when we got into the more challenging parts
of the ride. As I said this supplemental instruction was not something Sean
advertises although I feel he should. The best part of the trip were the people
we met and the friends we made. Dinner was always a time of lots of laughs good
cheer and of reflection on our days ride. We had a blast and I hope we can do it
- Kooster &
Melinda McCallister, Best
of the Mountains tour on a BMW K1200LT and a Kawasaki Voyager
the wonderful trip to
Gaspé. The scenery, lodging and food were
terrific! We experienced a world of cycling we didn't know was
available; we hope to meet again to see more of New England.
Thanks again - we had a great time."
& Nancy Smith, Gaspé Maritime Tour on a Honda Goldwing
- David &
Ruth Anne Hannigan (inventors/makers of the famous Hannigan
fairings, sidecars, trailers and trikes)
Fall Foliage tour on a BMW K1200LT & BMW
have been very busy since returning from the trip but I did want to
tell you how much we enjoyed the tour. The twisty, windy roads made for
great riding, the fall colors were beautiful, the hotels gave a great
flavor of Vermont, the food was wonderful and the people on the tour
were a lot of fun. Overall a very enjoyable, relaxing time. It was a
great way to end the riding season. You have some of the best roads in
the country right in your back yard. Ride safe and have fun."
|"The tour was outstanding on so many levels, and I realize you bent over
backwards to make it a great tour for me personally. You are a great
teacher of riding techniques and an encyclopedia of riding knowledge. You
rode at the pace I liked. You showed us great roads, scenery, and hotels. I
tell anyone interested how great your tours are.
When I look at the
pictures, it reminds me that some of the most beautiful places
I've seen have been on your tours. One
of my best memories is of the park in
Gaspé: we rode in together in the rain and then I hiked as
the sun came slowly out. The trail
with wildflowers, the colorful steep cliffs with
pounding surf, and the deep blue sky and water with whales broaching the surface
made for some heady stuff. I think that this park that day had to be as
close to heaven as we can get on this earth.
Sorry it made me a few minutes late for
dinner, but I assure you it was a highlight of my trip, that and
riding the mountain road south from..."
- Dr. Whitley (& Serena)
Vick, Fall Foliage Tour &
Maine Maritime Tour
and on a rented Honda ST1100, Gaspé Maritime Tour on a rented Ducati ST4
"Thanks again for the best vacation we have ever had. We
loved every (beeping) minute of it."
- Susan & Larry Rogers, Cabot Trail tour on a
rented BMW R1100RT,
Gaspé Tour, Mountains Tour & Fall Foliage Tour on a Honda Goldwing 1500
"Thank you for the fabulous trip.
I really wanted you to know how enjoyable you made that trip for me. Not only did
you make me feel comfortable as a relatively inexperienced rider but you completely changed me as a rider.
route you suggested we take on our trip home was so much fun and had so many awesome curves.
The thing is that before your trip I would
never have described twisties as "awesome"! You personally tripled my riding
experience. You made me so much more confident. My husband said it was
a lot more enjoyable to ride with me. Thank you so much for going out of way
to improve upon my skills. I can not tell you how much I appreciate it.
Also thank you for an exhilarating, relaxing, and fun vacation! I can not
wait for the next!! The trip itself was first class all the way. Even after you left in the
evening the whole crew kept talking about how everything from the
accommodations, the food, and the tour guides were spectacular. Thank you.
Speaking of the next trip... Can you let us know what dates any of the crew has decided upon. I can not think of a better
way to spend our vacation time!"
- Nathalie & Christopher
Lestage of Boston, Massachusetts
Mountains tour on a BMW F650ST & an R1200C