More Letters from NMT Riders...


"The tour was well organized with the routes carefully planned with beautiful scenic views and invigorating roads that were a pleasure for a touring accommodations and truly unique culinary experiences..."

- Jeff and Ginny Woodell of Colorado Springs, Colorado, 
New England-New Scotland tour on a BMW K1100LT


"Thanks for a such a wonderful tour. We both really enjoyed it, and are looking forward to doing more with you. The group size was perfect, the accommodations lovely, the food something to really look forward to each evening, the mix of people just delightful, the roads a great mix of challenging and simply enjoyable, and to top it all off, Rob and I became noticeably (at least to us!) better riders over the 4-day period, primarily by following you! We feel very lucky that our first experience with a touring company had so many wonderful elements, and attribute it to all your hard work, attentiveness, preparation and extensive local expertise. Thanks for making it such a success."

- Holly and Rob Berkley of Summit, New Jersey,
 Best of Vermont Tour on two BMW R1100RSs



"We had a fabulous time on our Fall Foliage Tour. The tour exceeded any expectations we had. The excellent directions to the tour base put us in a touring mood right from the start. Travelling the winding back roads and passing through the picturesque small towns made us long for the start of the tour. By our first night at the inn, with a fireplace in our room and an excellent dinner, we knew we had chosen the correct tour company.

And you never disappointed us. Hard to believe but the accommodations remained superb throughout the trip... places we never would have found if we were riding on our own. Obviously a great deal of planning went into this tour. And I haven't even mentioned the food. The food was so spectacular that we found ourselves wanting to order 2 or 3 dinners just to try everything. Needless to say, we both happily gained weight. The beautiful mountain scenery and fall foliage was wonderful... A real bond between riders developed as we all handled the endless curves ... Sean's riding tips were invaluable in helping improve the driving skills in the varied conditions we encountered. Even the back seat riders tolerated the motorcycle talk because it translated into a better ride on the road. The joy and camaraderie we felt after we made it to the top of Mt. Equinox in heavy fog and wind was indescribable. Smiles all around. Ditto the childlike excitement of riding up Whiteface Mt. to have a snowball fight at the top (at least as far as the road was cleared.) 

We racked our brains to come up with constructive criticism but we were pleased to realize we didn't have any...We had every intention of breaking off from the group and travelling at our own pace but we had such a good time with the group that we felt like little kids who were afraid we would miss something good if we left. It's a credit to you that you kept the group interested in staying together. The backup van was a great refuge... I appreciated the chance to warm up..

Great views, great friends, great roads, great fun. What more can we say except we're planning to see you again in '99!"

- Joe and Karen Giuffre of Bridgewater, New Jersey,  
Fall Foliage Tour on a Honda Goldwing 1100, 
Gaspe Maritime Tour on Kawasaki Voyager


"The company was great, the inns superb and the food tremendous. ...I'm sure we've got friends for life now. ...I think that you are providing the very best in motorbike touring and my hat comes off to you. Suffice to say, Barbara and I had a wonderful time. We are already dreaming of the day we can come out to join you again...we'd really like to come out in '99 for the Cabot Trail tour."

- John and Barbara McFadyen of Nordabrake, Shetland,  Fall Foliage Tour on a rented Harley-Davidson Road King 


"The perfect antidote to the stresses of business and big city living…world class dining, ultra gracious lodging, sidelong humour and terrific camaraderie…a clever combination of relaxation, travel and motorcycle skill-building along with meticulous route planning and consummate attention to detail. I can't wait to come back - for the fourth time!"

- Keith Formosa of Toronto, Ontario, Canada - Fall Foliage Tour on a BMW R1100RT,  Best of New England Tour on a BMW K12RS,  Best of Vermont Tour on a Honda VFR800


"Thanks for a great week; the riding was superb with some of the best and most challenging roads I've ever seen. Great fun! Riding on tour in New England is certainly a once in a lifetime experience - and then do it again! The tour was excellent value and worth every penny - especially with all the extras and guidance.

The whole tour was certainly prepared with meticulous detail and this showed through as each day we headed straight for the best roads. To have all of the accommodations and catering sorted and planned in advance and with each day carefully but flexibly organized meant that the holiday was a real relaxing experience - with no money worries.

Quite simply, the roads covered on the Mountains Tour are like the very best of Wales and Scotland with the Alps thrown in. Please let me have next year's dates, routes and prices."

- Stuart Knowles of Birmingham, England, Mountains Tour on a rented BMW R850R,  Gaspé tour on a rented BMW R850R


"Thanks for going beyond the
necessary to make our trip superb.  
Looking forward to the next one."

- Lloyd and Natalie Keirstead of Nashua, New Hampshire, Maine Maritime Tour and Cabot Trail Tour on a Honda Goldwing 1500

"When you go out on tour with Sean,
All doubts and fears will then soon be gone.

You'll go first class, of that I am sure,
This year both we Keirsteads had our first tour.

We had many doubts before we did start, With lots of our money, we had to part.

But riding on our bike we had a great treat, The inns and the meals could never be beat.

A vacation you want but you're not so sure, There's only one choice, a Northeastern Motorcycle Tour.

We can't wait for summer and we don't yet know when, But one thing is sure, we're going again!"


"Where should we begin? This vacation was far beyond our expectations and one of the most enjoyable we've ever had. The inns and food were superb; its obvious that you want nothing but the best for your tour participants. This was truly a great 'fun' vacation; you are terrific guides. We got to see and do so many wonderful things.

Sean is very knowledgeable about motorcycles and is a skilled, safe rider. I (Joe) learned skills and techniques that I'll be sure to use as I continue to ride back home. I appreciate the effort you made to select some of the most scenic, safe and challenging roads we have ever ridden. It was a pleasure to ride these scenic routes with a group of fellow motorcyclists who have now become new friends.

It isn't always easy to find "like-minded" motorcyclists to ride and travel with. This tour introduced us to a great bunch of riding friends. We had a terrific time together. We're already thinking about our next adventure with Northeastern Motorcycle tours."

- Bonnie and Joe Racho of Conyngham, Pennsylvania,  
Maritime Tour on a Harley-Davidson Electra-Glide,  
Cabot Trail Tour

A letter from Joe Racho to Rider Magazine


"If you are considering a guided motorcycle tour anywhere in New England or the Maritimes, consider joining a Northeastern Motorcycle Tour. I did and it was terrific!

I wanted to do the ride but I didn't want to do it alone. I wanted blue roads, but I didn't know the best routes. I wanted good inns and confirmed accommodations, but I didn't have time to do the research. I wanted to dine well, not just eat, but I did not know the good places or want to trust to chance that I would find them. I wanted a lot, and I didn't want to work to get it.

Thanks to Sean Reid, the owner of Northeastern Motorcycle Tours, I got all I wanted and a whole lot more. Sean operates the business from headquarters in Brattleboro, Vermont. He is young, cycle smart, touring savvy and acutely sensitive to the individual needs of his guests. Furthermore, he is a fun and funny person to be with and wonderfully companionable both on the road and at the table. For a good ride and a great time, check out NMT."

- Mike Baumrind of Westport, Connecticut: Maine Maritime Tour,  Best of Vermont Tour,  
Maritime Tour
on a BMW R1100RS


"First, I want to thank you for such a well-coordinated and well-planned trip and for being so attentive to our needs. You were great hosts and the trip more than met my expectations about the inns and meals and sights and people. I also gained a lot of insight in the van that one day on just how much you worked to make the journey both safe and enjoyable for the riders. Some memories of the trip include:
  • Encouraging words to a novice passenger before the trip ever started. Your calm reassurance on the phone helped a lot...
  • Mouth watering French Toast (and sticky buns on the way back) at the Inn in Vermont.
  • The first beautiful, sunny morning through Vermont, the cool air, the silent camaraderie of all the riders as they sped along the smooth, curvy roads. Peace and serenity inside my wind bubble of a helmet as I soaked in the scenery and sunshine.
  • Laughing at dinners with strangers who were becoming friends. I gained 3 pounds, I'll have you know.
  • A breathtaking field of sunflowers in Maine
  • A cool little Inn in Southwest Harbor, with view of the harbor and personable rooms
  • Tooling around Acadia National Park, a stroll around Jordan Pond, a ride up to the top of Cadillac Mountain where the views were spectacular in all directions, a visit to Bar Harbor.
  • A pie-eating frenzy enroute to Canada.
  • The aroma of blueberries, and hills covered with their red, purple, and blue hues.
  • The hotel, regal and beautiful, perched above the town of St. Andrews, surrounded by groomed gardens and Celtic music.
  • St. Andrews - the friendliest town I've ever been to. A lovely, lazy rainy day to hang around.
  • The Maine coast, the West Quoddy Light, the extraordinary fields of fireweed on our way to Campobello.
  • Laughing with delight on the back of a BMW on Evans Notch road. I want to do that again, please!
  • The peaceful rumble of a Harley Electra Glide.
  • A full moon atop a New Hampshire mountain.
  • And an eye-popping, heart-stopping, ear-numbing, early morning ride up to the top of Mt. Washington...

Why pay for a guided motorcycle tour? I wondered that myself when Randy first told me about the trip. But what I failed to comprehend were the many hours of planning that must go in to finding enjoyable roads and routes to the eventual destinations. After experiencing a bumpy road on a Yamaha 650, I sure appreciated your reconnaissance of the smoother roads! As the trip grew longer in destination, my appreciation of your knowledge of the roads grew. There were some wonderful, smooth, curvy, extremely scenic roads. We started out thinking we'd break off from the group often and do our own thing. We soon discovered that riding with the group was a whole lot more fun and enjoyable and safer, too, I think, than riding alone. Randy enjoyed developing his skills as well, and claimed to have learned a lot from the other riders. I definitely got a sense that the group of riders enjoyed riding together.

Although the van was a god send on that rainy day, I definitely enjoyed being a passenger on the back of a bike more! I guess that's testimony in itself, huh?"

- Nealie J. Thompson and Randy Hoes, Maine Maritime tour on a Yamaha XJ650, two Weekend in the Mountains tours on a Honda PC800


"Sean is clearly a man who loves his work. His enthusiasm and commitment to his tours is marvelous. After settling in, we went for a "taster" ride to show what Vermont had to offer - a huge variety of roads from straights to sweeping curves to tight downhill corners, all accompanied by magnificent scenery. In the evening we enjoyed an excellent meal.

The rest of the days continued in a similar vein - During the day, superb riding on exciting and virtually traffic-free roads - from straights to sweeping curves to tight downhill corners - all set amid stunning scenery. In the evenings, excellent food and lodgings accompanied by enthusiastic, knowledgeable and entertaining company.

The riding was always at a safe and comfortable pace but included many technically demanding rides which together with Sean's feedback on my riding techniques has helped me to greatly improve my riding abilities. (I am a "born again biker" who took up motorcycling last year after an absence of more than twenty years.) At the end of the tour, I could make even the Harley go around corners.

All in all, five days riding in a truly beautiful part of the U.S.A. Vermont is very much the picture postcard view of the States that we foreigners come looking for. The guided tour allowed me to relax and enjoy both the riding and the scenery. Well done, I am sure to be back."

- Simon Banks of London, England,  Foliage Tour on a rented Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide 


"I was originally going to just rent a bike in Boston but taking a tour was much better. I saw many roads and places I would not have found on my own. The roads were beautiful, right through the Indian summer with vividly colored foliage. They reminded me of my favorite roads in Austria but with different scenery; even the European sport riders would like them.

The lodging and food are first class. Sean is from the region and is very knowledgeable about the historic background of this very interesting part of the United States. I would definitely recommend this region for motorcycle touring and I also recommend this company. Sean did a great job of laying out a short tour and I am planning on coming back for a longer tour."

- Martin Reckmann of Vienna, Austria, Foliage Tour on a rented Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide (Personal motorcycles in Austria: BMW R80ST/ KTM Duke)


" I most enjoyed the roads - smooth, open S-curves through colorful countryside, scenic and consistently amazing in quality, day after day - they were phenomenal. I feel like I ride my K1100RS now, not just drive it. Thanks and my compliments."

- Larry Hendrick,  Fall Foliage Tour on a BMW K11RS


"Under "credit where credit is due department" wife and I just returned from a motorcycle tour through the Vermont mountains with the Northeastern Motorcycle Tour Co. of Brattleboro, Vermont. Sean Reid operates this tour service and we could not ask for more than he willingly provided.

Great hotel accommodations in a 100 year old Inn, terrific food, super winding roads through the mountains, terrific food, a chase vehicle, terrific food.. we eventually got around to calling this the Pastry Tour! Sean was even gracious enough to let us win at tennis."

- Harry and Sue Heck of Stuart, Florida, 
 Mountains Tour on a Honda Valkrie

Joe Racho (Maine Maritime '97, Cabot Trail '98) wrote to "Rider" magazine to encourage increased coverage of domestic touring companies. We think he makes some good points about the advantages of domestic tours for American riders. His letter reads:

November 12, 1997

"The December issue of Rider filled my need as a resource regarding touring companies in the US with the article entitled "See America First". In August of this year my wife and I booked a Maritime Tour with Northeastern Motorcycle Tours located in Brattleboro, Vermont. The quality of the trip was superb and a real value for our dollar.

Beyond the tour itself, we developed new friendships with other riders who, like us, look forward to riding on new tours in the US. We have already booked a second tour with NMT in 1998 and look forward to touring with other US touring companies.

In the same issue you published an article on a trip to Africa with Edelweiss tours. I can recall other articles on Edelweiss tours printed in Rider over the years. Although I can understand the excitement of a tour in places such as Africa, I must say that these foreign tours are generally beyond the budget of the majority of your readers. Easily two US tours can be made for the price of one foreign tour. On US tours you can use your own bike which most riders desire; on foreign tours you must pay for flights and then rent bikes that may not fit you.

As a subscriber to Rider I would like to see more articles printed about domestic touring companies and their tours. Although the occasional article about a foreign tour is interesting, there is so much to see, experience, and appreciate in the US for the average Rider subscriber."

Note: In 2001, Joe's request was fulfilled when Rider magazine published a feature about our Fall 2000 Cabot Trail tour by the noted moto-journalist Clement Salvadori.

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