How to Ride with a Pack (REPOST)

I posted three years ago. Still worth a read.

I’ve been thinking a lot about crashing lately. Over the past year it seems that not a month goes by without news of a horrible motorcycle accident that involves someone I know. Our friend TWT Mike just lost his leg in a motorcycle accident, and has a long road ahead of him before he fully recovers. All because someone was not paying attention. That is all it takes, one split second and your life changes. On the run last year we had a few fine fellows hit the dirt. Many more than I would have liked to see. Luckily everybody was okay and the worst injury was broken toe. This year lets shoot for none. No crashing would be great.
HERE is a link to a CHOP CULT article that Biltwell Bill wrote a few years ago about Pack riding. Read it. Written in his patented smart ass style, the article has tips that everyone could benefit from. Wether its your first year on the road or your fiftieth. Included is a copy of the story “HOW TO RIDE IN A PACK” originally published in Roth’s “Choppers” Magazine in 1967. See ya soon. ~Walter

“One inevitable thing about contemporary grass roots events is that it’s easy to find yourself riding in a large pack of bikes, most of them piloted by people you don’t even know yet. Of course this can be fun or a complete ball-up depending on where you are in the pack and who you end up next to, behind, etc. While the accompanying story originally published in Roth’s “Choppers” Magazine in ’67 may be old, the concepts are not outdated, only accentuated by the diverse machines and high speeds that mix it up in today’s group rides. The Big Daddy’s advice may lean more toward beginning club riders, but these lessons can be valuable to today’s noob rider as well.” Click here to read the rest of the article…

Details for Camping

Starting today you can reserve your Campsite for the Gypsy Run.

To make it easier on everyone The campsite will be handling the reservations directly.

The campsite fee for this year is $20 per person per night.

Narrowsburg Campground
(69 De Mauro Lane, Narrowsburg, NY 12764)

When you call make sure you mention the Gypsy Run.
Toll Free: (800) 252-3925


Monday – Friday 9am to 8pm
Saturday – 8am to 8pm
Sunday – 8am to 7pm

Itinerary for GRX

Hello fellow and future Gypsy Runners! Here is a basic rundown for this year’s run

Friday Sept. 9th

  • Meet at Cool Beans Coffee Shop in Oradell NJ
  • Kickstands up at 10am
  • Ride all day through the Catskills region of New York (Around 250mi)
  • Arrive at our Campsite around 5pm
  • Dinner around 8pm
  • Music, Movies and drinks all night.

Sat. Sept 10th.

  • Wake up
  • Choose your own Route! We will have several maps to choose from. Ride as little or as much as you want.
  • Back to the campsite for Dinner and games of skill and stupidity.
  • Awards presentation.
  • Continue with the fun…

Sun. Sept 11th

  • Get up.
  • Clean up after yourself.
  • Ride home to the warm embrace of your loved ones


If you are coming in from out of town and need a pillow…

Hotels near the shop.

410 U.S. 46, South Hackensack, NJ 07606 (201) 440-4476

Airport Motel 
636 U.S. 46, Teterboro, NJ (201) 440-1690 (0.9 mi S)

650 Terrace Avenue, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ (201) 288-6100 (0.5 mi W)

Hotels near Cool Beans (Fridays starting point)

La Quinta
393 New Jersey 17 Paramus, NJ 07652 (201) 265-4201

Comfort Inn & Suites
211 New Jersey 17 Paramus, NJ 07652 (877) 587-6266

Crowne Plaza
601 From Road Paramus, NJ 07652 (201) 262-6900