NEW ENGLAND BACKWAYS ADVENTURE TRAIL (NEBAT)
The NEBAT is a 1,350 mile route that will take riders adventure style through 7 states:
Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine
and to the Canadian border in Maine.
The New England BAT (NEBAT) is a scenic ride for adventure and dual-sport motorcycles that uses dirt, gravel and paved roads. Experienced riders on reliable bikes only.
The NEBAT is for intermediate to advanced riders only. No beginners. I have added some easy and harder options for riders that are looking for extra or to relax.
This is an 8 day adventure bike ride starting in New York and ending at the Canadian border. We will be staying in different hotels each night during the week. Some riders may truck their bikes to the start of the ride and then leave their vehicles at the beginning of the ride for the week. We will be eating in restaurants during the week, so no need to bring cooking equipment or food. The riding should be scenic to rough depending on your choices.
The exciting part about this ride is that riders can choose their own level of adventure exposure each day to meet their desire and excitement.
The ride includes motels and we will be eating in restaurants so riders will not need to bring camping or cooking gear. Each day our route will take us to the next motel and many days we will have an option of lunch on the trail. Each morning riders will grab breakfast and team up with their riding buddies, grab their daily snacks and begin their adventure. The day's adventures are long with many rich options along the way.
After the day's ride, riders perform bike maintenance and join up for happy hour and dinner. Then it is often to bed early as the next day comes quickly.
This ride includes a support truck. Riders can place one small overnight bag in the truck but should carry much of their gear on their bikes as the conditions and weather can change greatly during the day.
Riders should also carry any supplies for bike repairs and maintenance on the trail (like flat tires).
Motel arrangements are double occupancy and riders will be assigned a different roommate every night. This allows everyone to get to know each other during the ride and prevents tension from building during a long ride. And if your roommate snores, you only have to put up with it for one night!
This ride is structured as a week long adventure. Riders will spend each night in a different hotel along the route. Riders will be eating in restaurants and snacking on the trail. The ride includes a support truck to carry riders gear so that riders may enjoy a lightly loaded bike.
I know many of you also enjoy dreaming about the ride and making your plans, so here is the detail, enjoy!
This NEBAT ride targets riders who really want to take their adventure bikes off road. At times it can be a tough guys ride. This ride is for skilled, experienced riders only. The ride is put together as a lodging style ride meaning each evening we will spend the night in a different motel. The ride includes easy and hard options for riders wanting choices or having a tough day.
Self Guided Adventure: The New England Backways Adventure Trail (NEBAT) is designed to be a self-guided adventure. As GPS units have become both more powerful and easier to use, it has enabled anyone to be able to easily find their way along the trail. For many, this allows them to just experience the trail without the burden of getting lost.
Buy the GPS Card and Rider Maps:
You can order a microSD Card for your Garmin GPS and a complete set of big picture overview maps as well as tank bag reference maps designed in combination with the microSD card to fit the pocket in your "Tank Bag" (as in the photo at the top of the page). See the choices below:
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Notes: I suggest you plan and order early. Normally I ship within a week. But sometimes I run out and it can take me several weeks to get new cards and maps. And sometimes I am out riding and building new adventures so that can be hard too. I list the Option for 2 SD cards because many riders like to carry a backup card or a cheap backup GPS in the event of unforeseen circumstances.
View the ride maps
OK since many of you like to study more detail about the ride, below are the ride maps.
I put these ride maps on the web page because I know a few of you love looking at the ride detail and dreaming about the ride. At first glance these maps do not look so impressive, but they are way cool. If you start zooming in, you can see the ride in incredible detail. I have spent a ton of hours sorting through the details of the ride for each day, so for those of you that enjoy this sort of thing, well enjoy!
The Blue lines are MAIN routes
The Red lines are Harder routes
The Green lines are Easy options
The Black lines are the out and back viewpoints
How does the ride navigation work?
This is a self-led GPS ride; all riding is on your own. You are responsible for your own riding. You will be given a GPS map file and instructions on how to use your Garmin GPS unit. People will hook up in small groups of less than 6 riders and tend to ride together. You are not encouraged to ride alone. You are responsible for your own riding and yourself.
(see my ride Navigation Video)
Are you right for this ride?
When something goes wrong on a ride, would your riding friends say that you are more likely to need help or more likely to give help? You should be in the more likely to offer help camp. This ride is filled with riders that are more likely to give help, so most of the time the riders never need help. Additionally there is all the normal stuff, come prepared to maintain your bike, fix your bike on the trail, repair flat tires, deal with bad weather and rain and make a joke or two.
How do I make the GPS stuff so easy?
I develop very high quality ride maps custom for our ride. They come from much of what I and others have ridden. I take the best from all my rides and make new ones.
(See my Custom Ride Maps Video)
Note from me, gpsKevin
My goal for this ride is simple: great riding. So you can count on great routes and places to ride.
But in addition, the ride is about discovering new places, meeting new friends, seeing new parts of the country.
Q; What do I do if I don't have a Garmin GPS?
A: Buy one, you need it, we will show you how to use it. You can get a great one for under $200 bucks. ( See gpsKevin's gps recommendations)
Q: Is the riding really on my own?
A: Yes, but almost everyone hooks up and rides with a friend, or a new friend or me.