Synopses & Reviews
This all-new fourth edition of the most popular motorcycle touring guide to New England offers more suggested routes than ever, along with fully updated listings of motorcycle-friendly lodgings and great out-of-the-way restaurants. Motojournalist Ken Aiken leads two-wheeled travelers through twisty mountain passes and beautiful valley backroads to scenic, intriguing destinations in six key regions: the rugged Maine coast, the high notches of New Hampshire's White Mountains, the lush gaps of the Green Mountains of Vermont, the Lake Champlain region between upstate New York and Vermont, the rolling Berkshire hills of Massachusetts, and the coastal delights of Rhode Island and Connecticut. Aiken covers well-known motorcycle-touring roads like Vermont's Route 100, the Mohawk Trail, and the Kancamagus Highway, but his inclusion of little known regional roads frequented by local riders sets this guide apart from others. Altogether, Aiken has carefully plotted 28 trips for motorcyclists, most of them taking one day to complete. Multi-day tours can easily be created by linking adjacent trips. Each trip includes a detailed map and specific route directions. The trips are designed to accommodate various riding styles and audiences, from sightseeing two-up travelers to sport riders bending the curves.
Vermont: the Marble Belt, Green Mountain Gaps, the Piedmont, the Northeast Kingdom, Lake Champlain
New Hampshire: the Bronson Hills, Seacoast region, Lake Winnipesaukee, the White Mountains, Coos County
Maine: Mid-coast, Mount Desert Island, Down East, the Great North Woods, Rangeley Lakes
Massachusetts: the Berkshires, Mohawk Trail, Central region
Connecticut: Litchfield Hills, Eastern Connecticut
Rhode Island: the Gilded Age of Newport
"I got back from a ten-day trip to New England and found a copy of Ken Aiken's book in the mail. Dang! I wish I had brought it with me. . . . Ken is a good writer, and the 350 pages are a pleasure to read. And the pictures are a delight. I do recommend having it in your tankbag should you ever go to New England. And if you haven't ever planned on going Down East, and you read this book, you might change your mind." - RiderMagazine.com
"You remember that old television commercial, Don’t leave home without it. Well, if you’re heading to New England, this is the book you should make sure you do the same with. There are maps for the various routes with turn by turn directions but the real value of the book comes from the insider information that Ken provides. Each ride is dissected and examined to give you the historical background of the area you’re riding through as well as tips on how to avoid the traffic congestion and where you’ll find great photo ops." - Go For a Ride Magazine
Motojournalist Ken Aiken leads two-wheeled travelers to scenic, intriguing destinations in six key regions: the rugged Maine coast, the high notches of New Hampshire's White Mountains, the lush gaps of the Green Mountains of Vermont, historic Lake Champlain, the rolling Berkshire hills of Massachusetts, and the coastal delights of Rhode Island and Connecticut. Aiken covers well-known motorcycle-touring roads like Vermont's Route 100 and the Kancamagus Highway, but his inclusion of little known regional roads frequented by local riders sets this guide apart from others. Each of the 28 trips includes a detailed map, specific route directions, descriptions of where to stay and eat and what to do and see, all enhanced with gorgeous color photographs taken by the author.
About the Author
Ken Aiken is the author of Motorcycle Journeys Through Atlantic Canada and Touring Vermont’s Scenic Roads, and has been a contributing editor for Street Bike, CC Motorcycle News and RoadRunner. His feature articles and product reviews have appeared in Rider, Backroads, ThunderPress, Road Bike, Cruising Rider, and many other motorcycle touring magazines, and he has been a seminar speaker at Americade for more than a decade. For two years he was the Chief Scout and map developer for MAD Maps, Inc. where he developed regional, city, and rally maps that include the popular Harley-Davidson Great Roads series.