New Sweden BMW Riders, a local riding club based in South Jersey since 1981, is trying to dispel the myth that there are no “good” roads in the Delaware Valley.
South Jersey has long been thought of as straight and flat when discussing riding on a motorcycle. Phil Levin, vice president and ride captain of New Sweden, has been riding long enough to know where to find them. Levin has created a string of roads originating in Shamong and winding up through northern New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and back again.
The chosen route will put an ear-to-ear smile on any rider’s face. The roads that were selected are hidden gems that stay away from interstates and heavily congested primary roads. Over hill and dale, the roads and scenery will blow riders away. Detailed route sheets will be handed out during registration and GPS downloads will be available as well. The route sheet will also highlight fuel stops and local eateries along the way. This is not a parade ride. Entrants can ride with friends, as a group or solo. Modeled after the famous Ramapo 500, this ride will expose local riders to this type of touring event and hopefully get them to participate in the Ramapo 500 as well. The New Sweden 450 offers miles of great roads, a night of camping up north, dinner and a quick breakfast, plus awards, prizes and surprises for less than $50.
For those riders who do not prefer to camp, the Barryville, N.Y., area has plenty of other overnight options not included in entry fee. More information can be found at 450.nsbmwr.com. Discounted admission fee is available when registering before May 3 and the ride is limited to 200 riders. The New Sweden 450 starts and finishes at the Pic-a-Lilli Inn. All makes are welcome. A portion of the proceeds will go to charity. This event is AMA sanctioned.