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Polar Bear Grand Tour - Best Pictures and Videos of the 2015-2016 Season

By Walter F. Kern

The Polar Bear Grand Tour consists of 550 motorcycle riders who ride their motorcycles throughout the winter season each Sunday to points within NJ, NY, PA, CT, and DE. These polar bear riders have nothing to do with the other polar bears who are often found in the water in groups for special occasions.

We present here a gallery of the best Polar Bear Grand Tour motorcycle pictures and videos for the 2015-2016 riding season. My definition of "best" is probably different from yours. I just looked at the nearly 1000 pictures and 50 videos published during the season and picked what I liked best—whatever caught my eye or I thought was different or offbeat. The pictures and videos are ordered by run. Not all runs have Best pictures and videos. There was NO Exchange run this year. All best videos selected were submitted by Dave Thompson, except one by me.

All of these pictures and videos were taken by guest Polar Bear rider-photographers, since I spent the greatest majority of the season in Florida. I did do all the processing of the pictures and videos and the management of the website remotely from Florida. Also, all the captions presented below were done by me.

I want to publicly thank the Polar Bear rider-photographers who took pictures and videos for me this season. They were (including runs covered): Bernie Walsh(25), Dave Thompson(24), Gary Rosen(10), John Harvey(1), John M. Bittner(1), John Zerbe(1), and Walter F. Kern(1). As you can see, I needed your help. Thanks guys for your assistance, and I hope you will all continue to take pictures and videos next season.

Cape May V.F.W., Cape May, NJ: The season has begun. - photo by Bernie Walsh

Cape May V.F.W., Cape May, NJ - Dave Thompson Video on YouTube (1:04): Polar Bear Yea!

Irish Eyes Pub, Lewes, DE: Riding together - photo by Bernie Walsh

Irish Eyes Pub, Lewes, DE - Dave Thompson Video on YouTube (1:03): The long Polar line

The Eagles, Bridgewater, NJ: Red Indian - photo by Bernie Walsh
The Eagles, Bridgewater, NJ: Autumn Ride - photo by Bernie Walsh

The Eagles, Bridgewater, NJ - Walter F. Kern Video on YouTube (0:48): Group of Eight Heads Home

PIC-A-LILLI INN - Shamong, NJ: Where's your pins Bob? - photo by Dave Thompson
PIC-A-LILLI INN - Shamong, NJ: Dave and his BMW - photo by Bernie Walsh
PIC-A-LILLI INN - Shamong, NJ: I think that says it all. - photo by Bernie Walsh
PIC-A-LILLI INN - Shamong, NJ: Newly married Raven and Shawn from Bucks County HOG - photo by Bernie Walsh

PIC-A-LILLI INN - Shamong, NJ - Dave Thompson Video on YouTube (1:39): Coming and Going
PIC-A-LILLI INN - Shamong, NJ - Dave Thompson Video on YouTube (1:26): Steady Stream of Traffic

Hillbilly Hall, Hopewell, NJ: Ape Hangers - photo by Bernie Walsh
Hillbilly Hall, Hopewell, NJ: Not your usual trike - photo by John Zerbe

Hillbilly Hall, Hopewell, NJ - Dave Thompson Video on YouTube (0:43): Avoiding the pothole
Hillbilly Hall, Hopewell, NJ - Dave Thompson Video on YouTube (1:39): Be patient and you will find a parking space.

Appalachian Brewing Co, Collegeville, PA: Coming or Going? - photo by Dave Thompson

Montgomeryville Cycle, Montgomeryville, PA - Dave Thompson Video on YouTube (1:00): Tan leather and Indians

The CABIN, Freehold, NJ: Big Group - photo by Bernie Walsh

The CABIN, Freehold, NJ - Dave Thompson Video on YouTube (0:37): Things are picking up.

The Tilted Kilt, Monmouth Junction, NJ: All Smiles - photo by Bernie Walsh

Chilly Chili Run, Ogdensburg, NJ: Mass Confusion - photo by Bernie Walsh
De Thomasi's East 5 Points Inn, Vineland, NJ: Warning! Pole Ahead - photo by Bernie Walsh

De Thomasi's East 5 Points Inn, Vineland, NJ - Dave Thompson Video on YouTube (0:33): Some riders have no trouble finding their bikes.

Upstream Grille, Lake Hopatcong, NJ: Piggyback - photo by Bernie Walsh
Upstream Grille, Lake Hopatcong, NJ: Married 49 Years - photo by Bernie Walsh
Upstream Grille, Lake Hopatcong, NJ: Newlyweds - photo by Bernard Walsh

Lago, North Brunswick, NJ: Snow is here. - photo by Dave Thompson

Franklin House Tavern, Schaefferstown, PA: Goin' to town - photo by Bernie Walsh
Franklin House Tavern, Schaefferstown, PA: Goin' back home - photo by Bernie Walsh

Riverton Hotel, Bangor, PA: Patches and Pin we ride for - photo by Dave Thompson

Riverton Hotel, Bangor, PA - Dave Thompson Video on YouTube (0:45): Polar Bears coming off the bridge

Hooters - Wayne, NJ: The Princess - photo by Gary Rosen
Hooters - Wayne, NJ: The Gang of Four - photo by Bernie Walsh
Hooters - Wayne, NJ: Chairman Bob - photo by Bernie Walsh

Hooters - Wayne, NJ - Dave Thompson Video on YouTube (0:27): Bob's ears got cold

Bahr's Landing, Highlands, NJ: Our North Pole rider - photo by Bernie Walsh
Bahr's Landing, Highlands, NJ: Bob and friends - photo by Bernie Walsh
Bahr's Landing, Highlands, NJ: GoPro guy - photo by Bernie Walsh
Bahr's Landing, Highlands, NJ: Moving the pot? - photo by Bernie Walsh

Bahr's Landing, Highlands, NJ - Dave Thompson Video on YouTube (0:29): Bahr's, the Bay, and Bridge
Bahr's Landing, Highlands, NJ - Dave Thompson Video on YouTube (1:10): Bears just keep coming

Lighthouse Tavern, Waretown, NJ: Father and son - photo by Bernie Walsh

Lighthouse Tavern, Waretown, NJ - Dave Thompson Video on YouTube (0:47): Wait, go, and stop

Long Valley Pub & Brewery, Long Valley, NJ: Opening remarks - photo by Bernie Walsh
Long Valley Pub & Brewery, Long Valley, NJ: One-of-a-kind beauty - photo by Bernie Walsh
Long Valley Pub & Brewery, Long Valley, NJ: Shaking hands is more difficult - photo by Bernie Walsh
Long Valley Pub & Brewery, Long Valley, NJ: Some sort of super hero? - photo by Bernie Walsh
Long Valley Pub & Brewery, Long Valley, NJ: Bob with a few of his thousands of friends - photo by Gary Rosen

Chatterbox, Augusta, NJ: Black - photo by Bernie Walsh
Chatterbox, Augusta, NJ: We ride all brands. - photo by Bernie Walsh
Chatterbox, Augusta, NJ: Phil showing first Polar Bear shirt design. - photo by Bernie Walsh
Chatterbox, Augusta, NJ: Looking at pictures taken today - photo by Bernie Walsh

Chatterbox, Augusta, NJ - Dave Thompson Video on YouTube (0:31): Inside
Chatterbox, Augusta, NJ - Dave Thompson Video on YouTube (0:31): Movement outside

Brian's Harley-Davidson, Langhorne, PA: Shall we dance? - photo by Bernie Walsh
Brian's Harley-Davidson, Langhorne, PA: One road to Brian's - photo by Bernie Walsh
Brian's Harley-Davidson, Langhorne, PA: Yum yum - photo by Bernie Walsh

Brian's Harley-Davidson, Langhorne, PA - Dave Thompson Video on YouTube (1:00): Upstairs-Downstairs

Hickory BBQ Smokehouse, Kingston, NY: Polar Bears like snow. - photo by Bernie Walsh
Hickory BBQ Smokehouse, Kingston, NY: It's just a little snow shower. - photo by Bernie Walsh
Hickory BBQ Smokehouse, Kingston, NY: Homeward bound - photo by Bernie Walsh

Cheeburger Cheeburger, Easton, PA: I've got a secret. - photo by Bernie Walsh
Cheeburger Cheeburger, Easton, PA: You don't see Bob sitting down much. - photo by Bernie Walsh

Cheeburger Cheeburger, Easton, PA - Dave Thompson Video on YouTube (0:51): Hungry, talkative bears
Cheeburger Cheeburger, Easton, PA - Dave Thompson Video on YouTube (0:23): Quick getaway

Cape May V.F.W., Cape May, NJ: Until he comes home - photo by Bernie Walsh
Cape May V.F.W., Cape May, NJ: The royal jacket - photo by Bernie Walsh
Cape May V.F.W., Cape May, NJ: Bob watches bikes passing in review. - photo by Bernie Walsh
Cape May V.F.W., Cape May, NJ: Taking the picture - photo by Bernie Walsh
Cape May V.F.W., Cape May, NJ: Flags - photo by Bernie Walsh
Cape May V.F.W., Cape May, NJ: Headin' home before the rush - photo by Bernie Walsh

Cape May V.F.W., Cape May, NJ - Dave Thompson Video on YouTube (0:41): Bob sitting in the Chairman seat at sign-in
Cape May V.F.W., Cape May, NJ - Dave Thompson Video on YouTube (0:24): Squeaky brakes

Get-Together at Pic-A-Lilli Inn, Shamong, NJ: Buffalo Soldiers visit - photo by Bernie Walsh
Get-Together at Pic-A-Lilli Inn, Shamong, NJ: Ride to eat - photo by Bernie Walsh
Get-Together at Pic-A-Lilli Inn, Shamong, NJ: Ride Polar Bear anywhere with this GS. - photo by Bernie Walsh
Get-Together at Pic-A-Lilli Inn, Shamong, NJ: Debbie and Clyde visit. - photo by Bernie Walsh

See Best Pictures of the 2014-2015 Polar Bear Grand Tour Season.

See Best Pictures of the 2013-2014 Polar Bear Grand Tour Season.

See Best Pictures of the 2012-2013 Polar Bear Grand Tour Season.

See Polar Bear Grand Tour Website.

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