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Polar Bear Grand Tour - Best Pictures and Videos of the 2016-2017 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 2016-2017 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.

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(23), Gary Rosen(19), and John M. Bittner(1). All best videos selected were submitted by Dave Thompson. 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 (0:34): Sign-in at Cape May

Irish Eyes Pub, Lewes, DE: Royalty - photo by Dave Thompson
Irish Eyes Pub, Lewes, DE: 2-Up on a Spyder - photo by Bernie Walsh

Irish Eyes Pub, Lewes, DE - Dave Thompson Video on YouTube (0:39): Separate Parking

The Eagles, Bridgewater, NJ: Could you get a little closer? - photo by Bernie Walsh

De Thomasi's East 5 Points Inn, Vineland, NJ: Let me help you. - photo by Bernie Walsh
De Thomasi's East 5 Points Inn, Vineland, NJ: Happiness is ... - photo by Bernie Walsh

De Thomasi's East 5 Points Inn, Vineland, NJ - Dave Thompson Video on YouTube (0:38): Picture vs Video

Hillbilly Hall, Hopewell, NJ: Bob awaits a big turnout. - photo by Dave Thompson
Hillbilly Hall, Hopewell, NJ: Seasoned triker - photo by Bernie Walsh
Hillbilly Hall, Hopewell, NJ: Here we come. - photo by Bernie Walsh

Hillbilly Hall, Hopewell, NJ - Dave Thompson Video on YouTube (1:00): Red leads the way
Hillbilly Hall, Hopewell, NJ - Dave Thompson Video on YouTube (1:00): It's getting harder to find a parking spot

Montgomeryville Cycle, Montgomeryville, PA: White Indian - photo by Bernie Walsh
Montgomeryville Cycle, Montgomeryville, PA: Sign-in - photo by Bernie Walsh
Montgomeryville Cycle, Montgomeryville, PA: Many chrome accents on this Harley trike - photo by Bernie Walsh

Montgomeryville Cycle, Montgomeryville, PA - Dave Thompson Video on YouTube (1:00): Yellow Spyder

Appalachian Brewing Co, Collegeville, PA: Pins & No Pins - photo by Dave Thompson
Appalachian Brewing Co, Collegeville, PA: Take me to your leader. - photo by Bernie Walsh
Appalachian Brewing Co, Collegeville, PA: One of the most beautiful bikes - photo by Bernie Walsh
Appalachian Brewing Co, Collegeville, PA: We've seen it all. - photo by Bernie Walsh
Appalachian Brewing Co, Collegeville, PA: Black is the new black. - photo by Bernie Walsh

Appalachian Brewing Co, Collegeville, PA: - Dave Thompson Video on YouTube (1:00): Coming in

The CABIN, Freehold, NJ: Presents for the children - photo by Dave Thompson
The CABIN, Freehold, NJ: Presents going to the Valerie Fund - photo by Dave Thompson
The CABIN, Freehold, NJ: Married for 50 years - photo by Bernie Walsh
The CABIN, Freehold, NJ: Debbie and Clyde - photo by Bernie Walsh

The CABIN, Freehold, NJ - Dave Thompson Video on YouTube (0:32): Waiting to exit to Route 33

The Tilted Kilt, Monmouth Junction, NJ: Bob and friend - photo by Bernie Walsh

Rhodes North Tavern, Sloatsburg, NY: Phil and Bob - photo by Bernie Walsh

Rhodes North Tavern, Sloatsburg, NY - Dave Thompson Video on YouTube (0:45): Queued up to park

PIC-A-LILLI INN - Shamong, NJ: Slick Vision - photo by Dave Thompson
PIC-A-LILLI INN - Shamong, NJ: Orange Springer - photo by Bernie Walsh

PIC-A-LILLI INN - Shamong, NJ - Dave Thompson Video on YouTube (0:46): Group watches arrivals
PIC-A-LILLI INN - Shamong, NJ - Dave Thompson Video on YouTube (0:43): Searching for the best spot

Upstream Grille, Lake Hopatcong, NJ: Big group - photo by Bernie Walsh

Upstream Grille, Lake Hopatcong, NJ - Dave Thompson Video on YouTube (0:55): 7 arrive

Franklin House Tavern, Schaefferstown, PA: New patch - photo by Gary Rosen
Franklin House Tavern, Schaefferstown, PA: Motor Maid - photo by Bernie Walsh
Franklin House Tavern, Schaefferstown, PA: Bob and Bears - photo by Bernie Walsh

Franklin House Tavern, Schaefferstown, PA - Dave Thompson Video on YouTube (0:54): Early arrivals

O'Connor's American Bar & Grill, Easthampton TWP, NJ: So, what's a little rain? - photo by Bernie Walsh
O'Connor's American Bar & Grill, Easthampton TWP, NJ: It'll be OK. - photo by Bernie Walsh

O'Connor's American Bar & Grill, Easthampton TWP, NJ - Dave Thompson Video on YouTube (0:34): Out of the rain

The Exchange - Rockaway, NJ: Lady Rider - photo by Dave Thompson
The Exchange - Rockaway, NJ: Heading for sign-in - photo by Bernard Walsh
The Exchange - Rockaway, NJ: Polar Bear white BMW - photo by Bernard Walsh
The Exchange - Rockaway, NJ: Bucks County HOG Chapter Group - photo by John M. Bittner

The Exchange - Rockaway, NJ - Dave Thompson Video on YouTube (0:50): 8 arriving

Hooters - Wayne, NJ: New Polar Bear - photo by Gary Rosen
Hooters - Wayne, NJ: Leo at 101 - photo by Bernie Walsh
Hooters - Wayne, NJ: Bob and another friend - photo by Bernie Walsh

Hooters - Wayne, NJ - Dave Thompson Video on YouTube (0:15): Leo!
Hooters - Wayne, NJ - Dave Thompson Video on YouTube (0:48): Lots arriving

Bahr's Landing, Highlands, NJ: Bob, Bears, Bikes, Bay, and Bridge - photo by Bernie Walsh
Bahr's Landing, Highlands, NJ: Lady in Shadow - photo by Bernie Walsh

Bahr's Landing, Highlands, NJ - Dave Thompson Video on YouTube (0:44): View from Twin Lighthouses

Lighthouse Tavern, Waretown, NJ: Bob rides in. - photo by Bernie Walsh
Lighthouse Tavern, Waretown, NJ: Two riders - photo by Bernie Walsh
Lighthouse Tavern, Waretown, NJ: Early motorcycles - photo by Bernie Walsh

Long Valley Pub & Brewery, Long Valley, NJ: Bob at the sign-in table - photo by Bernie Walsh
Long Valley Pub & Brewery, Long Valley, NJ: Snow - photo by Bernie Walsh

Long Valley Pub & Brewery, Long Valley, NJ - Dave Thompson Video on YouTube (1:00): Two golden Harleys

Chatterbox, Augusta, NJ: Snow here - photo by Dave Thompson
Chatterbox, Augusta, NJ: One hand - photo by Bernie Walsh
Chatterbox, Augusta, NJ: Classic - photo by Bernie Walsh
Chatterbox, Augusta, NJ: GoPro Blue - photo by Bernie Walsh

Chatterbox, Augusta, NJ - Dave Thompson Video on YouTube (1:00): Choo-choo-choo

Brian's Harley-Davidson, Langhorne, PA: 2-Up couple - photo by Bernie Walsh
Brian's Harley-Davidson, Langhorne, PA: 3 V.I.P.s - photo by Bernie Walsh
Brian's Harley-Davidson, Langhorne, PA: It keeps my neck warm - photo by Bernie Walsh

Brian's Harley-Davidson, Langhorne, PA - Dave Thompson Video on YouTube (0:42): New Harleys, Upstairs and Downstairs
Brian's Harley-Davidson, Langhorne, PA - Dave Thompson Video on YouTube (0:26): Bob Watches the Activity

Hickory BBQ Smokehouse, Kingston, NY: No hands - photo by Bernie Walsh
Hickory BBQ Smokehouse, Kingston, NY: How are things going? - photo by Bernie Walsh
Hickory BBQ Smokehouse, Kingston, NY: Woodland parking - photo by Bernie Walsh
Hickory BBQ Smokehouse, Kingston, NY: Happy riders - photo by Gary Rosen

Hickory BBQ Smokehouse, Kingston, NY - Dave Thompson Video on YouTube (0:50): Let there be light

Cheeburger Cheeburger, Easton, PA: Good thing I brought my desk with me. - photo by Bernie Walsh
Cheeburger Cheeburger, Easton, PA: It was good to get together, but it's time to go back. - photo by Bernie Walsh

Cape May V.F.W., Cape May, NJ: The Street - photo by Dave Thompson
Cape May V.F.W., Cape May, NJ: Hmmm - photo by Bernie Walsh
Cape May V.F.W., Cape May, NJ: Two Wild and Crazy Gals - photo by Bernie Walsh
Cape May V.F.W., Cape May, NJ: A little maintenance - photo by Bernie Walsh
Cape May V.F.W., Cape May, NJ: Wanna swap a pin? - photo by Bernie Walsh
Cape May V.F.W., Cape May, NJ: Yes! - photo by Bernie Walsh
Cape May V.F.W., Cape May, NJ: Just waitin' - photo by Bernie Walsh
Cape May V.F.W., Cape May, NJ: I feel your pain. - photo by Bernie Walsh

Cape May V.F.W., Cape May, NJ - Dave Thompson Video on YouTube (0:42): On the street

Get-Together at Pic-A-Lilli Inn, Shamong, NJ: Clyde, Ed, and Debbie - photo by Bernie Walsh
Get-Together at Pic-A-Lilli Inn, Shamong, NJ: See you next year for the 2017-2018 season. - photo by Gary Rosen

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See Best Pictures of the 2015-2016 Polar Bear Grand Tour Season.

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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