Museum Announces Event Slate For 2019

VERNON, CT – The New England Motorcycle Museum over the weekend released a schedule of major events planned for 2019, including a 2nd annual Café Fever show in August and auctions in May and September.

While the museum’s booking agent, Keith Gorden, reported in a Facebook post that details will be forthcoming, the museum’s emphasis seems to be on partying and having a good time.

Bike nights with “Bikes, Bands & Babes” are set for Friday nights, starting April 12. Saturdays will be reserved for “Legends, Music and Movie Night,” starting April 13.

The event slate lists “Rockstock” from May 31st through June 1, “Thunderdome” from June 28 through 30, a “Kaplan America Freedom Ride” from July 5 through 7, “NEEM Hot Summer Nights” from July 26 through 28, “Café Fever” from August 23 through 25 (presented the Murdercycles motorcycle club), and “Back to Old School Rock” from Sept. 13 through 15.

A “Rocktober” event is planned for October 4 through 6, while a “Haunted Museum” affair will take place at the end of October.

The auction dates are May 25 and Sept. 27.

In his Facebook post, Gorden promised a “wild, crazy summer” at the museum and even teased “Bikini bike washes?”

The museum is located at 200 West Main Street in the Rockville section of Vernon.


About Bud Wilkinson

Bud Wilkinson writes the "RIDE-CT" motorcycle column and the "My Ride" classic car feature in the "Republican-American" newspaper in Waterbury, CT. A graduate of Vermont Academy, he received a B.A. degree journalism from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1975. He is the recipient of a Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Award in 1992 and a 1991-92 regional Emmy Award for commentary. He currently rides a 1987 BMW R 80 RT and a 2014 Triumph Bonneville and drives a 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata and 2008 Ford Ranger pickup.


  1. All of you Communists offended by everything. Get over it and enjoy your life and stop being offended for the sake of being offended.

  2. Seriously I’m more put off by the “partying and having a good time” line in general. How about some shows that take motorcycles seriously. Vintage bike shows, race bike shows, custom-bike shows, field meets, trials exhibitions (inside?), stuff ABOUT BIKES. Then the “babes” you meet will just be fellow riders. That’s what we need more of.

  3. No , no, no. They’re washing any bike with a bikini fairing.

  4. The New England Motorcycle Museum has no plans for and has never advertised a “Bikini Bike Wash”. Keith Gorden’s statement was not endorsed by the NEMM.

  5. Are you even for real? I love any place that collects and celebrates our two-wheeled culture, but come on. Advertising a MUSEUM event with “babes” is about the most classless thing I can think of – especially these days. Ridership is falling across most demographics…except women riders. Why would you intentionally alienate 20% of the riding public?

    Posting an event like this is as out of touch with modern motorcycling as the stereotype of a grizzled drunk on a Harley. Let’s get with the times, people.

  6. Oh, come on. This is 2019. The days of objectifying women should is absolutely over. I’ve been riding for 38 years, and have seen an evolving change in the industry. More emphasis on women who actually ride motorcycles has been evolving. How about working towards attracting real women who ride rather than this mysoginistic crap. Women have money, women ride, we have a voice. How about promoting events that are a whole less “women as objects. “

  7. Ken, I’ll call you separately, this is not good PR.

  8. As a woman who rides and one that was looking forward to checking out the museum, this is really distasteful. You have just lost me as a supporter, not to mention a lot of other women and many of the men they know. You may want to rethink and apologize.

  9. Let me add another male voice. That ad is what makes me not want to come to bike nights. I have no issue with bikers who want that babe shit but count me out. The industry is struggling. Going out of your way to alienate 18% of riders make no sense at all

  10. Sigh. I am so tired of the “Biker Babe” Trope. This is f-ed up, really. I am really disappointed that “An award-winning print and broadcast journalist” would resort to gleefully advertising such tired old stereotypes which basically endorse a business’ objectification of women. Women ride. I ride. I don’t like to be called a babe. I don’t wear a bikini to ride. I don’t need a woman in a bikini to wash my bike and I don’t need a woman in a bikini to attract me to an event. Hate to break it to ya, but with the number of women riding hitting an all-time high of 14% last year, our growing numbers will not keep tolerating the misogyny.

  11. The motorcycle industry mopes about the downturn in sales and riders. And then markets blatent, misogynistic events like this. “Babes”? Bikini bike washes? I certainly won’t be supporting or attending a museum that hosts events like this OR the businesses that sponser them and advertise on their websites! And neither will my enlightened male friends and relatives who are weary of the disrespect towards the women and women riders in their lives.

  12. This event is out of touch with today’s motorcycle culture. The objectification of women will not be tolerated.

  13. Will not be attending your museum as long as you are exploiting women….No need for it in this day and age….

  14. So,it’s 2019 and you still advertise BABES? Surprising. We need to stop objectifying and appreciate the women riders out there. Many can ride circles around you!
    I would love to come and check out the museum but can’t condone the attitude.

  15. Ugh, seriously. Bikini bike washes? I want to love a motorcycle museum in my neck of the woods, because I love motorcycles and have been a rider for 20+ years. But the theme of women-as-decoration is seriously outdated and at this point, tone-deaf and gross. It is obvious that the men running these events have no interest in attracting women who actually ride, or making us feel welcome at all. This sport doesn’t have to be a sausage fest, and with just the tiniest bit of effort, can be super inclusive! Give it a shot, guys. Unless you want all your events to be bikes, bros, beards, bellies and bandanas… which, you know, is a thing. Maybe Bears too.

  16. Hello NEMM – the days of “Babes” as decorations and “bikini bike washes” are over! It’s 2019 and guess what – women who ride will no longer abide this misogynistic objectification of women. Time to come out of your caves dudes.