Members of the Nassau Wings Motorcycle Club take a break...

Members of the Nassau Wings Motorcycle Club take a break on the side of the road in Lloyd's Neck on one of their trips. (2010) Credit: Nassau Wings

As the weather brightens, the motorcycles come out in full force. And on Long Island, there's no excuse for being a lonely biker.

"It's far more fun to ride as a group," says John Plotke Jr., 28, of Huntington, who organizes the Long Island Riders, one of an array of local motorcycle clubs. "Motorcycling is a passionate sport for people all over, but for many riders, it's difficult to find others to ride with. And they need a way to organize events."

Some local groups cater to specific types of motorcycles; others are geared toward women. Here's a look at the most active clubs - and where they're riding soon.


Annual dues: None

Since August, this group has grown to 44 who plan Sunday rides. Perhaps the favorite: "Circle Long Island Drive," looping from the North Shore to Montauk Point, back along the South Shore and heading to Queens - 8 hours, including coffee breaks and pit stops. "We've got young kids on sport bikes, and we've got 60-year-old gray hairs on Harleys," says Plotke, a project manager for a roofing company. "We go wherever the wind will take us. We're just enthusiastic people who love to ride."

Upcoming: On Sunday, April 25, the group will meet at 9 a.m. at Captree State Park in Babylon, then ride to Riverhead to eat at Spicy's Barbecue Restaurants.


Annual dues: $25-$35

This 65-member group, which is also open to non-BMW riders, meets Sunday mornings to discuss cycle issues and hosts tech workshops. Members organize rides with posts on their website. Usually, several rides happen a week. The group plans camping trips - last year, it rode to the Catskills - and this summer, 10 members are riding to Las Vegas.

Upcoming: At 9 a.m. Sunday, April 25, attend a members meeting at Nautilus Diner in Massapequa (5523 Merrick Rd.).


Annual dues: None

Though geared toward women, this group is open to men: "They just need to know we're not out there for speed races," says founder Kim Stead, 43, of Manhattan. "We're out for camaraderie and great rides." The 30-member group plans at least one event a month.

Upcoming: May 15-16, the group is participating in the New York Scooter Club Block Party, which include rides.


Annual dues: $25-$50

For 24 years, this 20-member group has planned Sunday rides - from 60 to 250 miles round trip - and at least one overnight trip each summer. "We're actually an eating club with a motorcycle problem," says president Jaime Cruz Jr., 52, of Old Bethpage. "Most of our destinations seem to involve some great new place we found to eat." Members participate in charity rides in the tri-state area, and they've hosted their own, Pop's Run, since 2001. The Aug. 22 event benefits the Amyloid Research Fund.

Upcoming: On April 28, attend a meeting at 8 p.m. at Irish Cottage, 1010 Park Blvd. in Massapequa Park.


Where do bikers head when they're hungry? Here are three popular warm-weather haunts.

JUGS & STROKERS ROADSIDE REST: 1828 Sunrise Hwy., Merrick, 516-623-4449,

The website says it all: "Gas tanks, tires, skulls, brassieres. Where ever you look there's cool stuff all over the place." An ongoing schedule of live music, too.

Biker time: Friday nights and Sunday afternoons, when there's sometimes a free barbecue (hot dogs and burgers)

Biker fuel: Chicken wings, chicken fingers, burgers

LEGENDS: 835 First St., New Suffolk, 631-734-5123,

A waterside sports bar and fine dining restaurant serving New American cuisine. Bikers prefer the bar.

Biker time: Whenever the weather calls

Biker fuel: Anything from wings and burgers to sea bass and paella

CLAUDIO'S CLAM BAR: 111 Main St., Greenport, 631-477-0627,

Just opened for the season, this canopied clam bar runs the full length of a pier.

Biker time: Sunday

Biker fuel: Burgers, seafood, raw bar items


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