Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Destination Winter Ride with the CMATVA

A beautiful, crisp February morning found us back in the area known as The PA Wilds to do more destination riding with the Central Mountains ATV Association (CMATVA). On this day we would have 60 machines with over 80 riders come out to participate in this popular activity that is growing among the residents of PA and the surrounding states.

This ride caught me off guard as I rolled in to the Quiet Oaks Campground in Clinton County, Pa to prepare for the ride. I've rode with this club now for close to three years and I would guess on average we have 25-35 machines come out for a township road ride like this. Not on this day, was it the weather, do people have cabin fever or is it because of the efforts being made to expand riding opportunities in the state and the growing demand for people who want to get outside and ride?

We departed from Cross Fork and headed North into Potter County where after about an hour on the trail we made our first stop at the Germania Store for supplies and anyone who needed to fuel up for the upcoming journey.

The store offers fuel, supplies, a potty stop and serves up breakfast and lunch from their cafe there. They also have an ice cream bar that we'll take advantage of come summer and they do have rooms for rent if you're looking for a cozy place to stay right on the trail system.

As you can see from the images above and below that trail conditions can vary greatly this time of year. On our 100 mile ride through three counties we encountered everything from dusty dirt roads, to snowy trail conditions and in some spots icy roads. That's one of the beauties of riding with the club, we travel at a safe pace, we have spotters in lead, mid pack and rear positions and help is always around. No one gets left behind if an emergency situation pops up out on the trail. 

From there we headed east into the Tioga County region where wildlife is abundant and our lunch buffet was waiting. By now we were about three hours into our ride and the weather was starting to warm up nicely.

We had about an hour break for lunch where we had time to socialize with our fellow club members and leave some money behind to help support the local economy. Burgers and fries where on the menu for today.

Here at another trail break on our way back to our starting point in the Kettle Creek Watershed riders take a rest in front of one of the signs posted along all legal riding areas. The CMATVA in cooperation with the DCNR and local townships mark all the riding areas to keep people on track. We have close to 1000 miles of legal riding in this region and its imperative that we "stay on the trail"

If you're interested in group riding, learning your way around the region or just supporting the cause of getting more riding area open then we ask you to consider joining our club, or any other club in the state for that matter. Through joint efforts there are many others out the working to get riding open in their neck of the woods. After all, we all have the same goal in mind and with our North Central Pa Initiative the goal is 1700 miles of legal riding connecting much of Pa with the NY border.


If you're interested please  CLICK HERE  to learn more about the ATV Initiative here in the state of Pa to get more legal riding trails open and how its benefiting the local communities economies. Below also find an opportunity for you to help that costs you know more than 3 minutes of you're time. The DCNR is accepting emails about how we feel about riding in Pa and if we need more trails. We have a simple message you can copy and paste into an email to do your part. We thank all who participate.


Proposed Changes on the Way for Riding ATV's on State Forest Trails

Pennsylvania considers adding more ATV riding trails through state forests. 

They will seek public comment through March 27th. 

Please copy and paste the below message and email to:

Thank you for holding this open forum to investigate public opinion on ATV Trail Openings.
My family and I continue to ride and we support the DCNR in opening state forest lands and forestry roads for ATV use to increase the riding mileage in our state.
We clearly see the economic impact that is happening in the region and understand what it could bring to the area with more trail miles being made available.
ATV riders have proven they can be responsible, and many are an older demographic which brings more expendable income, including mine.
With the lack of snow in recent years and the ability to ride ATV's year-round we would request access to the many more miles of snowmobile trails available in the region to be dual usage with ATV's
Also access to state forest roads like Lyman Run Rd that could connect riders to the Potato City area and on to the northern side of US Rte. 6 when the seasonal trails are closed at Lyman Run. forest roads could also be used as connector roads to other ATV trails and legal roads.
This would lead to more year-round riding opportunities and more economic impact in an area that desperately needs it that time of the year.
We thank you for all you've done and ask that you continue to do more - we as taxpayers enjoy access to our lands.

Partial map of current trail system - Click Here to see all current and proposed trails.


Click Here  to learn more and join the fun. A family membership is only $20 a year.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Motorama 2020 - Brapp Mag Race Report

What a show and I say that every year - but honestly, what a show. The 42nd Annual Motorama Events Races and Show went down in Harrisburg, Pa on February 15-16th to a another full house of vendors, racers and spectators.

I mean really, where else can you go in Mid February and find a Motorsports gathering like this? For the cost of admission you can witness a packed stadium cheering on their favorite arenacross racers or you can get a great pre season deal on parts, apparel and accessories. You can watch everything from RC Car racing to go karts and Robot Conflict, see custom and classic cars and bikes, you can hear music, attend beauty pageants, eat great overpriced food and get your fix on in the middle of winter - for the 42nd year in a row. Did I mention - what a show and who else has done that?

Keep reading to link to great action photos from the weekend and race results....


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Offering custom apparel, graphic tee's, signs, banners and gear 
for the Motorsports Industry and beyond.

The pit bike racing is always a big hit at Motorama.

Velocity Cycles launched their brand at Motorama.

The vendors always bring great deals to the show.

Broc Conley #27 chose Motorama to be his first race ever.


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Now offering two locations and more great brands.

The Dash For Cash races are always red hot - keep scrolling to see who won.

Our Trike video from the event was the most popular by three fold. 

The quads always have a great showing at Motorama. 

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Click Here  to see all our images from Motorama.

But Keep Scrolling for high quality racing images.

Click Here  to see racing images from Cody Darr

Click Here  to see racing images from Tony C.

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Click Here  to see all upcoming schedules for 2020 from our recent issue of Brapp Magazine.

Click Here  for weekend race results.

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

New ATV Trails Coming Soon - But Only With Your Help

Proposed Changes on the Way for Riding ATV's on State Forest Trails

Pennsylvania considers adding more ATV riding trails through state forests. They will seek public comment through March 27th. The state has about 285,000 registered ATV's.

Monday, January 27, 2020

PVR Vintage Swapmeet and Bike Show - Recap

PVR Annual Swap Meet and Bike Show
Potomac Vintage Riders
Jan. 26, 2020
York, Pa

Every January the Potomac Vintage Riders bring their annual gathering to the York, Pa Fairgrounds and year after year this show continues to grow.

Working as one, the AHRMA Mid Atlantic Vintage Cross-Country Series teams up with the gang from the Mid Atlantic Vintage Bikes at the Broom Factory to put on this great off-season event.

Saturday night before the show the series honors its champions for the year at their annual awards banquet. A special thanks to all the volunteers that make all the events and awards banquet happen. Good food, good fun and bench racing was enjoyed by all.


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On Sunday morning the UTZ Arena at the York Fairgrounds opens to a full hall of mostly vintage and some modern parts and bike vendors. Every year the crowd grows with many looking for those hard to find parts and those two-wheel gems from days going by.

There is a vintage bike show that’s second to none that’s hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Bikes from the Broom Works in Baltimore, MD. In talking with Mike Slate one of the shows promoters he shared that at least 80 of the 100 entries were new to the show this year and the number was most likely more than that. 

This year’s People’s Choice award went to Steve Dance from Jarrettsville, MD featuring his 
1951 twin piped Triumph Trophy.

Another really cool piece was this 1985 Rotax powered Tiger 200 trike
displayed by Blueline Graphics.


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suspension and handling needs - 908.637.6385. 

Sylas Merrell wins the XR 75 Raffle Bike.

If you missed the show don’t fret, a lot of these super cherry vintage rides can be found on display at the Broom Factory in Baltimore – get their hours of operation and more details at:

Bike Show Winners

Vintage Competition
1st 1950 BSA A7-Bud Kubina, 2nd 1960's Jawa Speedway-John Yurejefcic
Post Vintage Competition
1st 1977 Maico AW400-Tom Liezear, 2nd Suzuki RM250-Michael Wright
Vintage Street Stock
1st 1956 BMW R26-Rob Richter, 2nd 1982 Suzuki GS750-Gary Jones
Vintage Street Custom
1st 1970 Yamaha SR500-Art Corsetti, 2nd 1974 Norton 850 Police-David Hepher
Vintage Trials, Trial or Enduro
1st 1970 Yamaha RT1-Jock Weir, 2nd 1972 Penton Berkshire-Kevin Donovan
Vintage Mini
1st 1971 Honda SL70-Marty Straus, 2nd 1955 Bonham Tote Gote-Albie Walton
Survivor Award
1955 DMW Competition-Thom Alowelt
People's Choice
1st 1951 Triumph Trophy-Steve Dance, 2nd 1970 Yamaha RT1 Yamaha-Jock Weir

Click Here  to see all pics from the show.

Monday, January 20, 2020

PVR Swap Meet and Bike Show - Sunday January 26, 2020

The Potomac Vintage Riders Swap Meet and Bike show is only days away, so it’s time to clear the calendar and gas up the van and point it towards the Utz Arena at the York Fairgrounds in York, Pa. 

This coming Sunday January 26th 2020   The Swap Meet/Bike Show runs from 8 am -3:30 pm.  The move to the larger UTZ Arena at the York, PA Fair allowed us to have the largest crowd ever. Well over 2500 people in its second year. This year we will have 20 more vendor spaces within the swap meet. The event attracts vendors from all over the East coast and Midwest and has grown into one of the biggest Swap Meet/Bike show events of the year. (matter of fact, vendor space has been sold out for weeks)

The “Bike Show” organized by the Nick Taylor and the Broomworks crew attracts over 100 of the finest vintage motorcycles and is a huge crowd pleaser. The show is judged, awards custom trophies and also allows you to select the “People’s Choice Award” for best bike.

We will have the Penton Group (John and Jack) with their display and Terry Cunningham returning again to bench race with and sign autographs.  Terry is a four-time AMA Grand National Enduro Champion, ISDE Gold Medalist and AMA Hall of fame inductee. The Pentons, well they need no introduction.

The “Bike Corral” will showcase the vintage bikes for sale. This area is a great success with easy access and ample room for viewing.   

So whether you’re looking for parts to finish a restoration, a new project to start, finding a finished gem to purchase, or just meet up with old friends, it’s all here under one roof.  You won’t want to miss it!!!!

Bike corral and other event information are available from Tommy Grimmel, PVR President.  

Contact Tommy via email at