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Motorcycle Roads Long Island's North Shore Tour

By Alan Chipetine
on July 1, 2009

3.9out of 5

16 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

The route starts in Glen Cove, New York on Long Island. From the Whitestone or Throgs Neck Bridges, you travel south on the cross Island Parkway to the Long Island Expressway heading East. Take exit 39 to Glen Cove Road North and stay left until you enter the town of Glen Cove. The route ends in the town of Port Jefferson. You can return by reversing directions or taking Route 112 south back to the Long Island Expressway heading West. Refer to the online map above.

Notes: If you wanted to make this longer than a day trip, try heading east along 25A from Port Jefferson and go to the North or South Fork of Long Island. The North fork leads one to Orient Point and the Ferries to Connecticut or Block Island. The south fork leads you through the Hamptons to Montauk Point.

Scenery

This tour begins at the end of Glen Cove Road (route 107) in Glen Cove on Long Island. As you meander through the affluent suburban neighborhoods of Lattingtown and Locust Valley, you will slalom through well paved twisties lined with beautiful homes and foliage. As you travel north on Bayville road, you ride along the waters edge of the Long Island Sound where you can stop and relax on a peaceful North Shore beach or eat in one of the many restaurants along Bayville Road. A stop at the Tiki Bar is a local bikers favorite destination. The restaurants along this stretch of road offer great local seafood and outdoor dining.

After crossing the drawbridge the road changes to West Shore Road in Oyster Bay. The road hugs the Long Island Sound where you can admire the beautiful boats moored in Oyster Bay Harbor or take a right along any side street and be treated to the sights of F. Scott Fitzgerald's literary setting. Once in the Town of Oyster Bay, you are in a great walking town where you can stroll while eating the local Pizza, eat a New York bagel, have some ice cream or try a slice of Long Islands famous Italian Pizza. Back on the bikes heading east, visiting Teddy Roosevelt's House at Sagamore Hill is a well worthwhile side trip. After several miles traveling south on Oyster Bay road, you turn east on Northern Boulevard, more commonly referred to as 25A. This stretch of road meanders through the towns of Cold Spring Harbor and Huntington. Huntington is known as Long Island's best village. Again, you can eat any type of ethnic food ranging from Sushi, to Indian, Chinese, American, Indian, Italian, or Greek. From the center of town, you travel north along West Neck Road, through the town of Lloyd Harbor to Caumset State Park. Once again you are riding along the Long Island Sound through areas reminiscent of The Great Gatsby. At the end of the road is Target Rock, a large Boulder perched at the entrance of Huntington Harbor which was once used for target practice by the British Navy. Target Rock has a lovely hike to the water and a small rest stop with bathrooms. Once back on 25A, travel east to the town of Centerport where a small shanty type structure called the Shack awaits the hungry biker. From Spring until Autumn, this is a major stomping ground for Long Island bikers. Most of the bikers, however, tend to be dentists, lawyers, doctors, and accountants out for a little motorcycle therapy and a cold drink.

The trip offers the rider an opportunity to take just about any side road and be treated to well paved two lane roads meandering through lovely estates. Travel north from anywhere off 25A and you will be surrounded by lovely homes with lavishly landscaped properties. Also, try visiting the towns of Northport or Stony Brook on your way to Port Jefferson. This nautical village is home of the Ferry to Connecticut and is another favorite biker destination. You can simply reverse the route to return or if you are in a hurry, take route 112 south from Port Jefferson to the Long Island Expressway West.

Road Quality

Although this trip doesn't provide many stretches of road where you can open her up, the beautifully paved roads offer miles of stretches without stop signs or red lights. This is a leisurely route that offers many opportunities to relish the sights and tastes of Long Island.

Roadside Amenities

The amenities along this route are simply magnificent. Some of the finest dinning at any price range, plenty of places to gas up, shopping, antiquing, and marvelous parks, hiking trails, and historical monuments.

Additional Info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather.

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By papafern
on January 16, 2016 3 out of 3 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 87

Motorcycle Make Honda Elite 150

Motorcycle Type Other

The nicest part of Long Island

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By gig
on April 27, 2013 2 out of 3 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

The best part of this route was omitted. 25A east through Kings Park. When the road turns south(st. Johns land rd) stay straight. Take Rose St. To the end. Make right on Landing Ave. next light make a left on Edgewood Ave. next light make a left on Nissequogue River Road. At end of road make a right on Moriches rd. Next light will be 25A make left and rejoin route.

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By Guest
on May 3, 2010 2 out of 5 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2000

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

ugh, roads crowded too many lights, sights- iffy at best

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By faztang
on August 6, 2017 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

1.0out of 5

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This route was a total bust. Maybe it;s a good ride for people who live in Long Island but if you are not local don't wast your time. Tons of stoplights, traffic, and there are barely any water views. Not sure why it's getting so much praise. Don't bother with it.

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By Guest
on April 9, 2012 1 out of 3 members found this review useful.

2.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2012

Motorcycle Make Triumph

Motorcycle Type Sport

I must have missed something. I started off in Glen Cove and followed the described route. The route doesn't go through Lattingtown or Locust Valley, despite mentioning them for some reason.

I admit that I only got to Laurel Hollow before I gave up on the route. No twisting turns, no sweeping turns, really no... turns. And as for scenery, you'll be treated to little more than driveways and signs for condo developments.

I hope Long Island has more to offer than this, since it's the closest place to my home in the East Village that I have any chance of finding nice roads.

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By Guest
on February 20, 2011 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2011

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Ive been riding for 30 years. Yes that is a great ride. I have the honor of being somewhere on the route any given day, I live in Glen Cove. Does any one no of any other places or routes or stops on long island that they can share

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By Guest
on August 23, 2010 1 out of 2 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2000

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Sport

I ride the east part of this run every chance i get.I like the twisties the best.Try Feeks la and factory pond rd.Just be carefull Sun. mornings,as there are scores of pedal bikers on the same roads.The full run is worth the ride if you haven't done it before.

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By Guest
on July 6, 2010 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Great ride, excellent description. Kept going east to Orient Point, took the ferry across, and ultimately to Mohegan Sun (concert, casino). Took the same route back. A lot of excellent places to stop and relax and eat. Picturesque scenery and towns. Lots of wineries. Just make sure you stay on 25A. Merges with 25 near Smithtown and that's not a pleasant ride.

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By Guest
on February 28, 2010 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

Totally an awesome ride much better than the montauk ride just keep the rubber side down through the turns and enjoy...

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By Guest
on July 17, 2009 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Great ride, nice description. Thanks Alan.

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By corvette74
on July 24, 2017 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1972

Motorcycle Make Norton

Motorcycle Type Sport

Nice ride. Done it many times - never gets old. Changing seasons make it interesting too. If riding on a Saturday or Sunday be sure to visit Billy Joel's 20th Century Cycle shop in Oyster Bay. Nice people, excellently restored and modified vintage bikes. Worth a trip all by itself.

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By Atalinder Singh Bindra
on July 18, 2016 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2015

Motorcycle Make Indian

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Ride as described here is really very beautiful. For my next trip on same rout, I plan to go early in morning. I would highly recommend this motorcycle ride. Amazing ride.

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By Guest
on June 17, 2010 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

I've done this ride every year. The best part is parking at the beach and watching the sun set.

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By Guest
on May 15, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make BMW

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Now that I can remenice, I would add the trip to Robert Moses. Take Take the sunken meadow parkway south to the southern state parkway west to the Robert moses parkway to jones beach. This is a real stretch of long island allowing you to open up on the open road. Bridges, beaches, boats and seafood. Go for it! Ride safe, Alan.

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By Guest
on October 11, 2009 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

3.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

The road is described very well by Alan. It is a nice run for Long Island, one of the most boring places in the state to ride. I also followed Paul's suggestion and added the Robert Moses-Ocean Pwky. ride back.

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By Guest
on July 28, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1994

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

You can also travel south on the Sagtikos Pkwy and take Ocean Pkwy back west and ride along Jones beach. Real nice ride.

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