Traveltalkonline.com Forums


SXM Cruise Schedule TTOL Sponsors SXM Travel Calendar
Forum Statistics
Forums39
Topics29,061
Posts211,502
Members25,315
Most Online2,218
Jan 21st, 2020
Top Posters(30 Days)
RonDon 91
SammyM 63
BEERMAN 61
Member Spotlight
candj
candj
Southport, North Carolina, US
Posts: 2,032
Joined: December 2008
Show All Member Profiles 
Today's Birthdays
jay, JudyG, Prairie_guy
Who's Online Now
63 registered members (jborosara, ndfaninnc, John, SacoFrank, SteveH, Rbailey, nevar37, ggffrr11, DoubleK, billy3, Fred, Seaisle, Bobben, BaardJ, Buddyhog, GeorgeC1, dlparch, Tonythepilot, socamon, Memphré, geomo, jagmansr, Mikel, sleepychef, VGerfo, mriley4955, tbart, road3682, NCSailor, fthunt, PnPinNC, eightzerobits, Bill_S, deliveryskipper, EllenS, CanR, BillR, ronwald1, Leagle49, Jaybird, TimS, SXMbeacher, Uksimonusa, KirkB, sugarae, Tom, jenniboston, ChiTownHarry, 15 invisible), 258 guests, and 422 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Rate Thread
Bikers on island tomorrow #125659
03/29/2017 08:30 AM
03/29/2017 08:30 AM
Joined: Aug 2000
Posts: 70,528
Central Florida!
Carol_Hill Offline OP
Traveler
Carol_Hill  Offline OP
Traveler
Joined: Aug 2000
Posts: 70,528
Central Florida!
I saw a story in the Daily Herald today that said that there are TWO ships that will be bringing cruise ship passengers with their motorcycles to SXM tomorrow. So, if you're on island, just be on the lookout for what could be some pretty large groups of bikers tomorrow.


Carol Hill
SXM Sponsors
Re: Bikers on island tomorrow [Re: Carol_Hill] #125660
03/29/2017 09:55 AM
03/29/2017 09:55 AM
Joined: Mar 2009
Posts: 11,212
Auburn, WA
SXMScubaman Offline
Traveler
SXMScubaman  Offline
Traveler
Joined: Mar 2009
Posts: 11,212
Auburn, WA
Oh great. Just what the island needs. More bikers.

Re: Bikers on island tomorrow [Re: SXMScubaman] #125661
03/29/2017 10:12 AM
03/29/2017 10:12 AM
Joined: Jun 2008
Posts: 2,643
L
LBI2SXM Offline
Traveler
LBI2SXM  Offline
Traveler
L
Joined: Jun 2008
Posts: 2,643
Cruise ships will do anything to get a buck!! <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/cloud.gif" alt="" />

Re: Bikers on island tomorrow [Re: LBI2SXM] #125662
03/29/2017 10:28 AM
03/29/2017 10:28 AM
Joined: Mar 2001
Posts: 14,760
Ohio
ruralcarrier Offline
Traveler
ruralcarrier  Offline
Traveler
Joined: Mar 2001
Posts: 14,760
Ohio
Quote
LBI2SXM said:
Cruise ships will do anything to get a buck!! <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/cloud.gif" alt="" />


Like most businesses, that is how they stay afloat (no pun intended). Themed cruises such as this are pretty popular and this is not the first time a cruise such as this has stopped in SXM. First time probably for 2 ships to be in carrying bikes though.


J.D.
Re: Bikers on island tomorrow [Re: ruralcarrier] #125663
03/29/2017 11:01 AM
03/29/2017 11:01 AM
Joined: Aug 2000
Posts: 70,528
Central Florida!
Carol_Hill Offline OP
Traveler
Carol_Hill  Offline OP
Traveler
Joined: Aug 2000
Posts: 70,528
Central Florida!
I think the bikers cruise is at least a yearly event for a couple of different cruise lines, and as JD says, theme cruises in general are very popular. I see nothing wrong with the cruise at all, just a heads up for people to be aware that they might see some pretty large groups of bikers tomorrow.


Carol Hill
Re: Bikers on island tomorrow [Re: Carol_Hill] #125664
03/29/2017 11:05 AM
03/29/2017 11:05 AM
Joined: Mar 2001
Posts: 14,760
Ohio
ruralcarrier Offline
Traveler
ruralcarrier  Offline
Traveler
Joined: Mar 2001
Posts: 14,760
Ohio
I wouldn't ride there unless very early in the morning but yes, these cruises are very popular. Just like selling a trip to Sunset, anything to make $$.


J.D.
Re: Bikers on island tomorrow [Re: ruralcarrier] #125665
03/29/2017 11:12 AM
03/29/2017 11:12 AM
Joined: Jan 2008
Posts: 480
Ohio
rkitek Offline
Traveler
rkitek  Offline
Traveler
Joined: Jan 2008
Posts: 480
Ohio
If it was the pedal type of bike, I would be interested in that type of cruise.



[Linked Image]
Re: Bikers on island tomorrow [Re: ruralcarrier] #125666
03/29/2017 11:14 AM
03/29/2017 11:14 AM
Joined: Mar 2001
Posts: 1,117
Colorado and Sailing the World
Maria_and_Steve Offline
Traveler
Maria_and_Steve  Offline
Traveler
Joined: Mar 2001
Posts: 1,117
Colorado and Sailing the World
I had trouble with the article because it said Bikers. Sometimes cyclists with bicycles are called bikers. Motorcyclists are called bikers too. It wasn't until the end of the article they finally said "motorcycles" were on the cruise ships. Now I get it smile

The local motorcycle riders should have fun riding with them!!! Let's watch the wheelies begin!

Re: Bikers on island tomorrow [Re: Maria_and_Steve] #125667
03/29/2017 11:29 AM
03/29/2017 11:29 AM
Joined: Apr 2001
Posts: 12,592
Brookfield, CT.
pat Offline
Traveler
pat  Offline
Traveler
Joined: Apr 2001
Posts: 12,592
Brookfield, CT.
In honesty, while I understand that some of us might take umbrage with the 'bikers cruise' or perhaps just the idea of more 'bikers', we've been on the island when one of these cruises was in port in the past and judging by what we observed, they are definitely NOT like the 'suicyclists' who live there and who many of us want no part of while we're on the Island. These are serious bikers who have booked the cruise and are bringing their very expensive bikes for their personal enjoyment of both the Island and their sport of riding. No different from the bicycle themed cruise bringing road bicyclists or the nude cruise bringing more nudists...... no harm, no foul. And these visitors do actually get out and around the Island, and from what we saw, they drop some very serious dollars adding to the Island coffers. <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/handshake.gif" alt="" /> <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/handshake.gif" alt="" />


Respectfully,

pat



"Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat
them."
Re: Bikers on island tomorrow [Re: pat] #125668
03/29/2017 11:43 AM
03/29/2017 11:43 AM
Joined: Mar 2004
Posts: 3,785
Vancouver, WA
Todd Offline
Traveler
Todd  Offline
Traveler
Joined: Mar 2004
Posts: 3,785
Vancouver, WA
I had no idea that a cruise like that existed, but now I do. While cruises do not float my boat and it has never interested me to rent a bike on island I think bringing down my Harley for a couple cruise stops to ride with other bikers would be a blast. I might just do that in a couple years! I bet there are some awesome bikes and the rumble of them going by would be music to my ears.

Cheers!
T


“It is what it is. But, it will be what you make it.” Coach Pat Summitt (at least that is who I heard if from)
Re: Bikers on island tomorrow [Re: pat] #125669
03/29/2017 11:46 AM
03/29/2017 11:46 AM
Joined: Oct 2013
Posts: 550
Perryman, Maryland
B
bdeeley Offline
Traveler
bdeeley  Offline
Traveler
B
Joined: Oct 2013
Posts: 550
Perryman, Maryland
Quote
pat said:
These are serious bikers who have booked the cruise and are bringing their very expensive bikes for their personal enjoyment of both the Island and their sport of riding. No different from the bicycle themed cruise bringing road bikers or the nude cruise bringing more nudists...... no harm, no foul. And these visitors do actually get out and around the Island, and from what we saw, they drop some very serious dollars adding to the Island coffers. <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/handshake.gif" alt="" /> <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/handshake.gif" alt="" />


Very well said! They are mostly there to ride their bikes around the island (enjoying the views) and spend money on food and trinkets and less likely to be inundating the beaches. I hope the have perfect weather for riding around the island.


Be careful of the toes you step on today for they may be connected to the foot of the person's a$s you have to kiss tomorrow.
Re: Bikers on island tomorrow [Re: pat] #125670
03/29/2017 11:56 AM
03/29/2017 11:56 AM
Joined: Dec 2005
Posts: 1,845
Royersford, PA (30m NW of Phil...
Biturbo Offline
Traveler
Biturbo  Offline
Traveler
Joined: Dec 2005
Posts: 1,845
Royersford, PA (30m NW of Phil...
Thank you, Pat and others. I've been a motorcyclist for nearly half a century and have never thought of myself as some sort of outlaw. My fellow riders and I always respect others on the road (wish I could say the same about some of them). I have a European sportbike (Triumph) which makes no more noise than the average car, and hate being stereotyped.


"In a yellow El Camino, listening to Howlin' Wolf" - Lucinda
Re: Bikers on island tomorrow [Re: pat] #125671
03/29/2017 12:04 PM
03/29/2017 12:04 PM
Joined: Aug 2000
Posts: 70,528
Central Florida!
Carol_Hill Offline OP
Traveler
Carol_Hill  Offline OP
Traveler
Joined: Aug 2000
Posts: 70,528
Central Florida!
Pat--yes, these folks are very seriously bikers, bringing very expensive bikes and not the standard 'suicyclists' that are a danger to themselves and everyone else. Have you actually seen a cruise for bicycle enthusiasts? I've not seen that. Doesn't mean it doesn't exist, but I haven't heard of it.


Carol Hill
Re: Bikers on island tomorrow [Re: Carol_Hill] #125672
03/29/2017 12:19 PM
03/29/2017 12:19 PM
Joined: Aug 2000
Posts: 2,424
MIA
I
irina Offline
Traveler
irina  Offline
Traveler
I
Joined: Aug 2000
Posts: 2,424
MIA
They been having these cruises for years. At least 15 years maybe more. They bring gorgeous bikes/choppers and ride around the island. Big groups of them. Loud. But very cool.
cheers
irina

Re: Bikers on island tomorrow [Re: irina] #125673
03/29/2017 12:27 PM
03/29/2017 12:27 PM
Joined: Jun 2008
Posts: 1,112
CT
pony600 Offline
Traveler
pony600  Offline
Traveler
Joined: Jun 2008
Posts: 1,112
CT
We've seen a group of these motorcycles parked at the Marigot market one time in October. Very beautiful, and very expensive bikes. I don't ride, but looked like fun to me.


[Linked Image]



If life hands you a lemon, just squeeze it on a lobster!
Re: Bikers on island tomorrow [Re: pony600] #125674
03/29/2017 12:50 PM
03/29/2017 12:50 PM
Joined: Apr 2001
Posts: 1,534
Long Island, NY
RICKnGRACE_LI_NY Offline
Traveler
RICKnGRACE_LI_NY  Offline
Traveler
Joined: Apr 2001
Posts: 1,534
Long Island, NY
As usual pat is the voice of reason. Her Board Diplomacy is second to none.


Rick and Grace
Re: Bikers on island tomorrow [Re: pat] #125675
03/29/2017 12:55 PM
03/29/2017 12:55 PM
Joined: Apr 2001
Posts: 12,592
Brookfield, CT.
pat Offline
Traveler
pat  Offline
Traveler
Joined: Apr 2001
Posts: 12,592
Brookfield, CT.
To clarify a bit - my number one thought is that while I've never been on a motorcycle in my life, and in fact, I'm absolutely terrified of them, I have many friends who love their Sunday motorcycle rides and live for the joy of exploring on their bikes. They pay a fortune for their "Hawgs" and all their accompanying gear and they would never act the way some of the suicyclists on the island do.

My next thought is to clarify my own fears of motorcycles - as a child of about ten or less years old, I witnessed a horrendous accident in NYS between two young people and one of the old-fashioned open soda/beer delivery trucks. The driver of the truck walked away while the two young people (who, btw, were 100% in the right) didn't live to talk about it. It left a very lasting impression and a total fear of cycles to this day. I have the utmost respect for bikers on the highway and give them wide berth because I've seen, up close and personally, how little protection they have.

And Carol, I assumed there was a bicycle cruise because we got caught up in what appeared to be a road race through the French lowlands one year and when we asked our server about it at dinner that night, we were told they were off a cruise ship. There were probably about 75 to a hundred cyclists and it made sense that, had they been from the Island in that number, it would have been publicized on the Island and we might have heard about it. Beyond that, I honestly don't know if it was a cruise group or not but was just going on what we were told.


Respectfully,

pat



"Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat
them."
Re: Bikers on island tomorrow [Re: Carol_Hill] #125676
03/29/2017 01:01 PM
03/29/2017 01:01 PM
Joined: Mar 2001
Posts: 14,760
Ohio
ruralcarrier Offline
Traveler
ruralcarrier  Offline
Traveler
Joined: Mar 2001
Posts: 14,760
Ohio
We have been there when one of these cruises was in port. I would say 30+ motorcycles (mostly Harley with a few GoldWings and others) and it was interesting to see.

This past trip there was a large bicycle contingent and I thought it may have been a bicycle-type themed cruise as it was probably 50+ riding and they were not locals.


J.D.
Re: Bikers on island tomorrow [Re: pat] #125677
03/29/2017 01:06 PM
03/29/2017 01:06 PM
Joined: Aug 2000
Posts: 70,528
Central Florida!
Carol_Hill Offline OP
Traveler
Carol_Hill  Offline OP
Traveler
Joined: Aug 2000
Posts: 70,528
Central Florida!
Pat--I have no idea if your server was correct or not, but I guess they would know what they were talking about. I do know that there have been some pretty large bicycle races on island in recent times, as I remember seeing something about one in the Daily Herald recently and the particular one that I saw was not affiliated with a cruise.


Carol Hill
Re: Bikers on island tomorrow [Re: Carol_Hill] #125678
03/29/2017 04:15 PM
03/29/2017 04:15 PM
Joined: Oct 2015
Posts: 36
Neebing, ON
A
ApeBro Offline
Traveler
ApeBro  Offline
Traveler
A
Joined: Oct 2015
Posts: 36
Neebing, ON
In 2014, we met a group of bikers off a cruise. Turns out they were a law enforcement group from Atlanta raising funds and awareness for the Special Olympics! Great group of people, whom we supported by purchasing a t shirt. Event was called the Torch Run. They had police escorts to guide traffic at the roundabouts.

Last edited by ApeBro; 03/29/2017 04:56 PM.
Re: Bikers on island tomorrow [Re: Todd] #125679
03/29/2017 04:53 PM
03/29/2017 04:53 PM
Joined: Dec 2013
Posts: 221
Massachusetts USA
tmsxmsails Offline
Traveler
tmsxmsails  Offline
Traveler
Joined: Dec 2013
Posts: 221
Massachusetts USA
I had no idea they had motorcycle cruises. I'm impressed that they have the capabilities to load and unload them from the ship to support this. Yes, I know they load cargo/food all the time but personal (and expensive) property like that is another thing. Who knew!

I personally am not a fan of large groups of loud motorcycles rolling through an area - and I say this as a former motorcyclist for many years.

What irks me the most is the flagrant disregard for noise ordinances. If I had a car that made as much noise as many of the hogs that I encounter, I would be ticketed in an instant. I just don't understand why police turn a deaf ear to this. Then, when you put them together in a large group, it's downright painful.

I have no idea if SXM has noise laws - or if anyone enforces them if they do - and I'm not trying to start a debate and get this thread shut down. I just wanted to offer another viewpoint.

Re: Bikers on island tomorrow [Re: tmsxmsails] #125680
03/29/2017 05:01 PM
03/29/2017 05:01 PM
Joined: Mar 2017
Posts: 354
S
sasasal Offline
Traveler
sasasal  Offline
Traveler
S
Joined: Mar 2017
Posts: 354
Noise laws?? Not sure they have many serious laws. Your in the Caribbean. I hate bikes at any cost. Not sure how the Island guys stay alive the way they race in and out of cars...

Re: Bikers on island tomorrow [Re: Todd] #125681
03/29/2017 05:04 PM
03/29/2017 05:04 PM
Joined: Feb 2014
Posts: 69
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Nowhatched Offline
Traveler
Nowhatched  Offline
Traveler
Joined: Feb 2014
Posts: 69
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
<img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/handshake.gif" alt="" />Thanks for the heads up. We are headed to the Passangaran House to meet friends for an early breakfast . Then head out of town by 9:30

Re: Bikers on island tomorrow [Re: tmsxmsails] #125682
03/29/2017 05:37 PM
03/29/2017 05:37 PM
Joined: Aug 2000
Posts: 70,528
Central Florida!
Carol_Hill Offline OP
Traveler
Carol_Hill  Offline OP
Traveler
Joined: Aug 2000
Posts: 70,528
Central Florida!
Without knowing, I assume that they have the riders ride the bikes off the ship, as compared to unloading them by ship personnel. When the ship is docked, no reason why that can't happen, and would be easier, frankly.

Regarding noise ordinances, we are talking about one day...


Carol Hill
Re: Bikers on island tomorrow [Re: Carol_Hill] #125683
03/29/2017 08:01 PM
03/29/2017 08:01 PM
Joined: Aug 2000
Posts: 508
On the Oz side of the Kansas C...
dave Offline
Traveler
dave  Offline
Traveler
Joined: Aug 2000
Posts: 508
On the Oz side of the Kansas C...
"Regarding noise ordinances, we are talking about one day..."

AND we are talking about St. Maarten. Pretty sure it's not going to be an enforcement priority. <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/Grin.gif" alt="" />


[b][color:"green"]dave[/color]
Re: Bikers on island tomorrow [Re: tmsxmsails] #125684
03/30/2017 05:08 AM
03/30/2017 05:08 AM
Joined: Mar 2001
Posts: 14,760
Ohio
ruralcarrier Offline
Traveler
ruralcarrier  Offline
Traveler
Joined: Mar 2001
Posts: 14,760
Ohio
Quote
I have no idea if SXM has noise laws - or if anyone enforces them if they do - and I'm not trying to start a debate and get this thread shut down. I just wanted to offer another viewpoint.


I think if one looks at the proximity of the airport and runway to residential areas and how close a person can actually be to an active runway....I think you can answer your own question on the noise issue you raised regarding SXM.


J.D.
Re: Bikers on island tomorrow [Re: ruralcarrier] #125685
03/30/2017 03:47 PM
03/30/2017 03:47 PM
Joined: Aug 2003
Posts: 180
pl3 Offline
Traveler
pl3  Offline
Traveler
Joined: Aug 2003
Posts: 180
We saw a group of 15-20 men and women HOG drivers, cruising through Grand Case a few weeks ago. Beautiful machines tooling gracefully and sedately. NO loud rev ups like certain locals,just slowly enjoying the island roads and scenery.

Re: Bikers on island tomorrow [Re: pl3] #125686
03/31/2017 06:21 AM
03/31/2017 06:21 AM
Joined: May 2002
Posts: 3,554
Kennys Offline
Traveler
Kennys  Offline
Traveler
Joined: May 2002
Posts: 3,554
The Bikers was no problem. We have them on many occasions.

Re: Bikers on island tomorrow [Re: Kennys] #125687
03/31/2017 06:43 AM
03/31/2017 06:43 AM
Joined: Nov 2003
Posts: 105
Clearwater, Florida
LSmayda Offline
Traveler
LSmayda  Offline
Traveler
Joined: Nov 2003
Posts: 105
Clearwater, Florida
Bikers roared by Mullet Bay at noon time. Very well behaved adult riders. Quite a large group.


Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.1