Orange County is not only a beautiful place to ride, it’s the home of some major motorcycle attractions. If you’re interested in the history and design of motorcycles, this is the place to expand your knowledge.
Allow plenty of time to visit Motorcyclepedia, an 85,000 square-foot museum featuring over 300 motorcycles dating back to 1897. The Antique Motorcycle Foundation’s vintage line-up is housed there as well as bikes on loan from other collectors. Marvel at exhibits like Indian Motorcycle Timeline, and Fast from the Past. There’s so much to see. Open Friday through Sunday, it’s conveniently located in Newburgh just a short drive from the Orange County Choppers showroom.
250 Lake Street (Route 32)
Getting there: From the south, take the NY State Thruway (I-87) to exit 16 ”“ Harriman or take the Palisades Parkway to Route 6 west and get off at Central Valley. Turn right on Route 32. Follow Route 32 approximately 12 miles to the 5 Corners intersection in Vails Gate, then bear right to continue on 32 for a little under 3 miles to Motorcyclepedia. It will be on your left.
Coming from the north, take the NY State Thruway (I-87) exit 17 ”“ Newburgh. Turn right on Route 300 south and then left at the intersection with Route 17K. Continue on 17K, which will turn into Broadway, for a little over 2 miles. Turn right at the intersection with Route 32. Motorcyclepedia is approximately one-half mile ahead on right.
If you’re travelling via I-84, take exit 7B to Route 300 south and follow the directions (from the north) above.
Get an up close look at some of the stunning choppers featured on the American Choppers television series when you visit the Orange County Choppers showroom. You can’t miss the OCC logo etched into the glass faÃ§ade of the large modern building on Route 17K. In addition to the choppers and retail merchandise, visitors can see the shop floor through a glass window and may occasionally even observe a new episode being filmed. Check their web site for group rides lead by OCC celebrities and other special events.
Orange County Choppers
14 Crossroads Court
Getting there: Turn left out of Motorcyclepedia. Make a left at the traffic light onto Washington Terrace. Turn left on Route 17K/Broadway heading north. Continue about 2.7 miles on 17K to Crossroads Court on the left, just past the Hilton Garden Inn.
Although it’s not open to the public, dedicated Orange County Choppers fans will want to take a drive by the Paul Jr. Designs shop located near the original OCC facility in Rock Tavern. If you watch the show, you’ll recognize the Stone Castle Road scenery.
Paul Jr. Designs
21 Stone Castle Road
Getting there: Turn left leaving Orange County Choppers and continue on Route 17K west for 3.3 miles. Turn right on Stone Castle Road (across from Orange County Route 747) and contine for 0.3 miles.
If you are visiting mid-week, check out the huge car and bike show held every Wednesday evening on the lawn at Bear Mountain State Park. There’s a huge area set aside for motorcycles. The show is held from 6 to 9 pm, June through the first week of September, weather permitting.
Bear Mountain State Park
Bear Mountain, NY