Michael Bourgeois (NHMike) and the Herding Cats Crew have put together the best chopper event in the city of Boston. The Boston Massacre Ride, which originally started out three years ago as 12 dudes riding on the same day as the original Boston Massacre (March 5th 1770), has turned into a meet for guys from all over the Northeast. Now in its third year, and pushed back to a warmer date (April 27th), the event has become the official kickoff of the season for many chopper builders and riders in the area.
The event started at 9 a.m. and had three stops around the city; The Miracle of Science Bar in Cambridge, Harpoon Brewery in South Boston, and Newtowne Grille also in Cambridge. It went late into the afternoon, with a local garage hosting an after party. The chopper scene is spread out around this part of the country, with guys organizing their own rides to the event from points as far away as Canada, Vermont, Maine, and Connecticut all descending on the city of Boston. Despite cold weather and wet roads, the turnout was still great. The taps were flowing at the three stops on the ride around the city, and the pizza was free at the Newtowne Grille thanks to Snagastool, one of the sponsors. At the last stop, NHMike kicked off the free raffle, which was bigger than it’s ever been, thanks to the many sponsors. Rob Watt surprised everyone when he gave his handmade Boston Massacre wallet to NHMike for organizing and hosting the entire event.
I don’t think any of the Herding Cats crew thought their original 12-man ride would turn into such a good time for so many riders.
Photo Credit: Steve Bramanti , Jamie Manning (Snagastool), Kevin Bonanno