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Manchester Motorcycle Club Celebrates 95 Years!

The family oriented Manchester Motorcycle Club has been in existence since 1915.  Originally a bicycle club, born in the days of the bicycle craze during the late 1890’s, was then known then as the “Queen City Riders”, founded by Mr. Pete Forest in 1896, who was a bicycle dealer during that time period.  He envisioned a new form of two wheel conveyance when the motorcycle made its appearance.  In 1915 the automobile was considered a toy, but the motorcycle was a more affordable alternative to the general population. Realizing this Mr. Forest branched his bicycle dealership to form Manchester’s first Harley Davidson Dealership in 1914.  In 1915 he formed the “Forest Riders” which was also chartered with the AMA (American Motorcycle Association) at that time. As the club evolved over the years, the name was changed to the “Manchester Motorcycle Club”, which was incorporated in 1943.

Today the Manchester Motorcycle Club is thriving and actively riding predominantly on New Hampshire back roads.  Our current President is Mr. Peter Pitman, who has been in this office for about 3 years.  He has provided members with exceptional leadership as well as a genuine joy of motorcycling, which easily transfers to all members, being either a novice or experienced rider. Rides that club members presently enjoy include excursions to the White Mountains, the scenic New Hampshire Lake Regions as well as the Maine seacoast.

Various charity rides are enjoyed as well, a few that come to mind are to benefit the Salvation Army Christmas Toy Drive, The Lions Clubs, The Litchfield Fire Department, and the Annual Colebrook Blessing of the Bikes.  This last event occurs at the Oblate Mission Retreat House in Colebrook New Hampshire. 

We welcome new members who enjoy motorcycling. Feel free to visit our website at “” for current and more detailed information.