Tips for Motorcycle Camping Trips

Motorcycle Camping Trips

Motorcycle Camping Trips are something that I would love to try. However, if you follow the Travels with Harley blog, you will know that Jim isn’t so fond of Motorcycle Camping Trips, but seeing as summer is in full swing, we thought we would share some great Motorcycle Camping Trips tips before you head out on the road.

Don’t Spend a Fortune

Motorcycle Camping TripsIf you have decided to try Motorcycle Camping Trips, don’t go off and spend a ton of money on the latest gear and equipment. Start slow, plan a short trip, and pack light. Buy or borrow enough equipment for an overnight stay at a location that you are familiar with. If you end up hating Motorcycle Camping Trips you will be stuck with all of your expensive camping gear.

Motorcycle Camping Trips

Planning is everything

Just like our Road King, most motorcycles have very little carrying capacity. Make sure that you take what you need and leave the rest at home. Remember, Motorcycle Camping Trips are really backpacking on a motorcycle so making a checklist is imperative. During the planning stages, make sure that you check the weather as well.

 

Check and Re-Check

Motorcycle Camping TripsMake sure that you are familiar with your camping gear before you hit the road. Set up your tent, make sure you know how the stove works and prepare something before you head out. Try sleeping on your pad and bag before you go on Motorcycle Road Trips. Keep an inventory and checklist the morning of your trip to make sure you don’t leave anything at home.

Motorcycle Camping Trips

Packing

Never overload your bike on Motorcycle Camping Trips. Travels with Harley recommend that you store your heavier items on the bottom and as forward to your rear wheel as possible. Pack your motorcycle the day before you leave and do a test-drive.

Motorcycle Camping Trips

Match your Campsite

People who venture out on Motorcycle Camping Trips know ahead of time where they will be staying. If the site that you have your eye on takes reservations, make them. Most campsites are fully booked a month or two in advance. If you have never been on Motorcycle Camping Trips book a campsite that has running water, toilets, and showers. If you are experienced when it comes to Motorcycle Camping Trips, you can rough it, but make sure that the place you are headed allows motorcycles. Also, make sure to read the reviews for the campsites that you are considering.

Motorcycle Camping Trips

 

Of course, there is much more to share when it comes to Motorcycle Camping Trips and we plan on telling you all about it in an up and coming Travels with Harley blog.

California Motorcycle Day Trips That You’ll Love

motorcycle day trips

It’s the first day of summer and that means lots more motorcycle day trips. Jim and I are sifting through dozens of Harley Davidson Owners Group posts and websites so that we can determine what motorcycle day trips we want to take this summer. If you’re in California, there are many motorcycle day trips that you’ll enjoy.

motorcycle day trips

It gets hot in California, especially in June and July, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experience great motorcycle day trips during the summer.

If you are in it for the scenery, you may want to skip the Palomar Mountain Loop, as it is vital that you keep your eyes on the road. Some of our H.O.G friends will tell you that this is one of the most technical motorcycle day trips in Southern California. However, with the great vistas and lush forests, you will want to stop and take a few pics. There are multiple hairpin turns, and a few long sweepers that will keep you on your toes. Once you get to the top of Palomar Mountain, stop and have a bite at Mother’s Kitchen. It’s a vegetarian eatery that will please even hearty meat eaters.

motorcycle day trips

The Yuba River Ride is another must if you are hankering for motorcycle day trips this summer, but be sure and pack a lunch, as there isn’t much in the way of amenities along the way, unless you want to stop in Downieville for a bite. The ride takes you right along the north fork of the magnificent Yuba River often to the bottom of the canyon. The scenery is stunning; especially with all of the rain and snow that Northern California has had this year. The road has lots of twists and turns and a few straight aways giving you a chance to see the beautiful views.

motorcycle day trips

If you are looking for long motorcycle day trips check out the Hwy 299 from the coast to Redding. Whichever way you ride, you are sure to enjoy the scenery. The 150-mile trip is probably one of the most spectacular rides that you will ever experience. The road is in pretty good shape with lots of well-banked curves and some high-speed twists and turns that can be tricky. You will be able to stop along the way and take some pictures of the majestic redwoods and the scattered pines that you will see along the way. motorcycle day trips four

Stop at the Straw House Resorts and Cafe in Weaverville, which is about 95 miles inland from the coast. You can escape the heat and enjoy a cold beer and a pizza before heading back out on the road.

This summer promises to be filled with awesome motorcycle day trips that Travels with Harley is definitely going to share.

The Best Motorcycle Rides in North Carolina

North Carolina Motorcycle Trips

The south has some amazing Motorcycle rides in North Carolina. North Carolina is blessed with some of the best motorcycle rides in the United States including the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Piedmont Plateau, and the Atlantic Coastal Plain region. Motorcycle rides in North Carolina highlights include Deal’s Gap, also known as the Tail of the Dragon, the Blue Ridge Parkway and of course access to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the southern part of the state.

Motorcycle Rides in North Carolina

Jim and I have been on the Hellbender 28 and would love to do it again as this is one of the best examples of Motorcycle rides in North Carolina. With its drop offs and sweeping curves lakeside in the Smokies there are very few rides in the entire country that have the views that the Hellbender 28 has. The 22-mile stretch ends up at Deals Gap beginning the famous, “Dragon.” The roads are in great shape and although there is some commercial traffic, there are plenty of places where it is just you and the road. Halfway through you will find yourself in Fontana Village in Fontana Dam. The resort is very motorcycle friendly and offers lodging and even houseboats to rent.

Motorcycle Rides in North Carolina

When it comes to the best Motorcycle rides in North Carolina, you will not want to miss Mountain Meander; especially if you like waterfalls as there are four of them on this trip including Bridal Veil and Dry Falls. With lots of switchbacks and turns on nice blacktop, you will have an exciting ride. Although there aren’t any roadside amenities on the route, you can continue south on to Highway 64 where you will find fuel and some food stops. Stop by the Jackson Hole Trading Post and Gem Mine on 28 and you can get a free map of the waterfalls in the region.

motorcycle rides North Carolina

It isn’t fair to talk about Motorcycle rides in North Carolina without mentioning Shiner’s Run, also known as The Rattler. You will ride through the mountains from I-40 to the Hot Springs on the 209. You will pass by rock bed rivers, old farms, churches and scenic mountain overlooks.

The road quality is quite good and has something for everyone including elevation changes, high-speed sweepers, twisties, and a couple of nice straight aways when you get to the farmland.

North Caroline Motorcycle road trips

About half way to the Hot Springs, you will find a café and the Trust General Store. The Iron Horse Station hotel restaurant is located at your final destination, the Hot Springs, and is a great place to stay after your ride.

Travels with Harley is hitting the road this summer and can’t wait to share our stories.

Awesome Delaware Motorcycle Rides

Delaware motorcycle rides

For such a small state, Delaware motorcycle rides are certainly adventurous. Delaware motorcycle rides offer fun, food, and adventure and will definitely keep you on your toes.

Delaware motorcycle rides

Delaware is one of the few tax free shopping states in the United States, and if you know Jim and I, we love to shop, well, actually I prefer to shop more than Jim does, but the two words, tax and free are certainly good reasons to seek out Delaware motorcycle rides.

Delaware motorcycle rides

Delaware has a rich history with both urban and rural scenery. Delaware motorcycle rides offer bikers thick forests and amazing shorelines. If you decide to go on a lengthy ride and spend a few days in the state you will find great hiking trails, beaches and, if you enjoy gambling, casinos.

Delaware motorcycle rides

If you are like Jim and enjoy a challenge, check out the Delaware Coast Run. This 60-mile Delaware motorcycle ride is a two-lane road that passes through farmland and coastal estuaries. According to most bikers, the road is a lot of fun, but has quite a few blind curves. You can stop at the Air Mobility Museum that is located at Dover End or have a plate of famous Dover crab at Sambo’s Tavern in Leipsic. Lots of H.O.G members rave about the Augustine Inn at Augustine beach for a coldie and can’t stop talking about Kelly’s Crab House in Port Penn.

Delaware motorcycle rides

US Highway 13 is one of those 76-mile Delaware motorcycle rides that you will not want to miss. Although it is stop and go at first, once you get going you will pick up some speed as you pass farms, creeks and rivers. You will ride through quite a few state parks and forests with unbeatable scenery in Shad Landing State Park, the Redden State Forest, and the Pocomoke River State Forest. Pack a picnic lunch or bring your fishing pole as the state parks offer all kinds of activities if you are on Delaware motorcycle rides.

delaware motorcycle rides

Although it is quite flat, the 73 mile Delaware Countdown 16 15 14 13 has lots of sweeping turns that most riders will enjoy. Just like Ohio you will ride through Amish country when you go through West Dover and Camden, so be sure to keep an eye out for buggies. The ride takes about 2 hours and really is the best way to avoid the beach traffic during the warmer months. If you want to stretch your legs or stop for lunch, try Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen. Apparently, the food is to die for. Personally, I want to try the sweet heat chicken and shrimp with a side of homemade black beans.

Delaware motorcycle rides

 

Jim and I are itching to get out on Delaware motorcycle rides, but in the meantime will be heading down to South Carolina for our next Travels with Harley.