Weekend Motorcycle Trips and What to Watch For

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Weekend motorcycle trips are a reality in quite a few states around the country, and if you are itching to get away for a great ride for the day, or want to stay the night and ride all day Sunday. Just remember as you take your Road King out of storage that although spring is one of the most beautiful times of the year to jump on your Harley, it can also be one of the most dangerous.

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Salt-The smell of spring and the warm temperatures make it tough to ignore your Softail, however be aware that the roads will have salt and grime left over from the winter. The salt that they use to protect drivers from snow on the roads can cause serious problems for motorcycle riders. The roads may be cleared, but it will take a few good rains to get rid of the problem.

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Grime-That stuff that covers the roads after the first spring rain after winter or a particular dry spell will make roads extremely greasy and slippery for weekend motorcycle trips. The harder it rains the less grime, but it can easily return making it just as dangerous as it was when it first appeared. weekend motorcycle tripsOther Drivers-After a season of closed windows drivers have a tendency to forget about riders on motorcycle trips. Be very careful when you venture out. You may think they see you turning left in the suicide line, but never assume anything when it comes to being seen on the road.

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Road Hazards-If you live in part of America that saw significant rain and snow over the winter months, you know how hard it was on the roads. Check the road report before you jump on your bike. If you don’t, you could travel for 50 miles only to have to turn around because of a washed out road. weekend motorcycle trips

Potholes are especially bad after winter and can pop up everywhere. Be especially careful on the curves and blind spots. Don’t think you’re safe on the straight-aways either as potholes the size of a small lake can appear anywhere.

 

If you are traveling with others don’t ride next to each other on a road that you aren’t sure about as you will want to limit the space between you and the other rider if a pothole should appear out of nowhere.

Enjoy your weekend motorcycle trips and the sights and smells of spring; just don’t forget to be cautious when you get on your bike and ride.

Travels with Harley Motorcycle tips for Spring

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Motorcycle tips for spring are essential if you live in part of the country that is enjoying an early spring.

Riders in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Florida may have not winterized their bikes, but there are some motorcycle tips for spring you should know before you head out on your first ride of the spring.

Some of the best motorcycle tips for spring from Travels with Harley include some essentials that you may not be aware of.

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Harley Davidson Recommission

If you follow the Travels with Harley Blog, you will have added a conditioner or preservative to your fuel before you winterized your motorcycle. Not only does it preserve your battery, but it will also assure a clean start. If you didn’t, add some and clean your tank before you head out on the road.

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Brakes

Harley Davidson motorcycles that have been asleep all winter may need some brake work as the fluid could have absorbed adding moisture, which will make them feel spongy. Visually inspect and test your brakes after you clean the surface corrosion and any debris that may have collected during the winter. If you are in doubt, Travels with Harley recommends that you change your brake fluid and possibly the brake pads.

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Battery

If you haven’t looked after your Harley Davidson during the winter, the battery may need some TLC, especially if it isn’t sealed. Check your water levels, clean the terminals, and top off with distilled water.

Batteries that won’t start may have a new life with a slow charge, but be aware that your battery can be affected through non-use. If your battery has a hard time turning the engine over or can’t hold a charge, you may want to consider a new one.

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Tires

Check your the tire pressure according to your Harley Davidson owner’s manual. If your bike has been sitting on the tires all winter, it could affect the pressure and the condition. Sometimes the weight of your bike can cause tire damage. If you see any sidewall cracks change out your tires, as you do not want to take any chances when it comes to your Harley Davidson.

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Steering and Suspension

Jim recommends that you thoroughly inspect your steering and your suspension. Make sure to tighten anything that feels loose, and look for excessive wear. You’ll also want to check your fork seals for leaks.

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Final Checks

Check your lights for faulty fuses and bulbs and wash your bike. Check for excessive wear and damage. Remove oil and surface corrosion and give it a good polish and wax.

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Additional motorcycle tips for spring include the rider. Make sure that you take it easy on your first trip and don’t forget to stretch. You may be itching to get out on the road, but you want to be ready, and a three-hour motorcycle trip may not necessarily be the best option for your first motorcycle trip this spring.

Motorcycle Day Trips in California this Spring

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If you follow the Travels with Harley Blog, you will know that California is one of the best places for motorcycle day trips, especially if you are itching to take your Harley out for a ride.

With the wicked winter the rest of the country has had to deal with California could be the place to be for motorcycle day trips.

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Titlow Hill

Not for the faint of heart, The Titlow Hill ride is very challenging, especially for the novice rider. With steep hills and sharp corners, it is important to be aware of the gravel, potholes, the odd bison, and deer that you may encounter along the way. The 64-mile trip is well worth it for seasoned Harley riders as it takes you from Willow Creek to Mad River. Pack a lunch, as you will not see too many amenities along the way.

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Skaggs Spring Road

41 miles of twists and curves is what you will find on the Skaggs Spring Road. Starting on PCH one of the best California motorcycle day trips takes you over the Coastal Range through forests and lots of sharp turns. Extending from beautiful Lake Sonora to Stewarts Point eat before you leave or bring some munchies.

Lost World

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If you are itching to spend some time on the road, the 120-mile Lost World ride could be just what the doctor ordered. With lots of challenging curves, you will enjoy the scenery when you take off from the Sequoia National Park before riding around the edge of Bass Lake. Ducey’s on the Lake on Marine Drive is a great place to stop for a bite, especially if you are a meat eater.

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Pleasants Valley Cantelow Highway 128

Located in Vacaville, Winters, and Lake Berryessa areas, this is another one of those motorcycle day trips with its curvy loop, overhanging forests and beautiful lakes. The trip is a short 42 miles giving you plenty of time to stop for lunch in downtown Winters. Ficelle offers small plates of Mexican, Californian, and Spanish cuisine.

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Get on Your Bike and Ride

Spring is almost here and if your Harley Davidson is still in storage, start California dreaming and plan your motorcycle day trips with Travels with Harley today.

Colorado Spring Motorcycle Day Trips

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Dreaming of Colorado spring motorcycle day trips is one of the things that keep Jim and I happy during the cold days of winter, and if you are anything like us, you are ready to hit the road when you see that first daffodil peaking out of the ground searching for sunlight.

We have been doing our research and had a blast checking out new trips, and if you are dreaming of Colorado spring motorcycle day trips, you may want to take a page out of our book and try these out yourself.

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Mount Evans Scenic and Historic Byway

Home to North Americas highest paved road, it is an astounding 14,130 feet above sea level. Beginning your journey in Idaho Springs, an historic town known for its mining, this 52 mile round trip will take you through pine trees and exposed mountainsides that will literally take your breath away.

spring motorcycle day tripsTake your camera, as you will want to snap the rocky peaks, glacier cut valleys and the big horn sheep and mountain goats that you will see along the way. Once you get into Mount Evans, you can stop for a bite to eat at the Historic Echo Lake Lodge. Built in 1926, the lodge is located at the entrance to Mount Evans.

The original dining room is a sight to behold with some of the best menu items in the state. Sample the pan-fried trout before you dig into a slice of homemade pie.

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Historic Byway and the Scenic Santa Fe Trail Trinidad to Lamar

Carrying traders and pioneers across the prairie during the 1800s the original Santa Fe Trail is still used today taking travelers through an amazing history of early Colorado. You can even see the wagon ruts at some points in the trail.

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The route is relatively easy being nice and straight, which is perfect for novice Colorado spring motorcycle day trips riders. In the middle of your ride, you will come across Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site that served as a trading post along the trail.

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This is a long trip, 184 miles one way, about four hours, so you may want to consider spending a couple of days if you want to see everything that the ride has to offer. If you are hungry, try the Ranchers Restaurant, which is supposed to have an awesome salad bar. I know it is on my list when we make this trip.

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Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic and Historic Byway

One of the best examples of Colorado spring motorcycle day trips will take you from some of Colorado’s oldest towns to the top of the sand dunes. Stop in Conejos where you will see the oldest Catholic Church in the state and be sure to have a bite in San Luis, the oldest community in Colorado.

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San Luis is home to Fort Garland. The oldest of its kind, the 1858 military post was once home to Kit Carson a Civil War hero. This three-hour 129-mile trip takes you from the New Mexico border to Alamosa.

We don’t know about you, but with all this talk, it’s time to start getting ready for Colorado spring motorcycle day trips. Next week we’ll take you back to California for some more spring motorcycle day trips.