Three Spring Motorcycle Rides 2017

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Spring motorcycle rides especially if you plan on more than a day trip, need to be planned out. You need to check your routes, the roads and the amenities before you hit the road. However, with that being said, the first thing you need to do is map out your destination.

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If you follow our Travels with Harley blog, you will know that there is nothing more satisfying than spring motorcycle rides. Not only does it offer you an inside look at the adventure before your eyes, but you also get to enjoy the curves and twists that you can only experience on the back of a Harley.

Below are some great spring motorcycle rides that you will not want to miss in 2017.

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PCH Carmel to Morro Bay-California

If you follow our Travels with Harley blog, you will know that I grew up in California, but it wasn’t until I met Jim that I got to experience its beauty on the back of a Road King.

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The Big Sur section of blacktop on Pacific Highway is some of the most majestic in the world. Not only can you drive through the massive redwood forest, but you will also be entertained with enough curves to keep you happy from the beginning to the end. The crashing surf and frequent turnouts make the PCH Carmel to Morro Bay one of the best spring motorcycle rides on the planet.

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Peak to Peak-Colorado

The Peak-to-Peak Highway isn’t even 61 miles long, but the road offers amazing scenery and some sensational curves and twisties. When you begin your crest into Continental Drive, you will be cruising through the center of the Rocky Mountain National Park. With switchbacks amongst the thick forests, you will not believe the palette of colors from the wildflowers. You can hike or have a picnic and don’t forget to take your GoPro, as there are plenty of elk and moose along the ride.

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Beartooth Highway-Wyoming and Montana

This 68-mile stretch of road along Highway 212 has plenty of switchbacks and hairpins. Stay in Red Lodge in Montana before jumping on your Harley for a fantastic roller coaster motorcycle ride through to the Beartooth Pass in Wyoming.

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As you zigzag through the Shoshone and Custer National Forests, you will be met with gorgeous alpine meadows that you will not want to miss. The ride ends in Cooke City, which is the Northern gateway to the Yellowstone National Park. Just make sure that you check before you head out as the Pass is normally closed because of snow from October to May.

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Of course, there are plenty more spring motorcycle rides to enjoy in 2017, and Travels with Harley plans on sharing every single one of them.

A New Years Day Motorcycle Ride You Cannot Miss

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A New Years Day motorcycle ride is simply the best and with 2016, quickly drawing to an end, Travels with Harley has some great suggestions for awesome New Years Day motorcycle rides.

DPHD 26th Annual New Year’s Day Run

South San Francisco plays host to the 26th annual New Year’s Day run, and if you happen to be in the area, you really should check it out. This New Years Day motorcycle ride is a favorite among the locals and never disappoints. All you have to do is show up at Dudley Perkins Harley Davidson, located on Corey Way in San Francisco, and you will be good to go. The scenic ride is happening rain or shine and gets underway at 9:00 am.

22nd annual Frosty Balls and Chilly Boobs Run

If you are a bit of a daredevil, you will love this New Years Day motorcycle ride. The 22n annual Frosty Balls and Chilly Boobs Run takes place in Cottonwood Arizona at the American Legion Post on Calvary Way and promises to be quite a day. This great event features a dice run for prizes, an after party with raffles and live music and much more. Best of all, all of the proceeds go to the Verde Valley Military Service Park. Get there early as the event starts at 9:00 am sharp.

PDX Polar Bear Run

Cycle Gear is home to the annual PDX Polar Bear Run on Stark Street in Portland Oregon. The ride starts at 10:00 am and is sponsored by the Trinity Road Riders. Open to the general public this is the 33rd year for this fantastic New Years Day motorcycle ride.

Frozen Buns Run

Courthouse Square in downtown Kokomo Indiana is where you will find the Frozen Buns Run. The free ride is open to everyone and starts at 11:00 am with kickstands up at 1:00 pm. Bring a dessert or a covered dish and drop it off at the Eagles after 11. Even if you aren’t riding, you can join in the fun.

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Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to an awesome New Years Day motorcycle ride with tons of events all over the United States. Travels with Harley recommend that you check the Harley Davidson Owners Group page for more information.

Stay safe out there and Happy New Year to you all from Travels with Harley.

Christmas Facts from Travels with Harley

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The tradition of Christmas began with honoring Christ’s birth, however, it evolved from Saturnalia, the Roman tradition of honoring Saturn, the God of Agriculture during the winter solstice.

Because of the celebration, it was natural to celebrate Christ’s birth on the same date. This means that nobody knows exactly when Jesus was born. Some theologians believe that Christ was actually born during the spring.

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Gift Giving

The tradition of gift giving began with the Three Wise Men who gave gifts to the newborn King. Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh were presented to Jesus to thank him for coming into the world as the new savior. However, as with many Christian holidays, the true origin of giving presents came from the Pagans.

During Saturnalia, children would often receive wax dolls to represent the Roman human sacrifices that were given to Saturn in the past for good harvests. Tree boughs and plants were also quite common gifts during Saturnalia to represent good harvests.

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X-Mas

Some people that X-Mas was created to keep Christ out of C-H-R-S-T-M-A-S, but that couldn’t be further from the tree. The true origin of X-Mas is based in Christianity with the X standing for the Greek letter Chi, the first letter for the Greek word for Christ.
Since the 16th century, people have been using the term X-Mas with it becoming more prominent in the 19th and 19th centuries.

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Christmas Carols

Christmas carols were developed around the 4th century in Rome, grew from the first hymns of the time, and were sung in Latin. The first true Christmas Carols came out of Italy, Germany, and France in the 13th century. The carols were sung at community festivals and events.

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The songs would eventually become associated with Christmas while carols in the protestant churches were numerous as the protestant community encouraged music and the arts.

Caroling door to door comes from the word carula, carole, or carol which literally means a circular dance. The practice of caroling door to door may also have developed out of the public festivals and ceremonies that were responsible for the first Christmas carols.

Merry Christmas from Travels with Harley!

More Riding a Harley in the Winter Tips

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Riding a Harley in the winter doesn’t have to be uncomfortable, and if you follow the Travels with Harley Blog, you will remember our promise to help you stay warm on the outside if you are riding a Harley during the winter.

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This time of year, it is especially important to dress in layers. Your base layers should consist of full leg and full sleeve underwear as was mentioned last week. Even if you are working up a sweat, a good base layer will allow your skin to breathe while wicking away any moisture. For conditions in the teens and 20s, throw on a zip up hoodie with a fleece neck collar, as it will help create an insulation barrier. If it is colder, add an additional mid-layer, like a wool sweater.

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Your outer gear has to be waterproof and it must breathe. Gore-Tex is a good option. As Travels with Harley mentioned, leather is a great windbreaker, but not advisable in the cold or wet conditions.

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You’ll need a neck warmer and don’t forget a good pair of waterproof riding gloves if you are riding a Harley in the winter. Held Freezer Gloves are great and although some wear glove liners for extra warmth, they aren’t usually needed if your Harley has heated grips.

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You may or may not be a fan of heated gear. Simple layering will keep your core warm and protected from any direct wind if you are riding a Harley in the winter.

Getting your bike ready if you are riding a Harley in the winter is extremely important. Of course, you’ll need a windshield and handguards. If you own a water-cooled motorcycle, be sure that you put in fresh antifreeze, which should be changed annually anyway.

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Cold tires during the winter will give you limited traction, but riding will increase the tire heat. Just be aware that even a small stop will cool your tires down quickly giving you less traction. Make sure that your tires have adequate tread if you are riding a Harley in the winter. Pinching your pennies on tires it just as ridiculous as buying a cheap motorcycle helmet.

Jim and I like to ride anytime of the year, but are always prepared for the weather, well, at least we try to be.

This winter be safe, dress for the weather and don’t forget to prep your motorcycle as well if you are riding a Harley during the winter.

Riding a Harley During the Winter Tips

riding a Harley during the winter

Riding a Harley during the winter is sometimes unavoidable, especially if your trusty Road King is what gets you to and from work every day. Thankfully times have changed and these days there are plenty of clothes and accessories that will get you through the rough days of winter ahead.

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Being cold leads to slow reaction times and confusion. If you get cold and are riding a Harley during the winter, you can become drowsy and suffer from low energy and slurred speech. Sore and stiff joints can also be an issue if you get too cold.

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Leather

Leather is great for cutting the wind, but not so much when it comes to rain, sleet and snow. If you live in California or Hawaii, you may be able to get away with leather, but not in the snow country.

Leather gets stiff making it hard to bend your elbows. Leave your leathers at home and opt for a weather proof one piece that will keep you warm as you’ll be much safer if you can feel your extremities.

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Long Johns

Not your grandpa’s insulated underwear, thermal underwear is made to keep you warm and dry. Made for riding a Harley during the winter, most outdoor and motorcycle shops sell great underwear that doesn’t limit your movement.

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Keep your Head Warm

They say that most of the heat in your body escapes through your head and if that is the case, you need to keep your neck and head covered when you venture out on your Harley this winter. Wear a balaclava, a scarf and put on an extra earmuffs if you are anticipating a storm, you’ll want to stay warm from head to toe if you are riding a Harley during the winter.

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Hands and Feet

If your hands and feet start to get numb, your socks and gloves aren’t doing their job. As mentioned above, leather gets stiff, and if you are wearing leather gloves with ice bitten fingers, your hands won’t be able to move. The same can be said about your feet. Try wool socks instead of cotton as Jim swears that they are the best when it comes to riding a Harley during the winter.

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I think we’ve covered the inside, but what about the outside? In our next blog we’ll talk about the best ways to stay warm and toasty on the outside if you are planning on riding a Harley during the winter.

Thanksgiving Fun Facts

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As you sit down with family and friends this Thanksgiving take a moment to remember one of America’s most well loved holidays, while you ponder this list of little known fun facts about, “Turkey Day.” The Pilgrims that arrived from the United Kingdom in Plymouth New England on the east coast of America were the very first to celebrate Thanksgiving. The feast itself lasted three days, and according to historians was more about

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celebrating a successful harvest and the ability to stay alive as apparently hundreds of colonists died the first year after arriving on Plymouth Rock. Back then, both the Native Americans and the pilgrims also danced and sang, which makes perfect sense doesn’t it? Who could eat like that for three days straight?

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The Wampanoag Indian tribes were the first to celebrate Thanksgiving with the pilgrims. The tribe also taught the colonists how to cultivate the land and how to use what grew wild in the new land. You may be fond of your turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, Mac and cheese, pumpkin pie and of course stuffing and cranberries, but the pilgrims and the Native Americans most probably said thank-you with a mouth full of lobster. Other first Thanksgiving choices included chicken, rabbit, fish, quail, and duck with sides such as hickory nuts, cabbage, radishes, goat cheese, eggs, onions, beans, squash, leeks, dried fruits, honey, and maple.

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Apparently, somebody forgot to put forks on the Mayflower as the pilgrims ate with their hands, spoons, and knives. One of the founding fathers of the United States, Benjamin Franklin, urged the United States to make the turkey the national bird of America. Obviously, that didn’t happen. Thanksgiving became official on October 3, 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln issued an official Thanksgiving Proclamation. The national day would be the last Thursday in November.

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Nearly 290 million turkeys are bought and enjoyed for Thanksgiving in the United States, with California being the largest consumers of Thanksgivings favorite bird. Most folks presume that Thanksgiving is an American thing. However, the Canadians also celebrate the day of thanks on the second Monday each October. The average weight of a turkey purchased for Thanksgiving is 15 pounds. A 15-pound turkey will have around 70 percent white meat with 30 percent dark meat.

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The most popular Thanksgiving leftovers are sandwiches, chili, casseroles, soup, and burgers. Not all turkeys gobble. Hens make a clucking sound while the males gobble. This Thanksgiving, Travels with Harley would like to wish everyone a very safe, loving, and happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy your family and friends, and don’t forget to say thank-you!

Fall Motorcycle Trips and Travels with Harley

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Fall motorcycle trips aren’t going to be around much longer, and if you live in snow country, you will know that there isn’t much time left to enjoy the great outdoors. However, this weekend promises to be one of the best times to see the last of the fall colors. Below are a few fall motorcycle trips that you can still enjoy, albeit, you will have to dress warm.

If you follow the Travels with Harley Blog, you will have learned how to stay warm on a road trip. Jim and I are hoping that you will dress appropriately because as you know, there is nothing worse than being cold on fall motorcycle trips.

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Door County Wisconsin

Wisconsin is beautiful this time of year, and if you are hankering to get on your bike and ride, try Door County, WI if you live in the Midwest. Bordered by Green Bay on the west side and Lake Michigan on the east. This trip features 300 miles of the most spectacular scenery in the state. Michigan also boasts the most lighthouses, eleven to be exact, with some being more than 100 years old. During fall, the birch, maple, sumac and oak trees show off their fall colors making it one of the best destinations for fall motorcycle trips.

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The Blue Ridge Parkway

The 469-mile long Blue Ridge Parkway is located near Waynesboro, VA and follows the Appalachian Mountains alongside the Blue Ridge Mountains before putting you in the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina. Scenic campgrounds and overlooks are all over the place with several having lodge style facilities. With no commercial traffic, the Parkway is the best place to enjoy the colors of autumn. This time of year, you will find plenty of craft stalls and country markets that are perfect for some early Christmas shopping.

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Route 50 the George Washington Highway, West Virginia

Route 50 in West Virginia is perfect for fall motorcycle trips especially if you are like Jim and I and enjoy twists and turns. With rivers, mountains, and of course the gorgeous hues of Autumn, you will be amazed, and best of all, once you arrive to your destination, there are a couple more fall motorcycle trips that you may enjoy such as the Blue Ridge Parkway, mentioned above, and Skyline Drive.

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Don’t be disappointed this autumn. Pack up your bike and head out before it’s too late for fall motorcycle trips. Travels with Harley plans to!

Tips for Staying Warm on a Motorcycle

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Staying warm on a motorcycle is always a priority, especially at this time of year. Travels with Harley explains that warm riders are much safer than those who are freezing from the winter chill.

Being cold will lead to exhaustion, the shivers, memory, slow reaction times, low energy, and drowsiness making it a difficult journey for everyone else on the road.

Below are a few tips that will make staying warm on a motorcycle easy:

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It’s what’s Underneath

Most motorcycle and sports stores sell thin thermal underwear that is very effective when it comes to staying warm on a motorcycle. Wear long underwear, knee warmers, neck tubes, socks, glove liners, and balaclavas that will keep you warm.

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Gearing up

Today’s motorcycle riding gear comes in a range of different materials that will keep you toasty without the added bulk. Buy good quality textile gear that will keep you warm. Leather will cut the wind, but it gets stiff and cold. If you are wearing leather, stay zipped up paying close attention to your neck. If you aren’t zipped up, you will get cold.

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Your Extremities

It is vital that you dress for warmth. You may have the best jacket on the planet, but if you don’t have a good pair of riding gloves and some absorbent wool socks, your toes and fingers will go numb. If you are unsure, ask a sales assistant for the best socks and gloves that will make staying warm on a motorcycle easy.

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Wind Chill

Calculating the wind chill can be difficult, especially if you are on a long motorcycle ride. Try to stay out of the wind, crouch, and slow down. Tucking your legs into your tank can also help against wind chill.

Staying warm on a motorcycle can be difficult at the best of times, but if you follow the above tips from Travels with Harley, you may be able to enjoy the ride a little bit more comfortably.

Halloween Trick or Treat and More Trivia

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Halloween is just around the corner, and if you are planning to trick or treat this year with the kids, here are some interesting fun facts that you may want to share with the whole family.

According to the Smithsonian, Halloweens history is a bit odd, or even weird, just like the holiday itself.

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The Celts

The Celtic Tradition of dressing up as evil spirits was originally practiced at the end of the year. The Celts believed that humanity moved from each year to the next overlapping the living and dead who would again roam the earth. The Celts dressed up as demons to defend themselves hoping to fool the demons into thinking they were one in the same.

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The Catholics

When the Catholic Church started borrowing other religious holidays while trying to convert Christians and others who had left the church, the demon dress up holiday was turned into, “All Hallows Eve,” followed by, “All Soul’s Day,” and, “All Saints Day,” where people dressed up as angels and saints.

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Trick or Treating

As far as going door to door for treats or tricks, that tradition began back in the middle ages when kids would go, “Guising,” from the word disguising, begging for money or food in exchange for prayers or songs that were said for the dead. This was also known as, “Souling,” with children known as, “Souler’s.”

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Trick or treating didn’t begin in the United States until the late twenties or early thirties pausing during World War II because of the sugar rations. However, Halloween was once in full swing by the beginning of the 1950′s.

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The term, “Trick or Treat,” goes back to 1927 with the Canadians dubbing it as strenuous fun with wagons, gates, and barrels decorating the homes and streets. Young hooligans would demand edible plunder at both front and back doors while saying, “Trick or Treat.”

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The Irish were responsible for the introduction of Jack O’ Lanterns. People would place candles in turnips that were hollowed out to keep ghosts and spirits away on the holiday.

Not everyone is keen on Halloween. In fact, the British dislike the holiday so much that more than half turn off the lights on All Hallows Eve according to a survey back in 2006.

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This year be safe, dress up, and remember All Hallows Eve. Happy Halloween from Travels with Harley.

Can’t Miss Fall Motorcycle Events

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Fall motorcycle events are happening all over the United States, and if you are hoping to get into some of the action, Travels with Harley can help.

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Halloween Biker Bash Sparks America Bike Week

Head to Sparks Oklahoma for the Halloween Biker Bash Sparks America Bike Week. The gates open on October 20 with free beer at the gate. Best get there quick though as the suds are only around while supplies last. RV and tent camping is available along with free hot showers. With costume contents, live music and lots of food Sparks is the place to be for fall motorcycle events.

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Autumn Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally

The Sunshine State always has great fall motorcycle events and this year isn’t any different. Panorama City plays host to the 15th annual Autumn Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally. Starting on 19 October and running until the 23rd, the event has something for everyone with more than 200 vendors. Touting itself as the most Biker Friendly FREE Rally in America, there will contests and live entertainment on the beach. There will be bikini pageants, a bike parade, poker runs, and motorcycle stunt shows. With fee admission and parking, this is a great way to support local business.

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Blue Comet MC Crazy Coffee Run

See autumn in all her glory and head up to New England for fall motorcycle events. Skippack Pennsylvania is where you will discover the Blue Comet MC Crazy Coffee Run. Bring your brooms, cages, and most importantly your bikes for the Halloween Poker Run. This event is open to the public. Registration starts at 9:00 am with the first bike hitting the road rain or shine at 10:00 am

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Birch Run Motorcycle Swap Meet

If you like motorcycle swap meets, you will not want to miss the annual Birch Run Motorcycle Swap Meet. Located in Birch Run Michigan, the event features new and used motorcycle parts and accessories with more than 400 vendors participating in the event on Saturday, October 16. Have a bite to eat, buy some new leathers, and enjoy the great fall weather at the Birch Run Motorcycle Swap Meet.

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Fall is the time to enjoy your bike, especially if you have to pack away your two-wheeled best friend for the winter.

Get out and enjoy yourself for fabulous fall motorcycle events. Travels with Harley plans on it!

Fall Travels with Harley Tips

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Travels with Harley Tips can help, especially since we have been sharing all kinds of great fall motorcycle rides with those of you who follow our blog. However, you shouldn’t just jump on your bike without some preparation.

Some parts of America are certainly not warm year round. Jim and I live in Missouri and have our fair share of cold weather, but that is nothing compared to Maine, Wisconsin and Canada. When the seasons change, so does the climate, and although September can be unpredictable once the leaves start dropping, it won’t be long before the temperatures do too.

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Jim and I double check everything before we hit the pavement and have some Travels with Harley Tips that we would like to share.

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Leaves

Those colorful leaves that you see on your fall motorcycle ride are beautiful, but can also be extremely hazardous. Leaves that are piled up on the road can be covering up dangerous potholes. Keep a close eye on the road and take the routes that you know. Fall is never the time to attempt a new motorcycle road trip, especially if you don’t know the road very well.

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Deer Season

Deer are most active in autumn as they are running from hunters or looking for food. Be aware when you ride and wear protective gear. Make sure you scan both sides of the roadway, especially in the more rural areas as deer will dart out in front of you. Keep especially alert during dawn and dusk when deer are most active.

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Leathers

Pull your leathers out of storage and enjoy the cool, crisp temperatures. Leather really is a great friend as it protects you from the elements, including the wind. Jim knows how much I hate being cold when we are riding so I make sure I take my leather jacket and chaps during this time of year.

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Because the weather is so unpredictable during the fall, chilly in the early morning hours and almost hot in the afternoon to freezing or below once the sun goes down, you will want to make sure that you are prepared. Being under-dressed with mechanical problems that were anything but expected can be downright dangerous. Carry lightweight but warm emergency clothing in case of an emergency.

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Road Surfaces

Cold fall nights lead to morning frost so it is important that you are aware of frost and even black ice that could make you lose traction, especially on those tight curves. Watch for shady spots on the roadways, as they are always the first to ice up. Make sure you know the road and your surroundings if you are cruising during the fall.

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Enjoy the beauty of the season, but make sure you are safe and ready to go first for your fall motorcycle ride and stay tuned for some more Travels with Harley Tips!

Fall Motorcycle Rides are a Must

Fall Motorcycle Rides

Fall Motorcycle Rides, we just can’t get enough of them, which is why Jim and I wanted to target a few more Fall Motorcycle Rides that will get you out of the house and on your Harley. Unlike lengthy summer vacations, fall getaways don’t need a lot of planning. All you have to do is have a location, a plan, and maybe a picnic.

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Savannah Georgia

Ranked as one of the top autumn getaways by the US News and World Report, Savannah, GA, is a great place to enjoy the foliage. Spend the weekend at the Print Makers Inn, which is one of the best B & B’s in the area, and enjoy classic Southern Hospitality in an 1884 classic B & B in the oldest city in Georgia. Book a river cruise and you will be in awe of the fall colors as you make your way down the river.

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New England

Ok, so New England isn’t a state, but it is an area that boasts some of the best autumn colors on the planet. New England is known for its gorgeous fall leaves as billions of them begin to change from green to chestnut brown, magenta, harvest gold and bright red. The air is crisp and cool making it the perfect time to head out on Fall Motorcycle Rides. While you are there be sure to pick up some fresh apples from the local stalls that are dotted up and down the roadways.

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The leaves begin to put on their show from mid-September to mid-October. However, if you head to Rhode Island, Massachusetts, up the New Hampshire coast and into southern Maine the colors can sometimes last until mid-November. There is plenty to do on the back of a Harley in New England. Jim and I have been on quite a few rides and if you follow our Travels with Harley blog, you will remember our New England Trailblazer Tour a few years back.

For some, autumn is the most beautiful time of the year, and if you want to enjoy it on the back of your Harley, do it now, as Fall Motorcycle Rides will be over before you know it.

Motorcycle Friendly Fall Festivals 2016

Motorcycle Friendly Fall Festivals

Motorcycle Friendly Fall Festivals may seem easy to find, but unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. Some communities that hold fall festivals from September through October don’t always have the best parking when it comes to Motorcycle Fall Friendly Festivals.

Motorcycle Friendly Fall Festivals

Nappanee Apple Festival

The Nappanee Apple Festival opens its doors on Thursday September 15th to the 17th and features Indiana’s largest apple pie measuring in at 7 feet. The number one Apple Festival in Indiana the Nappanee Apple Festival serves more than 800 slices of pie in just two days right alongside many other apple dishes including apple fry pies, apple fritters, apple turnovers, and apple dumplings! With plenty of bike parking, this is one of those Motorcycle Friendly Fall Festivals that you do not want to miss.

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Hot Springs Open Motorcycle Rally

Not a festival per say, but Arkansas, the Natural State, is putting on its 11th Annual Hot Springs Open Motorcycle Rally from September 8th to the 10th. Located at the Hot Springs Convention Center this event is the largest of its kind in Central Arkansas and features great music, food, merchandise vendors and much more. This is a huge Motorcycle Friendly Event with two poker runs, bike games, a parade and too much more to mention. If you are in the area, the Hot Springs Open Motorcycle Rally in Arkansas should not be missed.

Motorcycle Friendly Fall Festivals

Although it isn’t quite fall, there are plenty of Motorcycle Friendly Fall Festivals that you can enjoy all through September until the end of October when the autumn leaves are nearly ready to fall.

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The Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest

The Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest from September 15th to the 18th is touted as the ultimate bike festival with more than 200 hundred restaurants, bars and entertainment complexes, biker friendly, of course, the Lake of the Ozarks BikeFest promises to be a, “Must not miss,” event. With a custom Harley giveaway, vending areas and a bunch of bike builders, it’s going to be the bikefest of the year.

Motorcycle Friendly Fall Festivals

All through Fall Travels with Harley will be heading out and checking out Motorcycle Friendly Fall Festivals and Motorcycle Friendly Events all over the US, and maybe even across the pond. In the meantime, get outdoors and enjoy Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants, Jim and I plan on it… After all, Old Man Winter will be here before you know it.

More Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Florida

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With so many Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Florida, we decided to stick around and see what else we could find, and all I can say is that another road trip to Florida is definitely on the cards!

If you follow the Travels with Harley Blog, you will know that last week Jim and I highlighted some awesome Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Florida, but we have discovered there are many more little hidden treasures along the way.

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The Sebring Diner is a great place to stop for breakfast and lunch and has great roads through the Sunshine States, “Citrus Country,” to get you there. Located at 4040 US Highway 27 South, the diner offers great value and plenty of motorcycle parking. The diner has a great counter reminiscent of the fabulous 50’s with menu items to match. I’m a stickler for homemade, especially when it comes to biscuits and gravy and this place looks like it has it all. Other breakfast and lunch favorites include the Corned Beef and Hash Omelet and the Open Face Meatloaf Sandwich.

Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants Florida

Located on N. Ozello Trail in Crystal River, Pecks Old Port Cove is a must when it comes to Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Florida. This classic seafood restaurant has an awesome outdoor bar and plenty of menu items including fresh blue crab straight off the boat and a spectacular Fisherman’s Platter that will really fill you up. Pecks Old Port Cove has the best views, especially if you sit in the Tiki room at Sunset.

motorcycle friendly restaurants Florida Mojo

Mojo’s on Oceanshore Blvd in Flagler Beach is another must stop if you are looking for good Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Florida. The bar and grill tavern has special bike nights and an incredibly fun atmosphere. If you ask around you can also find plenty of great roads for sport touring and sport rides. Oh, and great motorcycle parking too!

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Unlike a lot of the Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Florida, Mojo’s is locally owned and operated and has a great menu. Touting award winning ribs and ½-pound ground sirloin burgers, they also have the coldest beer in town, I guess we’ll have to find out! With indoor and outdoor bars, why wouldn’t you want to stop…oh, and Mojo’s has live entertainment as well!

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We could have stopped, but had to include one last example of great Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Florida.

If you are in Key West, Louie’s Backyard, on Waddell Ave. is a destination for sure with its variety of Caribbean specialties and or course, seafood. Louie’s is a longtime local establishment that serves lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.

Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Florida Louies

Louie’s Backyard with its multi-level deck, is a great place to enjoy a tuna burger for lunch, or a classic Maine lobster roll. If you stop in for dinner, try the Bahamian Conch Chowder for an appetizer and order the Lemon Horseradish Crusted Salmon with Chive oil and Sugar Snap Peas for your main course.

We love to eat and will surprise you with more Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in the United States next week!

Scrumptious Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Florida

Motorcycle friendly restaurants in Florida

If you are in search of the best Motorcycle friendly restaurants in Florida, Travels with Harley has got you covered, and if you follow our Travels with Harley blog, you will know that I am serious about my food, far more serious than Jim is!

Motorcycle friendly restaurants in Florida

Adams Rib Company has two locations in Gainesville and is dedicated to, “Putin’ the ribs, back in BBQ.” Open from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm Monday through Saturday Adam’s has won several awards. Everything looks delicious on the menu, but I am partial to Adams Delight. Adams Delight is a combo plate that comes with a half a slab of ribs, two sides; I would go with the mac and cheese and collards, garlic toast and banana pudding with vanilla wafers and fresh bananas. This is seriously right up the Travels with Harley alley when it comes to Motorcycle friendly restaurants in Florida.

Motorcycle friendly restaurants in Florida

Bogey’s Restaurant in Defuniak Florida gets rave reviews. Stop in for happy hour between five and seven, or drop by for lunch. Prime rib night is every Wednesday and features slow roasted prime rib with au jus, your choice of a side, and salad and garlic bread for just $17.99. Located in the Old Murray’s restaurant in the Hitching Post building, Bogey’s has something for everyone including fried green tomatoes, stuffed shrimp and of course, key lime pie.

Motorcycle friendly restaurants in Florida

Gator Joes is another great little restaurant that is located on Lake Ocklawaha. This is another one of those extremely Motorcycle friendly restaurants in Florida that you will want to check out. This awesome restaurant was opened back in 1926 and is the only one of its kind with its Key West style waterfront restaurant. Serving all of the standards including fried green tomatoes, jambalaya and locally grown gator tail, Gator Joes is the place to be if you want to relax on the water.

Motorcycle friendly restaurants in Florida

The Lorelei Restaurant and Cabana Bar is a must if you love Motorcycle friendly restaurants in Florida on the beach. Located on the Overseas Highway in Islamorada, with plenty of bike parking in the shade the Lorelei Restaurant and Cabana Bar has something for everyone and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The spacious roadhouse has spectacular sunsets and even better food. The Key’s Concho chowder is a must as is the Own Catch Dinner. You catch it, Lorelei’s will cook it however you like. Of course, you can’t leave without trying the famous Lorelei’s Key lime pie with mango sauce and whipped cream.

Motorcycle friendly restaurants in Florida

 

With so many Motorcycle friendly restaurants in Florida to choose from, Travels with Harley may just have to come back next week with more great eateries in Florida. See you then!

Delicious Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Alabama

Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Alabama

Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Alabama are not hard to find, and if you follow the Travels with Harley Blog, you will remember that we did highlight some awesome Harley Road Trips in Alabama this past spring, but we didn’t highlight the best Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Alabama.

Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Alabama Bobs

Located at 1715 6th Av. SE in Decatur and 2520 Danville, SW in Decatur Big Bob Gibson’s Original Bar-B-Q has great reviews with many calling it the best in Northern Alabama. When Bob Gibson started serving Bar-B-Q from a table in his backyard back in 1925, the smoke and the smell brought people from everywhere. Fast forward to today and Big Bob Gibsons family Bar-B-Q restaurant has lasted more than 75 years and four generations. The restaurant has the usual fare including barbecued chicken, pork and beef ribs and of course, brisket.

motorcycle friendly restaurant in Alabama

Alabama is known for great catfish and if you are in search of Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Alabama that serve awesome catfish, Ezell’s Catfish Camp is the place to be. The atmosphere is relaxing and fun, especially if you get a seat on the patio that faces the river. Open Thursday through Sunday and located on Ezell Road in Butler, Alabama, you’ll find shrimp, oysters, crab, gumbo, frog legs, and of course, whole catfish and catfish filets.

jerusalem cafe motorcycle friendly restaurant Alabama

Everyone knows that Alabama has amazing seafood and great barbeque, but if you feel like trying something new and are looking for great Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Mobile Alabama check out the Jerusalem Café. Located on Airport Blvd., the affordable restaurant specializes in classic Middle Eastern food. I would love to try the Chicken Shawarmah or the Jerusalem Dinner Feast. If you are craving gyros or hummus this cozy eatery is the place to be.

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Built in 1910, Red Little’s School House Restaurant is located on Gardner Road in Grady, Alabama. Another great example of Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Alabama, the classic southern style restaurant was built in 1910 and opened as a restaurant in 1985. Serving an awesome southern buffet, the interior, and exterior, is exactly what you would expect from a schoolhouse. Best selections on the menu, in my opinion anyway, is the fried chicken, Mac and cheese, collard greens, corn bread, and of course pecan pie.

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Before we go, we can’t leave Wintzells Oyster House out of our Travels with Harley Blog. For more than 75 years, Wintzells Oyster House has been serving up seafood and is now a franchise with locations dotted throughout the gulf coast. Called a must for both locals and tourists, Wintzells Oyster House serves crawfish etouffee, gumbo, fried green tomatoes, and of course, oysters prepared six different ways. Personally, I can’t wait to try the cold salad with lump crab meat and marinated onions.

There are dozens more Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Alabama, but it’s time to move on. Next week Travels with Harley is heading to Florida to source some of the best restaurants and diners in the Sunshine State.

Just Another Motorcycle Friendly Restaurant in California

Motorcycle friendly restaurants

When it comes to finding a good motorcycle friendly bar or restaurant in California I like to do my research as both Jim and I have been disappointed after anticipating what we thought would be all that and more.

motorcycle friendly restaurant

If you follow our Travels with Harley Blog you will remember that I haven’t always been happy with my menu selection even though Yelp recommended what I thought would be a delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

motorcycle friendly restaurant

Finding the perfect Motorcycle Friendly Restaurant is something that Jim and I have always been passionate about, well, then again, maybe it’s just me… Most of you know that Jim is more of a meat and potatoes man where I like to be adventurous and try new things. That is how Travels with Harley started over three years ago.

Although we haven’t started officially filming our adventures, it won’t be long before you follow Jim and I as we eat, drink and sleep our way across the U.S. Of course, when that happens you will be the first to know!

motorcycle friendly restaurant

Travels with Harley is going to spend the next few weeks sharing what we have heard are some of the best places to eat and drink when you are on a motorcycle road trip.

This week we’re going back to my home state of California.

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The Rock Inn

Located in Lake Hughes California, this full restaurant and bar is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and is located between Lancaster and Valencia. The Rock Inn is a local favorite that has had several different names including the Harley Rock Inn. The Inn has live bands from one to five on Saturdays and Sundays and best of all you can stay the night. Although the reviews are mixed, I would love to try the Rock Inn just so I can climb up and down the cool rock and iron spiral staircase and order the Saturday night Prime Rib Special.

motorcycle friendly restaurants

Newcomb’s Ranch

Built in 1939, Newcomb’s Ranch was a popular hotel, gas station and Motorcycle Friendly Restaurant. After the building was destroyed by fire back in 1976, it was rebuilt and reopened by Lynn Newcomb Jr. who later sold the ranch to Frederick H. Rundall who continues to run the restaurant, store and Inn. Popular with Harley riders, and everyone else for that matter, the restaurant menu sounds delicious with all kinds of great fare including the Egg McNewcomb for breakfast or the Big Pines Ortega Burger for lunch.

motorcycle friendly restaurant

Lookout Roadhouse

Called a hidden gem by Yelp reviewers, the Lookout Roadhouse is located on the Ortega Highway in Lake Elsinore and is a great place to stop, get off your Harley, and have a bite to eat. Open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm the restaurant bar has amazing views of Lake Elsinore and is a favorite stop if you are craving breakfast, lunch or dinner.

motorcycle friendly restaurant

Andria’s Seafood

If you have a hankering for seafood Andria’s Seafood in Ventura gets some great reviews and is a popular spot for H.O.G. members. Located on the pier on Spinnaker Drive the restaurant fish market is known for its homemade clam chowder and original fish and chips. Voted Best Seafood Restaurant in Ventura, Andria’s has great views and great food to match!

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Next week we’re going to share some more motorcycle friendly restaurants both in the United States and Canada.

Make Sure you are Compatible for Motorcycle trips

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Motorcycle trips are great, especially when you ride with a group, but as Jim and I have learned on our Travels with Harley motorcycle trips, not everyone is compatible. You may have a favorite riding buddy that you get together with for a day, but how do you know that your friend will be compatible on a long ride?

motorcycle trips

If you follow the Travels with Harley blog, you will know how much planning is needed for long motorcycle trips including what you will pack and the route that you will take, however, one of the most overlooked motorcycle trip details is who you will be riding with. Jim and I are great traveling companions, but if you don’t have the luxury of riding with a group that you know or a friend that you can trust, you need to ask yourself just how compatible you really are.

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Riding Skills

If you are a bit of a daredevil, you want to make sure that your traveling companion is up to it. If you can navigate twisty roads with loads of curves, you will want to find a riding buddy that can handle it as well. The last thing that you want to do is slow down or wait for your companion to catch up. You can’t ask your riding buddy to pick up the pace as it can take away from the fun and could be dangerous.

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Budgets

Knowing each other’s budgets will prevent any problems on your motorcycle trips. If your riding buddy is on a tight budget your favorite five star hotel could be out of the question. Of course, you could share a room and split the cost, but if either of you snore, it may cause some serious issues.

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Meals should also be considered. If you eat like a bird and your friend enjoys three meals a day it could be a problem. Most importantly are the places that you choose. Everyone’s taste varies and if you are the type of person who likes to eat like a King, your riding companion’s fast food choices could be problematic.

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Touring Experience

If you travel quite a bit, like Jim and I do, you may take motorcycle touring for granted. If you are traveling with a novice, you may have to wait as your companion meticulously packs up his or her bike every morning. Worse yet, you may have to spend more time in the store than on your bike as your riding buddy shops for items that may have been forgotten.

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Personalities

Before you head out on motorcycle trips, make sure that you spend some time with your potential riding buddy before you venture out on long motorcycle trips. The two of you may get along fine in small doses, but what about on a long trip.

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Remember, motorcycle buddies can be friends for life, as long as the two of you are compatible. If you aren’t, your best weekend riding friend could end up being your worst enemy.

More Motorcycle Camping Tips

Motorcycle Riding Tips

If you follow Travels with Harley, you would have read about our Motorcycle Camping Tips in a previous blog. You will also remember that Jim isn’t crazy about motorcycle camping, but I’m sure if he was a fan, he would appreciate this week’s Motorcycle Camping Tips.

Motorcycle Riding Tips

Clothing

The first thing you want to consider is the season. If you are going Motorcycle Camping during late fall or early winter your apparel will be quite different from camping in spring or summer. You also have to think about what your activities will be when you get off your bike.

Take a pair of rubber booties or shower shoes, a windbreaker, and synthetic clothing, which tend to compress and pack easier than cotton. Synthetics can also be layered for cooler temperatures and dry easier as the sweat wicks itself away for your skin.

Motorcycle Riding Tips

Shelter

Unless you are staying in a cabin or hotel, which technically isn’t Motorcycle Camping, you need to make sure you have your shelter situation well in hand. Minimalist camping is okay for some, but quite frankly, the thought of sleeping under a shower curtain, or nothing at all isn’t very appealing.

Motorcycle Riding Tips

After talking to other H.O.G riders, the best Motorcycle Camping Tips include purchasing a dome tent that is one more person larger than the number of people sleeping in it. If you have a four-person tent with four people snoozing at night, buy a five or six person tent that is light enough to carry, but big enough to hold the four of you and your gear safely out of the weather. Also, make sure you have a groundcover that will fit your tent. You’ll be nice, dry, and safe from bugs and reptiles.

Motorcycle Riding Tips

Bedding

If other motorcycle camping enthusiasts laugh when you tell them you are buying a sleeping mat, say good for you and go get a nice bag and mat. Personally the last thing Jim, or me for that matter, would want to do is sleep on the ground.

Motorcycle Riding Tips

Meals

Portable menu items have certainly come along way. These days you can find freeze-dried foods that will give you a gourmet meal just by adding water. However, before you head out of town, it is a great idea to plan your meals accordingly. Decide when you will eat at the campsite and when you will venture out to a restaurant. Don’t forget water purification tablets, as sometimes campground water isn’t always what it should be.

This summer enjoy yourself and try some of these Motorcycle Camping Tips if you are heading out for a few days. Happy Camping!

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.