Three Biker Friendly Bars in California

biker friendly bars in California

Biker Friendly bars in California aren’t all the same, and if you follow the Travels with Harley Blog, you will know that Jim and I have sampled quite a few, however, with all of the pubs and bars going biker friendly there are a few that we haven’t enjoyed, but would sure like to.

According to what I’ve read, and seen on Pinterest, these are on the must try list for sure.

biker friendly bars in CaliforniaRepublic

Recently renovated and with a brand new image, the Republic, formerly Thorny’s in Spring Valley Lake, has plenty of motorcycle parking. The neighborhood pub and American Eatery has a full menu with specials all week.

 

biker friendly bars in California

With tacos starting at just $1.25, you can’t go wrong. Stop in for breakfast on the weekend and try the Huevos Rancheros or tuck into a breakfast burrito. Featuring live music and a private Speakeasy themed back room available for private rental, you, and the H.O.G crew can hold your next fundraiser followed by a ride in the desert when you drop by the Republic in Spring Valley Lake.

biker friendly bars in California

Cadillac Ranch Saloon

Located on Highway 18 in Apple Valley Ca, the Cadillac Ranch Saloon is one of those biker friendly bars in California that you will not want to miss. With plenty of parking for your Harley, or your horse, the Cadillac is much more than a biker bar. With live music, an outdoor patio and Bloody Mary’s that are larger than life, the Cadillac Ranch Saloon is a great place to have a bite after a long ride in the desert. The Cadillac even has Karaoke during the week.

biker friendly bars in California

The Joshua Inn

A true biker bar in every sense of the word, the Joshua Inn is a favorite when it comes to biker friendly bars in California. Located on Arrowhead Road in Hesperia, the Joshua Inn has something for everyone and enough motorcycle parking for your entire Harley Davidson Riders Club. With a pool table and the coldest beer in town, you can’t go past the Joshua Inn for a quick stop on your way to Vegas.

biker friendly bars in California

 Biker friendly bars in California are more popular than ever, and that means more trips on the Road King.

Next week Travels with Harley will head to the northern part of the state for more biker friendly bars in California.

Biker Friendly Hotels Colorado You Will Love

biker friendly hotels Colorado

Biker friendly hotels Colorado can be difficult if not impossible to find. Do a quick search on Google and you may find something that you like only to be disappointed that the place was shut down six months ago.

Travels with Harley is on the cusp of the most biker friendly hotels in Colorado, and you can bet your motorcycle boots that these hotels and motels are still open.

biker friendly hotels Colorado

Candlewood Suites Loveland

Located in Loveland, CO, the Candlewood Suites have everything you need to relax after a long motorcycle ride in Colorado. Surrounded by scenic trails and mountain views, the extended stay motel has plenty of motorcycle parking and is the perfect location, especially if you plan to tour the local Anheuser-Busch Brewery. With a fully equipped kitchen, you can enjoy a night off without having to look for a decent restaurant.

biker friendly hotels Colorado

Snow Mountain Ranch Near Winter Park

Near Winter Park in the Rocky Mountain National Park, the Snow Mountain Ranch is a great example of biker friendly hotels Colorado. The cabins, lodges, and yurts are operated by the YMCA of the Rockies and is a great place to stay if you are riding in Colorado. Get a H.O.G group together and rent a five-bedroom vacation home, or opt for a romantic weekend and book a cozy yurt.

biker friendly hotels Colorado

Wedgewood Lodge Breckenridge

Breckenridge Colorado is home to the Wedgewood Lodge offering lofts, one and two bedroom condominiums, and town homes, the Wedgewood Lodge has hot tubs on the property, pool access and biker washing and parking. Just be sure to call ahead if you want to give your Harley a shampoo.

biker friendly hotels Colorado

Hotel Elegante Colorado Springs

If you like to live it up and are looking for biker friendly hotels Colorado, the Hotel Elegante in Colorado Springs can’t be beat. With an enormous amount of biker parking and the year round indoor pool, you will not want to stay anywhere else, especially after you take a soak in the hot tub after a long ride in Colorado. If you are up to it, you can even play a game of tennis. Don’t forget to book a massage for those tired muscles.

biker friendly hotels Colorado

When it comes to biker friendly hotels Colorado Travels with Harley has got you covered.

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4 Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants Colorado

motorcycle friendly restaurants Colorado

If you follow the Travels with Harley Blog, you will know how much Jim and I love to eat, and although he is more of a meat and potatoes guy, I can get him to sample some of the interesting menu items that I like to try. This week we are going to share some motorcycle friendly restaurants Colorado that you will love.

motorcycle friendly restaurants Colorado

 

The Piper Inn Aurora

Located on S Parker Road in Aurora, CO, the Piper Inn is known by bikers all over the United States and is a great place for Buffalo Wings. With plenty of motorcycle parking, you will enjoy tucking into a plate of what some call the best wings in Colorado, fries and a cold beer before heading out on a great ride in Colorado.

motorcycle friendly restaurants Colorado

 

Handlebars Restaurant and Saloon

Silverton, Colorado is where you will find this great biker friendly restaurant. Since 1989, the Boden Family has been serving up lunch and dinner for hungry riders seven days a week from May through October. Try the lunch cut prime rib for an afternoon nosh, or enjoy fresh rainbow trout for dinner. When you have a meal at Handlebars, you will not leave hungry.

motorcycle friendly restaurants Colorado

Blondie’s Pub and Grub Blondie’s Trophy Room

Claiming to have the coldest beer and the hottest girls in the state, Blondie’s Pub and Grub is a great little place located in Cortez CO, just between Telluride and Durango. Touting its cuisine as, “Mixed,” you will have a difficult time choosing your meal. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, anytime is a good time for Blondie’s, and if you are a breakfast fan, you will not be disappointed.

motorcycle friendly restaurants Colorado

 

Buffalo Rose

This great bar and restaurant has been around since 1858, and offers folks in search of motorcycle friendly restaurants Colorado anything and everything they could ask for.

motorcycle friendly restaurants Colorado

From May to August, you can enjoy a free pig roast on the first Sunday of the month at the Buffalo Rose while washing it down with an icy cold beer. With daily specials that include Taco Tuesday and Burger Madness on Mondays, this is one place you will want to put on your motorcycle friendly restaurants Colorado bucket list.

motorcycle friendly restaurants Colorado

Motorcycle friendly restaurants Colorado are great, especially if you are planning a two, three, or four-day trip.

Next week, Travels with Harley will share some biker friendly hotels and motels where you can relax after a delicious meal in some of the most motorcycle friendly restaurants Colorado.

Wildflower Motorcycle Trips in California

wildflower motorcycle rides in California

The most spectacular wildflower motorcycle trips in California promise to be the best since the early 90’s thanks to all of the rain from this past fall and winter. Travels with Harley has been investigating wildflower motorcycle trips that you will remember for the rest of your life, just don’t forget to bring your camera!

wildflower motorcycle trips in California

The Anza Borrego Desert State Park

On this trip, you will see sand and desert species including Lupine, Dune Evening Primrose, Spanish Needles, Purple Mat, California Primrose, and Whispering Bells to name just a few. Located in Borrego Springs California, this is one of the best examples of wildflower motorcycle trips in California.

wildflower motorcycle trips in California

Death Valley National Park

Although it may come as a surprise to riders who know the area, the national park isn’t expecting as spectacular a show as the previous year, but some wildflowers are already showing their true colors. On this ride, you will see Desert Sand Verbena, Evening Primrose, Globemallow, Desert Sunflower, Blazing Star and plenty of Poppies.

wildflower motorcycle trips in California

Joshua State Park

Full of early bloomers, Joshua State Park is really bringing in spring with an over abundance of poppies. During your ride, you can also stop and take pictures of Desert Dandelions, Purple Mat, Trailing Windmill, Lupine, Brown-Eyed Primrose, and plenty of Chia. The Joshua State Park also has plenty of blooming cacti that haven’t seen the light of day for years.

wildflower motorcycle trips in California

Of course, there are plenty of other opportunities for Wildflower Motorcycle Trips in California in the Coachella and Antelope Valleys, the Owens Valley and the Yucca Valley. According to Travels with Harley, there will be plenty of locations in California that are raving about the best blooms on record.

wildflower motorcycle trips in California

 

If you want to see spring in all her glory, start planning your trip. Travels with Harley recommends that you get out and ride before the end of April as according to sources, early blooming is what you will see when you venture out on wildflower motorcycle trips in California.

Travels with Harley Motorcycle tips for Spring

motorcycle tips for spring

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.

motorcycle tips for spring

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.

motorcycle tips for spring winter

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.

motorcycle tips for spring

 

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.

motorcycle tips for spring

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.

motorcycle tips for spring

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.

motorcycle tips for spring

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.

motorcycle tips for spring

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

motorcycle road trips

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.

motorcycle day trips

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.

motorcycle day trips CA

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

motorcycle day trips

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.

motorcycle day trips

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.

motorcycle day trips

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

spring motorcycle day trips

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.

spring motorcycle day trips

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.

spring motorcycle day trips

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.

spring motorcycle day trips

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.

spring motorcycle day trips

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.

spring motorcycle day trips

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.

spring motorcycle day trips

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.

Winterizing your Harley Davidson Part Two

Winterizing your Harley Davidson

Winterizing your Harley Davidson should have been done before the snow started to fall, and if you follow the Travels with Harley Blog, you will have gotten a few tips about winterizing your Harley Davidson. However, with six more weeks of winter on the horizon, there is still plenty of time to get your bike in good shape before the spring thaw.

Winterizing your Harley Davidson

Clean-Sand, dirt and road salt will corrode and damage the metal surfaces on your bike, especially if you store your Harley Davidson for five or six months. Clean your bike before you put her to bed for the winter.

Lubricate-Lubricate the chain, cables and any other moving parts with a metal protector on both the drive train and the frame as this will help prevent rust on exposed areas that are scratched or pitted. However, as Jim would like to reiterate, NEVER use WD-40 on your bike, never, ever, ever…

Winterizing your Harley Davidson

Check the Tires-Be sure that your tires are inflated properly before winterizing your Harley Davidson. If you own a compressor, deflate first to get rid of moisture before inflating with clean air. You should also do this before you take your first ride this spring.

If possible, Travels with Harley recommends that you elevate your Harley Davidson when you are winterizing during the winter to keep the tires from being under load. This is extremely important if you store your bike in below freezing conditions. Make sure it is secure as both bottle jacks and motorcycle lifts can fail if left to sit for too long.

Winterizing your Harley Davidson

Cover Your Bike-Even if you are storing your Harley Davidson indoors, it still needs to be covered with a motorcycle cover that is allowed to breath. Don’t use plastic, as you do not want moisture trapped between the metal surfaces on your bike and the plastic. If you are storing your Harley Davidson in a barn or someplace that isn’t protected, you want to make sure that you keep it safe from rodents or any other creature that may decide to make your storage shed or outdoor building home for the winter.

Winterizing your Harley Davidson

Winterizing your Harley Davidson can go a long way when it comes to protecting your investment, especially if you want to have a bike to ride this spring.

In the next Travels with Harley Blog, we’ll share some great Spring rides to help ride out the rest of winter.

Three Spring Motorcycle Rides 2017

spring motorcycle rides

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.

spring motorcycle rides

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.

spring motorcycle rides

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.

spring motorcycle rides

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.

spring motorcycle rides

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.

spring motorcycle rides

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.

spring motorcycle rides

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.

spring motorcycle rides

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

New Years Day motorcycle ride

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.

New Years Day motorcycle ride

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.

Harley Davidson Christmas Presents

Harley Davidson Christmas presents

Harley Davidson Christmas presents are always welcome, even if you only dream about riding a Harley Davidson. Jim and I love our gear and are always on the lookout for something new, and this year isn’t any exception. Below are a few of our pics for Harley Davison Christmas presents.

Harley Davidson Christmas Presents

These Boots were made for Riding

You can’t go wrong with a new pair of riding boots when it comes to Harley Davidson Christmas presents. Both Jim and I like a motorcycle boot with some coverage and the Harley Davidson calf high leather boot is perfect. I know I could certainly use a new pair of motorcycle boots. Perhaps Santa will be kind this year. I really haven’t been that naughty.

Harley Davidson Christmas Presents

Make it a Harley Home

If you like Harley Davidson sprawled all over the walls of your man or woman cave, you will love the Live to Ride Harley Davidson Pub Sign. It’s even got a remote control so you don’t have to move if you and your H.O.G. companions have had one too many.

Harley Davidson Christmas presents Outer Wear

If you’re like me and can’t resist a colorful pair of leathers to break out after the first sign of spring, this Christmas certainly doesn’t disappoint with lots of great colors that will make you want to jump on your bike and ride.

Harley Davidson Christmas Presents

Pour a Cold One

Every man, or woman loves drinking a cold brew out of a Harley Davidson Ale glass and Jim and I aren’t any different. This year you’ll find great looking beer glasses for Harley Davidson Christmas presents with awesome insignias. You can even have your initials engraved. If you like a shot or two check out the great Harley Davidson shot glasses available everywhere.

Harley Davidson Christmas presents

This year spread the Holiday spirit with Harley Davidson Christmas presents that everyone will love, and don’t forget to check out T-shirts and those awesome Harley Davidson Jeans that we talked about last year. They are still in style and look better than ever, but heck, who cares if they are still in style, they still look hot!

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.

riding a Harley during the winter

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.

riding a Harley during the winter

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.

riding a Harley during the winter

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.

riding a motorcycle winter

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.

riding your harley in the winter

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.

Fall Motorcycle Trips and Travels with Harley

fall motorcycle rides

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.

fall motorcycle rides

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.

fall motorcycle rides

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.

fall motorcycle rides

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.

fall motorcycle trips

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!

Why Veterans Day on November 11

Veterans Day

Veterans Day weekend is fast approaching and if you want to get on your Harley and enjoy the celebration of America, you won’t have to drive far, regardless of where you are located in the United States.

Jim and I love getting out on a three-day weekend, and Veterans Day isn’t any different.

Veterans Day is an opportunity for the two of us to get out, enjoy the holiday, and remember why we celebrate in the first place.

Veterans Day

This Veterans Day is going to be very different from the past where we truly honored those who fought and died for our country. Discord, division and hatred is threatening the one day that America can come together as a nation to celebrate our heroes.

Why We Celebrate

Every year on November 11, America recognizes and honors the men and women who have proudly defended our country, but why on the 11th?

Veterans Day

The signing of the Armistice heralded the end of WWI finally putting a stop to the hostility between Germany and the Allied Nations in 1918.

Intended to thank and honor all military personnel who have served in all of the wars in the United States, Veterans Day is celebrated with church services and parades with American flags being hung at half-mast in many places across America. A two-minute moment of silence is a tradition that occurs all over the United States at 11:00 am.

Veterans Day

An Armistice between the Allied Nations and Germany became a reality in the 11th month on the 11th day in the 11th hour. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed that the day be, “Filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude and victory.” Plans were made for public meetings and parades with business activities and festivities briefly suspended for two minutes on the 11th hour.

This Veterans Day remember why our country is so great and take a moment of silence on the 11th hour this November 11. Happy Veterans Day everyone.

Halloween Trick or Treat and More Trivia

Halloween

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.

Fall Travels with Harley Tips

Travels with Harley Tips

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.

Fall Travels with Harley Tips

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.

Fall Travels with Harley Tips

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.

Fall Travels with Harley Tips

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.

Fall Travels with Harley Tips

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.

Fall Travels with Harley Tips

 

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.

Fall Travels with Harley Tips

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!

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.

Motorcycle Friendly Fall Festivals

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 rides in the fall

Motorcycle rides in the fall

Motorcycle rides in the fall are too beautiful to put into words, but if you follow our Travels with Harley blog, you would have been given a few clues in last week’s blog. However, with so many gorgeous autumn rides to enjoy, Jim and I decided that we would share a few more.

Motorcycle rides in the fall

Some people believe that you can only see the colors of fall on the east coast or in the south, but as Travels with Harley has discovered, that isn’t always the case.

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Bridgeport

Bridgeport California is a great place to head for Motorcycle rides in the fall. Bridgeport is located between Mammoth Lakes and the Eastern Sierras and is a great place to ride, hike, and drive if you want to see the colors of fall in California. If you want to stay overnight, check out the Walker River Lodge.

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If you want to view the golden leaves in all her glory, head to Flagstaff, which is known as Arizona’s capital when it comes to fall colors. Explore downtown Flagstaff before you head to the hills for great motorcycle rides. The Coconino National Forest is north of Flagstaff and features a cavalcade of autumn hues that are definitely photograph worthy.

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Veronia

Located in Oregon, Veronia is loaded with fall colors. Located on the riverside of town about an hour out of Portland, Veronia features red maple and yellow ash trees that are in all of their glory during autumn. Veronia has plenty of places to stop for a bite to eat including the Black Iron Grill on Bridge Street where you will find plenty of mouthwatering dishes including the Grilled Chicken Club and the infamous Black Bean Burger.

motorcycle rides in the fall

Wine Trail

Near Monterey, California, the Wine Trail is another fantastic example of Motorcycle Rides in the fall. Ride up to the Salinas Valley where you will find stunning fall hues as you sample the 20 or so wineries that are mostly located in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Also known as the, “Salad Bowl of the Country,” as 80 percent of all the lettuce in the United States is grown there, the Wine Trail is a great place to visit if you want to experience the best Motorcycle rides in the fall.

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Of course, there are plenty of Motorcycle rides in the fall that aren’t even documented, but, if you are like Jim and I, we plan to discover them in our next, “Travels with Harley,” blog.

More Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Florida

motorcycle friendly restaurants Florida

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.

motorcycle friendly restaurants Florida

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!

motorcycle friendly restaurants Florida

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!

motorcycle friendly restaurants Florida

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!

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.

motorcycle friendly restaurant Alabama reds

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.

motorcycle friendly restaurant Alabama Wintzels 2

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.