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.

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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!

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.

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:

staying warm on a motorcycle

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.

staying warm on a motorcycle

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

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.

Halloween

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.”

Halloween

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.

Halloween

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

Five Halloween Motorcycle Events

Halloween Motorcycle Events

Halloween motorcycle events are happening all over the country, and if you are hoping to get out and enjoy a good old fashioned fright night, Travels with Harley has some great Halloween motorcycle events that just may scare the living daylights out of you.

Halloween motorcycle events

Gypsy MC Halloween Run

The 33rd annual Gypsy MC Halloween Run is a motorcycle rally that is happening on Friday October 21 and runs until Sunday the 23. The event is located at the San Patricio Rattlesnake Grounds in Texas and offers plenty of tent camping with space for self-contained RV’s. With a poker run, auction, bike games, live music, contests, vendors and great food, this should not be missed.

Halloween motorcycle events PA Rally on the River Halloween

The PA Rally on the River Halloween starts on Friday October 21 winding down on Sunday the 23. The motorcycle rally is just another great example of Halloween motorcycle events and takes place at the Splash Magic Campground on the Susquehanna River in Northumberland PA. The Halloween Party and old school biker rally all rolled into one promises lots of surprises for everyone.

Halloween motorcycle events Harley Davidson Museum Skulloween Party

The Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee WI is playing host to a Skulloween Party on October 27 with doors opening at 5:00 pm. Happening until 9:00  pm, the event features live music, food, beverages, and lots of costume contests and games. Enter by 7:30 and you can win a $500.00 gift card or an H-D Museum package. You can even win a leather jacket.

Halloween motorcycle events Riders Roost annual Halloween Bash

Ferguson NC is where you will find the Riders Roost annual Halloween Bash on Friday October 28. The Halloween Bash features costume contests, a drunken’ pumpkin contest and live music. Located at the Rider’s Roost Motorcycle Resort and Campground on Elk Creek Darby Rd in Ferguson, the bash is one you won’t forget.

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Halloween Scenic Ride

The 6th annual Halloween Scenic Ride starts at 8:00 am on Sunday October 30 and runs until 2:00 pm. Beginning at Panera Bread in N. Apopka FL, kickstands go up at 10:00 with riders enjoying lunch at the Cassadaga Hotel, which is known for paranormal activity with ghost sightings all over the place, including some caught on camera. There will even be a Tarot Card reader present.

Halloween motorcycle events

Halloween is just around the corner, and that means more Travels with Harley Halloween motorcycle events next week . Enjoy!

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 Motorcycle Weekend Getaways Washington

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Fall motorcycle weekend getaways are the best way to see Mother Nature in all her glory. If you follow our Travels with Harley blog, you will know that Jim doesn’t like motorcycle camping, at all…but we still enjoy fall motorcycle weekend getaways, as long as we stay in a nice hotel.

Of course, I always read the reviews before we book our fall motorcycle weekend getaways, but sometimes the reviews aren’t always accurate, fortunately, that hasn’t happened too often.

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This week we’re heading to the state of Washington for some spectacular colors, a comfortable place to lay our heads and, this really goes without saying, but I will anyway, great food!

 

fall motorcycle weekend getaways

WA Forest Road 25

Highway 20 and the North Cascades is where you will find plenty of reminders that fall is defiantly in the air. The 83.3-mile ride is full of some tight corners, a section of sweepers, and some nice curves that will almost leave you as breathless as the amazing scenery. You’ll ride through the North Cascades National Park where you will spot lots of deer. You can stay at Leavenworth, the Bavarian Village Theme Town. October is a great month as the entire town is celebrating Oktoberfest with two more weekends left to pull out your lederhosen.

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WA Forest Road 25

Claimed to be the, “Overlooked gem,” for fall motorcycle weekend getaways, the WA Forest Road 25 near Mt. St. Helens is touted as one of the best in Washington State. It’s got lots of curves though, which could be one of the reasons that casual weekend motorcycle riders often overlook it. There are lots of campgrounds in the area, but check the list as some are open all year round, and some aren’t. Of course, Jim and I chose to stay at the Cowlitz River Lodge, which is a little over 13 and a half miles outside of Randle in Packwood. Just off the US 12, it’s a great place to stay the night, especially if you want to hike the Mt. Rainier Trails the next day.

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SR15 Aberdeen

The SR15 Aberdeen will give you both coastal and spectacular views of autumn in all its glory. The 47.2-mile ride is quite touristy in the north, but the sea views and the sweeping curves are worth it. Tokeland is a little over halfway and has some great places to relax after a hard day of riding.

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Although we have yet to enjoy the home style cooking, the Tokeland Hotel and Restaurant is on our list of fall motorcycle weekend getaways. It used to be a Victorian era farmhouse and has been converted into a hotel and restaurant about a mile from the Port of Willapa Harbor and the marina. It’s actually the oldest resort hotel in Washington first becoming the Kindred Inn in 1889.

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Jim and I love autumn and are planning a few more Travels with Harley fall motorcycle weekend getaways, are you?

Unheard of Fall Motorcycle Rides

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Fall motorcycle rides are some of the most enjoyable on the planet, or at least Jim and I think so. So much in fact, that we decided to hit the road and share some fall motorcycle rides that not everyone is aware of.

 

Beartooth Pass

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Beartooth Pass, located in Montana and Wyoming, is one of those fall motorcycle rides that you will not want to miss. With endless hairpin turns and curves, this road is definitely for the more experienced riders. The views are spectacular with the colors of fall peeping through dense forests and incredible mountains. Be prepared as your descent is straight down. Best pack a lunch as there are no amenities on this hair-curling trip but there are plenty of places to stop and enjoy the scenery.

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Tunnel of Trees

Located in Michigan, the Tunnel of Trees road is a must during the fall. Midsummer and autumn are the best times to take the Tunnel of Trees fall motorcycle rides as the summer brings plenty of sunshine and warm weather so that you can enjoy the ocean while taking a break from the road. Just be sure if you are there in the summer that you watch for sand on the road.

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During the fall, the Tunnel of Trees is in all her glory with an amazing show of autumn colors. The road hugs the Lake Michigan shoreline and is full of narrow curves. If you are hungry, stop by the Legs Inn for a Polish Entrée or some potato pancakes. The Inn has been a family owned and operated establishment for 90 years.

motorcycle rides in the fall San Juan Mountain Skyway

Colorado is home to the San Juan Mountain Skyway where you will find the perfect opportunity for fall motorcycle rides. Everyone who has enjoyed this trip will tell you that this is one of the most gorgeous areas in the Rocky Mountains. Strap on your GoPro because you will not want to miss the majestic mountain tops as you cruise through an area that is called the, “Switzerland of America,” thanks to its 14,000 mountain peaks. Along the way, you can stop at the hot springs or check out the red rock canyons.

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When it comes to fall motorcycle rides the United States can’t be beat so grab your helmet, get on your bike, and enjoy a fall ride that only comes around once a year.

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.

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.

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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.

Fall Motorcycle Rides

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.

Fall Motorcycle Rides

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.

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.

josephines modern american bistroFlagstaff

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.

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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.

US Motorcycle rides in the fall

motorcycle rides in the fall

It may seem too early for Motorcycle rides in the fall, but if you follow our Travels with Harley blog, you will know that Jim and I like to prepare ahead when it comes to riding, and this coming autumn is certainly no exception.

motorcycle rides in the fall

It’s great to organize Motorcycle rides in the fall especially in the East and the Southeast.

Jim and I have had the pleasure of riding the Road King during the most beautiful season in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and would gladly do it again if given the opportunity.

Regardless of where you call home, you don’t have to pack up and drive for days to find some of the best spots for Motorcycle rides in the fall.

motorcycle rides in the fall

The Catskills

Located in the southeastern part of New York, the 6,000 square foot Catskill Mountains are home to 35 mountain peaks and 6 river systems. The Woodstock Music Festival was held in the Catskills, which is most vibrant during autumn when the gorgeous colors of fall take center stage against the wooded hillsides. The Catskills are great for Motorcycle rides in the fall as each region hosts the fall harvest with farmers markets and pick your own orchards abound. The Woodstock Farm Festival runs from June until late October and features about 15 vendors selling fresh fruits and vegetables and home made goodies. Get there at the right time and you may even catch the Renaissance fair. The best time to enjoy the foliage is the last two weeks in September until mid to late October.

motorcycle rides in the fall

Aspen Colorado

Known for its winter sports, most people have no idea that the town takes its name from a tree. During autumn, the Aspen tree leaves turn a gorgeous yellow that makes them shimmer in the sun when the breeze blows. If you like Motorcycle rides in the fall you will love taking off and enjoying Aspen for the weekend before the snow starts to fall. The best time to go is mid-September until the end of the month. Although the season is short, it’s definitely worth the trip, even if it’s just for a day or two.

motorcycle rides in the fallThe Berkshires Massachusetts

The Berkshires offer gorgeous fall colors that make the perfect foreground for the luscious mountainous hamlets that dot the countryside. Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy the winding roads that seem like they were made for Motorcycle rides in the fall. Take off for a weekend and spend the evening in Lenox at the Blantyre Hotel. Designed after a real castle in Scotland it was built in 1902. The best time to see autumn is from late September to mid-October peaking during the Columbus Day Weekend celebration.

motorcycle rides during the fall

With so many gorgeous places to enjoy Motorcycle rides in the fall Jim and I decided that we would share more in our next Travels with Harley blog…we can’t wait to hit the road and explore more places for all of us to enjoy!

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!

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.

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.

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.

motorcycle friendly restaurant

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!

motorcycle friendly restaurant

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.

motorcycle trips

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.

motorcycle trips

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.

motorcycle trips

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.

motorcycle trips

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.