Riding a Harley During the Winter Tips

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

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

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Leather

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

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

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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 Rides are a Must

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

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New England

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

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

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

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?

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

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Riding Skills

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

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Budgets

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

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

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Touring Experience

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

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Personalities

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

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

Harley Road Trips in Alabama

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Harley road trips is what spring is all about and now that spring has officially sprung, it’s time to pull your Harley out of storage, dust it off and hit the road for great Harley road trips.

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A couple of weeks ago we took you on some great little Harley road trips in Georgia and promised to take you on some Harley road trips last week, but St. Patrick’s Day side tracked us so we are going to head to Alabama this week instead.

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Although there is no official nickname for Alabama, it has been known as the Yellowhammer state since the Civil War; Alabama is known for its rich cultural history and is a great place for Harley Road Trips. Some of the trails you can enjoy include the Native American Trail, the Civil War Trail, the Covered Bridge Trail and the Civil Rights Museum trails. Scenery around the state varies from lush forests to rolling hills with a small bit of the Gulf coastline, which is perfect for Harley road trips.

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The Paint Rock Valley ride is 42 miles long and features some very sharp curves that have even the most experienced riders take care. The windy valley road takes you right along the Paint Rock River that is rich in animal and plant life that you will not find anywhere else. You can gas up at the top of the mountain, but as far as other amenities go, it’s best to pack a lunch and enjoy the scenery.

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Eagles Point Guntersville State Park is another one of those Harley road trips that you will want to plan. This 79-mile trip takes you along a windy path near the river with gorgeous scenery that is hard to beat. With good quality pavement and lots of straights and turns, it is a good ride that you will want to sample if you are in Alabama. There are quite a few places to stop along the way where you can gas up and stop for a bite to eat. One of the most popular is in Guntersville. Stop for lunch halfway through your trip at the Top of the River, which is known for its catfish and seafood.

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The Cheaha Mountain Skyway is a great little example of Harley road trips that you will not want to miss as it takes you along the Cheaha Mountain near Talladega in Eastern Alabama. The 44-mile trek is full of unspoiled countryside and into the Talladega National Forest. The wildlife is abundant, so don’t be surprised if you spot a couple of hawks or deer from the back of your Harley. Once you come off the mountain, you will roll into meadows, farms and a couple of small towns. If you want to make it a weekend trip, stay at one of the cozy cabins at the Cheaha State Park where you can relax in a hot tub while pondering the day’s events.

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Stick with Travels with Harley this spring as Harley road trips are abundant and we plan to take you on every one we can find, in a virtual sense anyway!

Travels with Harley is California Dreamin’

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Travels with Harley has been happily telling all who will listen about great Harley Davidson day trips, weekend trips and trips that may take a week or two. Travels with Harley has also shown you some of the best biker bars in the United States, and now that spring is around the corner, Travels with Harley wanted to share some more biker bars that we haven’t told you about before.

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As you all know, Travels with Harley can’t get enough of Cooks Corner in Trabuco Canyon in Southern California, but there are plenty of other biker bars in the sunshine state that you can visit this weekend.

California has had one of the warmest February’s on record, and if that is any indication of what March will be like, Travels with Harley suggests that you get on your bike and ride with some great additions to our last Travels with Harley Best Biker Bars in California blog.

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Hit the road and head up to Big Bear. Regardless of what route you take, either the 330, the 38 or Highway 18 out of Lucerne, you will get your fair share of twists and turns. Once you hit the mountain head over to Murray’s Saloon and Eatery. A local favorite, Murray’s has a nice selection of craft beers on tap and a menu that will make it tough to decide what to sink your teeth into. Located at 672 Cottage Lane, Murray’s Saloon and Eatery is one place that you will not want to miss.

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Travels with Harley has enjoyed its fair share of biker bars in California, but has never had the pleasure of tucking into a great meal at the Sagebrush Cantina in Calabasas.

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The Sagebrush Cantina has what some biker enthusiasts say is the best brunch in the state. For just $29.95 per person, you can enjoy crab legs, shrimp, and bottomless champagne. With live music and plenty of atmosphere, you will want to check this place out. The bike corral is secure making the Sagebrush Cantina the perfect stop if you are heading from the Pacific Coast Highway up to Mulholland Highway to Old Topanga.

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Hell’s Kitchen is an infamous biker bar and restaurant in California and another on the Travels with Harley bucket list. Located at 32685 Ortega Highway in Lake Elsinore, Hell’s Kitchen has a full bar, with handcrafted Bloody Marys, and indoor and outdoor dining. With plenty of bike parking, Hell’s Kitchen has a full menu featuring breakfast, lunch and dinner. Tuck into an extreme burrito, or drop by for a tri-tip or hot pastrami sandwich. Oh, and don’t forget to tell the proprietors that Travels with Harley sent you!

Even More of the best biker bars in the US

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After the massive response that we have received in the last few weeks regarding the best biker bars in the US, we have decided to continue our search. Although it is proving quite difficult at times, as many of the listings contain the best biker bars in the US that have sense closed up shop, we will do our best to keep you up to date and posted if and when any of the best biker bars in the US decide to close their doors.

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If you live in, or are lucky enough to travel to the Aloha State, you will find quite a few of the best biker bars in the US including Bob’s Sports Bar in Kailua on Oahu. The food is not your standard bar fare and includes fantastic menu items such as Cajun Style Shrimp, veggie burgers and fried chicken with white pepper gravy. If you aren’t a local, or are, but don’t have a bike, you can rent a Harley Davidson for an up close and personal of Bob’s Sports Bar.

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Although we have featured a few of the best biker bars in the US located in California, we found one that we missed a few blogs back.

Located in Tracey California, The Mountain House Bar is a great little hangout and another that has made it on to our list of the best biker bars in the US. With a great outdoor venue and live music, the Mountain House Bar is a laid-back biker bar that has an open mic every Sunday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Personally; I can’t wait to try out the mouthwatering BBQ.

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Head northeast to Westchester Idaho and you will find some of the best biker bars in the US like Syls Bar and Grill. Celebrating its 20-year anniversary back in December of 2014, Syls is a great hangout that is walking distance to the lake. Some of the food items on offer include burgers and fries along with other standard bar fare.

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South Dakota is the home of the infamous Sturgis Biker Rally, but there are also some of the best biker bars in the US located in this Midwestern state. The Mangy Moose Saloon is located on Main Street, Hill City and has something for everyone including Karaoke and live music. The menu is pretty awesome as well with jalapeno bottle caps and snakebites to start with. If you can get past the appetizers, you might want to try the smothered burrito or the moose BBQ chicken sandwich.

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Summer is just around the corner, and that means plenty of opportunities to hit the road, not to mention paying a visit to some of the best biker bars in the US. If you do saddle up and venture out, don’t forget to tell the proprietors’ that Travels with Harley sent you.

More Awesome Biker Bars in America

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Last week we promised more Biker Bars in America, and after doing some additional research, discovered that it would take more than one blog to highlight the most awesome Biker Bars in America.

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The name Suck Bang Blow is quite an eye opener when it comes to Biker Bars in America. Located in Murrells Inlet, about 10 miles south of Myrtle Beach in South Carolina, Suck Bang Blow has quite a following when it comes to Biker Bars in America. Opening its doors as the Original Biker Burnout Bar in 1996, it quickly gained a reputation as one of the best Biker Bars in America with great live music, hot bartenders, and a burnout pit. After an expansion with 40,000 square feet indoors and an amazing five acres outdoors, the Original Biker Burnout Bar became Suck Bang Blow in 2002.

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Florida is a great place to party and is home to some pretty awesome Biker Bars in America like the Boot Hill Saloon in Daytona. The Boot Hill Saloon has some of these best events in town including the annual rib fest. This is a great place to go if you want to enjoy some live music while downing some icy cold drinks.

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Minnesota is great during the summer and home to another example of great Biker Bars in America. The Whiskey Junction in Minneapolis has a long history and was built to house the Grain Belt and the Minneapolis Brewing Company in 1886. Apparently, the second floor of the bar held several rooms and, although never confirmed, was rumored to be a brothel. Today the Whiskey Junction has live music, serves beer and wine and is great food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Ape Hangers touts itself as one of those Biker Bars in America that is for serious riders only, no wanna be’s allowed. Located in downtown Bel Alton, Southern Maryland on route 301, there is plenty of bike parking out front with pool tables, bar dancing and live bands on the weekends. Ape Hangers also has two full bars, including an outside tiki bar and a full menu loaded with all kinds of things that I would like to try including South Western egg rolls, mac and cheese bites, and a steak and cheese sandwich with, wait for it, potato pretzel bread.

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With all of the great Biker Bars in America it’s hard to leave out No Scum Allowed, yes, you heard that right, No Scum Allowed. Located in White Oaks, New Mexico No Scum Allowed has quite a history that includes Billy the Kid, but I’ll share that with you next week.

While I was doing research, I discovered that over half of the Biker Bars in America that I checked out were closed. With that being sad, every one of the Biker Bars in America that you find on Travels with Harley is open for business, which means we will be featuring a few more to whet your spring and summer motorcycle riding whistle in the next few weeks. If you have a Biker Bars in America suggestion, please let us know, as we would love to feature it on our Travels with Harley blog.

A Few Popular Biker Bars in the United States

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There are so many Popular Biker Bars in the United States, that it is tough to narrow them down, but this week we did manage to highlight a few of the more Popular Biker Bars in the United States. Popular Biker Bars in the United States consist of a place to park your bike, great food, an atmosphere that is fun, cold drinks, and a place that is truly unforgettable.

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The Hideaway Grill in Cave Creek Arizona opened in 1998, and is still going strong. Owner Mark Bradshaw plays host to custom motorcycle builders and famous biker personalities and is a place that was built for bikers to enjoy great food, awesome hospitality, and relaxation. The motto of the Hideaway Grill reads, “There are no strangers here, just friends you haven’t met yet.” One of the most Popular Biker Bars in the United States, the Hideaway Grill is famous for pizza, burgers, hot dogs, and chicken sandwiches.

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Sturgis is one of the most well known motorcycle events in the world and with so many people traveling to Sturgis, even when the rally isn’t on, it comes as no surprise that it is home to one of the best, and most Popular Biker Bars in the United States. Featured on TruTV and known as the largest biker bar on the planet, the Full Throttle Saloon has cold drinks, biker babes and all kinds of motorcycle fun. You can buy gear, see motorcycle stunts, and watch famous bands perform. The Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis, South Dakota even has a burn out pit and a wall of death.

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Popular Biker Bars in the United States are usually one offs, so when the Broken Spoke Saloon opened a chain across America, it really took off. The Broken Spoke Saloon has three locations and also participates in motorcycle rallies all year round. Offering nightly contests and live entertainment, the sexy wait staff serves up homemade bar food and the coldest drinks in town.

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The Busted Shovel Bar and Grill in Meridian, Idaho is a local favorite and just another great example of Popular Biker Bars in the United States. With appetizer and happy hour drink specials, bikers love to come and hang out. Some of the events at the Busted Shovel Bar and Grill include bowling and pool tournaments, wine tasting, and Karaoke.

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Head into Muskegon, MI and you will find another one of the most Popular Biker Bars in the United States. Pat’s Roadhouse is where those in the know, and those who ride a Harley, head for the day or a night out on the town. With two locations, one on Getty Street and the other on E. Laketon Ave, you can shoot pool, play keno, or sit by the bonfire on the patio at the Getty Street location. The menu is awesome with dishes like catfish and chips, Inferno wings and breaded chicken salad wraps. Pats Roadhouse even serves breakfast from 7:00 am until 11:00 am.

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There are so many Popular Biker Bars in the United States that we just might have to fill you in on a few more next week.

Three Very Cool Biker Bars in California

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When it comes to a beautiful spring day, there is nothing better than jumping on our Harley Davidson for a weekend road trip to check out biker bars. Riding, playing with our Go Pro and eating at cool biker bars is all part of the experience when we go on a weekend road trip.

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This week I decided to check out some of the best biker bars in the United States, and after doing some research have realized that it will take more than one blog to talk about them all, so this week, I decided to talk about biker bars in California.

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Cook’s Corner in Trabuco Canyon, Southern California is one of the most well known biker bars in California with live music on Saturdays and Sundays and great food. One of the most popular events is Wednesday Bike Night and Spaghetti Wednesdays.

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Cook’s Corner is actually one of the first biker bars in the state and was named after Andrew Jackson Clark. After receiving nearly 190 acres of Aliso Canyon around 1884, he and his son converted a rundown cabin into a restaurant for ranchers and miners. Once prohibition ended, Cooks Corner became a fully-fledged bar. When Cook purchased an old mess hall from an Army Air Base in Santa Ana and converted it into a restaurant and bar, the old-fashioned roadhouse with its rugged exterior became what it still is today, one of the best biker bars on the planet.

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There are quite a few famous biker bars in California including Johnny’s Bar and Grill in Hollister. Serving great food and drinks, Johnny’s Bar and Grill has been around since 1946 and was originally known as the New Deal. Businessmen and farmers alike came to Johnny’s for steaks and cheeseburgers for lunch. The entire town of Hollister was taken off guard on the fourth of July weekend back in 1947 when a biker gang, known as the Boozefighters, rolled into town doing burnouts and wheelies while virtually ignoring the races that were sanctioned in Memorial Park.

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With the locals lining the streets to witness the party, it wasn’t too long before the local police force, all five of them, became overwhelmed. This raucous display was featured in Life Magazine and became the inspiration behind the film, The Wild One with Lee Marvin and Marlon Brando. Ever since 1947, the Boozefighters come back every Fourth of July weekend to celebrate.

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I’m running out of time, but I did want to mention another one of the great biker bars in California that has some interesting history behind it. Apple Jacks Inn is one of those biker bars that riders come to visit from all over the United States. Located just off Highway 84 in La Honda, California, the building was built back in 1879 and originally housed a blacksmith shop. Apple Jacks Inn became a bar in the 1930’s and is one of the most popular biker bars in the San Francisco bay area.

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Another popular stop, Alice’s Restaurant, is one of those California biker bars that is nearly always mentioned, but we’ll talk about that famous establishment next week when we visit a few more famous biker bars in California and Nevada.

More Motorcycle Rides in California

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Ah, Motorcycle Rides in California… although it has warmed up considerably here in Washington, Missouri, we are having our fair share of rain, in fact, we’ve got a flash flood warning right now. Needless to say, this has had me, “California Dreaming,” once again.

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One of the best Motorcycle Rides in California during the summer, mostly because it takes you through the snow country, is the Mount Rose to South Lake Tahoe ride. It’s a quick little day trip that takes you around the east side of the lake via beautiful Mount Rose. This is a nice place to stop for a picnic. The route is 51 miles long and takes you through the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe to the California side.

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Another great example of Motorcycle Rides in California is one that Jim and I would like to try. The Old Highway 30 Cisco Grove to Donner Lake is best during spring, summer, or fall.

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Because the only places to get food are at the Rainbow Lodge, the Soda Springs Store and the gas stations, it’s best to pack a lunch and stop along the way to enjoy Donner Lake vista point and the historic old Rainbow Bridge. The road follows the south fork along the Yuba River and has some awesome mountain views.

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If you like Motorcycle Rides in California as much as Jim and I do, the Decker Canyon and Encinal Canyon Loop is a must, and although it’s only a nine-mile trip, there are lots of twisties and great scenery to enjoy. To get there you take the Pacific Coast Highway out towards El Pescador State Beach. The Santa Monica Mountain range is awesome with several spots along the way to take a couple of selfies overlooking the mighty Pacific. The roads are steep, especially near Decker Canyon, so best for more experienced riders. No roadside amenities on this trip except for a gas station about 2.5 miles just south of Trancas Canyon and the Pacific Coast Highway.

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You all know by now that I love to eat and checking out places on Yelp is one of my favorite things to do and that’s why I like to find Motorcycle Rides in California that have some great little diners along the way.

When I was doing research for Motorcycle Rides in California, I happened upon a ride that not many know about. It’s only 14 miles long, but sounds beautiful as it takes you down Jamala Road to the sea.

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The road starts six miles south of Lompoc, Ca. just off Route one. You will see the signs pointing towards Jalama Beach County Park. Those who have experienced the ride talk about the rolling hills and beautiful wild flowers during the spring. Once you hit the crest, you are met with amazing views of the beach and ocean with hills and cliffs to the north. The road is filled with gentle curves and has some great climbs and descents. According to one reviewer, the road needs some work, but that was written back in 2011, so hopefully some improvements have been made since then.

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The end of the road has a county park with camping sites, picnic areas, and a nice beach area. There is also a restaurant, the Jalama Beach Café, and a little store. Of course I Yelped the restaurant, and it gets 4 ½ stars with most diners raving about the burgers, but I have to admit, the Jalama Beach Café menu is loaded with lots of goodies that I want to sample if we get to try this great example of Motorcycle Rides in California. The Jalama Beach Café also makes its own wine that is sold at the café and in the store.

Dreaming about Harley Davidson Rides

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Now that the weather has become too cold to navigate on the Road King, Jim and I have been spending these winter nights dreaming about Harley Davidson Rides and deciding where we will go and what we will do once the daffodils begin to bloom. I recently checked out some really good Harley Davidson Rides that aren’t too far from home and offer us the perfect weekend getaway.

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We’ve been on the Hellbender Tour, which was fantastic, but after some research, I’ve discovered some Harley Davidson Rides that Jim and I are going to have to check out this spring.

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Missouri isn’t called the, “Show me state,” for nothing. With its streams, rivers, lakes, rolling hills and stunning plains, the open roads are literally endless and a must for anyone who owns a Harley Davidson, or any other bike for that matter.

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To the south is the impressive Ozark Mountains with popular Harley Davidson Rides that include The Glade Top Trail Ride that runs through the Great River Road and the Ozark Hill Country. Both are good Harley Davidson Rides for beginning and advanced riders.

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Although Missouri does experience some cooler temps during the spring, it really is a great time to get out and enjoy the sunshine. The Mark Twain National Forest is a unique historical destination for Harley Davidson Rides that folks from all over the world enjoy. Because the roads are among the best in the United States, the rolling terrain is easy to maneuver, yet varied just enough to offer exciting Harley Davidson Rides for all to enjoy.

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Located just south of Missouri, Arkansas has some beautiful Harley Davidson Rides for everyone. The Pig Tail Ride is about a seven-hour ride that takes you through Eureka Springs, Saint Paul, Huntsville, Withrow Springs, Berryville, Green Forrest, Jasper, and Clarksville. Ride above ground through Withrow Springs State Park or venture on a below ground adventure visiting the Crystal Dome and the Mystic Caverns.

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The caves at the Mystic Caverns are pretty cool as is the Mulberry River, which is recognized nationally as the National Wild and Scenic River. This area is also known for its large population of native Black Bears.

Spring is still a few months away, but there are plenty of motorcycle activities that I will share with you next week before we head out on another Travels with Harley.

There is nothing better than a Harley Davidson Road Trip

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Last week I shared some of the trials and tribulations about planning a Harley Davidson road trip. Below are the rest of the emails that we received regarding our trip.

This one came from Mike:

 

Thank you, Jon.

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Now that you have chosen a date there is one less thing for me to do. Your offer is so good that my wife even wants to ride along on the back of the bike. Her other motive is that she wants to see her niece who lives in Boulder and attends college there.

We are looking forward to a good ride in the high country.

Mike

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When we first arrived for the opening evening of the Wild West Ride in San Bernardino, as usual there was a dinner. We selected a table and joined a couple and a single man who were there. The man was Jon and he and Jim decided to ride together the next day. The couple, Lisa & Larry from Georgia, have become friends who we continue to see on the rides each year and enjoy visiting with them.

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The next morning, Jon had another rider with him, Dennis that he had met and asked to join us. As we were riding out of town, Mike pulled up behind us at a stoplight and joined in forming what Jim and I both believe will be a lifelong friendship.

We rode with Jon, Mike, and Dennis for the first 3 days. On the last two, we had been asked to join another group, Steve, Jody & Matt.

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In 2013, Mike planned a ride to do a good portion of Route 66. Jon joined him for most of the ride and they made plans to stop for a visit with us here. They stayed overnight at our home and we all had a great visit.

For the Hellbender Tour in Arkansas in 2013, Mike and Jon did not join the ride, although Larry & Lisa from Georgia did. We also rode with Matt & Steve. Jim and I had such a great time that we all agreed to make sure we would join up again for the 2014 ride.

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So, now we have two rides planned. Both the New England Trailblazer in September and the Colorado ride for July. We really would have liked to travel to Idaho, but it is hard to justify that much time away from our business. Both Jim and I are looking forward to the day when we can retire and spend all of our time on the road for, “Travels with Harley.”