Wildflower Motorcycle Trips in California

wildflower motorcycle rides in California

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

wildflower motorcycle trips in California

The Anza Borrego Desert State Park

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

wildflower motorcycle trips in California

Death Valley National Park

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

wildflower motorcycle trips in California

Joshua State Park

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

wildflower motorcycle trips in California

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

wildflower motorcycle trips in California

 

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

Spring Motorcycle rides in Arizona

Motorcycle rides in Arizona

Motorcycle rides in Arizona are spectacular during the spring, and if you love to enjoy the great outdoors, Travels with Harley has some motorcycle rides in Arizona that you will love.

motorcycle rides in Arizona

The Coronado Trail

If you like to camp and hike, the Coronado Trail is just the ticket. If you are doing a day trip on your Harley, you will want to pack a lunch, as there are not many amenities. Starting in Clifton, AZ you will see desert, and lots of twists and turns, and although this ride is in a remote part of Arizona, you will love the old copper mining town, aspen forests, and the little meadows as you ride through the White Mountains.

Motorcycle rides in Arizona

Mt. Lemmon Loop

Beginning on the outskirts of southern Phoenix, you will get in some great riding. Because it is the middle of March, you will want to layer up, as it can get quite chilly. Stop in Summerhaven and have a bite to eat at the Sawmill Run Restaurant in Mt. Lemmon. Start off with the Soft Pretzel Basket, or dig into Bacon Cheeseburger. If you like comfort food, you will love the Home Made Meatloaf.

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Flagstaff to Sedona on 89A

With no shortage of eateries on the way, this is one of the best motorcycle rides in Arizona. With plenty of switchbacks and curves, you will love the scenery, especially during the spring with blooming cactus and wildflowers that are simply breathtaking. Motorcycle rides in Arizona

You’ll start off in the forests of Flagstaff as you work your way to the rock formation that surrounds Sedona. Once you get into town, you can browse the gift and craft shops or enjoy a bite to eat at The Silver Saddle @ Cowboy Club. Not an ordinary steakhouse the menu is full of tasty game meat such as Elk Chops and Buffalo Tenderloin.

Motorcycle rides in Arizona

Motorcycle rides in Arizona can’t be beat, and if you are itching to head out of town for a day or two, this western state has everything you need.

Spring Motorcycle Rides that You Will Love

Spring motorcycle rides

Spring motorcycle rides are here, and if you are looking for some place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Travels with Harley has some suggestions for spring motorcycle rides that you will love.

March is the beginning of the season when the flowers begin to open up. The days are longer and the evenings are warm enough for a light jacket. This time of the year really is the best for spring motorcycle rides.

Spring motorcycle rides

Blue Ridge Parkway-Virginia

The state for lovers, Virginia is simply stunning, especially for spring motorcycle rides. On this ride, you will see the Blue Ridge Mountains in full bloom during the spring. The parkway is quite long and at 469 miles, you may want to break it up a bit. You could start your adventure near Waynesboro, Virginia and spend a night in the Appalachian Mountains or make your way into the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina.

spring motorcycle rides

Indian River Lagoon Short Loop-Florida

Perfect for beginners and experienced travelers this is one of the best spring motorcycle rides that you will find with smooth hills, gentle curves and some of the best scenery in the country.Drop in for a bite at Mulligan’s Beach House Bar and Grill in Sebastian, Fl. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you are sure to find something on the menu.

Spring motorcycle rides

The Cherokee Run-North Carolina

Carved out of the side of a mountain, the Cherokee Run is loaded with twists and turns with amazing scenery. Going from the valley to the side of a rock face, this is an amazing example of spring motorcycle rides. Stop by the Cherokee Nation’s Reservation where you can go fishing, look at native elk, or shop for Native American arts and crafts.

Spring motorcycle rides

Spring motorcycle rides really are the best, especially if you want to enjoy everything that Mother Nature has to offer. Spring is one of Travels with Harley’s favorite times of the year. Enjoy!

Motorcycle Day Trips in California this Spring

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

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

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Titlow Hill

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

motorcycle day trips CA

Skaggs Spring Road

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

Lost World

motorcycle day trips

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

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Pleasants Valley Cantelow Highway 128

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

motorcycle day trips

Get on Your Bike and Ride

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

Colorado Spring Motorcycle Day Trips

spring motorcycle day trips

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

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

spring motorcycle day trips

Mount Evans Scenic and Historic Byway

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

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

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

spring motorcycle day trips

Historic Byway and the Scenic Santa Fe Trail Trinidad to Lamar

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

spring motorcycle day trips

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

spring motorcycle day trips

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

spring motorcycle day trips

Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic and Historic Byway

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

spring motorcycle day trips

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

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

Travels with Harley Winter Motorcycle Rides

winter motorcycle rides

Winter motorcycle rides aren’t impossible, especially if you are one of the lucky ones that live in Arizona or California, and although this winter the entire country seems to be getting its fair share of rain and snow, there are some winter motorcycle rides that you can enjoy.

winter motorcycle rides

Bisbee Arizona

This nostalgic border town is well-preserved and looks like a film set out of the Old West. One of the best places to stop for a bite is the High Desert Market and Café located on Tombstone Canyon in Historic Old Bisbee. Enjoy the Mexican Scramble before heading north to Tombstone where you can enjoy a gunfight and some other interesting old west memorabilia.

winter motorcycle rides

Wickenburg Arizona

If you can’t get enough of the old west, you will love Wickenburg. Just northwest of Phoenix, you can enjoy winter motorcycle rides all year round, whether you prefer dirt or paved roads. With so much to do and see in this old western town, don’t miss the Vulture Mine Tour, you may never want to leave.

winter motorcycle rides

Santa Monica Mountains California

With lots of twists and turns, it is rare that you will find better winter motorcycle rides in California than the roads in and around the Santa Monica Mountains. The paved roads are quite narrow so make sure that you check your route for conditions before you head out. Stop at the infamous Rock Store, located on Mulholland Drive, and don’t forget to have a meal at Neptune’s Net on PCH in Malibu. The clam chowder is to die for.

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Las Vegas Nevada to San Diego California

This 333-mile trek is perfect all year round with Las Vegas and San Diego nice and warm regardless of the season. On this trip, you’ll ride through Lake Havasu on to Death Valley before hitting Palm Springs. The straight highway will take you into San Diego where you can enjoy Little Italy or Coronado Island.

Winter motorcycle rides

Angeles Crest Highway

This 66-mile mountain rural ride takes you from La Canada to Highway 2 heading east up to the mountains ending in Wrightwood. A huge chunk of the ride takes you through the mountains just north of the LA basin. This year there is a lot of snow, and although the road is quite new, it is important to check your conditions before you venture out on winter motorcycle rides.

Start Dreaming about Spring Motorcycle Rides

spring motorcycle rides

Spring motorcycle rides are getting closer and if you are tired of spending your weekends curled up in front of the fire, you may want to consider some of these great trips for spring motorcycle rides

spring motorcycle rides

The Pig Trail

The Pig Trail is 19 miles of curves, twisties, and beautiful scenery with waterfalls, the Ozark National Forest, and mountain views. The short trip is perfect for a day or weekend ride and of course, spring motorcycle rides. The Pig Trail is one of the best rides in Arkansas and was used by the Confederate and Union soldiers during the Civil War. Be sure and stop for breakfast at the Farmers Table Café for locally sourced and organic eats.

spring motorcycle rides

The Tunnel of Trees

Located in Michigan, the Tunnel of Trees is one of the most beautiful and scenic spring motorcycle rides that you will not want to miss. Unlike mountain tunnels, the Tunnel of Trees covers the road with a beautiful canopy that is stunning during fall and spring. You’ll drive through forests and small towns before making your way to the coast. Stop for a bite to eat at Stafford’s Pier Restaurant or have a sandwich at Gurney’s Bottle Shop in Harbor Springs, which is known for their home baked bread and tasty ingredients. Bring some cash, as the bottle shop doesn’t take cards.

spring motorcycle rides

Twisty Road

If you’re looking for long spring motorcycle roads, the Twisty Road is for you. Starting out in Redbluff, CA, the 2-hour 140-mile stretch of Highway 36 is full of twists and turns that take you to Fortuna, CA. There is little to no reception, so make sure you are prepared. The roller coaster ride has some great views through the redwoods, but keep your eyes on the road as cows frequent the Twisty Road as well. Once you get to Fortuna, stop for lunch or dinner at the Eel River Brewing Company for a smoked pulled pork sandwich with a side of Mac and cheese.

spring motorcycle rides

Going to the Sun Road

This 50-mile road trip starts out in St. Mary, MT and takes you through the Glacier National Park. During the spring, you will see some of the most beautiful wildflowers on the planet. The road is steep and curvy with meadows, streams and even mountain goats, elk and deer meeting you at every twist and turn. There are lots of hiking trails and places where you can enjoy a picnic. If you have time, you may want to check out the House of Mystery on Highway 2.

Although winter is in full swing, you can still dream about spring motorcycle rides with Travels with Harley. Enjoy!

Three Spring Motorcycle Rides 2017

spring motorcycle rides

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

spring motorcycle rides

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

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

spring motorcycle rides

PCH Carmel to Morro Bay-California

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

spring motorcycle rides

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

spring motorcycle rides

Peak to Peak-Colorado

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

spring motorcycle rides

Beartooth Highway-Wyoming and Montana

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

spring motorcycle rides

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

spring motorcycle rides

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

A New Years Day Motorcycle Ride You Cannot Miss

New Years Day motorcycle ride

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

DPHD 26th Annual New Year’s Day Run

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

22nd annual Frosty Balls and Chilly Boobs Run

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

PDX Polar Bear Run

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

Frozen Buns Run

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

New Years Day motorcycle ride

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

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

Fall Motorcycle Trips and Travels with Harley

fall motorcycle rides

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

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

fall motorcycle rides

Door County Wisconsin

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

fall motorcycle rides

The Blue Ridge Parkway

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

fall motorcycle rides

Route 50 the George Washington Highway, West Virginia

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

fall motorcycle trips

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

Tips for Staying Warm on a Motorcycle

staying warm on a motorcycle

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.

staying warm on a motorcycle

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.

staying warm on a motorcycle

 

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.

Can’t Miss Fall Motorcycle Events

fall motorcycle events

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.

fall motorcycle events

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.

fall motorcycle events

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.

fall motorcycle events

 

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!

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.

motorcycle rides in the fall

 

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.

motorcycle rides in the fall

Wine Trail

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

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

More Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Florida

motorcycle friendly restaurants Florida

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

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

motorcycle friendly restaurants Florida

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

Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants Florida

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

motorcycle friendly restaurants Florida Mojo

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

motorcycle friendly restaurants Florida

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

motorcycle friendly restaurants Florida

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

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

Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Florida Louies

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

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

Scrumptious Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Florida

Motorcycle friendly restaurants in Florida

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

Motorcycle friendly restaurants in Florida

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

Motorcycle friendly restaurants in Florida

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

Motorcycle friendly restaurants in Florida

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

Motorcycle friendly restaurants in Florida

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

Motorcycle friendly restaurants in Florida

 

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

Delicious Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Alabama

Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Alabama

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

Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Alabama Bobs

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

motorcycle friendly restaurant in Alabama

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

jerusalem cafe motorcycle friendly restaurant Alabama

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

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

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

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

Motorcycle Camping in California

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For the past couple of weeks, Travels with Harley has talked about Motorcycle camping, and if you have been following our blog, you will have all the tips you need for a successful motorcycle camping trip, but you still need somewhere to camp. After some research, Jim and I discovered some of the best places in California for Motorcycle camping.

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Big Sur

Jim and I love Big Sur and have spent plenty of time there; however, we have never pitched a tent. According to other H.O.G. members, Big Sur has a motorcycle camping site that is just five miles down a little dirt road, which certainly keeps the tourists away. The campsite has awesome views of the Pacific Ocean and fire rings, but best bring your own water, as there isn’t any available. Also, be prepared to take your trash out and bring you own wood as it is illegal to gather it at the campsite. The sunsets are phenomenal and something that everyone should see at least once.

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Death Valley Saline Valley Hot Springs

Travels with Harley have talked about the incredible motorcycle road trips in Death Valley, but now we hear it is an awesome place to camp as well. The campsite is about 50 miles from any paved road giving campers two ways to get in, the south, and the north passes into Saline Valley. The North Pass was recently graded, but the south still remains grueling and will test your riding skills. Be prepared as it is a long way in if you have any problems. Make sure that you check out the Saline Valley Hot Springs and don’t forget to pack your necessities and bring plenty of water. Because of the heat, the best time to go is in the winter.

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Joshua Tree Hidden Valley

Another winter motorcycle camping spot that you won’t want to miss is Joshua Tree, Hidden Valley. If you want to enjoy the high desert you will love the campsite, and although it’s remote, it is well worth it as it is the most picturesque in the Joshua Tree Hidden Valley campsite, just make sure you watch out for rattlesnakes. Even if you camp during the winter, they are still plentiful in Joshua Tree.

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Nelder Grove Campground Western Sierras

If you love the giant redwoods in California, you will not want to miss the Nelder Grove Campground. You can get to the campsite by traveling down a forest service road that is dotted with Sequoia stumps that were left over from logging in the 19th century. You can actually set up camp around the stumps. Best of all, the Sequoia Grove is walking distance from the campsite. Be sure to walk the Shadow of the Giants Trail. The best time to travel to the campsite that has clean toilets and water is during the summer.

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Motorcycle camping can be lots of fun, as long as you are prepared. Make sure that you check out the Travels with Harley Camping Tips.

Happy motorcycle camping!

More Motorcycle Camping Tips

Motorcycle Riding Tips

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

Motorcycle Riding Tips

Clothing

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

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

Motorcycle Riding Tips

Shelter

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

Motorcycle Riding Tips

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

Motorcycle Riding Tips

Bedding

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

Motorcycle Riding Tips

Meals

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

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

California Motorcycle Day Trips That You’ll Love

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It’s the first day of summer and that means lots more motorcycle day trips. Jim and I are sifting through dozens of Harley Davidson Owners Group posts and websites so that we can determine what motorcycle day trips we want to take this summer. If you’re in California, there are many motorcycle day trips that you’ll enjoy.

motorcycle day trips

It gets hot in California, especially in June and July, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experience great motorcycle day trips during the summer.

If you are in it for the scenery, you may want to skip the Palomar Mountain Loop, as it is vital that you keep your eyes on the road. Some of our H.O.G friends will tell you that this is one of the most technical motorcycle day trips in Southern California. However, with the great vistas and lush forests, you will want to stop and take a few pics. There are multiple hairpin turns, and a few long sweepers that will keep you on your toes. Once you get to the top of Palomar Mountain, stop and have a bite at Mother’s Kitchen. It’s a vegetarian eatery that will please even hearty meat eaters.

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The Yuba River Ride is another must if you are hankering for motorcycle day trips this summer, but be sure and pack a lunch, as there isn’t much in the way of amenities along the way, unless you want to stop in Downieville for a bite. The ride takes you right along the north fork of the magnificent Yuba River often to the bottom of the canyon. The scenery is stunning; especially with all of the rain and snow that Northern California has had this year. The road has lots of twists and turns and a few straight aways giving you a chance to see the beautiful views.

motorcycle day trips

If you are looking for long motorcycle day trips check out the Hwy 299 from the coast to Redding. Whichever way you ride, you are sure to enjoy the scenery. The 150-mile trip is probably one of the most spectacular rides that you will ever experience. The road is in pretty good shape with lots of well-banked curves and some high-speed twists and turns that can be tricky. You will be able to stop along the way and take some pictures of the majestic redwoods and the scattered pines that you will see along the way. motorcycle day trips four

Stop at the Straw House Resorts and Cafe in Weaverville, which is about 95 miles inland from the coast. You can escape the heat and enjoy a cold beer and a pizza before heading back out on the road.

This summer promises to be filled with awesome motorcycle day trips that Travels with Harley is definitely going to share.

The Best Motorcycle Rides in North Carolina

North Carolina Motorcycle Trips

The south has some amazing Motorcycle rides in North Carolina. North Carolina is blessed with some of the best motorcycle rides in the United States including the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Piedmont Plateau, and the Atlantic Coastal Plain region. Motorcycle rides in North Carolina highlights include Deal’s Gap, also known as the Tail of the Dragon, the Blue Ridge Parkway and of course access to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the southern part of the state.

Motorcycle Rides in North Carolina

Jim and I have been on the Hellbender 28 and would love to do it again as this is one of the best examples of Motorcycle rides in North Carolina. With its drop offs and sweeping curves lakeside in the Smokies there are very few rides in the entire country that have the views that the Hellbender 28 has. The 22-mile stretch ends up at Deals Gap beginning the famous, “Dragon.” The roads are in great shape and although there is some commercial traffic, there are plenty of places where it is just you and the road. Halfway through you will find yourself in Fontana Village in Fontana Dam. The resort is very motorcycle friendly and offers lodging and even houseboats to rent.

Motorcycle Rides in North Carolina

When it comes to the best Motorcycle rides in North Carolina, you will not want to miss Mountain Meander; especially if you like waterfalls as there are four of them on this trip including Bridal Veil and Dry Falls. With lots of switchbacks and turns on nice blacktop, you will have an exciting ride. Although there aren’t any roadside amenities on the route, you can continue south on to Highway 64 where you will find fuel and some food stops. Stop by the Jackson Hole Trading Post and Gem Mine on 28 and you can get a free map of the waterfalls in the region.

motorcycle rides North Carolina

It isn’t fair to talk about Motorcycle rides in North Carolina without mentioning Shiner’s Run, also known as The Rattler. You will ride through the mountains from I-40 to the Hot Springs on the 209. You will pass by rock bed rivers, old farms, churches and scenic mountain overlooks.

The road quality is quite good and has something for everyone including elevation changes, high-speed sweepers, twisties, and a couple of nice straight aways when you get to the farmland.

North Caroline Motorcycle road trips

About half way to the Hot Springs, you will find a café and the Trust General Store. The Iron Horse Station hotel restaurant is located at your final destination, the Hot Springs, and is a great place to stay after your ride.

Travels with Harley is hitting the road this summer and can’t wait to share our stories.