Biker Friendly Hotels Colorado You Will Love

biker friendly hotels Colorado

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

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

biker friendly hotels Colorado

Candlewood Suites Loveland

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

biker friendly hotels Colorado

Snow Mountain Ranch Near Winter Park

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

biker friendly hotels Colorado

Wedgewood Lodge Breckenridge

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

biker friendly hotels Colorado

Hotel Elegante Colorado Springs

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

biker friendly hotels Colorado

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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.

Motorcycle rides in Arizona

 

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.

Weekend Motorcycle Trips and What to Watch For

weekend motorcycle trips

Weekend motorcycle trips are a reality in quite a few states around the country, and if you are itching to get away for a great ride for the day, or want to stay the night and ride all day Sunday. Just remember as you take your Road King out of storage that although spring is one of the most beautiful times of the year to jump on your Harley, it can also be one of the most dangerous.

weekend motorcycle trips

Salt-The smell of spring and the warm temperatures make it tough to ignore your Softail, however be aware that the roads will have salt and grime left over from the winter. The salt that they use to protect drivers from snow on the roads can cause serious problems for motorcycle riders. The roads may be cleared, but it will take a few good rains to get rid of the problem.

weekend motorcycle trips

Grime-That stuff that covers the roads after the first spring rain after winter or a particular dry spell will make roads extremely greasy and slippery for weekend motorcycle trips. The harder it rains the less grime, but it can easily return making it just as dangerous as it was when it first appeared. weekend motorcycle tripsOther Drivers-After a season of closed windows drivers have a tendency to forget about riders on motorcycle trips. Be very careful when you venture out. You may think they see you turning left in the suicide line, but never assume anything when it comes to being seen on the road.

weekend motorcycle trips

Road Hazards-If you live in part of America that saw significant rain and snow over the winter months, you know how hard it was on the roads. Check the road report before you jump on your bike. If you don’t, you could travel for 50 miles only to have to turn around because of a washed out road. weekend motorcycle trips

Potholes are especially bad after winter and can pop up everywhere. Be especially careful on the curves and blind spots. Don’t think you’re safe on the straight-aways either as potholes the size of a small lake can appear anywhere.

 

If you are traveling with others don’t ride next to each other on a road that you aren’t sure about as you will want to limit the space between you and the other rider if a pothole should appear out of nowhere.

Enjoy your weekend motorcycle trips and the sights and smells of spring; just don’t forget to be cautious when you get on your bike and ride.

Travels with Harley Motorcycle tips for Spring

motorcycle tips for spring

Motorcycle tips for spring are essential if you live in part of the country that is enjoying an early spring.

Riders in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Florida may have not winterized their bikes, but there are some motorcycle tips for spring you should know before you head out on your first ride of the spring.

Some of the best motorcycle tips for spring from Travels with Harley include some essentials that you may not be aware of.

motorcycle tips for spring

Harley Davidson Recommission

If you follow the Travels with Harley Blog, you will have added a conditioner or preservative to your fuel before you winterized your motorcycle. Not only does it preserve your battery, but it will also assure a clean start. If you didn’t, add some and clean your tank before you head out on the road.

motorcycle tips for spring winter

Brakes

Harley Davidson motorcycles that have been asleep all winter may need some brake work as the fluid could have absorbed adding moisture, which will make them feel spongy. Visually inspect and test your brakes after you clean the surface corrosion and any debris that may have collected during the winter. If you are in doubt, Travels with Harley recommends that you change your brake fluid and possibly the brake pads.

motorcycle tips for spring

 

Battery

If you haven’t looked after your Harley Davidson during the winter, the battery may need some TLC, especially if it isn’t sealed. Check your water levels, clean the terminals, and top off with distilled water.

Batteries that won’t start may have a new life with a slow charge, but be aware that your battery can be affected through non-use. If your battery has a hard time turning the engine over or can’t hold a charge, you may want to consider a new one.

motorcycle tips for spring

Tires

Check your the tire pressure according to your Harley Davidson owner’s manual. If your bike has been sitting on the tires all winter, it could affect the pressure and the condition. Sometimes the weight of your bike can cause tire damage. If you see any sidewall cracks change out your tires, as you do not want to take any chances when it comes to your Harley Davidson.

motorcycle tips for spring

Steering and Suspension

Jim recommends that you thoroughly inspect your steering and your suspension. Make sure to tighten anything that feels loose, and look for excessive wear. You’ll also want to check your fork seals for leaks.

motorcycle tips for spring

Final Checks

Check your lights for faulty fuses and bulbs and wash your bike. Check for excessive wear and damage. Remove oil and surface corrosion and give it a good polish and wax.

motorcycle tips for spring

Additional motorcycle tips for spring include the rider. Make sure that you take it easy on your first trip and don’t forget to stretch. You may be itching to get out on the road, but you want to be ready, and a three-hour motorcycle trip may not necessarily be the best option for your first motorcycle trip this spring.

Motorcycle Day Trips in California this Spring

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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.

motorcycle day trips

Pleasants Valley Cantelow Highway 128

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

motorcycle day trips

Get on Your Bike and Ride

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

Winterizing your Harley Davidson Part Two

Winterizing your Harley Davidson

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

Winterizing your Harley Davidson

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

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

Winterizing your Harley Davidson

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

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

Winterizing your Harley Davidson

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

Winterizing your Harley Davidson

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

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

Winterizing Your Harley Davidson For Storage

winterizing your Harley Davidson

Winterizing your Harley Davidson is important. Although some people who live in warmer states may not need to winterize their bike, these tips can still help keep your Harley, or any other motorcycle, in tiptop shape.

winterizing your Harley Davidson

Stabilize your Fuel

If you are winterizing your Harley Davidson, it is important to remember that today’s unleaded fuel has a three to four week shelf life before it starts to deteriorate. Some riders feel that draining the gas tank and the float bowl is all that is required, however, Travels with Harley believes that there is no way to completely get the fuel out of the carburetor jets or the small passages. Jim likes to add fuel stabilizer to a full tank of gas before running it for about 15 minutes to stabilize the fuel throughout our Road Kings engine. This helps prevent any residual fuel from oxidizing.

winterizing your Harley Davidson

Change the Oil

Once you have warmed your Harley up after stabilizing the fuel, change the oil as contaminants and residual fuel will begin to oxidize after inactivity and storage. Changing the oil when you are winterizing your Harley Davidson, guarantees fresh lubrication when you fire up your bike in the spring. Make sure that you use good quality oil, as it will survive well into the next riding season. Run your Harley for five minutes or so to evenly disburse the oil.

winterizing your Harley Davidson

Battery Preparation

It is imperative that you keep lead acid batteries charged throughout the year if you want to prolong the life of the battery. Attach a charger or battery tender that will not overcharge the battery. You can use a trickle charger, but be careful not to run it for more than 30 minutes every day. You can use an appliance timer as well. If you are storing your Harley, remove the battery and keep it in a warm and dry place making sure to keep it charged throughout the off-season.

If you are one of the lucky ones who can ride all year round, enjoy, but for those who can’t, Travels with Harley will share some additional winterizing your Harley Davidson tips.

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.

Harley Davidson Christmas Presents

Harley Davidson Christmas presents

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

Harley Davidson Christmas Presents

These Boots were made for Riding

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

Harley Davidson Christmas Presents

Make it a Harley Home

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

Harley Davidson Christmas presents Outer Wear

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

Harley Davidson Christmas Presents

Pour a Cold One

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

Harley Davidson Christmas presents

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

More Riding a Harley in the Winter Tips

riding a Harley during the winter

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

riding a Harley during the winter

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

riding a Harley during the winter

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

riding a Harley during the winter

 

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

riding a Harley during the winter

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

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

riding a Harley during the winter

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

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

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

Riding a Harley During the Winter Tips

riding a Harley during the winter

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

riding a Harley during the winter

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

riding a Harley during the winter

Leather

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

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

riding a Harley during the winter

Long Johns

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

riding a motorcycle winter

Keep your Head Warm

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

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Hands and Feet

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

riding your harley in the winter

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

Fall Motorcycle Trips and Travels with Harley

fall motorcycle rides

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

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

fall motorcycle rides

Door County Wisconsin

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

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The Blue Ridge Parkway

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

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Route 50 the George Washington Highway, West Virginia

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

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

Tips for Staying Warm on a Motorcycle

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.

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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.

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.

Halloween motorcycle events

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!

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

fall motorcycle rides

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.

fall motorcycle rides

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.

fall motorcycle rides

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

Travels with Harley Tips

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

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

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

Fall Travels with Harley Tips

Leaves

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

Fall Travels with Harley Tips

Deer Season

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

Fall Travels with Harley Tips

Leathers

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

Fall Travels with Harley Tips

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

Fall Travels with Harley Tips

 

Road Surfaces

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

Fall Travels with Harley Tips

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