Biker Friendly Bars Northern California You Don’t want to Miss

Biker friendly bars Northern California

There are some great biker friendly bars Northern California, and if you follow the Travels with Harley Blog, you will know that Jim and I love to travel to my home state for biker friendly bars California. This week we head to the northern part of the state for more biker friendly bars Northern California.

Harold’s Dante Hotel-This establishment has been around since 1993 and caters to motorcycle riders. Located on Railroad Ave in Cloverdale, Ca. Harold’s Dante Hotel has the coldest beer in town and is great place to stop for a game of pool. With plenty of bike parking, this is a great little example of biker friendly bars Northern California.

biker friendly bars Northern California

The Plainfield Station-Woodland is where you will find this awesome little biker friendly bar and grill. With live music on Fridays and Saturdays, an outdoor bar, and an amazing outdoor stage, you will not want to stop anywhere else. County Road 93 in Woodland the Plainfield Station is the place to be if you are craving a Jalapeno Burger and Fries.

biker friendly bars Northern California

The Buckhorn Bar-Located on Adams Street in Dixon, this is one of the best biker friendly bars Northern California. With live music on Friday and Saturday and Karaoke on Tuesday, the place is hopping all year round. The food is standard pub fare with a great menu. Tuck into a Franchise Rueben Sandwich from the Buckhorn Bar or sink your teeth into the popular Matador Burger.

biker friendly bars Northern California

River City Saloon-2nd Street in Old Sacramento is where you will find the River City Saloon. Opened in 1871, this perfect example of biker friendly bars Northern California has been remodeled a few times over the years and offers free biker parking on the corner of J and 2nd streets. The saloon is known for its Deli Sandwiches and has a variety to choose from. Sample the Gold Miner and don’t forget to wash it down with a glass of house made sarsaparilla.

Biker friendly bars Northern California

Biker friendly bars Northern California offer something for everyone, and if you are planning a day or weekend trip, stop for a bite and enjoy everything that Northern California has to offer.

Next week, Travels with Harley heads east for more biker friendly bars in Nevada.

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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4 Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants Colorado

motorcycle friendly restaurants Colorado

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

motorcycle friendly restaurants Colorado

 

The Piper Inn Aurora

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

motorcycle friendly restaurants Colorado

 

Handlebars Restaurant and Saloon

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

motorcycle friendly restaurants Colorado

Blondie’s Pub and Grub Blondie’s Trophy Room

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

motorcycle friendly restaurants Colorado

 

Buffalo Rose

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

motorcycle friendly restaurants Colorado

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

motorcycle friendly restaurants Colorado

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

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

4 Secret Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants California

motorcycle friendly restaurants

Motorcycle friendly restaurants are a lot easier to find than they used to be. If you follow the Travels with Harley Blog, you will know that Jim and Demea have already blogged about quite a few motorcycle friendly restaurants. However, there are a few more secret eateries that the pair would like to share.

motorcycle friendly restaurants

Charlie Brown Farms

Located in Littlerock, CA, Charlie Brown Farms is a day trip for sure. The largest gift shop in the Antelope Valley is also home to real Texas style barbecue. You’ll find local honey, more than 60 varieties of Jerky and of course, the farms famous Date Shakes. Stock up on homemade fudge handcrafted on site or splurge and order some deep fried Oreos or Twinkies. With plenty of parking, Charlie Brown Farms is a must if you are looking for motorcycle friendly restaurants.

motorcycle friendly restaurants

The Historic Rock Inn

If you are enjoying a ride around Lake Hughes, CA drop by The Historic Rock Inn for a bite to eat. Catering to bikers, the full bar and restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner 7 days a week. The Inn has a live band every weekend between 1 and 5 so you may want to consider staying the night at the Inn. The historic building has been around since 1929 and is a must if you are searching for motorcycle friendly restaurants in California.

motorcycle friendly restaurants

Mother’s Tavern

If you are riding up or down the Pacific Coast Highway, be sure and stop by the little red house on the beach. Mother’s Tavern has popular bands on Sundays and is extremely biker friendly. You will get a kick out of the dollar bills, panties, and bras that line the walls of this funky vintage honky tonk tavern.

motorcycle friendly restaurants

Thirsty Isle

Located on Carson St. and Lakewood Blvd in Long Beach, CA, the Thirsty Isle is a must if you are looking for motorcycle friendly restaurants. Featuring shareable appetizers and standard pub faire, there is plenty of bike parking at this great little eatery. Try a pastrami burger with fries and wash it down with a 32-ounce schooner.

motorcycle friendly restaurants

When it comes to motorcycle friendly restaurants, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Before you head out do your research. Some restaurants may be permanently closed or could have changed hands. If that is the case, the menu and the food may not be as good as it used to be.

In next week’s blog, Travels with Harley heads to Colorado for more motorcycle friendly restaurants.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Unheard of Fall Motorcycle Rides

fall motorcycle rides

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.

fall motorcycle rides

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.

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Deer Season

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

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Leathers

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

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

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Road Surfaces

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

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

US Motorcycle rides in the fall

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

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

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

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

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The Catskills

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

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Aspen Colorado

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

motorcycle rides in the fallThe Berkshires Massachusetts

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

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

More Motorcycle Camping Tips

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Preparing For a Motorcycle Road Trip Part Two

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Last week we talked about preparing for a motorcycle road trip, but wanted to get down to the finer details. If you don’t follow the Travels with Harley blog, just scroll to the bottom of the page and subscribe  and you will know how important it is to be ready for just about anything when it comes to preparing for a motorcycle road trip.

Getting your Harley Davidson ready for the journey is imperative if you want to make sure that your bike is up for it.

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Knowing the Limits

Jim knows the Road King much better than I do and knows just how far to push it. If you aren’t sure what your motorcycles limits are, check out the VIN plate and the owner’s manual for the GVWR or Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. This will tell you just how much weight your motorcycle can carry.

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The Suspension

If you are preparing for a motorcycle road trip try stiffening the suspension, as it will counterbalance the racks, luggage and other items that could affect the performance of your motorcycle.

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Your Tires

The tire pressure that you keep when you are riding around town may not be sufficient for a long distance trek. Check the instructions in your owner’s manual and adjust the tire pressure as needed.

Check your Headlamp

Make sure that you check your headlamp when your bike is fully loaded. If you don’t, you may have gear or something else that you are bringing along blocking your view.

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Inspection

Check your bikes spark plugs and don’t forget to check the chain or belt for any weak spots. Make sure that you inspect the fluid levels in every battery cell and don’t forget to give the battery a charge, especially if you have not been on a ride for a while. Travels with Harley also recommends that you clean or replace air filters and fill up on your low-level fluids. Lubricate your clutch cables and brakes and make sure that all of your lights, including your brake lights, are working properly.

Preparing for a motorcycle road trip

Test it Out

One of the most important things to remember when you are preparing for a motorcycle road trip is the test drive. It really is the best way to know what you should expect when your bike is fully loaded.

preparing for a motorcycle road trip

Map it

Although you have probably planned your trip route, it is important to check the map route the night before. Check one of the real time mapping systems such as MapQuest for road closures or any other travel issues that may have occurred.

preparing for a motorcycle road trip

Documents

Make sure that you include a copy of your registration and your insurance. If you are going over the border, you will want to bring along a passport and proof of identification. Also, bring along some converted cash for the country that you are visiting.

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Plan your Stops

Before you head out you will want to check out online reviews for the places that you are visiting when you are preparing for a motorcycle road trip. Check out where the gas stations and restaurants will be and don’t forget to plan ahead, especially if you are staying in a hotel.

preparing for a motorcycle road trip

Preparing for a motorcycle road trip can be fun, as long as you remember to enjoy the ride!

Preparing for a Motorcycle Road Trip

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Preparing for a motorcycle trip can be difficult, and frankly, Jim and I have had a few road trips where we were not prepared; however, now that we know more about preparing for a motorcycle trip, we are not so worried about forgetting something.

Below are a few tips that you may want to consider if you are preparing for a motorcycle road trip.

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Weather Appropriate Clothing

Depending on when you are traveling, you will want to your gear to be able to deal with the elements. For warmer months, pack sunscreen, sunglasses and a cool neck wrap, and gloves, a heated vest liner, and waterproof outerwear during the fall and winter.

preparing for a motorcycle road trip

Maintenance

The last thing that you want is to breakdown and not have the appropriate tools. Make sure that you have motor oil, a bike cover, a tool kit, a tire inflation kit and jumper cables. If you are handy with a wrench, include fuses, spare spark plugs, and maybe a clutch cable.

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All the comforts of home

If you are like Jim and I you know that preparing for a motorcycle road trip is all about traveling light. However, there are some things that I like to take along including earplugs, lip balm, and toiletries.

In case of an emergency

Make sure that you pack a list of contacts and a first-aid kit. Don’t forget your medications, waterproof matches, a flashlight, phone charger, energy bars, and an emergency blanket. Always have water on hand as well as a few snacks that are easy to pack.

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Roll it up

When you roll your clothes, like Jim and I do when we are preparing for a motorcycle road trip, you can fit more than you would if you folded them.

Synthetics over cotton

Synthetic clothes dry much faster than cotton, and if you have just been rained on or washed your clothes and want to get back out on the road, pack the synthetics.

preparing for a motorcycle road tripCompare your list

If you are riding with a group, make sure that your riding buddies and your partner are not duplicating items. Share what you can to save room for more important things.

Keep your gear towards the front

Because the front is your motorcycles center of gravity, it is important to disperse your personal items evenly as it will make for a smoother ride, even with the additional weight.

Preparing for a motorcycle road trip

Group it

If you are preparing for a motorcycle road trip try and group your similar items in zip lock baggies as you can arrange your things neatly making them much easier to access.

Next week Jim and I will talk about the finer details of preparing for a motorcycle road trip.

Three Harley Road Trips in the Gem State

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Harley road trips have been a bit tough thanks to Mother Nature, and although it may not seem like it in some parts of the country it really is spring, meaning we can all dream just a little bit more about some great Harley road trips that may have to wait a week or two.

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Idaho is a beautiful country full of great Harley road trips that Jim and I are just itching to check out. Known as the Gem State, Idaho is rich with scenic areas including snow-capped mountain ranges, steep canyons, gorgeous lakes, and natural resources. Take Harley road trips along the Snake River as it rushes through the deepest canyon in the U.S., Hells Canyon, or stop by the Shoshone Falls as it makes it way down the cliffs that are higher than Niagara Falls.

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The 175-mile Lola Pass is a great example of some of the best Harley road trips in Idaho, and so easy. All you do is start is Lewiston Idaho on the US Highway 12 and head east towards Montana. The route takes you all the way across Idaho. You’ll see awesome sections of the Lewis and Clark trails as you wind through the Rocky Mountains in both Idaho and Montana. The curvy trip has very little traffic and great roads, however, you won’t find any amenities like some of the other Harley road trips that Jim and I have been on.

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Known as Two Passes and a Lake, this is 106-mile trek is another great example of Harley road trips that is one of Idaho’s best-kept secrets. The trip starts at Alpine Junction traveling north to Swan Valley on Highway 26. Follow the signs to Highway 31 and head towards Jackson Wyoming and then Hoback Junction before looping back to where you started. The beautiful ride takes you around Palisades Lake and into Swan Valley.

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The Snake River Canyon is full of elk, deer, and mountain goats so make sure you bring the camera. Jackson has everything including a museum, white water rafting, and a real Western shoot out in the summer months. If you get hungry, Jackson has some great eateries including The Deck that features spectacular views of Jackson Hole Mountain.

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Another example of awesome Harley road trips in Idaho is aptly named the Gold Rush Historic Byway, or Greer to Headquarters. The 42-mile trek is full of cougar, bear, wolf, turkey, grouse, deer, and coyote so take the Go Pro so you don’t miss a thing. You’ll ride through farmland and woodlands before heading up the mountains in the Gold Country. Although the ride is short, it seems longer thanks to the curves. Best to take it during May or June as it is very seasonal. Along the ride route, you can stop at the John Howard Bradbury Logging Museum and the Weippe Discovery Center. Pioneer Inn IdahoIf you are hungry, like we always seem to be, stop at the Pioneer Inn in Pierce. You can stay the night or just have a bite to eat. The historic Inn serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and apparently the food is pretty good.

Hopefully by next week we can all get on our bikes for real Harley rides, but if not we’ll head to Tennessee for the road trip of a lifetime. A virtual road trip anyway.