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Explore North America's Best Motorcycle Rides

You love to take to the road, meet new friends, experience something authentic, make lasting memories; you are a Traveling Rider.

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Epic Motorcycle Rides

Pack your bags and get ready to ride the open roads. Best Western is making your next journey easy with these epic rides that draw people from all corners from the world to travel and enjoy. Ride Safe!

The Grand Tour- 1,482 miles

view of red canyons in the sunset 

Any ride that includes a visit to the Grand Canyon is automatically "Epic." Add in Zion, Bryce Canyon, the western slopes of the Rocky Mountains, the Four Corners and Monument Valley, and you have the road trip of a lifetime. See why photographers and filmmakers have been drawn to this part of the world for a century. Breathtaking scenery unfolds in front of your bike, enveloping your ride in some of the most iconic views the West has to offer.

Phoenix, AZ
Grand Canyon, AZ
Bryce Canyon National Park
Moab, UT
Cortez, CO
Teec Nos Pos, AZ (Four Corners)
Monument Valley, UT
Chinle, AZ
Winslow, AZ
Phoenix, AZ

Big Sky Adventure - 1,093 miles

view of snow-capped mountains with green trees 

This ride takes us through the best of Northern Idaho and Western Montana, including a spectacular tour through Glacier National Park on the Going-to-the-Sun Road over the Continental Divide at Logan's Pass. Follow the trail of Lewis and Clark from Montana to Idaho, where the serene beauty of Riggins, Idaho awaits. Coeur D'Alene's hip, artistic downtown is a surprise discovery for riders, and Whitefish, Montana serves as a civilized gateway to the wilds of Glacier National Park.

Missoula, MT
Riggins, ID
Coeur D'Alene, ID
Whitefish, MT
Shelby, MT
Missoula, MT

Harley Lover's Tour- 877 miles

dock on a lake 

This ride through the great state of Wisconsin starts and ends in Milwaukee, the birthplace of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles. Highlights include the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, Powertrain Operations in Menomonee Falls, and the Tomahawk Assembly Plant Tour. It's not all Harley-Davidson in Wisconsin -- the picturesque Wisconsin Dells have been delighting vacationers since the late 1800s, and tiny Baraga, Michigan just over the border on the shores of Lake Superior, gives a hint to the wonders of the Upper Peninsula.

Milwaukee, WI
Menomonee Falls, WI
Wisconsin Dells, WI
Eau Claire, WI
Tomahawk, WI
Baraga, MI
Marinette, WI
Manitowoc, WI
Milwaukee, WI

A Trip Around Tennessee - 975 miles

town buildings and cars 

As epic rides go, this one takes in an entire state, and then throws in a legendary destination motorcycle road as a bonus. Starting in the East Tennessee city of Knoxville, we circumnavigate the entire state in a counter-clockwise direction, with one stab into the interior for a visit to Lynchburg -- home of the Jack Daniel's distillery. We spend time in the heart of country music, Nashville, and the birthplace of rock, Memphis. Before returning to our starting point, we detour into North Carolina's Smoky Mountains for a ride down the Tail of the Dragon, famous for 318 curves in 11 miles of road.

Knoxville, TN
Nashville, TN
Memphis, TN
Fayetteville, TN
Lynchburg, TN
Chattanooga, TN
Deals Gap, NC
Cherokee, NC
Gatlinburg, TN
Knoxville, TN

Midwest Marathon Ride- 1,461 miles

sunset on a field of purple flowers 

Sometimes, the ride is the thing. Five states in five days is an accomplishment, and when those five states are Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas, the accomplishment has legs. Along the way, you'll discover that the Midwest isn't all flat and that Las Vegas isn't the only entertainment city in the US. Take some time to explore the Harley-Davidson factory in Kansas City, Missouri, and visit important sites in 20th century presidential history. Sample and compare the best barbeque anywhere, and discover the true heart of America.

Dallas, TX
Denison, TX
Mena, AR
Hot Springs, AR
Branson, MO
Springfield, MO
Kansas City, KS
Kansas City, MO
Garnett, KS
Tulsa, OK
Seminole, OK
Pilot Point, TX
Dallas, TX

California Dream Ride - 1,163 miles

streets of the city 

Every motorcyclist should find a way to ride for a week in California at some point. Beautiful weather, incredible variety in scenery, changes in elevation, spectacular curves, vibrant cities and towns and wide open spaces abound, connected by some of the best motorcycling roads in the world. The ride down Big Sur, hugging the cliffs above the Pacific Ocean between Monterey and Cambria, qualifies as a Bucket List ride for all devoted motorcycle travelers.

Dallas, TX
Denison, TX
Mena, AR
Hot Springs, AR
Branson, MO
Springfield, MO
Kansas City, KS
Kansas City, MO
Garnett, KS
Tulsa, OK
Seminole, OK
Pilot Point, TX
Dallas, TX

New England Exploration - 1,107 miles

view ocean from mountain cliffs 

A great ride is a combination of landmarks and contrasts. Starting out in New York City, every block reveals a landmark, and every mile contains contrasts. A pilgrimage to the Harley-Davidson Vehicle Operations assembly plant in York, Pennsylvania, home of the Touring, Softail, CVO and Trike models, starts the trip off right. Riding through Lake George, New York and Laconia, New Hampshire takes in the sites of Americade and the Laconia Motorcycle Rally, two highlights of the biker calendar. Finally, a scoot across Massachusetts' famed Mohawk Trail leads to a journey alongside the Hudson River, returning triumphantly to New York City, where we started.

New York, NY
York, PA
Towanda, PA
Johnson City, NY
Lake George, NY
Laconia, NH
Manchester, NH
Lexington, MA
Templeton, MA
Greenfield, MA
Adams, MA
Pittsfield, MA
New York, NY

Oklahoma/Arkansas Spring Time Ride- 675 miles

a plain of grass in the mountains with trees 

Northeastern Oklahoma and Western Arkansas quietly offer up some of the best motorcycling in the United States. Unheralded, but spectacular and uncrowded, beautiful winding Ozark Mountain roads in Arkansas contrast with long stretches of rural farmland in Oklahoma, offering particular pleasures for cruiser riders. The highlight of this trip is the Talimena Scenic Drive, a 54-mile road through the unspoiled Ouachita Mountains between Talihina, Oklahoma to Mena, Arkansas, leading to a night's stay in the gem of the Ozarks, Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Tulsa, OK
Henryetta, OK
McAlester, OK
Talihina, OK
Mena, AR
Hot Springs, AR
Eureka Springs, AR
Tulsa, OK

Canada: British Columbia/Alberta - 1,453 miles

view of northwest mountain tops 

Western Canada is a paradise for motorcyclists, with wide-open spaces, sweeping curves and spectacular views. Starting off in the urbane and sophisticated city of Vancouver, head off to the relaxed gem Kelowna. Then, venture into the Canadian Rockies to explore the cultural enclave of Banff. Consider timing your trip to coincide with the Calgary Stampede, and you'll find that Canadian cowboys are every bit as rugged and wild as the U.S. variety. Dipping back down toward the U.S. Border, and the route from Fernie to Osoyoos reveals the Canadian High Desert. Returning to verdant Vancouver completes this epic route.

Canada: Ontario/Quebec - 1,040 miles

This five-day epic ride unveils the remarkable cultural, architectural and geographic contrasts that make Canada such a rewarding destination for motorcyclists. Beginning in the thoroughly modern American city of Toronto, follow the shore of Lake Ontario north into rich Canadian farmland. Once you cross into Quebec, things start to change. By the time you arrive in Montreal, you are fully enveloped in a culture and environment that is totally unlike anyplace south of the border. Further into Quebec, encounter the walled splendor of Quebec City, as ancient and elegant as any European capital. Turning back south again, the quaint village of Saint Jerome is a welcoming resting place enroute to the bustle of Ottawa. A jaunt further south returns you to Toronto, having experienced a slice of the great diversity of our neighbor to the north.

 

 

Prepare For Your Ride 

You've always dreamed of taking a weeklong trip on a motorcycle. Here are a few tips to help make that dream a great reality.

man riding a harley davidson motorcycle

Plan A Ride

Your Bike, or Theirs?

Is your dream destination more than 500 miles from your home? You may want to consider flying to the area and renting a motorcycle, and starting your ride where you want to explore. Motorcycle rentals are surprisingly affordable through Harley-Davidson Rentals and other vendors.

Advantages of motorcycle rental:

  • Less wear and tear on your own bike
  • Less time on the road to and from your destination; more time to explore a new area
  • You get the opportunity to try out a bike you've always wanted to ride

 

Route Planning

Once you've decided where you want to ride, which routes will you choose?

Harley-Davidson's Ride Planner is an excellent free tool that is specifically designed to help map out motorcycle tours. You can plan a trip, save your route plans online and share them with friends and family. You can even see other riders' saved plans for ideas about great routes and road recommendations. Best of all, when you click on "Hotels" in the Harley-Davidson Ride Planner, the tool reveals all of the Best Western Hotels along your route. Select a hotel, and with one click you can reserve your accommodations. The tool even lets you know which Best Western Hotels are "Rider-Friendly," so that you can expect special treatment upon arrival at your destination.

A few route planning tips:

  • Select "Avoid highways" in the Ride Planner menu to see the best roads
  • Consider your daily distances, and follow a long day with a shorter day to avoid fatigue
    • An average of 250 miles per day is a good rule of thumb for scenic rides
  • Allow time to explore along the way
  • For extra-long distance rides, remember to plan for maintenance stops
    • The H-D Ride Planner also shows the location of Harley Dealers

 

Weather and Your Ride

Motorcyclists have to be amateur meteorologists, constantly checking the weather ahead to avoid unpleasantness. The weather along your route will constantly surprise you, so it pays to be forewarned.

A few tips on dealing with the weather on a motorcycle journey:

  • Use online resources like Weather.com to discover average conditions during your trip
    • Forecasts are generally available for 10-day periods
    • Almanac functions can reveal conditions for past years
  • Install a good weather app on your smartphone, and consult it regularly as your trip approaches
  • Prepare for the extremes
    • If your route includes mountain and desert roads, you may experience cold and hot conditions in the same day
    • Look for trouble spots on your route, and plan alternate routes in case of extreme conditions

Packing List For Motorcycle Travel

Helmet

  • Extra shield
  • Helmet Fresh cleaner for hot weather trips
  • Helmet liner or balaclava for cold weather

Gloves

  • Warm weather
  • Cold weather gauntlets
  • Glove liners

Riding Jacket

  • Liner or extra layer
  • Impact-absorbing padding
  • Cordura or leather

Riding Pants

  • Overpants or Chaps
  • Impact-absorbing padding
  • Cordura or leather

Rain Gear

  • Jacket
  • Pants or overalls
  • Boot gaiters
  • Glove covers
  • Cargo covers

Basic First Aid Kit

  • Bandages
  • Gauze pads
  • Salve
  • Aspirin or other pain reliever
  • Medical tape
  • Iodine
  • Scissors
  • Disposable latex gloves

Basic Tool Kit

  • Multi-tool
  • Screwdrivers
  • Phillips
  • Slotted
  • Safety Wire
  • Assorted Zip Ties
  • Duct Tape
  • Spare Spark Plugs
  • Socket wrench and essential sockets
  • Adjustable wrench
  • A tube of Blue Loctite or other threadlocker
  • Emergency Tire Repair Kit
  • Flashlight
  • Reflective Safety Vest
  • Fuel Siphon Hose
  • Engine Oil
  • Bungee Cords and Bungee Net
  • Cable Lock and Disc Lock
  • Cell Phone and Charger
  • Spare battery or power source
  • BW Rider Card
  • H.O.G. Member Card

Pre-Ride Checklist

You've plotted your route on the Harley-Davidson Ride Planner. You've made your hotel reservations at BestWestern.com. You've gathered your riding buddies, and you're ready to head out on the open road.

To make sure that your trip is safe and enjoyable, here are a few things you need to check before you let out that clutch:

Check Your Bike

  • Check your tire pressure. Proper inflation will improve handling, reduce wear and reduce chances of a blowout. The proper tire pressure for your wheels is listed in your owner's manual. Check pressure with a good tire gauge before riding, while tires are cool. Be sure and recheck your pressure at the beginning of each day while you are on the road.
  • Check your oil. Oil is your engine's life blood. Once again, the owner's manual is your guide here. Fill with the manufacturer's recommended oil type, and don't overfill. If your ride is truly epic, you may want to plan an oil change along the route. Check oil daily during your trip.
  • Check radiator fluid, if your bike is water-cooled. Refill only with approved fluid.
  • Check your brakes. Sit on your bike, engage the front brake and push the bike against the brakes. Do the same with the rear brake. Do this before every ride, and you won't be taken by surprise.
  • Check your lights and signals. Replace any burned out bulbs before you depart.
  • Inspect and tighten all bolts and screws. Consider using a threadlocker like Loctite on any fasteners that seem to chronically loosen. A few minutes spent on fasteners can help avoid parts falling off during the ride (it happens).
  • Wash, dry, wax and detail your bike -- you don't want to ride around on a dirty scoot, do you?

Secure Your Load

If your bike's luggage isn't big enough for all of your gear, you may need to carry the excess on your luggage rack, seat or tank. Overloading a bike is never a good idea. There are ways to carry your gear safely.

  • Bungee Cords and Bungee Nets
    • The most common way to secure a load on a motorcycle
    • Safe, economical and predictable
    • Don't overstress cords and nets -- snug, but not overtight is the rule
    • Cross the cords for extra protection -- use North/South and East/West connections
    • Never trust a single cord -- always double up at minimum
  • Ratchet Tie-Downs
    • More expensive than bungees, but more reliable
    • Be sure to secure excess tie-down length
    • Don't overtighten -- a good ratchet may be strong enough to deform luggage racks or fenders
  • Keep your load balanced and low
    • Saddlebags are safer than tailbags
    • Load each side of your bike evenly
    • Consider the effects of wind on your load, and adjust accordingly
  • Consider shipping instead of carrying
    • If you need specialty gear, like golf clubs, on your trip -- ship them ahead, rather than strapping them to your bike

 

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