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Travel the USA driving a Harley-Davidson

On the open road with a Harley-Davidson


Seasons and Itineraries
Events
Organized Trip
Solo Trip
Motorcycle Rental
Bikes and Equipment
Rental Policies
Rental Contracts
Accommodation

Hair in the wind, this is adventure American style. Solo or in a group, find how to organize your trip across the USA driving a Harley-Davidson.




Seasons and Itineraries

May to September is the biker's blessed time of the year. From mid-November to end-April, move to Florida and enjoy its sub-tropical climate.

Your motorcycle rental operator will suggest numerous itineraries. The most popular circuits are in California, Nevada (Las Vegas), Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado.

Harley-Davidson recommended tours

Route 66 Harley-Davidson

Harley-Davidson - Solo Trip

Choosing your Rental Operator


Harley-Davidson Solo TripChoose your rental agency keeping in mind your city of departure, the quality of the engine, road service assistance and competitive prices. To verify just how serious this dealer is, nothing is better that going to "chats bikers" on the Internet. If you rent a Harley-Davidson, make sure that the leaser is accredited by the brand, it is safer.

The Motorcycle Rental Site Harley-Davidson gives information about their accredited rental shops.

The Motorcycle and its' Equipment

Harley-Davidson Trip The motorcycle must be in A-1 technical condition and clean.

Here is a list of equipment that you should have if you are leaving for a trip of several days :
  • Luggage bag
  • One or two locks
  • Cellular telephone in case of emergency
  • Road Assistance Contract 24h/24
  • A road atlas or "Road Book" of the area including maps, recommended detailed itineraries, hotel and motel addresses, friendly restaurants and bars, gas stations, family and friends phone numbers, recommended outfits, etc.
  • An authorized helmet. In certain States, you are not obliged to wear one, but good sense is better than dangerous stylishness.
  • Waterproof equipment

Rental Conditions

  • You must be 21 or older.
  • Have a valid heavyweight motorcycle operator's license.
  • Possess the skills, knowledge and ability to operate a heavyweight motorcycle.
  • Have a major credit card to guarantee your rental.

Ask for the canceling policy before making arrangements.

Rental Agreement


In your rental agreement, make sure these features are included in the price:

  • Unlimited mileage
  • Local taxes
  • All risk insurance policy coverage including theft
  • Road repair Insurance 24/24h

Accommodation

Make sure you have a reservation for at least the first two nights of your stay especially during high seasons.

During your trip, your main concern will be choosing a hotel or motel with protected parking or garage. If you cannot find one, choose a room on the ground floor of a motel with a door large enough to bring in your bike.

Most hotels have laundry facilities for their clients.

Bike and Motorcycle Events

. Bike Week - Daytona Beach

(First week of March, Daytona Beach - Florida)

Bike Week DaytonaFounded in 1937, the Bike Week is a 10 day festival where hundreds of thousand of motorcyclists, from everywhere in the world get together. Musical groups, extreme motorcycles shows, tattooing and other activities makes the Bike Week one of the most renowned events.

. Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

(Beginning of August, Sturgis - South Dakota)

Sturgis Motorcycle RallyAt least 600,000 people visit Sturgis during the rally. It is an exceptional event, including activities such as motorcycle races, dragsters and motocross.

Of course, the main attraction is strolling along the main street of the city, open only for the flow of bikes and bikers during this event.

The area offers some magnificent outings such as Mount Rushmore, Badlands National Park, Grand Rapids, Needle highway etc.

. Biketoberfest®

(mid-October, Daytona Beach - Florida)

This demonstration is somewhat a copy of the Bike Week but less known and less expensive. The have not upped their prices and the airline companies give off season airfare rates.

. Arizona Bike Week

(End of March, Scottsdale - Arizona)

10 days of events, entertainment, and riding. Great idea to combine it to a tour of Arizona (Sedona, Grand Canyon National Park, etc.).

Organized Tours

If you are not too individualistic, these type of trips offer lots of advantages.

:

  • The chosen itineraries are the most beautiful in the area.
  • Stops are organized in function of the mileage, climate and the difficulty of the landscape.
  • Hotels, restaurants and stops are booked by the organizers.
  • Guides make way for the bikes and take care of the maintenance and motorcycle repairs.
  • The convoy ends with a sag wagon that serves as a mechanical garage, luggage holder and pick-up-tired-bikers. It is also an extra safety precaution.
  • The budget is without surprise.
Harley-Davidson Organized Tour

Go to the Harley-Davidson's site and click on their Rental Locator's link.

 

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