Friday, April 22, 2016

Finding the great roads

I know there is a Top-Ten list, and probably a Top-20 Motorcycle Roads list out there, but it's not always convenient to run out to Terlingua TX to savor the rolling pavement up the Rio Grande to Presidio.

Working on vacation plans this year, I did discover a couple tourism guides that put their state motorcycle-friendly roads into handy pamphlets.

One quick and dirty electronic way to find these trips is  This website not only has a good roster of tours nationwide, but it lets you add your own favorites.  Some of the routes near me have complete maps and GPX tracks.

When it comes to toruism brochures, here are a few that I enjoyed finding this year.

My first find was Arkansas Mororcycling Guide, which now includes 5 dual-sport (!) routes.
It's supported by advertising, but the details are great and it helps you plan a day, weekend or week.

"Arkansas's six geographic regions offer bikers diverse topography and scenery. Arkansas's natural beauty and unique, eclectic destinations are rapidly gaining popularity with motorcycle enthusiasts throughout North America. We are a motorcycling friendly destination. Unique motorcycle destinations, which cater to motorcycling travelers, are nestled in the heart of Arkansas's most rambling roads, broken by breathtaking visas along the way.

Download the Arkansas Motorcycling Guide

Motorcycle Riding Guide of the Ozarks
Motorcycle Riding Guide of the Ozarks

Last week my g/f brought back the Missouri Motorcycle Guide, published by Missouri Life.

"We've put togther 20 of the best motorcycle routes and destinations from every corner of the state. Check out the first annual Missouri Motorcyle Guide produced by Missouri Life Magazine

My latest find seems to only be available online as an article, but it's a start to finding Kentucky backroads.  
"“Kentucky has great touring possibilities,” says Jeff Cooke, a former BMW Motorcycles dealer in Louisville who has been riding since he was a teen. “There are some really fun roads, especially in eastern Kentucky.”

Oklahoma received my highest rating for tourism packages in general.  They sent a couple pounds of literature, maps and etc and we enjoyed the better part of a week just coming across from out Wild West winter vacation.  Rt 66 is well documented in OK and, although they don't have a motorcycle specific brochure, their many scenic drive loops, all across the state, certainly lead the way to enjoyable afternoons.  

I much prefer digital exploring, but there's something comfy about the printed editions which can be copied and shared around the table.

While you travel, shoot a note to help us find more guides from across the country.

Travel safe!   Jeff

North American Biker Rescue

In case you haven't seen it, there's a facebook group that has over 10,000 members nationwide (and beyone) who are willing to help another biker if possible.

North Americam Biker Rescue <<<

The group began last winter and is groqing quickly.  I have been involved in two assists already this spring.  One was a friend of mine who lost a masterlink in his chain on a friday afternoon in nowheresville LA.  about a dozen people got involved at locating him, finding a store with the part who would stay open until help arrived AND a biker nicknamed "Popcorn" who met the rider, took the chain 45 miles to the shop and returned with the part ... no charge.

Play it forward!


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Speaking engagements planned!

Good Morning on a beautiful April day!

This weekend I received an invitation to speak at the Central California BMW Riders Association in September!  Here's the link to their event <<<  Below are the details as of today.  Let's all meet up and enjoy CA this fall!  Donna and I are going to make a West Coast vacation of this and October!!


  • September 14, 2012
  • 12:00 PM
  • September 16, 2012
  • 12:00 PM
  • Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds, Quincy, CA


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • For all ages - Camping, BASH Pin, Prize Drawings and Three Meals.
  • For all ages - Camping, BASH Pin, Prize Drawings and Three Meals.

PLEASE NOTE: "Guests" include Spouses, Kids, Significant Others, Etc. for whom you will be purchasing Pre-Reg Packages in addition to your own.
Registration is closed
The 27th Annual
Autumn Beemer BASH
a non-profit rally to benefit the BMW Community at Large
September 14-16, 2012
Meals are only included with a Pre-Registration Package!
Pre-Registration will begin June 14, 2012 and end Tuesday, September 4, 2012.
No refunds after September 4, 2012.
Acres of shade and grass for camping or RV hook-ups and plenty of Hot Showers! Contact Information:

Plumas-Sierra Fairgrounds
204 Fairgrounds Road
Quincy, CA.  95971
(530) 283-6272 - MAIN LINE
(530) 283-6431 - FAX

Saturday Night Dinner, Saturday & Sunday Continental Breakfast. (Pre-Reg Only)
Invited Speakers: TBD
Door Prizes! 50/50 Drawing! Grand Prize! Vendors! Swap Table!
Things to do Saturday: Portola Railroad Museum - Poker Run - Self Guided Riding Tours - Guided GS Ride
On Site Microbrews, Wine, Soda, Water and Food.
2012 BASH pins for the first 500 registered.  (We ran short last year and are bringing twice as many this year.)
Famous, Free CCBR Coffee from 6 am-8:30 am.
Leashed pets okay
Pre-Registration Package (for all ages) - $52- Camping, BASH Pin, Prize Drawings and Three Meals.  Please Note: Pre-Registration ends and no refunds after Tuesday, September 4, 2012.
Gate Pass (for all ages) - $40 - Camping, BASH Pin, Prize Drawings - no meals.
Kids Pass (age 6 through 11) - $20 - No Extra Tent, Pin, Drawings or Meals
Kids age 5 and under are admitted free - No Extra Tent, Pin, Drawings or Meals
There will be no Day Passes this year.
RVers and Early Birds pay extra at the Fair Office - Check with the Fair Office for pricing - (530) 283-6272.
Questions?   (888) 203-5871
Paper Pre-Reg Forms:  It is EXTREMELY HELPFUL when you pre-register online. You still have the option of mailing in a check rather than paying by credit card or PayPal. However, if you simply must have a snail mailed  paper form, you can request one via the "Questions?" contact information above.