USA Motorcycle Tour Companies 2018

EagleRider
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Guided motorcycle tours aren’t just for exotic international locations; there are also many tour companies right here in the good old U.S. of A. that make it their business to know the best roads, sights and experiences in the country, leaving you free to sit back and enjoy the ride without worrying about road construction, route planning and where you’ll sleep each night. If you have problems with your motorcycle, fixing it is usually someone else’s problem. And you’ll probably make a whole new group of friends with whom to enjoy dinner at the end of each day’s ride.

Many tour companies specialize in certain regions of the country, some are willing to take you on adventurous dual-sport routes and a few even specialize in tailoring their rides around bike rallies. All the companies on this list run scheduled, guided motorcycle tours in the United States using rental motorcycles—either their own fleet or rented from a local source—and most have a chase vehicle to carry your luggage and gear, and to deal with mechanical issues that may occur en route. Some companies will allow you to ride your own bike, but check for any restrictions. The information here is provided by the companies, and not guaranteed by Rider.

Ready to sign up for a tour? Be sure to check the cancellation policy and consider trip cancellation insurance. Check the fine print of your medical insurance policy to make sure it covers you for a motorcycle riding vacation, and if your tour takes you well off the beaten path, consider a supplemental insurance policy to cover evacuation costs and personal liability. Don’t be afraid to ask about the guides’ experience. Do they carry satellite phones in remote locations? Are there spare bikes available if one breaks down (or just breaks)? Lastly, bring your camera and enjoy the ride!

AdMo-Tours

Tours Include: Death Valley Adventure, LA to Vegas Tour, Golden California Summer, Golden California Winter
Accommodations: Selected 3- and 4-star hotels, B&Bs
Length of Tours: 2-11 days
Rental Options: KTM or Suzuki dual-sports; BMW, Harley-Davidson, Honda and Indian street bikes
Equipment: Support vehicle
Dates: Year-round
Typical Cost: 11-day Golden California Summer starting at $4,669
Age/Experience Requirements: Min. age 21, all-weather riding experience
Tel: (760) 249-1105
Website: admo-tours.com

California offers great street riding year-round. Opt for a winter tour, and you will spend time in warm desert locations. Summer is the time for curvy roads and beaches. AdMo-Tours also offers adventure and off-road tours in the Southwest.

 

Ayres Adventures 

Tours Include: Alaska/Yukon Adventure, Prudhoe Bay Excursion
Accommodations: Upscale hotels
Length of Tours: 9-13 days
Rental Options: BMW GS models
Equipment: Support vehicle
Dates: July-August
Typical Cost: 9-day Prudhoe Bay Excursion starting at $5,950 including bike rental
Age/Experience Requirements: Motorcycle license and touring experience required; for off-road adventures, off-road experience or training required
Tel: (877) 275-8238 or (972) 635-5210
Website: ayresadventures.com

Ayres Adventures prides itself in providing a premium tour experience, so if you want to ride Alaska this is a great way to do it. You’ll ride late-model BMWs equipped with chunky Continental TKC80 tires for the ultimate Alaska experience.

 

AZ Ride

Tours Include: White Mountains & Devil’s Highway, Grand Canyon & Red Rocks, Western Heritage, Four State Scenic Grand Tour, Best of the Southwest Grand Tour
Accommodations: Historic hotels, quaint B&Bs and unique lodges
Length of Tours: 3-15 days
Rental Options: Select BMW, Honda, Kawasaki, Triumph and Suzuki models
Equipment: Support vehicle
Dates: March-October
Typical Cost: 5-day Western Heritage tour starting at $2,245 including bike rental
Age/Exp. Requirements: Min. age 21
Tel: (888) 233-6371 or (480) 970-5530
Website: azride.com

AZ Ride offers tours from its base in beautiful Arizona, with a sparkling mix of nature and culture. The varieties of roads twist and turn from desert plains below sea level to forest-covered mountains, peaking above 10,000 feet.

 

Bike Week Motorcycle Tours

Tours Include: All the major Bike Weeks, including Daytona, Laughlin, Myrtle Beach, Laconia, Hollister, Sturgis and Bikes, Blues & BBQ
Accommodations: RVs, private homes and carefully selected hotels/motels
Length of Tours: 13 days
Rental Options: Late model Harley-Davidsons and Indians
Equipment: Support vehicle with spare motorcycle
Dates: March-October
Typical Cost: $7,950, includes single room and motorcycle rental
Age/Experience Requirements: Min. age 21, min. one-year experience on heavyweight motorcycles
Tel: (619) 746-1066
Website: bikeweekmotorcycletours.com

Get the ultimate Bike Week experience as you travel some of America’s most scenic roads on your way to one of nine legendary Bike Weeks. Let the party begin!

 

California Motorcycle Tours 

Tours Include: Best of California, California Curves, Deserts & Parks, Northwest Lodges, Northwest Adventure, Peaks & Passes, Beach & Mountain, Day Tripper
Accommodations: B&Bs, hotels and historic lodges
Length of Tours: 3-13 days
Rental Options: Harley-Davidson models
Equipment: No support vehicle—pack light!
Dates: April-October
Typical Cost: 10-day California Curves tour starting at $5,390 including motorcycle rental
Age/Experience Requirements: Min. age 21, experience on 600cc-plus machines
Tel: (858) 677-9892
Website: ca-motorcycletours.com

With nine different tours ranging from 3-13 days, and with routes including Washington, Oregon and California, California Motorcycle Tours has something for everyone on two wheels. 

 

California Sunriders

Tours Include: Blue Ridge Parkway, California Dreaming, Rocky Mountain High, Route 66, Sturgis, DreamCatcher, The Mighty 6, Yellowstone
Accommodations: Selected 3- and 4-star hotels
Length of Tours: 11-13 days
Rental Options: Harley-Davidson, select other makes/models
Equipment: Support vehicle with spare motorcycle
Dates: May-October
Typical Cost: 13-day Route 66 tour starting at $5,385, double occupancy, includes rental motorcycle
Age/Experience Requirements: Min. age 21
Tel: (310) 359-2353
Website: california-sunriders.com

California Sunriders wants to show you the best of the west—plus some fun roads back east too. You’ll explore California, the Rockies, the famous Blue Ridge Parkway and, of course, the legendary Route 66. 

 

EagleRider

Tours Include: Wild West I, II and III, Route 66, Triple B, Pacific Coast, Coast 2 Coast, Sturgis Bike Week, Florida Keys, Arizona
Accommodations: Hotels and motels
Length of Tours: 1-19 days
Rental Options: Varies by tour; fleet includes BMW, Harley-Davidson and Indian cruisers, tourers and trikes
Equipment: Support van with spare motorcycle
Dates: Year-round
Typical Cost: 9-day Southwest Canyon Country tour starting at $2,820
Age/Experience Requirements: Min. age 21, experience riding a touring motorcycle at highway speeds
Tel: (877) 557-3541
Website: eaglerider.com

EagleRider is the largest and arguably most well-known motorcycle rental and tour company in the U.S. With 35 different domestic tours to choose from, you’re sure to find something to suit your tastes!

 

Edelweiss Bike Travel

Tours Include: Alaska-Yukon Adventure, Best of America, California Extension
Accommodations: Comfortable hotels and motels
Length of Tours: 7-13 days
Rental Options: Select BMW, Harley-Davidson and Suzuki models
Equipment: Support vehicle
Dates: May-October
Typical Cost: 11-day Best of America tour starting at $6,490 for a solo rider, including rental bike
Age/Experience Requirements: Age limits vary by tour; 5,000 miles riding experience required
Tel: 011 43 5264 5690
Website: edelweissbike.com

Tour the warm and beautiful Southwest or the wilds of Alaska with Edelweiss Bike Travel. Edelweiss has been operating guided motorcycle tours since 1980, and now offers 2,350 tours in 180 destinations worldwide.

 

Great American Touring

Tours Include: Pacific Coast North and South, Sturgis Bike Week, Canadian Rockies, Best of the West, Route 66, Sea to Sea
Accommodations: Quality, unique lodging
Length of Tours: 7-21 riding days
Rental Options: Harley-Davidson, select other makes/models
Equipment: Support vehicle
Dates: June-October
Typical Cost: 14-day Route 66 starting at $4,795, includes rental bike
Age/Experience Requirements: Min. age 21 to rent motorcycle, no limit for own bike
Tel: (800) 727-3390
Website: greatamericantouring.com

How does Great American stand out? When it says “eight day tour,” that’s eight riding days. Other companies’ eight-day tours may be only six, or even just five riding days. It makes a difference.

 

Leod Motorcycle Escapes

Tours Include: High Sierra Escape, California Corkscrew Escape, California Curves to Laguna Seca, California Curvin’
Accommodations: 3- to 4-star hotels with a local flavor
Length of Tours: 3-9 days
Rental Options: Selected BMW and Ducati models
Equipment: Support vehicle
Dates: June-October
Typical Cost: 9-day California Curves to Laguna Seca starting at $6,200, includes rental bike and two days’ track instruction at Laguna Seca with California Superbike School
Age/Experience Requirements: Intermediate riding level for track time tours
Tel: (866) 562-6126
Website: leodescapes.com

Although Leod Motorcycle Escapes offers guided and custom sport-touring rides out of its San Francisco headquarters, it specializes in combining a tour with track time on some of the most famous tracks worldwide—including legendary Laguna Seca in California.

 

MotoDiscovery

Tours Include: Alaska Wild ADV Training, The Heart of Colorado ADV, Moab Adventure Training and CO/UT
Accommodations: Quality accommodations
Length of Tours: 7-9 days
Rental Options: Select BMW, KTM and Suzuki ADV and dual-sport bikes
Equipment: Support vehicle
Dates: June-September
Typical Cost: 7-day The Heart of Colorado ADV tour starting at $4,594 including rental bike
Age/Experience Requirements: Off-road riding experience required; training is available and included in some tours
Tel: (800) 233-0564
Website: motodiscovery.com

If you’re looking for adventure, this is the place. MotoDiscovery will lead you on bucket list rides to some beautiful and remote locations that can only be accessed via unpaved roads and trails. Off-road rider training is included in some tours. 

 

MotoQuest

Tours Include: Wonders of the West, American Southwest, Best of Baja, Pacific Coast Highway, North to Alaska, Alaska Kenai Peninsula, Prudhoe Bay Adventure, Alaska Harley Tour, Alaska Women’s Tour
Accommodations: Lodges, hotels
Length of Tours: 4-13 days
Rental Options: BMW, Suzuki DL650, Harley-Davidson, Honda Africa Twin
Equipment: Support vehicle
Dates: Year-round
Typical Cost: 9-day Best of Alaska Tour starting at $5,750, includes Suzuki DL650
Age/Experience Requirements: Min. age 21
Tel: (800) 756-1990 or (907) 272-2777
Website: motoquest.com

MotoQuest offers a number of tours of the last frontier, Alaska, during its short riding season. At other times of the year, tours are offered in the American West and Southwest, including Baja, out of its San Francisco, Portland and Long Beach locations.

 

Northeastern Motorcycle Tours

Tours Include: New England Fall Foliage, Best of Vermont, Maine Maritime, New England-New Scotland
Accommodations: Inns, hotels and resorts
Length of Tours: 6-12 days
Rental Options: Various models available from local rental agencies
Equipment: None
Dates: August-October
Typical Cost: 6-day New England Fall Foliage tour starting at $2,295, excluding bike rental
Age/Experience Requirements: Min. age 18, touring experience recommended
Tel: (802) 463-9853
Website: motorcycletours.com

Northeastern Motorcycle Tours is a small company that specializes in an extraordinarily beautiful and varied region of North America. The routes, hotels and restaurants used on the tours are regularly researched to always meet very high standards.

 

Pashnit Motorcycle Tours

Tours Include: Foothill Gold, China Peak, Trinity, Oregon Mountain, Loneliest Road, Mammoth Lakes, North Coast, Central Coast
Accommodations: Hotels, motels
Length of Tours: 3-4 days
Rental Options: Various models available from local rental agencies
Equipment: None
Dates: March-October
Typical Cost: Most 3-day tours cost $425, excluding motorcycle rental, food, gas, accommodations and incidentals
Age/Experience Requirements: Min. age 21, min. 5 years of experience for Experienced-Only Tours
Tel: (530) 391-1356
Website: pashnittours.com

Pashnit Motorcycle Tours (“pashnit” = passionate, get it?) started out as a “best roads” list and now offers a full menu of California-based tours, many of which are held on long weekends. 

 

RawHyde Adventures

Tours Include: Heart of the Divide, California Adventure, Rocky Mountain Adventure, Mid-Winter Adventure
Accommodations: Hotels and camping
Length of Tours: 5-10 days
Rental Options: BMW GS models
Equipment: Support vehicle, chuck wagon on camping tours
Dates: Year-round
Typical Cost: 10-day Heart of the Divide tour starts at $4,995 plus bike rental
Age/Experience Requirements: Min. age 21, off-road riding experience required for ADV tours (training is available)
Tel: (661) 993-9942
Website: rawhyde-offroad.com

RawHyde Adventures is an official BMW off-road training center, and its tours offer you the chance to hit the dirt and see some of the most remote and beautiful parts of America. On-road tours, such as California Adventure, are also available.

 

Ride Free Motorcycle Tours

Tours Include: Route 66, Sturgis/Colorado/Yellowstone, Denver to Denver, Las Vegas to Las Vegas, California Pacific Coast Highway/Yosemite/Big Sur/San Francisco, Chicago to Las Vegas, American History Washington D.C./Battlefields/Blue Ridge Mountains
Accommodations: Hotels, resorts, motels
Length of Tours: 4-14 days
Rental Options: Harley-Davidson or other
Equipment: Support vehicle
Dates: Year-round
Typical Cost: Extremely flexible pricing and tour duration; example: 12-day American History tour costs $5,990 including bike rental
Age/Experience Requirements: Min. age 21, competent rider
Tel: (310) 978-9558
Website: ridefree.com

Classic routes with classy motorcycles (and classic cars) are what Ride Free specializes in. Based in Los Angeles, the company offers tours throughout the country.

 

River Pilot Tours

Tours Include: Pony Express, National Park to Park, Route 66
Accommodations: 3-star hotels
Length of Tours: 14-22 days
Rental Options: BMW, Harley-Davidson
Equipment: Support vehicle
Dates: Year-round
Typical Cost: 14-day Pony Express tour starts at $5,400 including bike rental
Age/Experience Requirements: Min. age 21, min. one year riding experience
Tel: (307) 222-6347
Website: riverspilot.com

River Pilot Tours focuses on luxury and quality, and its wide scope of tours includes guided and self-guided motorcycle tours, as well as car and horseback tours.

 

Reuthers Tours

Tours Include: Route 66 Dream, Bluegrass Wonders, Pony Express, National Parks, Wild West, Highway 1, Florida History
Accommodations: Midrange and top-class hotels
Length of Tours: 6-15 days
Rental Options: BMW, Harley-Davidson
Equipment: Support vehicle
Dates: Year-round
Typical Cost: 10-day Bluegrass Wonder tour starts at $4,195 including bike rental
Age/Experience Requirements: Min. age 21
Tel: (414) 455-4384
Website: reuthers.com

Reuthers is a worldwide entertainment, travel and leisure company with headquarters in Germany and a U.S. office in Milwaukee. With its touring expertise you’re guaranteed to be well cared for. 

 

Twisted Trailz Motorcycle Tours

Tours Include: Cowboy Country, Grand Canyon & Red Rocks, Unique Utah, Canyons & National Parks, Awesome Arizona, Monuments & Million $ Highways
Accommodations: Unique or historical hotels and lodges
Length of Tours: 3-7 days
Rental Options: Harley-Davidson
Equipment: Support vehicle
Dates: February-November
Typical Cost: 7-day Monuments & Million $ Highways tour starts at $4,295 including bike rental
Age/Experience Requirements: Min. age 25, experience riding heavyweight motorcycles
Tel: (602) 795-8888
Website: twistedtrailz.com

All of Twisted Trailz’s motorcycle tours are planned and structured with the rider in mind. It encourages participants to enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Southwest on one of its once-in-a-lifetime tours.

 

Women’s Motorcycle Tours

Tours Include: Exploring Baja, American Southwest, Awesome Appalachia, High Peaks and Hot Springs
Accommodations: Hotels, motels and resorts
Length of Tours: 4-10 days
Rental Options: Depends on rental agency
Equipment: None
Dates: March-July
Typical Cost: 10-day Awesome Appalachia tour starts at $3,750 excluding bike rental
Age/Experience Requirements: Min. age 21, at least 3,000 miles riding
experience
Website: womensmotorcycletours.com

Women’s Motorcycle Tours runs female-guided motorcycle tours just for women. Explore the curves and hot springs of Colorado, or the lovely forested twisties of Appalachia, with a group of like-minded women riders.

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