Route 66 Motorcycle Adventure
Join me for one of the greatest motorcycle adventures in the USA. This ride is based on the historic Old route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica, California. This motorcycle route is 2400 miles and mostly follows the old road which originally connected all the Main streets of the towns as it ran across America. Recently, the Route has been revised and updated in order to create a new Route 66 Bicycle Route across the country. The new route created by Adventure Cycling Association is the result of many years of development and refinement. We have taken this Route 66 base bicycle route and combined it with the Popular Route 66 Hot Rod Route to create a new motorcycle Route 66. The resulting combination is now a fantastic back road route for across America for motorcyclists.
Route 66 Motorcycle Adventure
March 25th through April 2nd 2017 (9 riding days)
Choose your own weapon for this adventure
As this route consists largely of backroads, the riding pace will be slower and more relaxed. Much time is spent discovering the back attractions of this adventure. Large adventure motorcycles can work great, Small bike work fine and scooters can work wonderfully also.
Note: riders on scooters will get a $250 discount.
I (gpsKevin) will be riding a Scooter of some kind (Like a Grom)
About the ride
This is a 9 riding day adventure with lots of sights and stops along the way. The average daily mileage is 260 miles/day. At a slower pace this means that the days will be long, sometimes 10 to 12 hours. Riders should be experienced and prepared to go the distance and enjoy the scenic pace (9 days in a row). We will have a support truck following along which can carry a personal gear bag from each of the riders. The truck will also be there in the event of rider need or bike failure. Each night we will stay in a different motel along the route. We will be eating at restaurants along the way.
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The cost to join this 9 day ride is $1,150. This covers your lodging for the 9 nights during the ride and the cost of a support truck and driver. This also covers your ride packets which include a custom Garmin GPS Map on a micro SD card and printed ride maps and descriptions.
Now taking signups: You can now reserve your spot on this ride by leaving a $100 Deposit (Ride limit is 20 riders)
$100 Route 66 Deposit
I know many of you also enjoy dreaming about the ride and making your plans, so here is the detail, enjoy!
Do not sign up for this ride unless you are serious about coming. I take your signup very seriously and start planning for you the minute you sign up. If you need to cancel up to one month prior to the ride start date I will give you a full refund but I will keep $100 to cover the planning work. Sorry but I make non refundable commitments myself so it gets hard for me. "I hate this world of non refundable deals myself." If you need to cancel within one month of the ride I cannot give a refund unless I can find a replacement rider. In the case of finding a replacement rider, I will gladly give you the full refund minus the $100 to cover the planning work. In the event of ride cancellation, you will be given a full refund.
Note: Riders must make full payment by February 18th, 2017
Riders will receive ride packets in the mail one week before the ride.
After your signup, riders will receive an email from me with further ride information and instructions.
Do you want to ship your bike to Chicago and fly there or Home from California?
There are several companies that can help you with that. The cost will be around $600.
U-Ship is the bargain shipper (Truckers independently contract)
Federal Motorcycle Transport (they have done a good job in the past)
I think you can ship to a warehouse in Chicago and then pick your bike up there.
View the ride maps below
OK since many of you like to study more detail about the ride, below are the ride maps.
I put these ride maps on the web page because I know a few of you love looking at the ride detail and dreaming about the ride. At first glance these maps do not look so impressive, but they are way cool. If you start zooming in, you can see the ride in incredible detail. I have spent a ton of hours sorting through the details of the ride for each day, so for those of you that enjoy this sort of thing, well enjoy!
The Blue lines are MAIN routes
The Black lines are the out and back viewpoints
How does the ride navigation work?
This is a self-led GPS ride; all riding is on your own. You are responsible for your own riding. You will be given a GPS map file and instructions on how to use your Garmin GPS unit. People will hook up in small groups of less than 6 riders and tend to ride together. You are not encouraged to ride alone. You are responsible for your own riding and yourself.
(see my ride Navigation Video)
Are you right for this ride?
When something goes wrong on a ride, would your riding friends say that you are more likely to need help or more likely to give help? You should be in the more likely to offer help camp. This ride is filled with riders that are more likely to give help, so most of the time the riders never need help. Additionally there is all the normal stuff, come prepared to maintain your bike, fix your bike on the trail, repair flat tires, deal with bad weather and rain and make a joke or two.
How do I make the GPS stuff so easy?
I develop very high quality ride maps custom for our ride. They come from much of what I and others have ridden. I take the best from all my rides and make new ones.
(See my Custom Ride Maps Video)
Note from me, gpsKevin
My goal for this ride is simple, great riding, so you can count on great routes and places to ride.
But in addition: the ride is about discovering new places, meeting new friends, seeing new parts of the Southwest.
Riders and their bikes
Scott T, Roseville CA
Julie T, Roseville CA
Russ M, Santa Monica CA
150cc Piaggio scooter
Missy, Escondido CA
gpsKevin, Escondido CA
Denis K, Alhambra, CA
Bryan B, Monrovia, CA
Chris S, Santa Rosa CA
Joseph B, Arcadia, CA
2010 BMW R1200 GS
Roberto CZ, Mexico City
Rick C, La Canada, CA
Brian W, Winthrop Harbor, IL
Joey L, Marana AZ
Steve B, Sandy, UT
2014 BMW R1200 GSA
Keith M, Potomac, MD
Terry K, Canyon Lakes, CA
Support Truck Driver
Ed B, Fort Wayne, IN