Yellowstone by Adventure Bike
Join me for a motorcycle ride to explore the best National Park in America!
During this week's adventure we will explore Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons and the Bear Tooth Highway.
It's about the beauty of Wyoming, Idaho and Montana
Yellowstone National Park is a nearly 3,500-sq.-mile wilderness recreation area atop a volcanic hot spot. Mostly in Wyoming, the park spreads into parts of Montana and Idaho too. Yellowstone features dramatic canyons, alpine rivers, lush forests, hot springs and gushing geysers, including its most famous, Old Faithful. It's also home to hundreds of animal species, including bears, wolves, bison, elk and antelope.
Yellowstone Norris Geyser at Sunset
Beartooth Highway, It has been called "the most beautiful drive in America," by late CBS correspondent Charles Kuralt
About this ride
This is a weeks adventure motorcycle ride around Yellowstone and the mountains and forests of the Rocky Mountains. The ride starts in Jackson, WY and makes a big loop. Each evening we will be staying in hotels and eating in local restaurants.
This ride is designed for scenic riders on larger adventure bikes. There is a support vehicle so riders do not need to carry all their own gear on their bikes. The weather this time of year is most often great, but it can change and affect the routes we take. Riders need to carry gear to be prepared for cold and rain. Just in case.
I know many of you also enjoy dreaming about the ride and making your plans, so here is the detail, enjoy!
Scenic Flavored Ride
This is not a long hard ride, the ride is all pavement and designed with shorter distances like 100 to 175 mile per day. The focus is more on exploring the scenic areas of the park. Taking some time to smell the roses and taste the food. And enjoying the others riders around you.
We will be operating a support Van. Riders need not carry all their gear on their bikes. They may pack a small suitcase and put it in the Van. This is goods news for couples, right?
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This ride is for couples only: The cost to join this 7 day ride is $2275 for each couple. Couples will share a hotel room. This fee covers your lodging for the 7 nights, the support van and some food, wine, beer, and happy hour horderves, your ride guide booklet and a custom Garmin GPS Map on a micro SD card and printed ride maps.
(Ride limit is 10 couples)
Note: Riders must make full payment by May 15th, 2017
Riders will receive ride packets in the mail one week before the ride.
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.
Couples friendly ride This ride has been designed to be fitting for coupes that may not want too much riding together. There are two hotels that we stay multiple days so that if you would like to skip a day or two and just walk around the park, that can easily be done. Other days you can have an option of riding along in the support van if desired, you know like wet or cold weather or whatever?
Yoda gpsKevin and Yoda Jeffrode
View the ride maps
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 Red lines are Harder routes
The Green lines are Easy options
The Black lines are the out and back viewpoints
Q: What bike will I (gpsKevin) be taking on this ride?
A: I will ride my Yamaha Super Tenere
Q: What bikes are good for this ride?
A: Almost any Adventure bikes can work well. Even Street bikes are fine for this ride. The routes are all paved.
Q: What is the total distance of this ride?
A: total ride distance is 750 miles and can vary by your personal route choice options.
Q: What are motel room arrangements?
A: Rooms are double occupancy, meaning each rider shares a two queen bed room with another rider. Couples share a single bed room.
Q: 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)
Q: 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)
Q; What do I do if I don't have a Garmin gps?
A: Buy one, you need it. We will show you how to use it. You can get a great one for under $200 bucks.
Q: Is the riding really on my own?
A: Yes, but everyone hooks up and rides with a friend, or a new friend or me.
Q: Will I do this ride again next year?
A: No, sorry, I hardly ever repeat rides as I love to develop and discover new places and rides each season. And I have a long dream list of rides now. So this is likely the only time for this ride. Remember: Every time we say no to a ride that is one less ride in life.
Q: Do I need insurance?
A: Yes, you must carry proof of medical insurance and liability insurance for yourself/motorcycle.
Q: Would this be a good ride for new riders?
A: Yes, the riding is not too tough. Each evening we will study the following day's choices. You will find lots of supportive people at the ride.
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.
Who is going on this ride? (Sorry I did not have pics of wives to include)
Bob K, Greenville SC
Terry K, Canyon Lakes, CA
Gary V, Huntington Beach, CA
gpsKevin, Escondido CA
Jeff C, Oceanside, Ca
Steve L, Laguna Niguel, Ca
Thane R, Vista CA
Tim B, Anaheim, CA
Tracy P, Encinitas, CA
Jeffrey Support Truck