A: We will usually meet for breakfast around 8:00 AM and discuss the day’s ride over breakfast. We briefly cover the route, riding conditions and group riding hand signals. “Kick Stands Up” at 9:00 AM but we will make a brief stop in about an hour for those of us over 50 that have to take a “bio-break”. We will ride about 2 hours and break for lunch. After lunch we will ride about an hour and take our afternoon “bio-break”. We will ride about another 2 hours before stopping for the evening.
A: We like to keep our days around 250 miles. We have found after many motorcycle tours we average about 30 MPH over the course of a day between “bio-breaks”, gas stops and lunch. 250 miles averages to be an 8 hour day.
A: While our typical riding day is about 250 miles, riding an average of 250 miles for multiple days can be physically demanding. Staying in motels, eating in restaurants, staying up later than normal can contribute to not getting a good nights rest. The effects of the lack of sleep are cumulative and after several days you can become very fatigued. We recommend that you get as much sleep as possible prior to and during the tour. You may also need to limit your caffeine input prior to and during the tour to help you sleep. We recommend that you get into riding shape prior to the tour. Try riding as much as possible to become accustomed to a full day of riding. Lastly, mentally prepare yourself to have a good time. We try our best to make sure you have a great riding experience but sometimes other factors such as weather can affect that. Less than perfect weather can create challenges but can also create special memories that will last a lifetime.
A: We like to choose places to stay that are clean, comfortable, secure, quiet and bike friendly. I have traveled on business for many years and I am very “picky” on where we will stay. I am sure you will be very satisfied with the accommodations we choose.
A: Look at the suggested packing list on our web site. Make sure you watch the weather for the tour to have an idea of what to wear. I like to bring clothing that can be worn in layers in case it becomes colder than expected. I always bring my rain gear, chaps and polypropylene long underwear just in case the weather turns cold unexpectedly.
A: We like to stop at places that are “off the beaten path”, that have great food and are biker friendly. I can assure you that we will not be stopping at McDonalds or Applebee’s!
A: Absolutely not! If you drink alcoholic beverages during the day’s ride you will be asked to leave the tour and you will not be given a refund. You can drink if you like after the day’s ride is finished. Drinks are not included in the tour cost.
A: We do many things to make everyone as comfortable with group riding as possible. First, in our pre-ride orientation we will cover how we will ride as a group and group riding hand signals. We will follow established group riding practices and we will not ride above the abilities of any riders in the group. It is our objective to have a safe enjoyable ride so it is imperative that everyone in the group follow the group riding procedures and use group riding hand signals. A copy of the group riding practices and hand signals can be found on our web site.
A: The routes are created from hours of studying maps, travel brochures, travel articles, and map routing software. I look for the “road less traveled” but I also look for routes that are safe with good paved surfaces that are free from construction. I use the web to get updates on road construction so we can avoid the area if possible. I try to avoid interstate roads but sometimes that is the only choice so we will use them as sparingly as possible. All the routes are ridden before they are finalized and may be changed if construction or road conditions make it necessary. We will also make route changes if we think we can enhance the riding experience. We do have one route on one tour where there is a short ride (1.3 miles) on a gravel road to reach the landing for a river ferry crossing. It is the only road to the ferry crossing so we have no choice but we do take our time and it really is not a problem. Maybe we will get lucky and it will be paved before our next ride!
A: We understand that everything mechanical can break especially ones with hundreds of moving parts like a motorcycle. You should complete all periodic maintenance weeks prior to your tour. If you are not capable of servicing your motorcycle take your motorcycle to a dealer to make sure you motorcycle is running in optimal condition. If you do not have a current road side assistance policy for your motorcycle we will make sure one is purchased for you. We have made arrangements with Motorcycle Towing Services LC, (MTS), so you do not have to worry about breaking down while on a ride with us. MTS will handle all towing and roadside assistance if we need them. We still require that all riders have their bike serviced at required intervals per the manufacturer’s recommendations and that all riders perform a T-CLOCK inspection at least one day before the start of the ride. If you are not familiar with a T-CLOCK inspection we will provide that information to you prior to the ride. Some of our tours will have a support vehicle that is capable of towing a disabled motorcycle to a shop for repair. Even though we will have this capability all riders should bring a safe and reliable motorcycle on our tours. If you do not want to ride your motorcycle we can assist you in getting a rental motorcycle for the tour.
A: We ride rain or shine. We will adjust our riding style and we may adjust the route but rain is just something we riders have to deal with. We will not ride if there is a possibility of icy conditions. In the rare event we must cancel a ride because of weather we will do our best to reschedule your tour.
A: Yes; you and your group can ride on your own if you wish. We will provide everyone route sheets for the day so if you want to go off on your own you can. You will be responsible for your own meals if you do not eat with the group on tours where meals are provided.
A: Yes, we can create a custom tour to meet your exact needs. We can create tours for “Women Only” or team building tours for your co-workers or employees. We can also create self-guided tours where we would provide route sheets and lodging. Please remember that while we do not rent motorcycles, we can help you to rent a motorcycle for a weekend tour.
A: Rental motorcycles are the property of the rental operator and they will determine if you are able to safely operate their motorcycle. Should you be unable to pass their riding accessment you will be allowed to ride in the support vehicle. You would also be refunded the amount of money you paid to the rental operator. Tour On 2, Inc. assists our customers in renting motorcycles from reputable rental dealers; we do not own or rent any of our own motorcycles. To date this has not been an issue we or our rental dealers have experienced.
“Great tour! Bill Gade bends over backwards, from planning to the actual trip, to show us a wonderful and interesting time. Great value for the money.” Tom S.