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22nd April to 4th May 2024

NEW FOR 2024


  • 12 Days of riding the best of the American
    mid-west, starting and leaving from Las Vegas

  • Includes rental bikes with full insurance and
    down cover + support car for luggage

  • 12 nights hotel accommodation on a twin
    share basis

  • Price: From £3250 per person (+flights)
    Pillions: £1000.

  • Highlights include: Grand Canyon, Monument
    Valley, Zion, Death Valley, Bryce Canyon,
    old Route 66 Hoover Dam, Lake Powell and many more.

  • 22nd April - 3rd May

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America, the land of the wide open plains. The red rock canyons and the incredible natural wonders that scatter this mystical Mid West region. Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Death Valley, Zion National Park, Bryce National Park, and then the roads that link them; old Route 66 - the longest unbroken stretch from Seligman to Kingman - the Million Dollar Highway from Durango up to Ouray. And let's not forgot the hidden gem of Route 12, from Torrey to Bryce Canyon, one of the finest stretches of bitumen you'll ever have ridden.


This tour captures them all, taking you on a 12 day ride through the very best of the Mid West; with incredible scenery and spectacular riding guaranteed along the way. But first, a night in Las Vegas, from where the tour will start and finish. 


Fly in at your leisure on the weekend of 20th April (flights not included), with hotel room on the strip included for the Sunday night. We'll have a group meal that night, make plans for great adventures ahead, and then take a minibus to the bike rental company Monday morning to pick up our mighty steads. 

There's a choice of bikes, from the smaller Yamaha MT07s and Triumph Trident 660s (more than adequate for the job), to the midweight adventurers of the Tenere 700 and Tiger 850. There's larger capacity adventure machines from the latest BMW R1250 GS, Harley Davidson Pan America and Yamaha's Super Tenere. Or, for the ultimate American experience, there's the full range of Hogs to saddle up on.  

Insurance is included, with most benefiting from zero excess (apart from the adventure bikes that have a minimum $2000 damage excess). Bikes also come with breakdown insurance and for this trip there'll be a support vehicle bringing up the rear with the luggage. So turn up, preferably with no more than 60-litres of luggage, hop on your bike and let's ride. Yee-ha!


This trip will suit any adventurer who has always wanted the visit some of America’s most iconic sites. It will all be on Tarmac and avoid interstates where possible. The route will be scenic roads, the accommodation will be comfortable mid range motels and hotels, some a bit quirky. A single supplement is available for an additional £800. The trip would also suit a pillion rider. There will be some areas of high elevation and also some hotter conditions (sub 30 degrees). Riding days should be manageable to most but you will need some level of bike fitness and good health. 


Daily distances will be approximately 180 miles - sometimes higher, sometimes less - with the highest mileage around 210. This is to give us plenty of time off the bike to take in the sights, explore the National Parks and not feel like we're always in a rush. The roads are typically well serviced and quiet. A road legal pace will be kept. It would be advisable for riders to have travelled overseas on a motorcycle before, but not essential if you have a competent level of riding ability. There'll be option to have a day off the bike mid-way through, or enjoy a full days riding instead.


Bikes will be covered with maximum coverage from Eagle Rider, including breakdown cover. Riders will need suitable travel insurance and provide details of it prior to departure that covers them for any medical emergency including repatriation. If you have pre-existing conditions or over 65 then please explore travel insurance options prior to booking. It's also advised that you have accidental injury insurance. Travellers will need a relevant and up to date passport, as well as apply for an ESTA from the American Embassy in advance. More information below on the link below. Please note if you have ever been arrested or have a conviction you may need to apply formally for a visa and explore any issues in advance. 
Visa Waiver Program: United Kingdom ESTA (

Riders will be responsible for booking their own flights. Riders will need to be in Las Vegas by Sunday 21st April, ahead of collecting the bikes on Monday 22nd. Arrive at your own leisure before then. There will be a suggested flight leaving from a London airport on the Saturday for anyone who wishes to travel with the group. Once there, luggage will travel in the support vehicle allowing you to select one of the smaller bikes and travel lightly if you so wish. We will arrive back in Las Vegas the following Friday at noon, with option to fly home that evening (arriving +1 day due to time difference), or stay on at your leisure.

There will be a lead guide as well as a tail rider. You can ride within the group if you prefer. You are also obviously free to ride separate from the group and make your own way on the provided route for the day. The daily routes we'll be taking have very few turns and are easy to self navigate. I would always encourage people to make their own way at times to enable them to stop, photograph and explore at their own pace. 

Bike hire including zero insurance excess in most cases. (see below for exceptions)

Breakdown cover
12 nights hotel on twin share basis. (A single room supplement is available for an additional £800). Not all nights include breakfasts.
12 incredible days of riding
Use of support vehicle to carry luggage

Return flight to Las Vegas
Taxis to and from airport

National Parks pass (approx. £60)
Option to upgrade bike insurance to cover higher level of third party liability.


Trip cost: From £325
Typical return flight to Las Vegas: £450 (one stop) - £750 (direct)

Daily spending money (food + fuel): £100
Travel insurance: £100 (est).



When it comes to bike choice pretty much all bases are covered. The base price of the tour includes those bikes from the first category (Band 1) below, 


BAND 1: (PRICE £3250)
- Triumph Tiger Sport 660

- Yamaha Bolt

- Yamaha MT-07


BAND 2: (PRICE £3650)
- Yamaha Tenere 700 *

- Yamaha Tenere 1200 *

- Triumph Tiger 850 *

- BMW R18

- BMW R18 Classic

- Harley Davidson Heritage Softail Classic

- Harley Davidson Street Bob

BAND 3: (PRICE £4050)
- BMW R1250 GS *

- BMW R1250 RT

- Harley Davidson Pan America *

- BMW K1600 GTL

- Harley Davidson Street Glide

- Harley Davidson Road Glide

BAND 5: (PRICE £4450)
- Harley Davidson Road Glide Ultra

- Harley Davidson Electra Glide

- BMW R18 Transcontinental



Those bikes marked with an asterisk (*) do not come with zero excess, but with a $2000 deductable for cost of damage and $5000 for theft. 

Bikes are subject to availability and your rental agreement will be directly with the rental bike supplier, Eagle Rider.


A pillion rider is welcome to join at a cost of £1000. 

A single room supplement for the 11 nights is available for £800


To book on this tour a deposit of £250 is required to secure your place. 

To make this payment please contact the Speed Shop using the contact box below. Payment will be by bank transfer. The deposit will be non refundable unless a replacement rider can be found. The remainder of the balance will be due by the 15th February 2024. Refunds on the remainder of the balance, minus the deposit (unless a replacement rider is found), are available up until March1st. 

In the message also please state which band of price you wish to ride as well as 1st to third ranking of bike choice. 

Also state if you would like a single room and whether you will be riding with a pillion.

Some of the highlights of the Cowboy Ride...




Day One – Monday 22nd April
Having collected the bikes from the southern end of the strip, we’ll start by heading west; destination Death Valley. We’ll skirt around the park, stopping for souvenirs at Area 51 before making bed in small town of Beatty, chance to ride out to the old ghost town of Rhyolite if you’re up for it. Today is a gentle day, a chance to feel at ease with the bikes and get used to the roads on some nice easy long stretches, the desert opening up all around.
MILEAGE: 130 miles

Day Two – Tuesday 23rd April
Today we explore the heart of Death Valley – the hottest place on earth, although more like a nice English sunny day at this time of the year. We’ll head to Furnace Creek, the heart of the park, before climbing the winding road to the summit of Dante’s View for an incredible look out across the salt encrusted valley. The road out via Badwater Basin follows, before arriving in the gambling town of Pahrump for a good feed and a nice comfy bed.

Day Three – Wednesday 24th April
We back track a little bit today, back through the top side of Las Vegas, heading north-east in the direction of our accommodation that night in Springdale, heart of Zion National Park. To eat up the miles jump on the interstate, or for a more scenic route we’ll venture through Valley of Fire State Park, which adds time but definitely makes for better riding and scenery. Springdale brings a different pace and much different scenery to tonight’s cold beer, with towering green clad cliffs and much cooler air than the deserts we’ve recently crossed.

Day Four – Thursday 25th April
Our fourth day on the road brings options, with the energetic free to explore the National Park, maybe even take a hike up to the fearsome Angel’s Landing, where rope chains lead a precarious path to the end of the world. Or for the two wheeled explorers, we’ll saddle up and head north to Bryce Canyon, then from there up to ride a little of Route 12, a rollercoaster of a road through bluff grey stone landscapes. All members of the gang will reconvene that night in Kanab, legendary back drop to many a western, including Billy the Kid, El Dorado and the Lone Ranger. Tales of adventure spilled that evening.
MILEAGE: 50-180

Day Five – Friday 26th April
You’re in for a treat, as today we ride the 89A that leads down through Marble Canyon, one of the finest stretches of Tarmac we’ll encounter all trip. Don’t expect too many corners, but for scenery and majestic two wheeled travelling there’s no other road like it. We’ll arrive in Page on the shores of Lake Powell for a late lunch, filling bellies with Big John’s Texan BBQ delight, before heading out towards Kayenta, in Navajo Land, with chance to stop off and explore the kaleidoscopic Antelope Canyon if you so desire along the way. But this is a great riding day. It’s what you came here for. And the next day, it gets even better!

Day Six – Saturday 27th April
We wake and leave early (or stay in bed if you prefer), in order to catch sunrise at Monument Valley. These are the three towering pillars of rock that have dominated many a John Wayne western. It’s a formidable sight, and sunrise should revel them in their finest glory. Soak it in, then saddle up, as we carry on east to Mexican Hat, then north to Goosenecks State Park, and then for the brave, further north up the Moki Dugway, the spectacular spiral road that runs up the spine of this near vertical sandstone wall. All roads will eventually lead to Bluff, another wild west type of town, with a great café beneath towering rock fingers. Finally, from there we cut across Navajo land and on to the night’s watering hole of Cortez, for a night in the aptly titled Retro Inn.

Day Seven – Sunday 28th April
Day Seven brings more options. For the drained, head east for 50 miles to our next nightly stop of Durango, a cool Coloradan town that holds much to explore. On route, you can even take in Mesa Verde, where ancient cave dwellings can be found at the summit of this serpentine climb. For the marathon runners – and should the weather permit it – the other option is to ride north-east, up to the top of the Million Dollar Highway, named either for its million dollar views or because that’s what it cost to built it. No one can quite decide. But the fabulous high-altitude towns of Ouray and Silverton that dot along it, and the corkscrew corners that link them, certainly reward the two wheeled pioneers of today. The road finally meets up with the rest of the gang in Durango, where stories shall be shared.
MILEAGE: 50 - 220

Day Eight – Monday 29th April
It wouldn’t be a Cowboy Ride without venturing south into New Mexico, where the Regulators roam, galloping past the towering lonely spire of Shiprock, then on through barren wilderness, starting to head towards the setting sun - Las Vegas in the far off distance - as we begin our return to base, but not before the highlights of Meteor Crater, Grand Canyon, Sedona and old Route 66 have welcomed  us. The end of Day Eight takes us to the Navajoland Inn, a remote outpost for weary riders, now strengthened by their eight days of roaming.  

Day Nine – Tuesday 30th April
For breakfast we eat on Route 66, reaching the old town of Winslow for photos of the giant emblem painted on the town’s main crossroads. We pick up the interstate briefly – the road that ruined these little old towns – before jumping off to see what damage a meteor did over 50,000 years ago. We’ll stare into the abyss, wondering what the dinosaurs may have thought just as the 1200 metre crater was formed, before riding into lively Flagstaff, where for two nights we’ll unwind and take a look around, including Grand Canyon the next day.

Day Ten – Wednesday 1st May
Today we’ll leave our bags behind and ride like the wind in the direction of this Wonder of the World. We’ll approach it from the east, riding the rim road that gives you initial glimpse of what lies beyond, until the fernbush clears and you catch full sight of this 6000 foot deep ravine. Have as long as you like to explore and hike around. Even book a helicopter flight. Get there early enough and you can even take a walk half way down and back. The road back through the forest is an equal delight, with us back in Flagstaff for a night on the town.

Day Eleven – Thursday 2nd May
Day eleven could be direct and straightforward – we’re only 250 miles east of Las Vegas after all – but instead we’re heading south to the rock shrouded town of Sedona, with great roads leading in and out. It’s one last day of adventure, exploring this northern part of Arizona before kicking our heels and looping back north to Seligman, rejoining old Route 66 at this rustic town that bore inspiration for Radiator Springs in the Pixar movie cars. We’ll get dinner here at the famous RoadRunner restaurant, before making our way to our residence that evening, the Hualapai Lodge, smack back centre of the longest uninterrupted stretch of the old Mother Road. One last night on the road.

Day Twelve – Friday 3rd May.
The finale, and whilst we’ve only got until midday, that doesn’t mean to say the adventure’s over just yet. We saddle up early and ride the short distance to Kingman for breakfast at the famous Route 66 diner, before turning north-west in the direction of Las Vegas. On route – if we have the time - lies the quaint little place of Chloride, an old mining town up in the hills that has much to discover. After that it’s one last photograph at the Hoover Dam then into the bright lights of Vegas, drop bikes off and if you’re on a flight that evening then away you go, hopefully with fond memories of an incredible adventure. Cowboy hats safely stowed in the overhead locker. Yeeha!



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