EXPLORE THE BEST OF THE MID WEST
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
break-down cover + support car for luggage
11 nights hotel accommodation on a twin
Price: From £3250 per person (+flights)
Highlights include: Grand Canyon, Monument
Valley, Zion, Death Valley, Bryce Canyon,
old Route 66 Hoover Dam, Lake Powell and many more.
22nd April - 4th May
WHAT IS IT?
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!
WHO WILL IT SUIT:
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.
TYPE OF RIDING AND DAILY DISTANCES:
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.
DOCUMENTATION AND INSURANCE:
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 (usembassy.gov)
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)
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
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
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).
BIKE CHOICE AND PRICING:
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,
PLEASE NOTE: ALL BIKES ARE SUBKECT TO AVAILABILITY.
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 £500 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.