Organizing A Motorcycle Road Trip

Map and brochure for motorcycling

The following 5 factors are the key elements to a trip: 

  1. Destination
  2. Dates
  3. How many days
  4. Where to stay
  5. Ride Route

The destination is usually already figured out to some degree. If not, you either decide where you as the organizer want to go or turn to your club for suggestions on where they want to go. There are lots of good materials available to come up with good ideas for trips. You can visit www.byways.org if you don’t have a clue. You can read Road Runner, American Rider and Hog Tales magazines for a host of ideas.

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If you have a completely open slate than you have more things to figure out. As a ride organizer the less things you have to decide the easier the task. For example the dates of the trip are the most important element and I like someone else to determine the dates. When I organized the trip to The Little Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania the dates were picked by someone else as a Friday thru Sunday trip. I just had to fill in the rest of the blanks.

The length of the trip will have an impact on how many club members will participate. I imagine the less days on the trip the more people will be able to fit the trip into their personal schedule. I have not yet scheduled or organized a one nighter, so I don’t know for sure that my theory is in turn a fact. I’m thinking that if you want to take an advanced trip and you are trying to avoid having less experienced riders come or you just want to keep the group small, then a longer trip might be the answer. You should get a hard core commited group of serious riders for a 4 or 5 day trip as opposed to a 3 day weekend trip. [Read more →]