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Read the further exploits of Steve Rose on our Self-Guided Spectacular California tour – this time from San Francisco to Las Vegas. Just love his descriptions of Vegas and there’s some good tips on mesh suits and keeping cool too: Harley Davidsons to America MSL Pt2
The Spectacular California Tour details
The problem with riding America is that you want to go back again and again. MSL’s Steve Rose is back for a third go. And this time it’s self-guided with orange & Black. Read of his adventures in California here harley-davidsons-to-america-msl-pt1
H-C Travel, the UK’s longest established and leading motorcycle tour operator, is excited to announce the launch of a new US subsidiary to take on key operational elements of its Orange & Black Harley-Davidson® authorised motorcycle tours and rentals programme. David Grist is President and Colorado-based Gary ‘Bear’ Fleshman is Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of H-C Travel Inc. Gary will continue to guide tours.
David Grist, owner of H-C Travel, says “Our company mantra has always been ‘only the best is good enough!’ I am continually looking at how we can improve our tour services to ensure that we offer a unique and unrivalled motorcycling experience for our customers. Setting up a US subsidiary makes total commercial and professional sense for us, and our customers. I am absolutely delighted that Gary has agreed to join us. Apart from being one the best tour guides on the planet, he brings unrivalled touring knowledge and incredible enthusiasm to the company.”
This move will bring several immediate and longer term advantages:
• Added flexibility in the design and running of Orange & Black guided and self-guided tours
• Increased responsiveness to meet the wishes of a growing and loyal customer base
• Improved financial control and enhanced protection from the vagaries of a volatile exchange rate
• Access to the US motorcycle touring market and stronger US business relationships
• New opportunities to work with travel trade partners and motorcycle clubs worldwide
Customers will see immediate benefits:
• No tour or rental price increases for all 2017 bookings made in 2016
• Improved on-tour services
• A new tour, guided by Gary – Legends of the West, in October 2017
• A new self-guided tour – Tour 49, crossing from Calgary, Canada into the USA and back
• Guaranteed 2017 Harley-Davidson authorised motorcycles for all customers (with the all new Milwaukee 8 engine on all touring models).
H-C Travel Inc. is a company incorporated in Delaware and registered in Colorado. H-C Travel Ltd was established in 1994 as a specialist motorcycle tour operator in the UK. Its Orange & Black brand offers Harley-Davidson® authorised guided tours, self-guided tours and rentals in the USA. It is uniquely positioned in the UK motorcycle tour market with professional travel industry recognition, ATOL bonding and TTA membership to provide legal and financial peace of mind for our customers.
Journalist Bruce Wilson has just published an article that caught my eye. In MSL (May 2016) he and his wife Anna test ride the 2016 Rushmore Touring models from Harley-Davidson. The unfolding of their trip is fascinating but really the Harley commentary was my main interest. In particular Anna compares and contrasts a Street Glide, an Electra Glide and a Road King – from the pillion’s perspective. All in all it makes for a good round up of what to look for in a touring motorcycle as a passenger. In our considerable experience of motorcycle tours it is often the person on the back who books our holidays. Frankly we need to keep our pillions sweet!
So for a back seat summary:
Road King has a comfy, wide seat, back rest, good leg room and space between rider and passenger. Its smaller dashboard makes it harder for the pillion to check speed and time, it doesn’t have a music system, is a bit more open to the elements, has supportive footboards but is most vibey.
Street Glide’s spacious seat slopes backwards but that’s helped by an optional backrest; footpegs transmit minimal vibration but give less stability. It’s easy to get on due to the low seat but has least legroom. The sound system is good with multiple speakers. (I’d actually say this is the ultimate touring luxury for a solo rider.)
Electra Glide’s seating is the most comfy with great armchair padded seat and it boasts an elbow rest. Seat height makes getting on and off a tad hard but makes for great views. Sound system had passenger adjustable speakers and you’re protected from the wind with the larger fairing. (I’d say this was the ultimate touring luxury for a rider and passenger.)
In concluding Bruce says of the Harleys “They had proven themselves to be the perfect tools for the job at hand, effortlessly carrying us two up in complete comfort, with all the luxuries we could have wished for.”
Come and say hi – we’re exhibiting on stand A44 at MCN London Motorcycle Show, Excel, Friday 12th Feb through to Sunday 14th Feb!
What’s more we’re offering our stand visitors a 2017 booking at 2016 prices if they book by the end of Feb!
Tip 2. Packing and our Rule of Halves.
Also in our long experience of organising tours… we have seen much overpacking. This is more of an issue with self guided tours and rentals where you are taking your belongings with you and there is only so much you can put in a bike pannier. On a guided tour your luggage travels in the support van so you can max your flight weight limit if you like! Our van should cope with that given we only have small groups of up to 15 bikes!
No matter what sort of tour we suggest that you pack light. You only need half the clothing and accessories you think you need. Use the guidance from our handy list of clothing and equipment (that comes in both your hardcopy tourbook and your Mobile Vamoos tourbook, 2 weeks before your travel). Make two piles on the bed:
Then pack only the first pile.
Job done, Simple!
And if this leaves you with a terrible fear that you’re going to run out of clothes you can always buy more of your favourite Harley-Davidson tee shirts on the go – and the dealers will love you for it too! Alternatively, on most of our tours you can hire trikes which have a massive (well relatively!) 4.4 cubic feet trunk plus a top box.
Tip 1. Get familiar with your chosen motorcycle before you travel.
In our long experience of organising tours to the USA few people ride exactly the same model of motorcycle as they own at home. You may be unfamiliar with Harleys as you ride another make of bike (we do welcome owners of all makes! ) Maybe you ride a sportster at home that just isn’t going to give you the comfort of a touring model for the touring mileages. Indeed maybe you need a larger bike because you are taking a pillion on their dream trip. If you have any concerns at all you don’t want to compound these with the obvious challenges that you will face when riding in the USA on the opposite side of the road, with some differing traffic rules.
So our advice is:
Blag a test ride or
Take a day or weekend rental from your local Harley-Davidson authorised rental dealership or
Take Orange & Black’s ‘Try before you fly’ experience. Doing this will remove a lot of the stress on the first day of your holiday, ensuring both you and hopefully your pillion and fellow travellers are more relaxed. We work in partnership with Lind Tours in the UK to offer you this opportunity. For Guided Tour customer we even offer this free. Should you want to book….Try Before you Fly Orientation Ride
Here at Orange & Black Harley-Davidson Authorised tours we are delighted to be launching our new web site. We hope our customers will enjoy using our more eye catching, impactful site with its clearer layout and no wait quote capability. It can be used on your mobile phone or tablet, laptop or desktop.
To share in our excitement we are marking the occasion with a fantastic customer offer of a $50 per person voucher for gifts, accessories and apparel purchased at the authorised rental dealership for 2016 guided and self-guided tour bookings made in the month of October 2015.
Take a look and give us your feedback. We have also added 3 items of apparel, one in each of our guided tour, self-guided tour and rental sections. Find the items and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org where you found which items. Correct entries received by 11th November will be entered into a prize draw to win a 2 hour orientation tour, to be drawn on 13th November 2015! Competition Ts & Cs: All entries to be received by midnight Wed 11th Nov 2015. Only one entry per person allowed. The winner will be selected at random from the correct entries on Friday 13th Nov 2015. The 2 hour orientation is only available from Guildford Harley-Davidson and must be taken by June 30th 2016. The rider has to have a full motorcycle licence. The prize cannot be exchanged for cash!
If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to ask. Just email us here or call on 01256 771770.