Thursday, June 21, 2012

Partner Spotlight: EagleRider Motorcycle Rentals and Tours




EagleRider is the largest motorcycle tourism company in the world specializing in rentals of motorcycles, ATVs, dirt bikes, scooters, snowmobiles, and watercraft. Their world-class locations nationwide offer customers perfectly maintained Harley, Honda, and BMW motorcycles for rent.

EagleRider provides their customers with both guided and self-drive tours that range from 2 to 18 days. The company has over 30 guided tours to choose from as well as nearly 100 self-drive tours. One of the most famous guided tours is without a doubt the Easy Rider Movie Tour.  The tour begins in Los Angeles and follows the route taken by “Billy” and “Wyatt” to New Orleans in Easy Rider, the famous 1969 film notorious for introducing the freedom that riding a motorcycle in America can offer to the masses. The EagleRider Motorcycle Rental and Tours team worked with Sony Pictures and Easy Rider to retrace the most authentic tour route used during the production of the film. As a result, EagleRider has exclusive rights to this once in a lifetime opportunity. There are also guided tours throughout the Midwest, along the Pacific Coast, and even throughout Florida and too many self-drive tours to count.

EagleRider offers the cream of the crop customer service and has both round trip and one-way rentals without hourly fees available. Rentals include safety equipment and helmets upon request. In addition, EagleRider will even provide storage for your luggage, airline tickets, and valuables free of charge. Riders can also opt to have their bikes delivered and if they are within 5 miles of the nearest location EagleRider will even pick them up.

In addition to offering motorcycle rentals and tours, EagleRider has four retail locations that sell used motorcycles. These stores are located in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale. 

For more information on rentals, touring and used motorcycle sales please visit http://eaglerider.com/.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Featured Destination: Stonehenge II



Stonehenge II 
120 Point Theatre Road S.
Ingram, Texas

When you are riding through Texas, stop by Ingram, Texas and take some time to appreciate Stonehenge II. Stonehenge II is a replica of the original Stonehenge monument in Salisbury, England. Quoted as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the Texas Hill Country’, Stonehenge II was originally located in Hunt, Texas but was moved by the Hill Country Arts Foundation and now resides in Ingram, Texas. Stonehenge II is about half as tall as the original, 3,500-plus-year-old Stonehenge. There are also two replica Easter Island heads at the site. There are plans to add a dance floor, benches, and side walks to the site in summer of 2012. So if you are in the area ride out to Ingram and enjoy the site. (Source: http://alfredshepperd.com/Stonehenge/main.html)

Monday, June 04, 2012

Touring Tip: Packing Your Bike Properly for Touring

Written By: RoadRUNNER Motorcycle Touring & Travel















 















Before going on tour, make sure your motorcycle is loaded in a safe and secure manner. Here are our top 10 “Dos” and “Don’ts” for motorcycle packing:

Do: Pack heavier items low and as close as practical to the bike’s center of gravity.        
Don’t:
Pack a lot of weight high and behind the rear axle.

Do:
Load saddlebags and soft luggage with equal weight on each side.
Don’t: Load more weight on one side of the bike than the other. 

Do: Secure everything tightly to prevent them from becoming entangled in the chain or wheels. 
Don’t:
Have any loose items flopping around in the breeze.

Do: Pack only what you definitely will need. A lighter and less bulky load is far better!
Don’t:
Pack everything you might need on the trip.

Do: Place lighter items in a tankbag and/or in a topcase.
Don’t: Place loads on your front fender or forks, which adversely affects handling.

Do: Use nylon tie-down straps that can be locked in place and won’t stretch.
Don’t: Use bungee cords to secure exposed items.

Do: Weigh items, including the riders, riding gear and luggage to make sure that Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) isn’t exceeded.
Don’t: Exceed the GVWR found in the owner’s manual.

Do: Pack smaller items that require quick access (e.g., credit cards, drivers license, maps, etc) in easy to reach locations, like a tankbag.
Don’t: Store things you might need during the day at the bottom of saddlebags
.

Do: Pack well ahead of your departure date, and do a test ride to make sure that all items are secured and the bike handles properly.
Don’t: Leave on your trip immediately after the bike is loaded.


Do: Check you load at every stop to make sure all items are still secured.
Don’t: Pack it and forget it.

Time invested in organizing your gear and packing your motorcycle properly will pay big dividends once you’re out on the road.