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15 Day Best of the Wild Wild West Guided Motorcycle Tour in the USA via Tucson

Los Angeles, California, USA

Best of Wild Wild West Motorcycle Tour

In 2012, USA on Wheels embarked on a jubilee tour of America. A large group of people came together and it was a great success. For this reason, USA on Wheels has decided to make it one of the offered tours. This tour commences on a Saturday and offers lots of fun socializing during real American-style barbecues. The tour will take you from Los Angeles, California, all the way east to El Paso, Texas. You will face temperatures ranging between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius, chilled-out and desolate roads, deserts, typical cowboy towns, airplane graveyards, and the opportunity to visit the world’s biggest Harley dealer, Barnett.

Key information

  • Terrain: asphalt
  • Bike: rental bike (BMW, Harley, Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki, Indian models)
  • Total mileage: 4,050 kilometers / 2,517 miles
  • Daily rides: 290-450 kilometers / 180-280 miles
  • Riding gear: helmets, clothing for hygiene and safety reasons
  • Meals: some breakfasts

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Los Angeles
  • Motorcycle rental of your choice during the tour
  • Ride following the enticing curves and bends of the Sweeney Pass Road
  • Take the scenic route to Tucson via the US-89, “The West’s Most Western Highway”
  • Ride via a long, but ever-changing route to Silver City
  • Professional tour guide accompaniment
  • 14 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


12 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: Dutch, German
Group size: 8-13 participants
Airport transfer included: Los Angeles International Airport
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Accommodation

During your journey, you will stay in good quality hotels, which will be reserved before departure. The room will be in a standard twin / double room accommodation. You can opt for a private room for an additional single supplement. All rooms will include en-suite bathroom with shower or bath facilities, television, and air conditioning. Most hotels will also have a pool.

Program

Day 1 - Los Angeles

Arrival in Los Angeles. Transfer to the airport hotel. After arrival and refreshment, your guide will take care of some practical matters with you at the welcome drink on the terrace at the start of the tour.

Day 2 - Los Angeles - El Centro (370 kilometers / 230 miles)

Pick up the machines early in the morning and quickly drive south from the city of Los Angeles after a first briefing. From Oceanside, you drive inland via Julian and the Sweeney Pass with its winding and lonely road. Spend the night in El Centro.

Day 3 - El Centro - Gila Bend (322 kilometers / 200 miles)

Ride further east, make a stop at the Imperial Dam viewpoint and you are already in Arizona. The trip goes past large farms. The last section on Interstate 8 to Gila Bend, world-famous for the 90-degree curve of the Gila River.

Day 4 - Gila Bend - Tucson (314 kilometers / 195 miles)

You will ride the 85 south to Why, continue on the 86 to the fantastic Saguaro National Park. The cacti are overwhelming! Visit the Old Tucson Studios with their Western decors, the location of many feature films. Tucson's nickname is "The old Pueblo", an old city built by the Indians.

Day 5 - Tucson - Free day

With the motorcycle to the Pima Air and Space Museum with its enormous aircraft cemetery "The Boneyard" and a bizarre collection of aircraft and helicopters. Optionally, a trip to Mount Lemmon is one of the options for lovers.

Day 6 - Tucson - Lordsburg (386 kilometers / 240 miles)

It starts early for a long but varied tour to Lordsburg. You visit Tombstone, where the famous shootout between Wyatt Earp with Doc Holliday and Billy Carson took place in the "OK Coral". The city is largely as it used to be. Then it's on to the historic and worth seeing the town of Bisbee. Arrive at New Mexico, the southernmost part of this trip.

Day 7 - Lordsburg - El Paso (290 kilometers / 180 miles)

Ride further south and then, directly on the Mexican border further east, along lonely roads to El Paso, Texas. Here, you visit the world's largest Harley-Davidson dealer. The hotel is right next door, so browse around until the shop closes.

Day 8 - El Paso - Silver City (410 kilometers / 255 miles)

The journey only goes to White Sands National Park, an enormous dune landscape, where you can even go sledding with special plates. Then only along the Rio Grande and then the best winding roads via Hillsboro to Silver City.

Day 9 - Silver City - Globe (354 kilometers / 220 miles)

Further through lonely and hilly landscapes to the Coolidge Dam, an enormous concrete structure which, although the road leaves something to be desired, is absolutely worthwhile to see.

Day 10 - Globe - Kingman (451 kilometers / 280 miles)

The winding US60 takes you to Phoenix. From there, you ride through a desert-like landscape to Kingman. You stay there on Route 66!

Day 11 - Kingman - Las Vegas (322 kilometers / 200 miles)

Is the Grand Canyon on your bucket list? Today, you are going to visit the famous Skywalk, an enormous glass plate right on the edge of the canyon, which you can safely enter, but it could make you queasy! Then, continue over the Hoover dam to Las Vegas.

Day 12 - Las Vegas - Free day

Today is a relaxing day where you can rest, shop, go to shows, marry, walk the strip, helicopter flight over the strip or back to the canyon, etc.

Day 13 - Las Vegas - Victorville (314 kilometers / 195 miles)

Leaving the city behind, you will ride over Interstate 15 towards LA, although the motorway is absolutely worth it!

Day 14 - Victorville - Los Angeles (338 kilometers / 210 miles)

This last day of driving is as spectacular as the entire trip thanks to a drive through the San Bernardino Mountains. The best curves and infinitely long. Then past Downtown LA, you hand in the machines and have dinner together at the end.

Day 15 - Los Angeles

Transfer to the airport with the hotel shuttle for your return flight to Europe. Or maybe you want to extend your trip? USA on Wheels will of course book your extra requests.

Bike options

Category 1

  • Honda Shadow 750 (V-twin engine, 745cc, 5 gears, 66 centimeters seat height, 251 kilograms, 14 liters fuel tank capacity, and windshield)

Category 2

  • Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 (V-twin engine, 883cc, 5 gears, 68 centimeters seat height, 255 kilograms, 17 liters fuel tank capacity, and windshield)
  • Yamaha 950 Tourer (V-twin engine, 950cc, 5 gears, 67 centimeters seat height, 298 kilograms, 17 liters fuel tank capacity, windshield, and suitcase)
  • Indian Scout (V-twin engine, 1130cc, 5 gears, 64 centimeters seat height, 215 kg weight, tank capacity: 13 liters; windshield, saddlebags)
  • Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 (V-twin, 1200cc, 5 gears, 68 centimeters seat height, 255 kilograms, 17 liters fuel tank capacity, and windshield)
  • BMW F800GT (Boxer engine, 2 cylinders, 798cc, 6 gears, 80 centimeters seat height, 213 kg weight, tank capacity: 15 liters; windshield, side case)
  • Yamaha XVS 1300 (V-twin engine, 1300cc, 5 gears, 72 centimeters seat height, 283 kilograms, 19 liters fuel tank capacity, windshield, bags, and sissy bar)

Category 3

  • Harley-Davidson Low Rider FXLR (V-twin engine, 1670cc, 6 gears, 67 centimeters seat height, 298 kilograms, 15 liters fuel tank capacity)
  • Harley-Davidson Heritage (V-twin engine, 1670cc, 6 gears, 65 centimeters seat height, 326 kilograms, 19 liters fuel tank capacity, windshield, luggage, bags, and sissy bar)
  • Harley-Davidson Road King (V-twin engine, 1670cc, 6 gears, 72 centimeters seat height, 355 kilograms, 23 liters fuel tank capacity, windshield, and luggage)

Category 4

  • Harley-Davidson Street Glide (V-twin engine, 1670cc, 6 gears, 72 centimeters seat height, 355 kilograms, 23 liters fuel tank capacity, windshield, and luggage)
  • Harley-Davidson Road Glide (V-twin engine, 1670cc, 6 gears, 72 centimeters seat height, 355 kilograms, 23 liters fuel tank capacity, windshield, and case)
  • Indian Chief Vintage (V-twin engine, 1881cc, 6 gears, 72 centimeters seat height, 355 kilograms, 23 liters fuel tank capacity, windshield, and case)
  • Honda GL1800 Goldwing (V-twin engine, 1670cc, 6 gears, 72 centimeters seat height, 355 kilograms, 23 liters fuel tank capacity, windshield, and case)

Category 5

  • Harley-Davidson Street Glide Grand Touring (V-twin engine, 1670cc, 6 gears, 73 centimeters seat height, 370 kilograms, 23 liters fuel tank capacity, windshield, and luggage)

Category 6

  • Harley-Davidson Ultra Glide (V-twin engine, 1670cc, 6 gears, 73 centimeters seat height, 370 kilograms, 23 liters fuel tank capacity, windshield, and luggage)
  • Indian Road Master (V-twin engine, 1881cc, 6 gears, 69 centimeters seat height, 360 kilograms, 21 liters fuel tank capacity, windshield, and case)
  • BMW R1200RT (V-twin engine, 1170cc, 6 gears, 82 centimeters seat height, 263 kilograms, 25 liters fuel tank capacity, windshield, and luggage)
  • BMW R1200GS (V-twin engine, 1170cc, 6 gears, 69 centimeters seat height, 360 kilograms, 21 liters fuel tank capacity, and windshield)
  • Honda GL1800 Touring (V-twin engine, 1881cc, 6 gears, 69 centimeters seat height, 360 kilograms, 21 liters fuel tank capacity, windshield, and case)

Category 7

  • Harley-Davidson TRIKE Ultra Glide (V-twin engine, 1584cc, 6 gears, 703 centimeters seat height, 445 kilograms, 23 liters fuel tank capacity, windshield, and luggage)

Skill levels required for this tour: beginner and intermediate

Please note that the pace of the tour can be at a beginner's level as well as at an intermediate's level. It all depends on the group's experience and own pace. Please send an inquiry for more details.

Beginner:

  • can ride for 2-3 hours
  • minimal riding experience
  • assistance required
  • comfortable with curves and leans
  • basic experience with unsurfaced roads
  • short distance ascents and descents

Intermediate:

  • can ride for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Tour information

  • Roads in the USA are in good condition. Congestion is minimal, apart from in big cities, and the roads are very well signposted. There are a number of traffic regulations that differ from those in the UK. Your team leader will discuss the most important ones with you.
  • In principle, you will ride in convoy. However, if you wish to ride part of the journey on your own, you can discuss this with your team leader.
  • You will be riding at a reasonable pace, as the aim, of course, is to see as much as possible. However, you will frequently be riding down bendy roads, which will require some confidence.
  • You are required to have a valid (motorbike) driving license. However, you will not need an international driving license.

Location

This journey will take you from Los Angeles to El Paso, Texas and back.

Food

Some continental breakfasts are included in this tour.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • English and German-speaking travel companion (motorcycle)
  • Luggage transport in the support vehicle
  • Group transfers on site (airport - hotel - rental station)
  • All nights (comfortable mid-range hotels)
  • Hotel parking fees
  • Partial breakfast
  • Rental motorcycle
  • Unlimited free miles
  • Statutory liability insurance
  • Spare bike
  • Saddlebags / Cases
  • Security locks
  • VIP check-in
  • Chilled water (on driving days)
  • Chilled drinks at cost price (on driving days)
  • Travel guide

What's not included

  • ZERO-Risk insurance (additional liability insurance 1 million EUR and reimbursement of the excess): 464 EUR
  • Voucher for gasoline, entry fees etc. (driver 250 USD, passenger 75 USD)
  • Cancellation insurance 4.5% of the travel sum
  • Helmets, clothing for hygiene and safety reasons
  • Expenses for personal needs (e.g. meals, tips)
  • Entry permit USA (ESTA), Canada (ETA)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Transfer from and to the airport is included. USA on Wheels will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Los Angeles International Airport Airport transfer included: Los Angeles International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.

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Pricing information

If you are interested in a package that cannot be chosen from the list below, kindly advise USA on Wheels in your message and the package price will be updated accordingly.

  • Single supplement: 790 EUR
  • Pillion: 1,790 EUR per person
  • Category 7 bike, 1 rider in a shared twin room: 4,675 EUR
Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 8 participants

Saturday October 24, 2020
(15 days / 14 nights)

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