15 Days Wild Wild West Motorcycle Tour USA

Guided USA Motorcycle Tours

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

  • Bike: rental
  • Terrain: asphalt
  • Mileage: 3846 kilometers / 2390 miles
  • Daily rides: 274 - 426 kilometers / 170 - 265 miles
  • Meals: Some breakfast

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

Styles


11 riding days in English
Spoken languages: Dutch, German, English

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.

USA on Wheels Motorbike Tour in USA

Day 1 - Los Angeles

Upon arrival at the airport hotel, there will be time for a short introduction to the tour and a welcoming drink.

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

The following morning, you will pick up the motorbikes from the rental place and leave Los Angeles southbound via the interstate. Passing Oceanside, you will head inland towards Julian, following the enticing curves and bends of the Sweeney Pass Road. You will stay the night in El Centro, which lies between the fields of Imperial Valley.

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

From here, the tour takes you east towards Arizona with a stop at the Imperial Dam on the way, followed by more country roads and acres of farmland. For the last stretch of today you will take Interstate 8 arriving at Gila Bend, which is known for its roadside culture and is named after the sharp bends in the Gila River.

Day 4 Gila Bend - Tucson (306 kilometers / 190 miles)

Today will start and finish with a ride through a park that is home to interesting cacti, Sonora Desert, and Saguaro National Park West. You will also take the scenic route to Tucson via the US-89, “The West’s Most Western Highway.” Tucson’s nickname is “The Old Pueblo,” a very old city, which was founded by Native Indians.

Tucson Day 5 - Free day

Today you are free to explore Tucson. You will have the opportunity to visit the Old Tucson Studios, with its Western interior, and the Pima Air and Space Museum, with its enormous aeroplane graveyard, called “The Boneyard.” There is also the chance to take a trip to Mount Lemmon for those of you seeking something else to do.

Day 6 Tucson - Silver City (426 kilometers / 265 miles)

An early start to the day will take you via a long, but ever-changing route to Silver City. This route will also take you past Tombstone, which looks like a typical old Western town where cowboys used to reign the streets on horseback. You will also visit the town of Bisbee and get a taster of the mining industry. Today will take you to the southernmost point of your trip, spending the night in the state of New Mexico.

Day 7 Silver City - El Paso (314 kilometers / 195 miles)

Via the bendy US-152, you head towards Hillsboro and carry on along the Rio Grande to Hatch. Through Franklin Mountains State Park you will enter Texas and continue on to El Paso. There will be a quick stop at the Harley dealership to buy souvenirs before carrying on to the hotel for the night.

Day 8 El Paso - Carlsbad (330 kilometers / 205 miles)

The route takes you further along wide, open terrain to Guadalupe. The famous El Capitan rock formation is certainly worth getting the cameras out for. The next Kodak moment will find you at the caves of Carlsbad Caverns National Park. A visit to see the impressive stalagmites in the caves is one of your opportunities to explore the area.

Day 9 Carlsbad - Las Cruces (378 kilometers / 235 miles)

After an hour on the road you will start following the scenic US-82 westbound. Along the way, you will come across the White Sands vista point with a stunning view over its vast surroundings.

Day 10 Las Cruces - Safford (370 kilometers / 230 miles)

Heading north along the continuous road, you will get to enjoy the scenic US-78 back towards the state of Arizona.

Day 11 Safford - Phoenix (274 kilometers / 170 miles)

On the program, today is a short ride past Coolidge Dam. You will spend the night in Arizona’s capital, one of America’s biggest cities by landmass, Phoenix. This is a sunny city and the hottest in comparison to America’s other big cities. Despite it only being spring at this time, it will feel like summer.

Day 12 Phoenix - Free day

Today will be a day of rest and you will have the opportunity to visit Phoenix. A trip to South Mountain Park will also be possible.

Day 13 Phoenix - Brawley (418 kilometers / 260 miles)

Leaving the city behind, you will ride on via country roads going west into California. Along the way, the landscape will change from outstretched desert to vast cattle fields, grain and grass belonging to massive farms as far as the eye can see.

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

From Brawley, an agricultural city, the route will take you through Anya-Borrega Desert State Park and along the bendy US-79 to Los Angeles. The last part of the journey will take you along a motorway to the rental place to return your motorbikes. A drink at the airport hotel will see an end to this splendid trip.

Day 15 Los Angeles

With an early start to the day, you will take the hotel shuttle to the airport and catch your flight back. Or, in case you would like to extend your visit, USA on Wheels is happy to accommodate your additional wishes.

Bike options

Category 1

  • Suzuki Intruder 800 (V-twin engine, 815cc, 5 gears, 70 centimeters seat height, 246 kilograms, 15,5 liters fuel tank capacity, and windshield)
  • 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)
  • Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 (V-twin, 1200cc, 5 gears, 68 centimeters seat height, 255 kilograms, 17 liters fuel tank capacity, and windshield)
  • 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

  • Honda VTX1300 (V-twin engine, 1304cc, 5 gears, 72 centimeters seat height, 283 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)
  • 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)

Category 4

  • Honda ST1300 (V-twin, 4 cyl engine, 1261cc, 5 gears, 79 centimeters seat height, 300 kilograms, 29 liters fuel tank capacity, windshield, and luggage)
  • Honda GL1800 Goldwing (boxer 6 cyl engine, 1832cc, 5 gears, 74 centimeters seat height, 405 kilograms, 25 liters fuel tank capacity, windshield, and koffe)
  • BMW R1200GS (boxer 2 cyl engine, 1170cc, 6 gears, 85 centimeters seat height, 220 kilograms, 20 liters fuel tank capacity, and windshield)
  • BMW R1200RT (V-twin engine, 1170cc, 6 gears, 82 centimeters seat height, 263 kilograms, 25 liters fuel tank capacity, windshield, and luggage)
  • Harley-Davidson Street Glide (V-twin engine, 1670cc, 6 gears, 73 centimeters seat height, 370 kilograms, 23 liters fuel tank capacity, windshield, and luggage)
  • Harley-Davidson Ultra Glide (V-twin engine, 1670cc, 6 gears, 73 centimeters seat height, 370 kilograms, 23 liters fuel tank capacity, windshield, and luggage)

Category 5 (trike)

  • Harley-Davidson Trike Ultra Glide (V-twin engine, 1584cc, 6 gears, 70 centimeters seat height, 445 kilograms, 23 liters fuel tank capacity, windshield, and luggage)

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 principal, 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 to Los Angeles, El Centro, Gila Bend, Tucson, Silver City, El Paso, Carlsbad, Las Cruces, Safford, Phoenix, and Brawley.

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

  • 14 nights’ accommodation
  • A trailer with a spare engine where there is also room for luggage
  • Motorbike rental with liability insurance
  • Some continental breakfasts
  • Tax
  • Tour guide
  • Transfers

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Cancellation insurance (5.50% of the fare)
  • Entrance fees
  • High season surcharge (on departures from 15 May to 16 August at 220 EUR)
  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Personal expenses
  • Petrol
  • Travel insurance
  • ZERO-Risk insurance (without deductible, high liability): 29 EUR per day

How to get there

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.
15 days / 14 nights
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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: 720 EUR
  • Trike (category 5 bike): 3,785 EUR
  • Pillion: 1,500 EUR per person
  • Zero-risk insurance: 29 EUR per day
Saturday October 27, 2018
(15 days / 14 nights)

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