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How It Works – One-Way tours to H-D Rallies

Riding a Harley-Davidson across Europe to one of the main Harley-Davidson rallies is quite an adventure and great fun. European roads are less busy and much more exciting than what we are used to when riding on at home. However, many riders don’t have the experience of riding abroad, or don’t have time to plan the best routes to get to a rally.

Wouldn’t it be terrific if someone was able to do all the hard work for you, plan great routes, book good hotels and lead the ride on the way to the rally you have wanted to go to for ages

That is exactly what we do!

We know the best roads, we book the hotels and lead the ride to each rally, then afterwards we ship your bike back to the UK. You simply have a great time!

We are a UK based business and if you are a visitor from overseas and need to rent a motorcycle, click on this page where you can find out more.

Your Time is Short

We know that time is short and often riders only get a small amount of time to indulge in their motorcycling on long-distance rides.  For many riders, most holiday time needs to be spent with spouses / children, with only short periods available to go riding abroad.  We have therefore created a way for you to ride to and enjoy the best European Harley-Davidson rallies and get back in JUST ONE WEEK. You can ride across Europe on your own motorcycle, attend the rally with your friends and be back home all in just a week. We then transport your bike back to the UK for you.

Our tours are essentially for Harley-Davidson motorcycle riders attending Harley-Davidson and HOG events. We do however occasionally accept riders on other brands of motorcycle. We have regular fuel stops, dictated by the mileage range of the motorcycle with the smallest tank.

We will be riding significant distances and it is important your motorcycle is road-worthy and legal (clearly, rented motorcycles will be). While we will always try to assist at the roadside if you break down, we are not a motorcycle repair company so we are limited in what we can do. It is therefore important that you have breakdown / recovery assistance service in place. We like our tours to be about having an adventure, riding on great roads with like-minded people.   For that reason, we do not use a support van, but we always have a back-marker.

Most riders use their own motorcycles. Often, overseas riders rent a motorcycle for the tour and we can help with the arrangements for that.

Want to ride with us to the rally, then ride back as well?  That is no problem and we can accommodate that.  Ask us for details.

Getting There

For our one-way tours to Harley-Davidson rallies, we usually leave on a Saturday morning and catch the Channel Tunnel train from Folkestone. We spend the next five and a half days, Saturday to Thursday, riding to the event on some of the best back roads and mountain passes available.

Our group sizes normally range from 6 to 12 motorcycles.

Each day, we normally start riding at 8.30am sharp and we cover in the region of 200 miles. We try to avoid motorways wherever possible and only use these when there is no real alternative. We take mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks and of course find somewhere for lunch. Our plan is to normally arrive at that evening’s hotel by around 6pm.

We use good quality hotels – not super luxury and not bottom end, but mid-range – normally 3 and 4-star.

Each tour has two evening meals included in the price and on the other evenings when you are free to eat on your own if you wish, but most often, we eat as a group. Please let us know in advance if you have any special dietary wishes.

We ride at a pace to suit all of the riders. We stick to all speed limits in towns, but in rural areas we ride at, let’s call them ‘more appropriate’ speeds. We generally ride in staggered convoy.

As we have pre-booked hotels and a schedule to stick to, we ride in all weathers. During any periods of exceptionally inclement weather, we will pull over for short periods. We could experience a range of different types of weather, so bring waterproofs and warm clothes, just in case. Some of our riding could be at high elevations, where the air is always cooler.

Once At The Rally Location

We aim to arrive at the rally location on the Thursday afternoon and spend until Sunday morning enjoying all the event normally has to offer:

  • The main rally site
  • Bars, restaurants and concerts
  • Custom bike show
  • Demonstrator ride, technical and vendor areas
  • The parade (if not on the Sunday)

Entrance to most of the Harley-Davidson events is free but sometimes there is a charge. As we don’t know which days you might want to visit the event site, we find it a better solution if you purchase your own tickets. This can often be done in advance, or on the gate on the day.

Wives and Partners can fly!

Sometimes, wives or partners decide not to ride as pillion on the outward journey, but instead fly to the event location in order to spend time with their partner enjoying the exciting environment of a Harley-Davidson rally. We can of course accommodate this and the great news is we (normally, depending on the policy of the hotel we use) don’t charge a penny for this. At the rally locations, all of our rooms are doubles, so your wife or partner can also come and enjoy the rally, without having to ride on the back of your bike all the way there.

Getting Back

The beauty of the one-way rally tours is you don’t need to ride all the way back to the UK. On the Sunday of the event weekend, at a time to suit your flight home, we take our motorcycles to a central compound area at the rally site. Through our partnership with We Move Bikes, you motorcycle is then shipped back to the UK by truck, fully insured, allowing you to fly home later that day at a time to suit you. You get home on the Sunday afternoon or evening!  You need to book your own flight back.

About a week later (we aim for the Saturday after the rally finishes but cannot guarantee this), you collect your motorcycle from one of a couple of collection points (normally London and Gloucester, but occasionally elsewhere in addition). The cost of the motorcycle shipping insurance is dependent on value of your motorcycle and is additional to the cost of the tour.

In this way, you get a fantastic European riding adventure and attend one of Europe’s best motorcycle rallies and get back home, all in a week!

What included in the price….

  • Crossing the English Channel (normally done by Eurotunnel train)
  • Where appropriate, other ferries
  • Three and four star accommodation in terrific locations
  • Breakfast every day
  • 2 evening meals on our journey down
  • Well researched routes to provide you with fantastic roads to ride
  • Experienced tour guide to lead the tour
  • Tour1 T-Shirt
  • Comprehensive tour itinerary
  • GPS routes for your sat nav
  • Tips for riding in Europe guide
  • Shipping your motorcycle back to the UK in purpose designed trucks

 

Whats not included….

  • Petrol you use
  • Motorway and other road tolls
  • All other meals and drinks
  • Motorcycle shipping insurance (cost is dependent on the value of your bike and costs £4 per £1,000 bike value)
  • Event entrance tickets (some rallies are free)
  • HOG Chapter-specific events at rallies
  • Transfer to the local airport near the rally and your flight back home (which you book yourself)
  • Motorcycle rental, should you need it (we can help arrange this)

What you need to bring

Motorcycle:

  • A well maintained motorcycle (make sure it is in good condition and serviced before you leave)
  • Sufficient tread on the tyres (remember, for most of our tours we will be riding in excess of 1,000 miles)
  • A legal helmet
  • GB sticker for the rear of your bike (not needed if the number plate incorporates this)
  • Note, in the event of a breakdown, while we will endeavour to assist at the roadside, we are limited in what we can do.  We are not a motorcycle repair company!  We cannot delay the whole group if a single bike has a breakdown.  It is therefore important you have breakdown cover and you bring the details with you.  You should also have appropriate holiday / travel insurance to cover any loss in case you need to end your participation in the tour early due to breakdown, or any other reason.

Documents:

  • Full driving licence
  • Passport(s)
  • V5 Vehicle Registration Document. In some countries you need to carry the original, but a good quality photocopy is normally acceptable.  If you rent a motorcycle, you must bring the rental paperwork with you
  • A copy of your insurance details, including confirmation that you are covered to ride outside the UK
  • Details of your roadside assistance / breakdown recovery service. Remember to check in advance that you are covered for riding abroad.

Gear:

  • Waterproofs. We ride in the rain
  • A spare set of keys
  • A few basic tools
  • Sufficient clothes to keep warm. Wearing multiple layers in best
  • Credit cards and cash. Euros are essential for occasional tolls and some rural petrol stations
  • 2 disposable breathalysers if the tour includes riding in France (this is a legal requirement for France, although it currently carries no penalty if you don’t have them. But, to save any unnecessary delays, we recommend you do have them)
  • A warning triangle is not required for motorcycles
  • As of 1st January 2016, carrying a hi-vis vest is now required by law.  You do not have to wer it when riding, but must so so if you breakdown and are at the side of the road.  The same must be carried for a passenger.  Modern ones pack into a tiny space.

Further Reading

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Gary France has written a series of guides about motorcycle touring.

Click on the link below for the most relevant of these, guide number 5, Tips for Motorcycle Touring In Europe.

http://www.garysfrance.com/motorcycle-touring-guides/

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