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How much riding experience must I have?twisty roads on Mt Palomar
You must have the ability to handle a large motorcycle in a variety of road and traffic conditions. If you have been riding a 600cc or larger motorcycle for at least a year, you should be fine. Completion of a motorcycle safety course is recommended. All riders must have a valid motorcycle operator's license or endorsement on their drivers license.
I used o ride when I was younger, but haven't ridden for several years. Will I be ok on these tours?
We strongly recommend that "re-entry riders" (those who used to ride and have now re-entered the sport) take a refresher course and then beg, borrow, or steal (or buy) a motorcycle to log some miles before coming on one of our motorcycle tours. The bike you rode years ago was probably a lot smaller and lighter than any of the modern Harleys. For your safety and that of your passenger, it's really important that you are truly capable of handling a heavy-weight motorcycle in a variety of road, weather and traffic conditions. Getting some real-world seat time is the best way for you to gain confidence in your ability to handle a heavy weight cruiser.
Why would I take a guided tour when I could just get a Harley rental and a map?
You could do that, but you will most certainly miss some of the best roads or interesting side trips that you can only find after years of trial and error. Maps show the primary and secondary roads, but don't do such a good job with the tertiary roads that are often the most fun, scenic, and lightly traveled. We go out of our way to find those roads, since we focus on the journey, not the destination, and dislike riding on freeways! Plus, on your own you'd have to make your hotel bookings in advance without knowing the area or seeing the properties. We book accommodations in historic lodges, bed & breakfasts, or hotels that are distinctive and offer the "right" atmosphere for a bike tour.
Do I have to ride with the group?
No, you can travel at your own pace, take side trips or stop along the way if you so desire. The only requirement is that you get to our daily destination in time for dinner.
If I don't ride with the group, how will I know where to go?
Each day you will be given an itinerary with a map showing primary and alternate routes. This includes directions to the hotel for that night. However, there are a few instances where you will find it advantageous to stay close to the guide to avoid getting lost.
What weather conditions should we expect?
California and the desert southwest are famous for near-perfect weather. You can expect temperatures between 60F and 95F most days. Mountain temperatures tend to be cooler and may dip into the 40's in the early morning hours. It can rain anytime in the Northwest but is unlikely during the summer months
Do we ride if it rains?
Yes, but this is rare. Usually we can wait out a short duration storm. Our tour schedule is designed to avoid rainy periods, but occasionally we encounter a morning rain or afternoon thundershower.
Is there a chase vehicle?
Usually, no. We have found that we don't need or want a chase vehicle unless we have several couples travelling two-up.
If we don't have a chase vehicle, what will I do with my luggage?
After you book your tour, CMT will provide you with a list of recommended clothing and riding gear which can be packed in the saddlebags and trunk of the various bike models. We will teach you how to travel light. If you come with extra luggage and extra clothing, it can be safely stored at the CMT office during your tour.
What happens if a motorcycle breaks down?
If we encounter a problem that can't be readily repaired on the road, the motorcycle will be towed (trucked) to the nearest H-D dealer or repair facility. If the bike can't be readily repaired, CMT will make arrangements for a replacement motorcycle from the local rental agency. Today's motorcycles are nearly as reliable as the car you drive every day, so breakdowns are rare.
Are the motorcycles insured?
All of our motorcycles have liability insurance, which covers damage to others. VIP collision and comprehensive insurance with a $1000 deductible is available for $24 per day — this means you would be responsible for the first $1000 of damage. There is no medical coverage for the rider or passenger so we strongly advise you to secure your own accident and/or trip interruption insurance.
Do the tours include airfare?
No, but CMT will be happy to assist you with travel reservations or bookings. Contact us if you would like our help or advice in this area.
Can I ride my own motorcycle?
Yes, you can ride your own motorcycle. Please contact us for tour rates. If you want to ship your bike, we will put you in touch with a freight company that specializes in motorcycle shipping within the U.S.
What riding gear and clothing should I bring?
After you reserve your place on a tour, CMT will send you a list of suggested clothing, riding gear, and incidentals. We do not have riding gear available so you must supply all of your own gear.
What expenses will I have?
the Hideout Saloon in east San Diego countyOn the multi-day tours, you'll only need to pay for alcoholic beverages, and incidentals (souvenirs, etc.). On the Day-Tripper tours, you'll need to pay for breakfasts and dinners (except for the welcome dinner), alcoholic beverages and incidentals.
How do I book a tour?
You can make your tour reservation right here by going to the Reservation page, completing the required information, then click on the "Submit" button. (Alternatively you can print the completed reservation form, then fax it to CMT or mail it along with a check for the deposit.)

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