The purpose of the tour is to explore Texas on your bike and have a fun and safe time doing so. This is a Grand Tour, not a race. Make tour stops, see cool stuff, learn about some Texas and local history, meet the locals, and have fun.
Riders that make 25 or more of the tour stops are considered “Tour Finishers” and will earn a patch. If you want an opportunity to earn a prize, you can also submit receipts for purchases with designated tour sponsors (up to three receipts per sponsor), in accordance with the rules for participation.
Registered riders are to take a picture of their bike and their rally flag at the tour stop location. Be sure that your rally flag and the stop location are clearly identifiable in your picture. Do not send the pictures in low resolution. In the event that you are not able to get your bike in the picture due to some circumstance beyond your control (such as a crowded parking lot, construction barrier, etc.), you can send in a picture of yourself (without the bike) and your rally flag with the stop location in the background. If that is not possible, send me an email with the circumstances. This tour is meant to a fun and safe adventure. Be safety conscience, obey all traffic laws, and have fun.
You can download a pdf file that lists all of the tour stops and has a picture of each tour stop to keep track of your stops and picture submissions at the link below:
THIS LIST OF TOUR STOPS BELOW IS NOT CONSIDERED COMPLETE. ADDITIONAL TOUR STOPS MAY BE ADDED UP UNTIL FEBRUARY 16, 2020. Do not assume that the tour stops listed below are in any particular order. You will want to check the links for locations and other information as you plan your touring trips.
Click the site names below each picture for info about the site.
For sponsors, their addresses are listed. For the other tour stops, the links (click the name of the stop) take you to web sites that will help you find the locations. A little research may be required. Do not submit pictures before March 15, 2021. Picture submissions must include your rally flag. See the Rules for Participation page for additional details/requirements.
It has been reported that the Hico sign is down for repairs. If it is down when you get to Hico, you can take and submit a picture in front of the Billy the Kid Museum (which is nearby).
2. Platinum Level Sponsor: MotorcycleGear.com = 12 points + points for purchases*
Note: THE SHOWROOM IS CURRENTLY CLOSED. Purchases can be made via their on-line store. Sponsor’s physical location: 7916 Private Road, Shallowater, TX 79363.
4. Texas Sidecar Company = 5 points + points for purchases*
Note: TSC is moving from Houston to Donie, TX. Go to the Donie, TX location.
Sponsor’s physical location: 106 FM 80, Donie, TX 75838.
Note: Donie Bank is in the heart of town. From Donie Bank (at the corner of FM164 and FM80), turn north onto FM80. TSC is the third building on the right from the bank.
6. Moto Liberty = 12 points + points for purchases*
Sponsor’s physical location: 15402 Midway Road, Addison, TX 75001
10. Y.O. Ranch Hotel & Conference Center = 5 points + points for purchases*
Sponsor’s physical location: 2033 Sidney Baker St., Kerrville, TX 78028
13. Javelina Harley-Davidson = 9 points + points for purchases*
Sponsor’s physical location: 29078 I-10 West, Boerne, TX 78006
14. Alamo BMW Motorcycles = 5 points + points for purchases*
Sponsor’s physical address: 25600 IH-10 W, Boerne, TX 78006
18. The Gladewater Museum = 5 points + points for purchases*
Sponsor’s physical address: 116 W Pacific Avenue, Gladewater, TX
19. Hill Country Motorheads Motorcycle Museum = 5 points + points for purchases*
Sponsor’s physical address: 2001 W Highway 29, Burnet, TX 78611
23. Frio Canyon Motorcycle Stop/Bent Rim Grill = 7 points + points for purchases*
Sponsor’s physical address: 657 RR 337 W, Leakey, TX 78873
27. Classic Rock Coffee Co. & Kitchen = 7 points + points for purchases*
Sponsor’s physical address: 129 E. Washington Avenue, Navasota, TX 77868
31. Horny Toad Harley-Davidson = 5 points + points for purchases*
Sponsor’s physical address: 7454 S. General Bruce Dr., Temple, TX 76502
34. Paris Harley-Davidson= 5 points + points for purchases*
Sponsor’s physical location: 2875 NE LOOP 286, PARIS, TX 75460
35. Bronze Level Sponsor: South Main Iron = 5 points + points for purchases*
Sponsor’s physical address: 255 SW 1st Street, Paris, TX 75460
40. Kerrville National Cemetery [Replaces VA Dogs of Texas sign as tour stop 40]
From Hwy 27, turn onto Spur 100. It’s a short drive to the cemetery (it will be on your left). If you already took a picture at the former VA Dogs location (before the signs were removed), you do not need to take a picture at the cemetery. This cemetery is on the same road as the former VA Dogs location.
TO MAKE DONATIONS VA DOGS OF TEXAS, GO TO THEIR WEBSITE AT THIS LINK (VADOGS.ORG) and click the donate button. WHEN YOU FILL-OUT THE FORM, PLEASE INDICATE THAT YOU ARE RIDING WITH THE MOTORCYCLE GRAND TOUR OF TEXAS. YOU WILL RECEIVE A RECEIPT VIA EMAIL. SUBMIT A PICTURE OF THAT EMAIL RECEIPT TO THE PICTURE SUBMISSION PORTAL.
This is a great charity that trains service dogs to assist the lives of disabled Texas Veterans suffering from physical disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Military Sexual Trauma (MST) or a combination of these disabilities.
See the video below to hear Veterans talk about how the dogs they receive from this program have helped improve their lives.
44. Lone Star Rider – Riding for a Cure = 5 points + points for monetary donations*
TO MAKE DONATIONS TO THE AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION VIA LONE STAR RIDER’S “RIDING FOR A CURE” MISSION, GO TO THE WEBSITE AT THIS LINK. SUBMIT A PICTURE OF THE EMAIL RECEIPT TO THE PICTURE SUBMISSION PORTAL. When you fill-out the on-line donation form, put your name in the “name recognition box and tell him that you are participating in the Motorcycle Grand Tour of Texas in the “personal note” box.
GET A PICTURE OF YOUR BIKE AND RALLY FLAG WITH LONE STAR RIDER’S (Rex Covington) TRAILER. HE CARRIES A GPS LOCATOR. WHERE IS LONE STAR RIDER? CLICK HERE TO SEE HIS CURRENT LOCATION.
Rex Covington’s road name is Lone Star Rider. His son was a diabetic that died as a result of a diabetic blackout that caused him to crash his car. Rex is traveling with a very small trailer that he pulls behind his motorcycle to increase awareness about diabetes and raise funds for the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Below is a video that does a good job of describing Rex’s mission.
47. Harbord Kourt = 12 points + points for purchases*
Sponsor’s physical address: 2710 S. Commercial Ave., Coleman, TX 76834
48. Coleman County Chamber of Commerce = 9 points
Sponsor’s physical address: 218 Commercial Avenue, Coleman, TX 76834
BONUS POINTS – For five (5) bonus points, take one picture of your bike at a tour stop with your tour flag and a copy of Ride Texas magazine. You pick the tour stop location, but only submit one picture. Submitting multiple pictures with the magazine in the picture will not increase the bonus points – just send one. For a list of where you can get an issue of Ride Texas magazine, see this link.
*NOTES: In accordance with the Rules for Participation, points for purchases or donations may be obtained for up to three receipts submitted. Except for sponsors in the lodging business, the purchase of multiple items on one receipt shall be deemed one purchase and the points calculated shall be based upon the total amount paid (as reflected on the receipt). Receipts submitted for overnight stays with Sponsors in the lodging business (such as the Y.O. Ranch Hotel), will be given credit for multiple purchases for multiple day stays, up to a maximum of three days. See the Rules for Participation for additional details.