FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
As I receive questions from folks interested in the tour, I’ll add the question and answer to this page.
Q: When does the tour start?
A: The 2020 tour started on March 1, 2020.
Q. Who can take part in the tour?
A. The tour is open to all types of motorcycles (bikes and trikes), except autocycles/cyclecars (such as Slingshots). All participants must be at least 18 years old. You don’t have to be a Texan to ride in the tour. Anyone who wants to explore the great state of Texas on a motorcycle is welcome to register.
Q. What happens after I register?
A. A “rally flag” that has your individual number on it will be mailed to you a week or two before the tour starts. As you arrive at a designated tour stop, you will take a picture of your bike and the rally flag (be sure that your rider number is clearly visible) at the stop location. Also be sure that the tour stop feature (i.e. sign, statute, monument, roadside attraction, store front, etc) is identifiable in the picture. More details are on the Rules for Participation Page.
Q. Where are the tour stops?
A. The tour stops are all over the state of Texas. A complete list will be provided on the tour stops web page prior to the start of the tour.
Q. How many tour stops are on the tour?
A. There are 50 tour stops.
Q. How many tour stops do I have to make to be considered a Tour Finisher?
A. Registered participants will need to make at least half of the tour stops (properly documented) to be considered a Tour Finisher. Tour Finishers will receive a patch. See the Rules for Participations for additional details.
Q. The registration form only allows one motorcycle to be entered. What if I plan to ride more than one motorcycle on the tour?
A. Just enter the motorcycle that you plan to ride the most on the tour.
Q. Do I have to ride to the tour stops in the order in which they are listed?
A. No. One tour stop will be scheduled for a specific date. The rest of the stops you can ride to in any order you choose, create your own routes, and ride as your schedule permits.
Q. Sometimes I ride my own bike and sometimes I’m a passenger. Do I register as a motorcycle operator or as a passenger?
A. If you will be riding to some of the stops as a motorcycle operator and some as a passenger, register as a motorcycle operator. You can use your same tour flag for tour stops when you are a motorcycle operator and when you are a passenger.
Q. Since the tour is chartered by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), do I have to be a member of the AMA to register for the tour?
A. No. Membership in the AMA is not required to register and take part in the tour. However, there are some great benefits to membership in the AMA. The AMA works to protect the rights of motorcyclists. With AMA membership, you will receive discounts on numerous products and lodging. Additionally, membership will get you the American Motorcyclist magazine. Click here to join the American Motorcyclist Association.
Q. Are the “tour flags” actual flags?
A. No. They are made from heavy stock paper and have four holes (in the corners) so that you can hang it on the bike to take your pictures. You can also use a clamp to (use one with rubber tips) attach it to your windshield for the picture.