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: Be sure to join the e-mail list so you will receive a notice via the the tour newsletter when registration opens. To join the constant contact email list, click this link. The newsletter is generally issued once or twice a month.
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 “tour flag” that has your individual number on it will be mailed to you. The tour flag is not made of cloth. Some folks refer to it as a placard. It is made of card stock, measures approximately 8 1/2 inches by 5 1/2 inches, and has a hole in each corner. Your tour flag will have your individual tour number printed on it. As you arrive at a designated tour stop, you will take a picture of your bike and tour 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 25 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. Can I ride more than one motorcycle on the tour?
You may ride up to three different motorcycles 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.
Q. When I submit a picture at a tour stop, will it immediately be reflected on the tour riders’ page?
A. No. Every picture submitted is reviewed to ensure that it was submitted under the correct flag number, that the flag number is visible in the picture, that the correct tour stop feature is in the picture, etc. The pictures are generally reviewed sequentially, in tour flag number order. However, the Tour Director will review your picture submissions upon request. Just contact him via the contact link on the Tour Riders’ page.
Q. Why do folks registering to ride two-up have to register separately?
A. There are safety and picture waivers as part of the registration. Therefore, each tour participant must register separately so they can confirm acceptance of the waivers to take part in the tour.