Rules for Participation

2021 Tour of the Motorcycle Grand Tour of Texas

This tour is a self-guided motorcycle tour that has stops throughout the state of Texas.  It is designed to be a fun tour, not a race.   

The tour is open to all types of motorcycles (but not autocycles, such as Slingshots). All participants must be at least 18 years old. Riders (motorcycle operators) must be licensed to operate a motorcycle. Riders are to be safety conscious and obey traffic laws. Participants are to register for the tour via the tour web page. For a passenger to take part as a tour participant, the passenger will need to register separately from the rider (i.e. motorcycle operator). When both rider and passenger are registered, both of their tour flags (placards) must be displayed in the photos submitted for both of them to receive tour stop credit. There is a $30.00 registration fee (per person) to participate in the tour.

Participants in the tour will visit tour stops that include roadside attractions, historical sites, memorials, unique geography, biker friendly businesses that sponsor the tour, and non-profit organizations that the tour helps support. Our sponsors help make the tour possible.  When you make a sponsored stop, be sure to let them know you are on the tour.

For 2020, there are fifty (50) tour stops. The tour will start on March 15, 2021 and end on November 15, 2021. The tour stop locations will be posted on this tour stops page.  To be considered a Tour Finisher, registered participants must ride to at least half of the tour stops (25 or more).

Registered Riders/Passengers will be provided with a tour flag (placard). Each tour flag will have a unique number. The participants are to take a picture (the words picture and photo are used interchangeably) of their motorcycle and their tour flag at the tour stop. Ensure that the picture shows the tour stop in the background (i.e. signage, statue, etc.) and that your tour flag number is visible in the picture.  If it is unsafe to take the picture, do not take it.  If conditions make it impossible and/or unsafe to get your motorcycle in the picture, but you can get a picture of your rally flag and yourself in the picture safely, do so. If you submit a picture without your motorcycle, you and your rally flag must be in the picture.  Up to 10% of your pictures may be without your motorcycle in the picture.  If any of the tour stops listed on the tour stops page specifically states that your motorcycle does not have to be in the picture, that stop will not count against the 10% exemption.  

Participants shall submit their pictures via the Picture Submission Portal (PSP) page. The Tour Coordinator will have the final say regarding if pictures/photos submitted meet the requirements of the Rules for Participation. Do not upload all your pictures at one time.  Upload them as you go.  Do not submit pictures before March 15, 2021. The last day to submit pictures for the 2021 tour will be November 15, 2021.

Participants that visit half or more of the tour stops, properly documented and submitted, will receive credit as Tour Finishers.  First year tour Finishers will receive a Motorcycle Grand Tour of Texas patch and rocker reflecting the year they finished the tour. Participants who finish the tour in subsequent years will receive a rocker patch reflecting the year of their latest tour completion.  

Prizes will be awarded to the tour participants with the top five highest number of points accumulated (points for tour stops plus points for purchases with specified sponsors).  In the event of ties, the Tour Coordinator will base the tie breaker decision upon which participant uploaded their photo(s) first.  

Participants in the tour will receive points for each tour stop that is properly documented.  The point value of each tour stop will be posted to this web site.  Some of the tour stops will be at sponsor locations (biker friendly businesses) or at the locations of non-profit organizations supported by the tour.

Participants can receive additional points for purchases that they make with the sponsors and/or donations they make with the two charities sponsored by the tour.  To do so, they must submit a picture of a receipt from the sponsor’s business or charity.  The receipt must have been obtained no sooner than the start date of the tour (the date the picture submission portal opens) and no later than the tour ending date (the date the picture submission portal is closed). A maximum of three receipts per business/charity may be submitted.  For purchases of $1.00 to $50.00, participants will receive five points.  For purchases of $50.01 or more, participants will receive 10 points.  Make sure the receipt clearly shows the sponsor’s name, date of purchase, and amount of purchase. For on-line purchases/donations, submit a picture of the e-mail or print screen receipt/confirmation. The Tour Coordinator may contact the sponsor/charity for confirmation. Before submitting a receipt to the picture submission portal (PSP), write your flag number on the receipt in ink. For couples who want to split a receipt for food or lodging, write both flag numbers on the receipt (but submit the receipt to the portal under each flag number).

The participants with the top three number of points will be recognized as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers and will receive prizes.  When there are riders with the same number of points, the Tour Coordinator will decide based upon which participant submissions were received first.  

The following “disclaimer and photo release” applies and will be part of the on-line registration process.

Disclaimer and Photo Release

I understand that riding a motorcycle is subject to both foreseeable and unforeseeable risks and dangers.  I further understand that operating a motorcycle is an activity that contains inherent risk of serious personal injury, dismemberment, paralysis, loss, property danger, and possible death.  I hereby knowingly and freely accept the risks of all personal injury and property damage to both myself, my passenger, and to others arising from my participation in the Motorcycle Grand Tour of Texas tour.

I do hereby release, discharge, waive, hold harmless and agree that my dependents, successors, heirs, executors, and assigns do release, discharge, waive, hold harmless against, and indemnify Motorcycle Grand Tour of Texas, its owners, employees, officers, agents, affiliates, directors, and assigns (collectively, “released parties”) from any and all claims, whether civil or criminal, including claims of death, bodily injury, illness, loss or property damage, however caused, arising from or related to a Motorcycle Grand Tour of Texas activity or event.

I fully understand that I may encounter riding conditions and roads that I have not traveled before, have no prior knowledge of, and therefore will ride within a manner that is considered safe for those riding conditions.  I agree to ride within my riding ability.  I certify that I am in good health and have no mental or physical impairments that may affect my safety or the safety of others.  I further certify (operator only) that I am a licensed motorcycle operator and that I hold a currently valid, state issued motorcycle license or endorsement to my driver’s license.  I agree to ride in a safe manner and obey all traffic laws.  Motorcycle Grand Tour of Texas highly recommends that all riders/passengers in the tour wear a Department of Transportation (DOT) approved helmet and other protective clothing/gear.

I understand that conditions at designated tour stop locations may change due to weather, construction, acts of God, and other reasons.  If a tour stop location becomes unsafe, I understand that I am not to put myself or anyone else in an unsafe situation.  I shall report the unsafe condition to the Motorcycle Grand Tour of Texas coordinator.

I understand that submission of photos is an essential requirement of participation in the Motorcycle Grand Tour of Texas.

I understand and agree that all photos that I submit to Motorcycle Grand Tour of Texas will become the property of Motorcycle Grand Tour of Texas and will not be returned.

I understand that Motorcycle Grand Tour of Texas may use my likeness in photographs, video, or other digital media (“photo”) in any and all of its publications, including web-based publications, without payment or other consideration.

I hereby irrevocably authorize Motorcycle Grand Tour of Texas to edit, alter, copy, exhibit, publish, or distribute those photos for any lawful purpose.  In addition, I waive any right to inspect or approve the finished product wherein my likeness appears.  Additionally, I waive any right to royalties or other compensation arising or related to the use of photos.

I hereby hold harmless, release, and forever discharge Motorcycle Grand Tour of Texas from all claims, demands, and causes of action which I, my heirs, representatives, executors, administrators, or any other persons acting on my behalf or on behalf of my estate have or may have by reason of this authorization.

If you understand and agree to all of the above statements, you can proceed to the Registration Page.