North America is Stage One of our Trans Americas Motorcycle Expedition. From uninhabited tundra of the Arctic Circle and the glacier littered Icefields Parkway to the deep orange deserts of the Navajo Region and the legendary rock formations of Monument Valley, the landscapes are vast, horizons are endless and the sky is big!
After the challenge of the Dalton Highway to Prudhoe Bay, we turn south crossing the famous Gold Rush regions of the Yukon, the Stewart Cassiar Highway and the stunning Icefields Parkway. In the USA, we stick to the back roads, across rugged terrain that is the Continental Divide, through Waterton, Yellowstone, Zion, Arches, Canyonlands and Grand Canyon National Parks, Monument Valley and Valley of the Gods.
This is an ultimate motorcycle tour of North America, showing you some of the very best riding, without touching Interstates and the big cities, and also delivering many a motorcyclists’ goal – Prudhoe Bay, the furthest point north on the Americas Continent!
At a glance
The Rider Price shown is based on the rider using their own motorcycle. For tours less than four weeks, you will need motorcycle rental if you do not have your own motorcycle available at the start destination of the tour.
|Jul 19 – Aug 21, 2020||£11,995||£2,600||£7,495||Triumph Tiger 800: £3,213|
Dates & Prices
|The Rider Price shown is based on the rider using their own motorcycle. For tours less than four weeks, you will need motorcycle rental if you do not have your own motorcycle available at the start destination of the tour.|
|Date:||Jul 19 – Aug 21, 2020|
|Rider Shared Room:||£11,995|
|Passenger Shared Room:||£7,495|
|Bike Rental:||Triumph Tiger 800: £3,213|
North America (Stage 1)
This motorcycle tour operates for 34 days. It starts in Anchorage, Alaska and ends in Las Vegas, Nevada
Week 1 – ALASKA
In Anchorage we celebrate the start with a wild salmon BBQ and shooting guns, Alaskan style! Ride the infamous dirt of the Dalton Highway into the Arctic Circle. Arrive at Prudhoe Bay, the most northerly point accessible by road in the Americas.
Getting to Prudhoe Bay is a massive achievement in its own right! Join the Polar Bear Club and swim in the Arctic Ocean. Turn south down the Alaskan Highway.
Weeks 2 & 3 – CANADA
The “town” of Boundary marks our entrance to Canada as we head to the frontier town of Dawson City still with its wooden sidewalks, and dirt roads. Pristine turquoise lakes and endless forests line your route through the Yukon. Most riders spot bear and moose from the side of the road.
In British Columbia, we take the peaceful and pretty Stewart Cassiar Highway to Bear Glacier, Stewart and Hyder (the most southerly town in Alaska). If you’ve not seen bears yet, you’ll see them feeding at Fish Creek. Then have your own fresh halibut feast at “The Bus”.
Riding south to Jasper National Park, the scenery continues to be massive vistas of nature at its best – mountains, glaciers and forests. Throughout it all are uncongested beautiful winding roads to enjoy.
We are now in the Indian territories of old – visit Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump and learn how generations of Indians hunted and preserved the herds, before relaxing by the lakeshore in Waterton National Park.
Weeks 4 & 5 – USA
Glacier National Park and its famous “Going to the Sun” Road will take your breath away as you cross the Continental Divide at Logans Pass. Ride by the bubbling volcanic mud pools and huge herds of bison in Yellowstone National Park.
Onto Buffalo Bill’s home, Cody to see the cowboys of old and marvel at the rodeo antics. We get a day to ride Beartooth Pass and Chief Joseph Highway – the best motorcycle ride in the world?!
Then it’s more of the USA’s spectacular national parks. See the famous arch in Arches National Park. Wind your way through the striking red monoliths of Valley of the Gods and Monument Valley.
Then take a remote dirt road out to the narrowest point of the Grand Canyon (North Rim), a tourist free zone! We marvel at the sun set in Zion National Park, before heading into Las Vegas.
We use 100% hotel accommodation, which is booked in advance. We primarily use good quality 4* and some 3* hotels. In bigger cities, this tends to be 4* hotels, sometimes belonging to an international chain; in smaller or more remote places, hotels can be more independent, characterful hotels. In some more remote locations, we try and use the best available. Almost all hotels we use have rooms with en suite bathrooms, satellite TV, free wifi, bar and restaurant. In warmer climates, hotels generally have swimming pools.
In the US, we do not use chain economy motels (such as Super 8, Econolodge or Motel 6). We aim for places that have character and a connection with the local community. So for example, in Cody we stay in Buffalo Bill’s Irma Hotel, in Anchorage we use the Historic Anchorage Hotel, in Grand Canyon, we use the pine cabins at Jacobs Lake. And we love Bell 2 Lodge on the Stewart Cassiar Highway in Canada and the Ripley Creek Inn in Stewart. We hope you get the idea!
What we don’t promise you is to stop at the top hotel in every town we pull into. This is not billed as a luxury tour, but we do ensure that you are comfortable, have a clean bed, can get a cold beer and a hot shower. And remember that sometimes “best in the location” may end up being fairly basic, but this is only on a few destinations.
We draw you attention to the the type of accommodation on the Dalton Highway in Alaska. In Coldfoot, the accommodation is in portacabin style, with small twin bed rooms and a very small en suite shower room. In Prudhoe Bay, you must understand that this is a worker’s camp. Again the accommodation is a portacabin style, with shared bathroom facilities and it may not be possible to have a single room option. These accommodations are the best (and only) in the area that are able to take our group.
Most riders are delighted at the quality of the accommodation included, the favourable locations and importantly the vast majority have secure on site parking.
You have the benefit of booking your motorcycle expedition with a UK tour operator who has in place Financial Payment Protection Insurance with Towergate Stevens & Chapman, so that your money paid to us in advance is protected in accordance with The Package Travel Regulations 1992.
Before you go
We understand that booking a motorcycle expedition is a big commitment both financially and in terms of time and preparation. Here are some of the most common questions we are asked before riders make a booking. If you wish to meet with us prior to booking to ask more questions, do not hesitate to contact us and we can set up a one-to-one meeting.
What type of bike do I need?
We recommend that you use a dual purpose / adventure style bike. We support any make and model. Our Support Crew ride the Triumph Tiger 800XCA or Tiger 1200XCA. We also have extensive experience with the BMW GS motorcycle range, having ridden them for over 15 years. What is important is that you have a reliable and robust bike that you are comfortable riding and has been fully serviced prior to the start and has new tyres.
What riding experience do I need?
This trip is not suitable for novice riders. We generally recommend that you are an experienced motorcyclist, who has ridden overseas before and is used to touring. You will enjoy the experience more if your riding is of an advanced standard and by that we mean you have a good command of slow control (eg you don’t dangle your feet or paddle at slow speeds and can U-turn your bike), you are assertive on the road and have good forward planning and hazard perception, you are able to perform safe and precise overtakes and are able ride to the legal speed limits.
You also need to have some experience of riding your motorcycle on unpaved surfaces such as gravel, and dirt as some of the expedition routes are on these types of roads. In particular, the main challenge is the Dalton Highway far north of Alaska), which remains largely unpaved. In addition, if there any roadworks on our route, normally diversions will be on temporary dirt roads. Our route covers around 15% of dirt and gravel roads (up to 900 miles), although as the infrastructure develops, this may reduce in future years.
How does motorcycle freight work?
Included in your price is freight to and from the UK, but no matter where you are based in the world, we can facilitate freight of your motorcycle. Freight outside of the UK may incur additional costs – please ask us for a quote.
You must take your motorcycle to the appointed freight depot. Our freight agent will crate your motorcycle and do all the necessary documents. Your bike is either air freighted or sea freighted to the start point. At the other end, the GlobeBusters Team facilitate the Customs Clearance of your motorcycle. Sometimes you must be physically present for your motorcycle to be cleared; sometimes we can do this on your behalf. Each trip is different and processes regularly change. When the trip finishes, you will ride your bike to our freight agent, who will freight your motorcycle back to the original leave point.
What about servicing & tyres?
This ride is approximately 6,000 miles and so we do not organise any service points for the bikes or to pick up new tyres. You must ensure that your motorcycle has had a full service prior to arriving and has new tyres. Tyre choice is your responsibility but we do provide advice on this at our Pre-Expedition Meeting.
Is it difficult to get fuel?
We have never had any issue with finding fuel. In certain regions, once en route, we will warn you in advance of any possible fuel shortages or if there is a route with a key fuel stop, where everyone must fill up with fuel to get to the next destination. It is not necessary to fit any after-market large fuel tank or carry fuel bottles, although some riders chose to do so. Our support vehicle also carries spare fuel for emergencies. The longest distance between fuel stops is 240 miles along the Dalton Highway.
What is the average group size?
Normally our group size is between 10 – 16 riders, some with passengers. Our groups are often very international and whilst the majority of riders come from the UK, we also get riders from USA, Canada, South Africa, Australia, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Russia and so on. Groups are predominantly solo male riders, but every expedition normally has between one to four couples travelling.
Is this ride suitable for a passenger?
We have had other riders successfully complete this ride with a pillion passenger. Your passenger needs to also be an experienced tourer.
Is there a support vehicle?
All our motorcycle expeditions have a dedicated GlobeBusters Support Vehicle, driven by a GlobeBusters Support Driver. It is capable of carrying two motorcycle and two passengers. Our support vehicles carry a satellite phone, mobile phone, medical bag and spinal board, spare fuel, water, tools, some spare parts, some spare tyres. Our support vehicle provides temporary assistance to you if you have a mechanical problem or an accident and are injured.
This is not a luggage vehicle – you must carry your own luggage on your motorcycle. For more information, please see our Support Vehicle section.
Do I have to ride in a group?
No! We do not make you ride in convoy. We offer you the freedom to decide how you would like to ride. We give you a road book, GPS co-ordinates and hotel information. You can use this to self-navigate. If you prefer to ride with our Motorcycle Expedition Leader, then you can do this. Occasionally we will ask you to ride in a group when we are crossing a border or if there is a security issue.
What documents do I need?
You will need your original documents as follows: Passport, Motorcycle Registration Document or Title, Driving Licence, International Driving Permit. In addition you must have travel/medical insurance and 3rd party motorcycle insurance (where available). As visa requirements are dependent on your nationality and a complex with constantly changing requirements, we would direct you to our appointed visa agency for advice. www.thevisamachine.com
What will the weather be like?
This motorcycle expedition is run at the most optimum time for the best weather possible. This is the first part of an expedition that travels the length of the planet. We are in the Arctic in July, which gives us the best chance of fine weather, but it can still be unpredictable and there could be very low temperatures and even snow. By the time we reach Nevada, it is high summer and temperatures can be 45C degrees!
Do I need visas for travel?
UK Citizens will normally require a USA visa in advance, because we are leaving the USA overland into Mexico and do not have a return flight ticket out of the USA. We recommend each person check out the US requirements for the Visa Waiver Programme and visa requirements for the US to satisfy themselves. No other visas are needed in advance of travel for UK citizens.
The above information is provided in good faith. It is your responsibility to have the correct visas in place prior to travel. Please check what requirements are necessary for your nationality.
What about my health when I am abroad?
It is a condition of your travel with us that you have in place travel / medical insurance to cover you for medical treatment and repatriation if you suffer any illness or injury when on the expedition, including any injury sustained from riding or being a passenger on a motorcycle. Before you travel, we strongly recommend that you visit your GP or a specialised travel clinic to get advice on the recommended vaccinations and other health protection measures needed for the countries on this trip. As background, the websites listed below may prove useful.
What about local currency?
The base currency for this trip is the US Dollar. You can also buy Canadian Dollars in advance of travel. The websites below will give you the current rates of exchange.