A ride on Route 66 is at or near the top of many a motorcyclist’s bucket list. The Mother Road is unique in the sense of nostalgia one derives while riding it; after all the heyday of Route 66 is what many Americans themselves one of the greatest times of the country’s history, post World War II, pre-Vietnam. In our minds, we dream of one long road from Chicago to Los Angeles, which is what Route 66 was. What Route 66 is now is a mix of roads, all of which were official “alignments” of the road during certain periods, and they range from well maintained to nearly impassible. If you’re planning to show up and just ride the road without a guide or any planning, you’re in for a rude awakening, as you’ll spend the next two weeks both enthralled and confused.
Route 66 is the ultimate bucket list ride for any motorcyclist. It’s a journey through time, and while it may not be technically challenging from a riding standpoint, figuring out where the road goes can be extremely difficult. Route 66 was decommissioned as a National Highway in 1985, and many portions of the road have been bypassed. We’ve ridden Route 66, and have collected a few thoughts on how to make your ride on Route 66 as enjoyable as it can be with these 10 Tips For Riding Route 66.
What’s The Best Time Of Year To Ride Route 66
What’s The Best Time Of Year To Ride Route 66? People ask us this question all the time. The season starts in May and runs through October – before or after that, you risk running into cold weather, especially in the midwest and the higher elevation portions of 66. We’re ridden Route 66 as early as the beginning of April, and had to deal with pouring rain, hailstorms, even a blizzard! Here are our thoughts on what’s the best time of year to ride Route 66:
Thinking about checking Route 66 off your bucket list? It’s a great ride and we have multiple departure dates for fully Guided EagleRider Motorcycle Tours down the Mother Road.
Route 66 Treasure: The Blue Swallow Motel
Riding a motorcycle down Route 66, especially through the more sparsely populated areas out west, you often get the feeling as though you’re traveling in another time. Where you settle in for the night can either highlight this feeling, or detract from it. If you’re doing a fully Guided Tour, with accommodations booked for you, there’s no need to worry about this. But if you’re riding with no set schedule, pulling in when you get tired at the day’s end, lodging can be a throw of the dice. The big name motels are so often lacking in character, the hospitality can seem insincere. Privately owned historic motels on Route 66 can be very dodgy and run down. We absolutely recommend that you check the room before deciding to check in at any motel – just because a place looks good from the outside doesn’t mean the rooms will be nice.
Route 66 Vintage Iron Motorcycle Museum
To see everything there is to see on a journey down Route 66, you’d need at least a month, more likely six weeks. But most people tour 66 in just two weeks, which means they have to be selective about where they stop and what they see. Planning ahead, getting together a list of “must see” destinations on Route 66 is an important part of planning your trip (unless of course you’re doing a Guided Tour, when it’s all pre-arranged for you.)
What’s it like to ride Route 66 by motorcycle?
What’s it like to ride Route 66 by motorcycle? Every motorcyclist gets something different from riding. Some crave the speed, the adrenaline hit that comes from pushing limits. Some enjoy the camaraderie of group riding, while others prefer a solitary adventure with just their bike for company. And of course, many people enjoy the simple pleasure of gliding through the world, feeling the change in air temperature, smelling the hay, the sea, or pine sap on a scorching summer day. We’ve actually enjoyed all of the above over the years, each ride has it’s own rewards.
Route 66 Motorcycle Tour
(UPDATE: We’re back! Check our website and Facebook page for photos, videos and stories about our ride down Route 66!) It’s been an incredible journey so far – to see all the latest photos and videos from our tour of Route 66, visit us on Facebook by clicking here.
Our radio interview with Philip Solomon is being rebroadcast Thursday, March 22nd from 3-5PM UK time. We had such a great time doing it, Phil played some wonderful music, all the songs had some connection to motorcycling. Mark Wilsmore of the Ace Cafe London was also a guest and his talk about the history of the Ace and British biking in general was fascinating. So listen to Philip Solomon on 101.8 WCRFM, or via WCRFM’s website at http://www.wcrfm.com/cmsms/ by clicking “Listen Live”. Philip is a broadcasting legend in the UK, visit his website here.
Route 66 Motorcycle Hire
Interested in riding Route 66, but want to do it your own way, at your own pace? Then consider hiring an Eaglerider motorcycle from The Lost Adventure. Feeling spontaneous? Choose your own arrival and departure dates, set your own schedule. Fly into Chicago, pick up your bike (Harley Davidson, BMW, Triumph and Honda Goldwing motorcycles are available) and head off on the Mother Road to California. It’s 2,345 miles and the journey takes you through eight States. You’ll see Springfield, St. Louis, Oklahoma City, Amarillo, Santa Fe, Kingman, Barstow – all the towns in the old Nat King Cole song.
Review: Billy Connolly’s Route 66
(Note: if you’re interested in renting a motorcycle or a trike to explore The Mother Road yourself, or are interested in an EagleRider Route 66 Guided Tour, be sure to contact us. We’ve got the most competitive rates and would be glad to help you plan your dream trip!)
Route 66 Motorcycle Photos
Interested in hiring a bike and riding Route 66, or perhaps going on a fully guided tour with all the mod cons? The Lost Adventure is an Official EagleRider Tour Operator, offering their full line of guided and self-drive tours and rentals, at the most competitive prices. Contact us, or click here for more details.