We’re wrapping up riding season here in Milwaukee, which means only one thing: planning our next trip.  So we started wondering about the most outrageous motorcycle trips we could possibly take and came up with a list of five, once-in-a-lifetime, completely outrageous adventures.

A few of these are international, where we don’t ship motorcycles – but this is dream time, right?

  1. Route 66, start to finish.  Starting in Chicago and ending in LA, Route 66 is 2400 miles of classic roads, restaurants, gas stations, and nostalgic landmarks are preserved just as they were in the 1950s.  Our bucket list gives us a month to enjoy it – but if your time is short, two weeks is enough for a one-way trip. More info at  The National Historic Route 66 Association.
  2. Centopassi, race through the Italian Alps. This one week, 1600 mile event is geared towards expert riders (Ducati  optional). Test your skill and precision in the competition category, or enjoy the spectacular scenery as an Iron Biker. Find out more at www.centopassi.com.
  3. Isle of Man TT. For years, this was the most prestigious motorcycle race in the world. These extremely dangerous races feature  high speeds on very narrow, twisting streets, roads and lanes flanked by stone walls and even buildings. Of course, you can always go as a spectator if the 239 deaths (since 1907) on the  Snaeffel Mountain Course have you a little spooked. Start your planning at www.iomtt.com
  4. I f you want something shorter and slightly less deadly, every bucket list should include the 50 miles of Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park, Montana. Click here for a sneak peek at what you can expect. Watch out for mountain goats and bighorn sheep, and pull over at the Jackson Glacier Overlook to take in the most spectacular scenery in the park.
  5. Chile and Machu Pichu. How about an amazing adventure though spectacular ocean scenery, ancient civilizations, precarious border crossings and Andes mountain roads.  We think this one is probably best navigated with an experienced tour operator.

That’s just a start! How about you? What’s on your bucket list for motorcycle travel?

There’s a chill in the air that makes leathers feel great, and the crisp smell of falling leaves reminds us to make the most of every minute we have left to ride. Fall is one of the best times to ride here in the Midwest, but there’s other parts of the country that boast amazing colors and views that open up when the leaves thin out. Here are five routes you may want to consider for your fall rides:

Ozark Mountains

Beautiful any time of year, the winding roads of the Ozarks mean red red blackgum and dogwood, yellow hickory, orange sassafras, purple sweetgum, and flaming maples  in late September and October.  As the leaves fall from the trees, breathtaking views are revealed.

Mississippi Valley

Minnesota isn’t just the land of 10,000 lakes – there are some fantastic routes following the mighty Mississippi. This ride, starting in Hastings and finishing in Cannon Falls gives great views of the river and bluffs almost the entire trip.

Ohio

If you’re a little further south you can leave West Union, OH on Rt.125 and motor east over rolling hills and farmland to Blue Creek. From there, the roads heads upward and curves through the hills of Enjoy the deep forest canopy and peaceful vistas of the Shawnee State Forest.

North Carolina/Tennessee – Cherohala Skyway

What’s it like to ride on a 100 million dollar road? You can find out in North Carolina’s Cherohala Skyway.  Winding up and over 5,400 foot mountains for 15 miles in North Carolina and descending another 21 miles into the deeply forested backcountry of Tennessee, the e road crosses through the Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests thus the name “Chero…hala”.

Scenic route to the Field of Dreams

If you’re in the Chicago area, here’s a journey for a long weekend for fall color lovers and baseball fans alike. Follow quiet country roads into Galena, IL, scoot through a corner of Wisconsin, and head for Dyersville, Iowa to visit the Field of Dreams movie site.

If any of these rides are on your bucket list, but perhaps aren’t easy to get to, why not make your next vacation a “fly and ride” destination and have your bikes meet you there? HaulBikes motorcycle transport ships bikes ready to ride! Check out our motorcycle shipping rates online.

The last time you went out for a ride, did you have to leave your best buddy behind? Ever see a dog hanging his head out of a car window and wonder about the state of bliss your very own canine companion would achieve on the back of your bike?

Wonder no longer – this month’s edition is all about taking your dog along for the ride.

Your first thought may be for safety – both for you and for the dog. Not to mention the risk to others should your pup decide to hop off on the highway. Experts recommend starting slow, on a safe surface (like a parking lot) to see if your dog takes to the idea. Once you’ve established your pooch can tolerate the roar of the engine and the balance of a bike, start looking into a carrier or safety harness made especially for dogs. Whatever you choose, don’t make the mistake of this guy – a behind-the-rider carrier is probably the safest choice.

Take a few rides with the pet carrier attached so YOU can get used to it first. Add some weight so you can practice without putting your dog at risk. Once you’re comfortable, start with a short, slow trip on safe streets to make sure everyone’s comfortable. Once you’re ready for longer rides, make sure to plan regular pit stops for water – more often than you would riding alone. Think how dry you’d get with your tongue wagging  in the breeze.

Once everyone’s having fun, look into companies that specialize in dog rider gear (who knew?) Goggles, helmets and carriers are all available from online stores.

Do you ride with your dog? Post a picture on our Facebook page!

How to have protection and peace-of-mind when purchasing a motorcycle online

Each month we receive calls or emails from consumers who have fallen prey to an online motorcycle shipping scam. Scammers are more sophisticated than ever, and they frequently use trusted names like ours as a part of the bait to lure in unsuspecting victims. One recent scammer came to our attention by using  “haul bikes” as the first part of the email address. (Any official emails from us will be @haubikes.com!)

Since HaulBikes/Daily Direct cannot provide help for a victim of fraud once money has exchanged hands, we have the following tips to help motorcycle buyers shop smarter and safer:

1.  Consider the payment method – Do not trust a seller who insists on using MoneyGram or Western Union to receive funds. These sources are top choices for scammers.

2. Validate the seller – Call the seller to get some information on their background and history. Anyone can build a website or put a listing on Craigslist, but if the seller makes excuses for not being able to speak with you personally, that is a good indicator of a possible scam.

3. Look at more than the CycleVIN – While a buyer should always ask for a CycleVIN report, some scammers will actually pull real reports for their fake motorcycle. To best protect yourself, do your own background check on the vehicle to ensure everything matches up correctly with the CycleVIN report. Also, check that the registration or license plate matches the seller’s name.

4. Validate the details – If the seller says the bike is being held by a relocation company and will be shipped once payment is made, then verify this statement. Do an online search of the relocation company – never trust the website or the number you are given – and call to validate the arrangement.

5. Get pictures – If the seller is sharing only a stock image of the motorcycle rather than an actual photo of the bike with the license plate visible, this is a good indication the real bike does not exist. Ask for a digital photo from a different angle, or ask the seller to photograph the bike in a specific location.

Providing shipping services for online motorcycle sales is a large portion of our business, and as industry leaders, we want to raise awareness to protect buyers and sellers. By releasing these tips and educating the public, we not only hope that consumers will have peace-of-mind when buying motorcycles online, but more importantly, we hope to see an end to online shipping fraud.

HaulBikes/Daily Direct is a trusted shipping partner of EBay Motors. HaulBikes does not offer shipping services through Craigslist or any other online bulletin board.

About HaulBikes/Daily Direct

Since 1994, HaulBikes/Daily Direct has shipped over a half million motorcycles.  With a shipping system specially designed for motorcycles, they specialize in national and dealership events, custom trips and tours, corporate and auction house transportation, and personal motorcycle shipping.

With the 4th of July only days away, we’re feeling pretty patriotic here at HaulBikes motorcycle shipping and thought you might want to get into the holiday spirit with some of the most all-American motorcycle events and groups we could find. Here are a few that got our red, white and blue blood pumping.

Tour of Honor benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project

The Tour of Honor is a way to hit the open road, honor our heroes, and contribute to a good cause, the Wounded Warrior Project. This group’s aim is to support military service members who incurred service-connected wounds, injuries, or illnesses on or after September 11, 2001. Events, rides and awareness events are are held nationwide, but you can participate and support them on your own by registering for a season-long, self-directed ride to memorials and monuments around the continental U.S. and Hawaii, with more than 25 states participating. Now through October 31, visit as many sites as you want, with any route you choose. Trophies are awarded to the first three riders to visit all of the destinations in a state or region. Register at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

Patriot Guard Riders

The Patriot Guard Riders (PGR) is a motorcycle club whose members attend the funerals of US armed forces members, firefighters, and police at the invitation of the deceased’s family. Patriot Guard Riders do not make any political statement but  “Unwavering respect for those who risk their lives for America’s freedom and security.” You’ll see them making the news shielding service members’ families from protesters, and attending funerals for service members with few mourners. This video is a few years old, but it will give you a good idea of what they’re all about.

Rolling Thunder

The Rolling Thunder event in Washington DC  every year is a demonstration of solidarity and respect for all veterans, with special emphasis on remembering prisoners of war or MIA soldiers.  It’s not too early to plan to attend  this unforgettable event for Memorial Day 2013.

Cool Stuff

If you want to make a permanent statement of your patriotism, check out this patriotic gallery of custom paint jobs by Pamela Shanteau, or, if a whole new paint job isn’t in the budget, just get yourself a motorcycle flag and ride on!

Rally Shipping Info

It’s time to make shipping plans if you want to ship a motorcycle to the Milwaukee Rally or Thunder in the Rockies this year.

And don’t forget, we offer a motorcycle shipping discount of 10% off for members of the military and service personnel in the police department, fire department, rescue squad and EMS.

We’ve moved this article to our website. Check it out here: Weather Safety Riding Tips

Can you smell that? Lilacs, fresh cut grass and sweet crabapple trees – spring is here, and it’s time to get out on the open road.

Whether you’re within a day’s ride of Tennessee, or you’re looking for a spring vacation destination to ship a motorcycle to, consider Nashville — a great place to ride, enjoy some great food, and catch some live music. You and your buds can ride on a stretch of the historic Natchez Trace Parkway, and still be back in time for barbeque at Jack’s.

Tennessee has some of the best riding roads in the country. In the east, the Smoky Mountains, Dollywood and the Appalachian trail make up the mountainous character of the Knoxville and Chattanooga regions. In West Tennessee, you’ll find Graceland, Memphis soul and the majesty of the Mississippi River.  Somewhere in the middle is Nashville, and just south of Music City is the Natchez Trace Parkway.

Natchez Trace is a memorable ride because the parkway is clean, smooth and scenic. As a national park, commercial traffic is prohibited – it’s all nature, all the time. There are no stop signs or stop lights to slow you down (but follow the posted speed limits — a ticket in a national park is an expensive lesson!)  There are also convenient gas stations, markets, bed and breakfasts, and restaurants just beyond the forests.

The Natchez Trace Parkway winds for 444 miles through three states – Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. It commemorates an ancient trail that once cut through the traditional homelands of the Natchez, Chickasaw and Choctaw nations. By the early 1800s through the mid-1820s, both the land and river routes became corridors for commerce, as “Kaintucks” from the Ohio River Valley brought cash crops, livestock and goods down to sell at the port of New Orleans.

Back then, it took folks about 30 days to walk along the Trace. Today you can ride for a day on Tennessee portion of the Trace and be back in time for dinner in Nashville. Visit Tennessee Motorcycle Roads & Rides for information and maps to help plan your motorcycle tour of Natchez Trace.

honky tonk music at Tootsie's in Nashville

Live Music at Tootsie's in Nashville

Once you’re back in the city of Nashville, there’s so many great things to do. Here’s a few highlights we found:

Jack’s Barbeque: Ask the locals where to get some good BBQ, and they’ll say Jack’s on Broadway downtown. Grab your plastic tray and head to the counter, where you can choose from Tennessee-style pork shoulder, Texas-style beef brisket, or smoky-sweet St. Louis ribs, with all the sides.

Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge: With live honky-tonk every night of the week, you never know who’s playing at Toostie’s, but you know it’ll be good. Grab a beer, squeeze in close to one of the two small stages, and enjoy some of the best local musicians around. They sing for their supper, so throw something in the tip jar as it’s passed around and they’ll keep playing.

Opry Mills Mall: Skip riding on a rainy day and do some shopping instead. Closed from 2010-2012 after devastating flood damage, the Mall is back and better than ever, with over 200 stores, a movie theater and an indoor carousel.

What’s a must see in Tennessee? Share your experiences with us on our Facebook page, and if you need help planning a trip where you need motorcycle shipping, you know who to call!

HaulBikes.com Reviews

When it comes to finding someone to trust when you need to ship a motorcycle, it helps to hear what other riders have to say. Here’s a sample of what HaulBikes’ customers are saying:

What a great company who protects your love between your legs! The safest place to TRUST your wheels for the long haul home. Let HaulBikes be your “Cycle” protector from anyplace in America! Great job! –Thomas C-W

You are the most professional bunch of folks I have ever met. I had my BMW and Triumph hauled from CT to OK and they arrived without a scratch. I will always recommend them to anyone! Tip my glass to the Hauler with the mostest…How’s that for FB Love? — Jessica R.S.

I have used Haul Bikes on several occasions to get my Harley across the country when I didn’t have time to ride it there myself, or just didn’t want to ride that far, and I have always been pleasantly surprised with their care and scheduling accuracy. I have referred them to all my riding friends, as it’s nice to know my bike will show up when it’s supposed to, and in awesome shape. — Michael G.

“I have used HaulBikes.com and have nothing but good things to say about them. I did a lot of research online and called several different shipping companies. None of them were as professional and easy to deal with throughout the entire process!! Believe me I’m a biker and know how we feel about our bikes!! I had my bike shipped from CA to VA, over 3 thousand miles and HaulBikes handled the trip seamlessly and professionally and for half what some of the others were charging!!” — Rob F.

Great company to deal with. Ed my driver was great. –Tim C.

HaulBikes.com rocks. They moved my 2012 Street Glide effortlessly and safely from zone 3 to zone 7 dealer to dealer. I am very impressed with the ease of coordination they provide and follow through after the transit. Salute to you HaulBikes we’ll see you again. — Jim H.

 I had 2 Boss Hoss V8 Motorcycles shipped 2 weeks ago to Great Falls, Montana. The person who I dealt with at the office was AWESOME and the truck driver Roy is now a lifelong friend after meeting him once. Pretty much says it all. Oh yeah…Have another Boss Hoss coming with them in a couple weeks…Barry R.

Have used them twice and can’t think of anything negative to say. They do what they say. — Kelly P.


Is this the year you’re finally going? Have you heard all the stories, enjoyed all the photos, researched and planned how to make your trip to Daytona, Arizona Bike Week, Americade or Sturgis as much fun as possible? Any big bike rally has so much going on it can be easy to get overwhelmed. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of any rally.

  1. Make travel plans early. If you’re shipping a motorcycle, make arrangements well in advance. Call your motorcycle shipping company well ahead of time so you’ll know how long you’ll be without your bike pre- and post-rally.
  2. Make a game plan for the week ahead of time. One of the big complaints you’ll hear from new attendees is that they missed one of the big events or signature rides.  All the big rallies have websites that list the entertainment and events. Sketch out a rough list of who you really want to see and where you want to be. You can always change your mind, but you won’t miss anything accidentally.
  3. Find a place to stay. The rally websites will have a list of hotels, campgrounds and private homes available for rent. You may want to read reviews to see if your choice will be a quiet place to crash or a non-stop party!
  4. Get there early for concerts. Good seats (or standing room) at big shows will go fast. Stake out your spot early to get the best view.
  5. Get a tune-up. You don’t want to spend any time tracking down a mechanic or a part when there is partying to be done.
  6. Ask other riders for tips. If you can’t travel with an experienced rally-er, join the event’s Facebook page and get the inside scoop. People are usually happy to help.
  7. Don’t drink and ride. Nothing will spoil the fun faster than spending the week in the county jail, or worse, hurting yourself or someone else.
  8. Cash is king. Take as much cash as you’re comfortable carrying. ATMs can run out of money, and you’ll likely pay a good fee for using them.
  9. Don’t forget your camera. Rallies have so much going on that you’ll definitely want to share the experience with friends. Stories and pictures can last a lifetime.
  10. Be safe. Make sure to park your bike in well-lit, busy areas, and use a fork lock or other locking systems.  Like it or not, thieves can be at any rally. And of course, never store the bike’s registration with the bike – keep it in your wallet.

It’s not too late to get your ride on for one of this summer’s rallies! Get a group, get planning, and if you need help with motorcycle shipping, or discounts on shipping to motorcycle rallies, you know who to call!


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