Two Cents

I RE­MEM­BER LIKE IT WAS YES­TER­DAY. A GROUP OF US PACKED OUR GEAR FOR A WEEK­LONG TWO-WHEELED TREK, AND HEADED TO LIT­TLE ROCK, ARKANSAS, TO EM­BARK ON WHAT WOULD BE ONE OF THE MOST MEM­O­RABLE JOUR­NEYS OF MY LIFE. WE HAD NO IDEA WHAT TO EX­PECT FROM THE INAUGURA

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When we ar­rived in Lit­tle Rock and picked up our loaner bikes, we headed straight to down­town to ground zero of the Tour and greeted our guests, the Lon­grid­ers. I still re­mem­ber that first en­counter vividly. We didn’t know each other, but there was an im­me­di­ate kin­ship af­ter that first hand­shake. We were all in this to­gether. It was com­fort­ing, like ev­ery­thing was go­ing to be OK. We put a lot of pres­sure on our­selves to make sure our guests were en­ter­tained be­cause, af­ter all, they put their faith in us, and we gladly re­cip­ro­cated. Af­ter spend­ing the rest of the week with the Lon­grid­ers, it was clear: The Hot Bike Tour was ex­actly what the peo­ple wanted, but some­thing the Hot Bike staff needed too.

There’s some­thing so beau­ti­ful about get­ting back to the fun­da­men­tals of rid­ing mo­tor­cy­cles along a beau­ti­ful moun­tain vista, or along a lake­front with thou­sands of your biker friends. It’s in­de­scrib­able. That sense of ca­ma­raderie is hard to put into words. And I think we re­ally tapped into an el­e­ment that was miss­ing from the tra­di­tional mo­tor­cy­cle rally cir­cuit. We all like to ride, right? So why not do so to­gether?! That’s the Hot Bike Tour.

Af­ter that first year of the Hot Bike Tour, we knew we were on to some­thing. Did we get it per­fect that first year? Ab­so­lutely not. Did we learn a lot from that event? Yes. We knew we’d done some­thing spe­cial though. And we knew we had to bring it back for a sec­ond year, with some tweaks, and then a third, fourth, and fifth. And each year we learned what worked and what didn’t.

We de­vel­oped some great re­la­tion­ships with the Lon­grid­ers through the years. In fact, in­au­gu­ral Hot Bike Tour Lon­grid­ers still make the Tour a pri­or­ity ev­ery sum­mer. I met Mike and Leona Johnson in Lit­tle Rock on Year One, and I look for­ward to see­ing them ev­ery year. They know my life story, and I theirs. And that’s what makes this event so spe­cial. The Hot Bike Tour is fun, but it’s re­ally about shar­ing some­thing larger: Form­ing those con­nec­tions and life­long friend­ships is pretty hard to beat.

So with­out fur­ther ado, ladies and gents, I’m pleased to share some pretty ex­cit­ing news. The Hot Bike Tour is com­ing to the Four Cor­ners area in 2018! Now in its sixth year as the mo­tor­cy­cle rally that rolls, the Hot Bike Tour mixes one part epic rid­ing, two parts nightly shenani­gans, and in­fi­nite amounts of last­ing mem­o­ries and friend­ships that last a life­time.

We’ve been fig­ur­ing out a few of the lo­gis­tics to tai­lor the Hot Bike Tour for this West Coast edi­tion, and it’s been an in­ter­est­ing thing, to say the least. But I can safely say that the Hot Bike Tour is back in its true tour­ing form, run­ning from Oc­to­ber 1–7, kicking off in Scotts­dale, Ari­zona, with a loop up to the Four Cor­ners area (Ari­zona, New Mex­ico, Utah, and Colorado ar­eas), and wind­ing down again in Scotts­dale. There will be a set start­ing point and city stops along the way each day, with a fi­nal rally stop to cel­e­brate the mo­tor­cy­cle in­dus­try and its riders, Hot Bike style. While we’re still lock­ing things down as far as spe­cific lo­ca­tion stops, I at least wanted to get you ex­cited to come ride the Four Cor­ners edi­tion of the 2018 Hot Bike Tour with us. Mark your cal­en­dars for that first week in Oc­to­ber, set aside some dough, and get your bikes primed for some epic rid­ing. We look for­ward to see­ing you again, and to meet­ing some fresh new faces! Please check for up-to-the-minute up­dates about ev­ery­thing Hot Bike Tour re­lated at hot­bike.com/tour. See you in Ari­zona! HB

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