Ride with One of America's Best-Selling Motojournalists
Florida is the rare state where the weather is fine for riding all year 'round. Licensed motorcyclists will enjoy a day trip with a Florida native who knows back roads leading to national forests, natural springs, cool diners, small towns, a lighthouse, and many picturesque scenes perfect for photo ops. A popular destination for many riders is Daytona Beach, home of two of the nation's largest motorcycle rallies - Daytona's Bike Week and Biketoberfest.
Gary has written for several national motorcycle publications and was selected by the Motorcycle Industry Council as the writer/rider for the Cannon Ball Centennial Ride, a coast-to-coast trek to commemorate the first trans-continental motorcycle ride. His presentations on land and at sea relate to on the road adventures while traveling the country to research rides for his book 'Great American Motorcycle Tours'.
**NOTE** - Motorcycle rental is not included in tour price. Must possess valid motorcycle-endorsed license to rent vehicle.
In this one-day ride across Central Florida, you'll pick up your motorcycle from the dealership and then follow your leader out of the city and into the countryside.
Stopping at a downhome diner for breakfast, you'll return to the road and then shoot through the Ocala National Forest before crossing the St. Johns River then passing small towns en route to Daytona Beach. Take some time at the world's largest Harley-Davidson dealership before heading down the city's famous Main Street and then pulling over to marvel at the 'World's Most Famous Beach' along the Atlantic Ocean.
The Daytona International Speedway is worth a stop for NASCAR fans. The return ride goes through the home of historic Stetson University, the town of DeLand, which connects to the New England-style village of Mount Dora where you'll stop to stretch your legs and enjoy dinner in a local café.
You can choose to return your bike before closing time, although rentals are on a 24-hour clock so you may decide to keep it until morning.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Guests will consult with their guide to determine which of the two Orlando-area rental dealerships they will meet at. If the rider(s) already have their motorcycle(s), their guide will meet them at a pre-determined location in the Orlando area.
With stops, the ride to Daytona Beach from Orlando should take about three hours, with a few hours reserved for lunch and sightseeing, followed by a return trip of three hours or longer.
End location: With rental motorcycles reserved on a 24-hour clock, the return time will depend on the guest's schedule, with the guide leaving the tour at Mount Dora or, with advanced agreement, continuing on the return ride to Orlando.
Duration: 8 hours
With advanced notice, tour may be extended at guest's request.
My services as a private guide are provided. Due to the nature of this tour (motorcycles), transportation to the rental dealership is unavailable, although you will be met at the dealership by your guide.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
60 USD - Odds are you may get through the day just paying for gas and meals. But if you can't leave Florida without buying a souvenir motorcycle t-shirt, then you'll have enough in reserve.
Please arrange your motorcycle rental in advance, ensuring you have the appropriate license, insurance, and paperwork required. There are two motorcycle rental operations; one near the Orlando International Airport and one near downtown Orlando. Helmets, raingear, locks, and some accessories will be provided by dealership -- but confirm when booking rental.
Eaglerider (near airport)
Harley-Davidson (near downtown)
A local taxi service, Lyft, or Uber can take you to either location.
Motorcycle tours will require guests to possess a valid motorcycle endorsement on their license.