Looking for a great adventure that you can ride at your own pace on your own schedule?
Then check out the AMA Grand Tours. They offer great adventures.
With eight tours to choose from, there is sure to be at least one you’d like to ride. Feeling ambitious? Try a couple. Or a few.
Get out and ride!
AMA Classic Grand Tour: Through Nov. 1. The AMA Classic Grand Tour celebrates the AMA’s 95th anniversary. The AMA Classic Grand Tour was previously held in 2009 and 2003. Do you know what the towns of Jamaica Plain, Mass.; Kalamazoo, Mich.; and Panama City, Fla., have in common? They’re towns that have the sequential letters A-M-A in their name, and these can be a participation point on your AMA Classic Grand Tour. But it doesn’t just have to be a town name. Your submission can be anything that is signage: a street sign, park sign or business billboard. (www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Riding/AMA-Classic-Grand-Tour)
AMA District 2 Polar Bear Grand Tour: Through Dec. 22. If you live in the Northeast, join riders starting in the winter season, where they ride to points each Sunday in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Connecticut. Of course, the rides continue year-round, but they start in the winter. (https://polarbeargrandtour.com/)
The SCMA USA Four Corners Tour: Through Nov. 30. This journey offers two different USA Four Corner Tours: the “Regular” and the “True X.” The organizer will send a package containing the materials for the ride you choose. The organizer will review your completion of either ride once they receive your finisher’s package. (www.sc-ma.com/rides/usa-four-corners-tour-site)
The SCMA USA 15 Best Roads Tour: Through Nov.30. This challenge started in the spring of 2011 after the AMA published a “Best 15 Roads” article in American Motorcyclist magazine. Two riders took the challenge that year: Kathy and Larry Lamarche from Canada. Since then many riders have accomplished the feat. The list was updated in 2016 with three replacement roads and a route change to an existing road group unit. (www.sc-ma.com/rides/best-15-parent/best-15-us-roads-challenge/
The SCMA California Parks Adventure Series: Through Nov. 30. The California Parks Adventure challenges riders to visit all the National Parks in California. There are now 25 National Park sites stretching from Cabrillo National Monument on Point Loma in San Diego to the Lava Beds and Redwoods in northern California. (www.sc-ma.com/rides/california-parks-adventure/)
The SCMA California Missions Tour: Through Nov. 30. The 21 Spanish missions established from 1769 to 1823 extend from the coastal seaport of San Diego to the Sonoma Valley. For the California Missions Tour, riders will add a photo of themselves at each of location in their passport book purchased from SCMA detailing all 21 locations. Riders then submit the completed passport and attend an Annual Awards Banquet where SCMA will present them with a CA Missions pin and plaque. (www.sc-ma.com/rides/california-missions-parent/california-missions-tour/)
Tour of Honor: Through Oct. 31. This unique grand tour has riders take any route they wish to stop at seven memorial sites in each state. Riders can visit as many selected memorials as they choose, meaning they can complete one state or many. After registering and receiving their rally flag, riders travel to the sites and photograph the flag with their motorcycle at the memorial. Visit any seven memorial sites to receive a finisher's certificate. (www.tourofhonor.com)
The SCMA 44th Annual Three Flags Classic Tour: Aug. 29-Sept. 3. This AMA Grand Tour is a six-day event that features four days of riding and a banquet. It’s an endurance event, not a race, that may expose riders to extreme cold, rain, sunshine, extreme heat, road closures and more. Riders are presented with a preferred route but can ride any route they choose, as long as they reach the three checkpoints and the finish within the times allotted. (https://sc-ma.com/rides/3-flag-parent/three-flags-classic/)
You can always find a complete and up-to-date list of all AMA-sanctioned events in the AMA’s online events database. (www.americanmotorcyclist.com/events)
Also remember to check the calendar section of your American Motorcyclist magazine every month.