Grand Tours allow participants the freedom to ride to checkpoints on their own time. Most grand tours take place over several months or an entire year. Some grand tours encompass a single state, while others are nationwide. Each AMA-chartered organizer sets the tour routes, checkpoints and rules.
More activities are always being added, and you can always find a complete and up-to-date list of all AMA-sanctioned events in our online events database. Also remember to check the calendar section of your American Motorcyclist magazine every month.
AMA District 2 Polar Bear Grand Tour: Jan. 7-Dec. 23, 2018
If you live in the Northeast and want to get out and ride, join riders starting in the winter season, where they ride to points each Sunday within New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Connecticut. Of course, the rides continue year-round, but they start in the winter. 2017-2018 was the 40th season of the Polar Bear Grand Tour. Info: polarbeargrandtour.com
Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge: July 13-Aug. 13, 2018
Starting in Medicine Park, Okla., the route will run for nearly 10,000 miles entirely within the lower 48 states before returning to Medicine Park for the finish line. It will traverse scenic byways and pass through multiple National Parks and Indian Reservations. Info: hokaheychallenge.com
SCMA USA Four Corners Tour: Jan. 15-Dec. 15, 2018
This AMA Grand Tour 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. Info: sc-ma.com/rides/usa-four-corners-tour-site/
SCMA USA 15 Best Roads Tour: Jan. 15-Dec. 15, 2018
This challenge started in the spring of 2011 after the AMA published a "Best 15 Roads" article in American Motorcyclist. 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. Info: sc-ma.com/rides/best-15-parent/best-15-us-roads-challenge/
SCMA California Adventure Series: Jan. 15-Dec. 15, 2018
The California Parks Adventures 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. The 25th and newest park, Caesar Chavez National Monument, was created October 2012.
The challenge is to ride to each park within a calendar year and document that visit with photograph and a stamp from the visitor center in your SCMA Passport. Info: sc-ma.com/rides/california-parks-adventure/
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. Info: sc-ma.com/rides/california-missions-parent/california-missions-tour/
Tour of Honor: April 1-Oct. 31, 2018
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, they will 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. Info: tourofhonor.com
SCMA 43rd Annual Three Flags Classic: Aug. 30-Sept. 5, 2018
This event is a six-day event with a registration day -- four days of actual riding and a finish banquet. It is an endurance event, NOT a race, where riders may be exposed 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 three checkpoints and the finish within the times allotted. Info: sc-ma.com/rides/3-flag-parent/three-flags-classic-tour/