Western Moto Riders LLC, a Bend, Oregon-based tour company, has unveiled a new offering: American motorcycle holidays that invoke the culture of the wild west. The tours begin this summer. The company’s all-inclusive, small guided tours include breathtaking scenery, sweeping rides and authentic Americana, replete with cowboys, gunfights and Indian culture.
Western Moto Riders’ week-long, motorcycle tours begin May 24, 2012, and continue every other week through mid-September. Guests will fly into Redmond, Oregon (RDM), an airport served by major airlines (direct flights from SFO, PDX, SEA) and will be hosted all week at The Phoenix Inn Hotel and Suites in downtown Bend. Each day will feature a six-to-eight-hour ride, lunch stop and an experience of western culture such as a gun-fighting exhibition or visit to a ghost town. At day’s end, riders return to their hotel and are free to explore Bend’s quaint downtown, which features excellent restaurants and lively nightlife. Central Oregon is famous among beer lovers for its 13 craft brewers, including the renowned Deschutes Brewery, and many brew pubs are within walking distance of the hotel.
Founded by entrepreneurs Richard Klyce and Cathy Paxton, the genesis of Western Moto Riders was Klyce’s motorcycle trips around Central Oregon. The couple distinguish their guided motorcycle tours with a daily cultural adventure — visiting cowboys on a working cattle ranch and Native Americans on an Indian reservation — to give riders a first-hand experience of the western lifestyle. The company is designed to service American West enthusiasts in Germany, England and Japan.
Central Oregon’s high desert geography is unforgettably distinctive. Western Moto Riders’ guided tours will traverse desert plains, river canyons, ranch lands, volcanoes, and the Cascade Mountains, exposing riders to highly scenic and less-traveled roads.
Western Moto Riders’ tour (including hotel and meals) starts at $4950 (US), dependent upon hotel occupancy. Tour participants must have a valid motorcycle license and will be required to purchase liability insurance with the package. Additional riders may be added for a fee and riders may tour on their own motorcycle for a lower rate. Licensed local riders may join a tour for $425/day as space permits. Motorcycle tours may be booked at www.westernmotoriders.com or by calling 541-420-9545.