Q: How much does it cost to be on this ride?
A: There are nearly 20 different ways to join the Centennial Ride. It’s best to poke around our registration page, read about the experiences, then click on over to the registration form. All prices are listed there.
Q: How well do I have to ride in order to join?
A: You should be pretty comfortable riding your motorcycle or you really won’t enjoy the ride. You will encounter a variety of conditions; rain (or other weather), traffic, small bumpy rural roads, and typical staggered group riding formation in the guided rides. If you are signing up as a Self-Guided rider, you either need to be comfortable riding on your own or making new friends to ride with. If you are a newer rider and want to set a goal, we would suggest having ridden at least 3,000 recent miles before joining us and that you join us for the Fully-Guided done-for-you experience.
Q: How far do we ride each day?
A: Our largest mileage day is approximately 300 miles; most riding days are 200-250 miles, and the farther East we get there’s typically more traffic so those miles take longer to finish. We like to think we’ve achieved the perfect balance of creating interesting riding days with time for breaks, yet efficient enough to get to D.C. in a reasonable amount of time. Oh yeah, we’ve also arranged for some “play days” on or off the motorcycles along the way – ideal for taking a break, scheduling maintenance or visiting with local friends.
Q: Do I have to carry my own luggage?
A: If you sign up for the Fully-Guided all-inclusive tour, NO. We’ll carry one travel bag for you, a maximum of 50 pounds. You should plan on carrying essentials with you on your motorcycle including water, medicine, etc. All Self-Guided riders have to carry their own luggage and need to be self-sufficient during the day. Some of these riders like to ship replacement clothing and care packages to hotels ahead of time if they have super small luggage capacity on their bikes.
Q: What is the difference between the Fully-Guided registration and the Self-Guided fee ?
A: We offer pricing levels based on the services offered and what experiences you wish to partake in. Think of the Fully-Guided fee as a ‘done-for-you’ motorcycle touring experience. It’s a turn-key experience for those who wish to enjoy the ride and enjoy a premium service. We include experienced ride guides (which you can ride with nor not – up to you!), chase vehicles, breakfasts and dinners (except dinners on rest days), exclusive Centennial Ride events and access to everything on the ride. We take pride in offering a high-value program without hidden fees and surprises, and the registration pages list what’s included in each registration type. The Self-Guided registration is designed for those riders who want to be self-sufficient, pick and choose what they want to participate in along the way, and perhaps save a little money by not attending everything. The Self-Guided registration fee includes you in the event on a pay-as-you-go basis. Yes, you have to register as one or the other in order to gain access to the event.
Q: Why is your event so expensive?
A: Well, it’s a massive, history-making event. That means a lot of staff, infrastructure, and expenses. Not to mention insurance. (Don’t get us started on that topic!) We’ve also spent more than two years planning this magnificent event for you to enjoy. We’ve done our very best to solicit as many sponsors as possible and include as many features as we possibly can along the way so that we can increase the value of your participation while keeping the costs as low as possible.
Q: What out of pocket expenses can I expect?
A: If you register as a Fully-Guided “all-inclusive” tour, then you’ll only pay for your lunches, gas, tolls, incidentals at the hotels, alcoholic beverages, dinners on the rest days and entry into National Parks. If you register as a Self-Guided rider, then you’ll be paying all your own expenses: all meals, hotels, incidentals, alcoholic beverages, fuel, National Park entry fees, breakdown assistance, towing, etc. Either way you register you’ll pay for your own bike maintenance and repairs (and of course your speeding tickets. 🙂 )
Q: How much should I budget for fuel costs?
A: It depends on your motorcycle’s MPG and your riding style. The total maximum miles will be less than 5,000. Thus 5000 miles ÷ 40 mpg=125 gallons @ $3.00/gallon = $375.00. Your motorcycle should be tuned up and ready for a long ride before you start. Your motorcycle should be capable of at least 150 miles per fill-up, or plan to carry an auxiliary supply for back-up if you have a small tank. (If you register as Fully-Guided we carry spare fuel for you.)
Q: Do I have to ride my own bike?
A: No, you don’t have to ride your own bike. It’s always more comfortable to ride your own motorcycle, but we’ve routed the ride such that you can rent motorcycles along the way. Ask us for a list of rental agencies if you need it.
Q: How do I get my motorcycle back home after the ride?
A: We hope you choose to ride home, but if you’re pressed for time you can ship your bike for roughly $800 coast to coast. After registering and sending in your Centennial Ride deposit you’ll receive a welcome packet with heaps of event information including motorcycle shipping information. We’ve partnered with MotorcycleShippers.com and they are offering our Centennial Ride participants discount pricing. The process is quite simple. You can get a quote now at https://motorcycleshippers.com/book-quote and then book the order online. There is a section for notes in their order form where you can enter Centennial Ride and they’ll apply the discount when you book your bike shipment.
For what it’s worth, some overseas riders on past events have even bought and sold motorcycles at the beginning and the end of their trips!
Q: What happens if my bike breaks down?
A: Each route will have a chase vehicle that is capable of picking up bikes with mechanical issues. The support vehicles will be following the Fully-Guided registrants, and they’re paying more for that service. That said, at heart we’re motorcyclists…so of course, we’ll stop and help you if we see you, no matter how you registered, but if you’re off the Fully-Guided route and/or we’ve passed you, you may need to call a tow service. We’ll get you and your motorcycle to that night’s hotel or to a dealer if there’s one close by and it works within the confines of the event. We’re suggesting that all riders make sure they have some type of roadside assistance before starting the ride with us, and If you are an AMA member, you get free towing with your membership. Many clubs offer this fine service as part of their features and benefits, so check with them to see if you’re covered. Many motorcycle rental companies also have similar programs built into their rental program.
Q: Do you have spare bikes?
A: We’re working on that but do not count on it. Spare motorcycles are a liability issue as well as a challenge for some riders to adapt to. The best practice is to ensure your motorcycle is fully prepared for the ride. Check for mechanical issues daily and join the AMA or an organization that offers roadside assistance. We highly recommend being an AMA member.
Q: Do you have a suggested packing list?
A: After joining you’ll receive an information packet with heaps of information including a suggested packing list. Some riders pack quite minimally and choose to purchase new items along the route. (There will also be opportunities to pick up anything you may have forgotten along the way.) You should have underclothes and supplies for a week, with appropriate riding gear for the weather conditions. Most new touring riders actually pack too much stuff that can easily be picked up along the route if needed. Fully-Guided riders can bring a 50-pound bag that will travel in the chase truck.
Q: Do I have to wear a helmet?
A: Yes. Insurance regulations require all registered riders and passengers to wear a legal helmet and to follow state regulations.
Q: Are you doing the boring thing and riding on highways?
A: Nope! As much as possible we’ll be on two-lane secondary roads and scenic byways. We have worked to create the absolute best itinerary possible for each of the routes. Sometimes interstates can’t be skipped, but they are avoided as much as absolutely possible.
Q: Why do you have 10 different start points?
A: Well, go big or go home, right? Seriously, though, women’s suffrage in the USA is a historical journey worthy of a National ride. Some riders will choose to ship or ride their motorcycles to the West Coast to have the full cross-country experience. Others may start closer to the endpoint or in one of the other starting points due to time constraints, budget, and proximity.
Q: I see that if one registers as a day rider that we are allowed to ride with the group a maximum of two days. What does this include?
A: Registration as a Day Rider includes dinner and that day or the next day’s ride. It does not include accommodations or any meals other than dinner. You will need to book your own room(s) if you choose to ride with us the maximum of two days.
Q: What if I want to camp and not stay in hotels?
A: Well, you’ll miss the camaraderie and bonding that happens in the evenings, and that would be a real shame. But we admire you for wanting to be involved in your own way, and motorcycling is all about freedom and independence, so go for it! KOA Kampgrounds often have campgrounds in or near city centers, so we suggest you download their app and stay with them. That would be the easiest way to find camping locations across America.
Q: Why is my registration fee non-refundable?
A: While your registration fee is non-*refundable* we didn’t say it’s non-*transferable. Go ahead and find someone willing to take your place and we’ll substitute (even though we’ll then be sad you won’t be joining us.).
Q: You say it’s a non-political event but 2021 is an election year. How do you plan on making it non-political?
A: Excellent Question! All along the way we’ve made small and large organizational choices in order to keep steering the event away from any partisan anything and we’ll keep doing so. We’ve declined politicians who’ve indicated they want to join, we make everyone agree on the registration form and in our terms and conditions that the event is non-political and that you cannot wear any political branding, and we’ve created our own Grand Finale Extravaganza Experience in Washington, D.C. so we can set the tone for ourselves. There’s already enough going on to pull us apart in the outside world. In our event, we want to create and celebrate unity, upliftment, and the sisterhood of the road. Anyone who violates that will be asked to leave and no refunds will be given.
Q: Will you allow men to ride with you who enthusiastically support your efforts?
A: Yes, men can join and are most welcome! They just have to register with a woman.
Q: What if I want to ride pillion with a registered rider?
A: Of course you can ride pillion with a registered rider. The terms and conditions will be the same whether you ride pillion or solo. (And you will already know who your roommate is if you sign up for any of the hotel stays!)
Q: I have looked into the travel insurance that you recommend, but my age doesn’t qualify. What do you recommend?
A: This is answer is easy! The company we recommend, World Nomads, has partnered with TripAssure to support and administer trip protection for Silver Nomads aged 70 and over. We’ve selected TripAssure based on their experience, professionalism and values. With benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, medical expenses and baggage loss, the TripAssure bridge plan gives you the confidence to keep exploring.