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Motorcycle Classics Goes to Pennsylvania, the Isle of Man and More

Reader Contribution by The Motorcycle Classics Staff

Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece, Fallingwater, will be on our Pennsylvania ride itinerary.  Photo by Helgidinson/Fotolia.

It’s going to be a busy summer at Motorcycle Classics as we add the inaugural Ride ‘Em, Don’t Hide ‘Em Get-Away Aug. 5-7, 2016, at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in southwestern Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands, to our busy calendar.

The area is something of a best-kept secret, with miles of two-lane roads weaving their way through the surrounding countryside. It’s also home to celebrated architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s most famous architectural structure, the incredible Fallingwater. Designed by Wright in 1935 and built over Bear Run Creek, Fallingwater is on the Smithsonian’s Life List of 43 places to visit before you die.

We’ll ride to Fallingwater for a private guided tour, riding down little-known back roads as we explore the area getting there. We’ll also take a spin across the West Virginia border to Coopers Rock State Park, a stunning, little-known piece of West Virginia defined by breathtaking views of the Cheat River Gorge.

Sweetening the deal, you won’t have to bring your own bike if you don’t want to, as we’ve teamed up with classic bike tour specialists Retro Tours to supply classic bikes from their 20-strong stable of Seventies twins, featuring gems including a 1971 Rickman Royal Enfield Interceptor 750, a 1973 Norton Commando 750 Fastback, a 1974 Benelli Tornado 750, a 1975 Ducati 860GT, a 1974 Kawasaki 650 W3, a 1977 Harley-Davidson XLCR Café and more.

In addition to our planned Saturday and Sunday rides will be a special dinner Saturday night, hosted by the editors of Motorcycle Classics and special guest Brian Slark, technical and restoration director at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum. A former offroad racer and head of Norton’s U.S. service and competition departments in the early 1970s, Slark, an AMA Hall of Famer, helped establish motocross in the U.S. in the 1960s.

Bikes from Retro Tours are limited and will be assigned on a first-come basis, so sign up quickly to reserve your bike and your spot on what’s sure to be a very special weekend of relaxed motorcycling. For more details, visit our website.

Isle of Man Update

Time’s running out to reserve your spot on the Motorcycle Classics Isle of Man Tour, Aug. 24-Sept. 2, 2016, with Motorcycle Classics editor-in-chief Richard Backus leading the tour alongside Eligio Arturi of Mototouring Italy. We’ll ride across England, stopping at the National Motorcycle Museum on our way, then load our bikes on the Heysham ferry for the crossing to the Isle of Man.

Once on the Isle, we’ll spend four full days living and breathing the Festival of Motorcycling and Classic TT. We’ll watch the races and tour the Isle by motorcycle, taking in the different events going on during the festival and soaking up the IOM scene.

This will be a bucket list trip of a lifetime, so don’t miss this incredible opportunity to experience the Isle of Man yourself. Mototouring has both vintage and modern bikes available for the tour. To find out more and reserve your spot, log onto the Mototouring website. MC

  • Published on Feb 16, 2016
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