Motorcycle Classics at the Isle of Man 2016

| 11/2/2015 3:14:00 PM

Steve Baker on his Yamaha 

Steve Baker, the first American to win a road racing world championship, aboard a Seventies-era Yamaha OW31 at the Isle of Man. Photo by Ken Richardson.

The Isle of Man. For motorcyclists, the name resonates like few others. For over 100 years, the Isle has drawn motorcycle racers and enthusiasts to one of the most thrilling circuits in the world to watch as racers hustle around its fabled 37.73-mile mountain course. You’ve read about it, you’ve watched videos from the TT, and some of your friends have gone. “Someday,” you’ve told yourself, “I’ll make it.”

Well that “someday” is drawing near if you join Motorcycle Classics as we head to the U.K. for the 2016 Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling and Classic TT races, hosting a very special tour Aug. 24 through Sept. 2, 2016. The 10-day tour will be led by seasoned tour planner and vintage motorcycle enthusiast Eligio Arturi of Mototouring in Italy, with Motorcycle Classics editor-in-chief Richard Backus riding shotgun.

Day One will be in London, after which we’ll spend two days riding across England, stopping along the way at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham as we head for the small town of Heysham on England’s west coast. There, we’ll catch the Heysham ferry for the three and a half hour sailing to Douglas and the Isle of Man.

Once we’re on the Isle, we’ll spend four full days living and breathing the Festival of Motorcycling, which includes a lot more than just the Classic TT races. We’ll watch the races, of course, but we’ll also ride around the Isle, checking out the different events (click here for the official IOM event schedule) going on during the festival and soaking up the scene.

6/23/2016 9:07:53 AM

I contacted Mototouring to see where the issue with ColdRider's deposit sat. I haven't heard anything back from ColdRider, but I was informed by Mototouring that his deposit was refunded. I can't speak to Bob's complaint other than to say that with any tour it's wise to purchase some sort of airline ticket insurance. Tours are scheduled with the anticipation they'll attract enough participants to be viable. If they don't, they will get cancelled, as was apparently the case for Bob and the 2015 tour. Richard Backus/Motorcycle Classics

3/31/2016 5:35:46 PM

Mototouring Rip-off Avoid them at all costs!! Do not use Mototouring SRL - They will rip you off. On 29 Jan 2016 I booked a tour with Mototouring for my brother and me. We wanted to make a ‘trip of a lifetime’ by going to the Isle of Man Manx GP at the end of August 2016. I paid the deposit of EUR$700. On Feb 21st only 3 weeks later, I had to cancel the planned trip as I was notified my brother had suffered a heart attack. I immediately notified Mototouring of the problem but they outright refused to give a refund. Heck - we gave them over six months notice of cancellation and the thieving beggars still refused to do anything for us. They would not even respond after their initial refusal to refund the deposit. Their website has very limited in information. They say they will refund if they cancel a tour but they do not state any other circumstances under which they will offer refunds. They do not say they won’t offer refunds. It is TOTALLY reasonable under these circumstances for a refund to be issued - medical reasons and SIX months advance notice!!! What a bunch of self conceited rip-off artists. They are just out to screw you once you give them your money. With them it’s not about the love of motorcycling …. It’s all about the cash grab. BE WARNED

11/5/2015 5:30:27 PM

I had signed up for Mototouring's 2015 IoM tour. Foolishly, I bought plane tickets several months before the departure date. One month prior to the tour's start, Mototouring cancelled the trip, leaving me with non-refundable airline tickets and little time to make alternate plans. I will never again do business with Mototouring.

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