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Pashnit Motorcycle Tours Terms and Conditions
Riders will be required to carry a valid U.S. or similar International
drivers license with valid motorcycle license endorsement.
Weekend Tours: You will be responsible for your own motorcycle, food, gas, & lodging costs and any incidentals along the way . This is intentional in that it opens up the tour to all riders on any type of motorcycle. We will be riding approximately 850-1000 miles in three or four days .
Payments for the tour can be made in U.S. funds by PayPal, money order, cashiers check, or VISA / MasterCard / AMEX / Discover, ATM transfer. If completing the registration on-line, please mail or fax the original forms to Pashnit Motorcycle Tours. Weekend Tours require payment in full with registration.
Weekend Tours: Payment for the Weekend Tours is due at time of registration. There are no refunds 0-14 days before departure. If you do need to cancel, we would be happy to apply your payment, minus the paypal fees, to a future tour. There will be no refunds for unused services or accommodations once the tour has started or if you choose to leave early. If you cancel a three or four Day Tour 14 days or less prior to the tour date, there will be a $25 cancellation fee. There are no refunds if you cancel 72 hours or less prior to the tour, however tour fees can be applied to future tours. Tour Credits never expire. If you can't make the ride for any reason, you can always roll your tour payment to another future tour.
We rarely cancel or postpone a trip, but we reserve the right to do so when necessary: due to dangerous weather conditions or other reasons beyond our control. In the event of such an occurrence, we will refund your fees or apply them to another trip, but we are not responsible for any travel expenses incurred.
If you planning far in advance, or coming from some distance away and believe your trip may be at risk for any reason, we recccomend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance. Travel and trip cancellation insurance is not included in the tour packages, but it is recommended and can be purchased through a travel agent. Participants are responsible for their own medical insurance.
If you are coming in the region with more gear than you can carry on your bike, or possilby are on an extended vacation, it's commonplace to locate a place to store this extra gear. If you are renting a motorcycle, typically the rental facility will be more than happy to store your luggage or spare gear. This is also commonplace with area hotels. Arrive a day early at your local lodging facility and request they store your extra gear. They'll be happy to comply.
Riders may trailer their bikes if coming from a far distances or other states. Best advice is stay at a local hotel near the meet point & request permission to leave your vehicle & trailer in their parking lot. We've never had a hotel say no & they will be more then happy to accomodate your needs after patronizing their establishment.
3 and 4 Day Tours: Meals are NOT included in the tour cost so please bring some spare change to be able to partake in the restaurants the group will frequent. What is commonplace on the rides is the participants all split the ticket, or simply get separate tickets.
Weekend Tours: Lodging is always pre-booked for you. However, you will be responsible for your lodging costs. Pashnit Motorcycle Tours will reserve a block of rooms for our tour participants months in advance. Our lodging typically is in Best Western or Holiday Inn type motels that have a pool and jacuzzi, and typically are within walking distance to our dinner destination. Costs range $70-$150 per night depending on the region of California we are in. Some tours may lodge in Cabins depending on the ride.
Arriving early: If you are arriving the day prior to the tour, refer to the tour description for a link to a local reccomended lodging facility near the launch point for the tour. If you are travelling some distance to reach the launch point, arriving the night prior will ensure you're fresh and ready to ride Friday morning!
When riding in California, we highly recommend that you dress in layers, just as you would when riding your own motorcycle. In addition, Pashnit Motorcycle Tours strongly recommends you wear motorcycle specific protective gear while riding a motorcycle. Temperatures during California summers are warm, although the variety of terrain covered in your tour will preclude a wide range of temperature variances.
For those who are not able to come prepared and are renting, our BMW & Harley Davidson rental partners do include a DOT half-helmet in the cost of the rental. Leather jackets may be rented for additional cost directly from the Harley Davidson rental facility at the time of picking up your Harley Davidson motorcycle and is not included in the tour cost. Leather gloves may be purchased from the rental facility if so desired.
While our rental facilities strive to offer a variety of riding gear, we cannot guarantee that they will have the size or style that you need. In those instances, we will do whatever we can to help you find the gear you need. If you know ahead of time that you will not be bringing appropriate gear, please let us know so we can reserve a helmet, jacket, gloves, and so on.
Helmets are required by law in California and Nevada. Non-DOT "Beanie Helmets" or "Novelty Helmets" are not allowed under any circumstance and are illegal in both California and Nevada. Tour participants are responsible for any traffic violations they might incur during the tour. Alcohol or drug use during the course of the tour is not permitted under any circumstance or while riding the motorcycle. Over-consumption of alcohol during our evening stop-overs is discouraged also, though we want everyone to have a good time!
The weather in California is often rather predictable during the summer months, namely six months straight of sunshine. Our tour dates are chosen to take advantage of our beautiful summer days, but despite our best efforts, we cannot control the weather, so please come prepared for the possibility of spring/ fall rain showers or summer heat as we will be covering a wide range of climates from coastal areas, to high mountain elevations. Pashnit Motorcycle Tours reserves the right to make modifications to the tour at any time for any reason.
Summer Heat: Weather can be very hot during CA summers with temps exceeding 100 degrees regularly during the height of summer. Be prepared. There is no sympathy if you do not come prepared. Source a cool vest from Cycle Gear for hot summer days and plan to hydrate.
Spring/Fall wet/cold: Spring in California is generally wet due to our temperate climate, majoirity of our water arrives in springtime & is wildly unpredicatable. Carry a rain suit. It may snow, generally in the form of wet flurries as we ride over mountain passes at 10,000 feet.
The majority of riders on Pashnit Tours ride their own motorcycles. Pashnit Motorcycle Tours is by no means a brand specific company. We welcome all makes of motorcycles and tour participants from all walks of life. We only ask if you bring your own motorcycle to ensure you have a new, or nearly new, set of tires and have your motorcycle in excellent running condition. Please ensure your motorcycle is ready to make a week long tour or more. Also consider obtaining some type of road side service for your motorcycle prior to arriving for your tour. You also might find it convenient to trailer your motorcycle to our starting point in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you need a place to store your vehicle and trailer, we can accomodate you provided you're arriving the day before the tour date.
Often, shipping your bike to your tour destination will about equal the price of a rental bike- however, you'll need to be in California at least 7-9 days to break even. If you plan on riding for a month, it will be cheaper to ship your bike across the domestic United States. Shippers may also require extended shipping times. For example, here for a month? Your shipper may require 2 weeks on the front side, and 2 weeks on the backside of your trip.
Motorcycles normally ship uncrated with minimal fuel and are transported business to business. Our rental facilities will be more than happy to receive your motorcycle and have it ready when you arrive. If you would feel more comfortable aboard your own motorcycle, our helpful staff is happy to aid you with this option. We have also seen shippers deliver to BMW dealers also to add to helping you providing a commercial setting to receive your bike.
Pashnit Tours does not rent motorcycles. However, we are more than happy to aid you in your rental process. Harleys, BMW's, Goldwings, Triumphs, Metric Cruisers, even sportbikes are readily available in the San Francisco Bay Area. To ensure you get the bike you want, reserve at least 3 months in advance. Call the rental facility of your choice direct to have them familiarize you with the rental process and costs. Riders will typically pick up the bike the day before the tour date, and arrange to drop it off the following morning at open of business to return the motorcycle.
You must have your passport with you at all times when renting or touring with us if you are not a permanent resident of the United States or Canada.
Pashnit Motorcycle Tours does not, and cannot, make flight arrangements, nor is the cost of your flight or travel cost to the starting point included in the tour price.