Twenty-one years ago,
I had no intention of building a motorcycle tour business.
Pashnit Motorcycle Tours wasn't even my idea.
The idea came from an article published in Cycle World Magazine, written by then Editor-in-Chief David Edwards. He wrote his monthly column about Yours Truly and a website I started building in 1999 about California Motorcycle Roads, known as (pronounced passionate) Pashnit.com. The article about Pashnit.com was published in the November 2003 issue of Cycle World Magazine.
My goal was to ride every twisty motorcycle road in the state of California while photographing and writing about each road. The California Motorcycle Roads site became an obsessive project. Within a few years, I wrote several hundred articles about California Roads and took tens of thousands of photographs while exploring the state, posting the text and photos to www.Pashnit.com. The site soon spanned over 240,000 files, covering nearly 350 California roads and the motorcycle community began to take notice of my pet project.
My spare time hobby working on Pashnit.com gained attention from fellow riders, then newspaper, radio interviews, and magazines soon followed. But it was the call I received from the largest motorcycle magazine in the nation that was the most exciting. David Edwards dedicated his monthly column (Nov '03) in Cycle World about my obsessive hobby. His last question was what does the future hold for Pashnit? I flippantly answered. My wife thinks I should start a tour company. He published that line in the Cycle World article. And the rest is our shared history.
It wasn't my idea.
HOW TO BUILD A COMMUNITY
Pashnit Motorcycle Tours was launched in 2004. The year 2024 will be our 21th year in operation, a huge milestone for any small business, and we've since led over 2.5 million (combined) miles of motorcycle tours in California, Oregon & Nevada. Over the last two decades, our repeat rate exceeds 95%, and our tour participants become family and even family to one another. Tours are often all familiar faces. Riders often return to the places we've visited for with their spouses and families. Riders who meet on tours often ride together apart from our organized tours. Pashnit Tours claims at least one marriage of two riders who met on these tours and got married after they rode together for several tours. After 20 plus years of providing motorcycle tours, our tour season begins selling out as early as August for the coming year and moves to a waiting list of riders hoping someone will cancel once our tours reach capacity. We also send out group emails in early spring listing all the participants that have signed up for respective tours, so riders can meet up with each other on another tour.
2024 TOUR CALENDAR
As odd as it may sound, our riders often pick tours solely based on date.
Does it really matter where you go? Surprisingly, not really. The roads are always super twisty, the food and lodging is great, and the camaraderie of being together with one another is the true magic of a motorcycle tour. Our repeat rate is so high, I constantly have to create new tours. Since 2004, I have designed over 40-plus multi-day motorcycle tours around California, Oregon & Nevada. New tours are most popular & sell out quickly. All our tours generally sell out by the end of January. Our tours run February- November, find a date that matches your schedule and meet up with us Friday morning. We offer multi-tour package discounts and even Season Passes for those that want to ride every single tour. Tour dates are set over a year in advance if you can plan that far ahead. Our 2024 schedule is listed below.
2024 Tour Dates
Feb 16, 2024 - EL DORADO
Mar 08, 2024 - DEATH VALLEY
Mar 22, 2024 - SOUTHERN FOOTHILLS
Apr 05, 2024 - PARKFIELD - Sold Out / Waiting List
Apr 19, 2024 - SHASTA COAST - NEW
May 03, 2024 - THREE SISTERS - NEW
May 24, 2024 - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA - Sold Out / Waiting List
June 07, 2024 - SIERRA NEVADA
July 12, 2024 - COAST RANGE - Sold Out / Waiting List
Aug 02, 2024 - SEQUOIA - Sold Out / Waiting List
Aug 16, 2024 - NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - Almost Sold Out
Aug 30, 2024 - OREGON COAST RANGE - Sold Out / Waiting List
Sept 13, 2024 - NEVADA - NEW
Sept 20, 2024 - TRINITY ALPS - Almost Sold Out
Oct 04, 2024 - YOSEMITE VALLEY
Oct 18, 2024 - CENTRAL PACIFIC COAST
Nov 01, 2024 - MARIN/SONOMA
OUR 2024 TOURS
We're planning 17 tours in 2024, including six brand-new tours for the 2024 ride season. All tours generally sell out by the end of January (and then move to a waiting list of riders hoping someone will cancel), but more often as soon as they are announced in late fall. Bulk discounts are available and most alumni sign up for 3-4 tours per season. We also offer a Season Pass where riders will sign up to go on every tour we offer. Check with us ahead of time to see if we have room, we'd love to ride with you, get to know you and welcome you to the Pashnit Family.
Admit it. You have many questions.
This site was not only designed to offer pretty pictures and my wordy tour descriptions. It's here to address as many of your questions as possible. After 20 years of running motorcycle tours across multiple states, hopefully we've answered every possible question. If you're on the fence contemplating if an organized tour is for you, spend some time here. Ask questions. Small group tours are not for everyone, but if you made it this far down the page, it's probably exactly what you've been looking for.
The contents of this site are for you, wondering if this guided tour thing is all it's cracked up to be.
The majority of our tour participants are local riders on local roads.
Think about that.
Ask yourself: How is that even possible?
Why do people do this?
Over and over.
We tried to answer that with the Top 10 Reasons page.
Contact us if you've got a question we have not answered.
And I so look forward to welcoming you to my family.