I never set out to build a 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.
My goal was to ride every twisty motorcycle road in the state of California while photographing and writing about each road. We all have hobbies. This became mine. The California Motorcycle Roads site became an obsessive project. Within a few years, I wrote over 600 pages of text about California Roads and took tens of thousands of photographs while exploring the state. The site soon spanned over 240,000 files.
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 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 November 2003 issue of Cycle World. And the rest is our shared history.
It wasn't even my idea.
Pashnit Tours started in 2004, the year 2023 will be our 20th year in operation, and we've since led nearly 2 Million combined miles of motorcycle tours in California, Oregon & Nevada. Over the last two decades, our tour participants become family and even family to one another. Tours are often all familiar faces. After nearly 20 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. Riders that meet each other on tour often discover they are neighbors and may even meet up to ride together apart from our organized tour dates. 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.
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. (My Mystery Tour sold out in one day, and the riders don't even know where they are going.) 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 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. Tours run March - October, 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 up to a year in advance if you can plan that far ahead.
2022 Tour Dates
Mar 11, 2022 - DEATH VALLEY
Apr 08, 2022 - SEQUOIA #1
Apr 22, 2022 - PARKFIELD
May 06, 2022 - SEQUOIA #2
May 27, 2022 - RACE DAY
Jun 17, 2022 - SIERRA NEVADA
Jul 15, 2022 - COAST RANGE
2023 Tour Dates (tentative)
Feb 17, 2023 - EL DORADO
Mar 10, 2023 - DEATH VALLEY
Mar 24, 2023 - PAICINES
Apr 14, 2023 - PARKFIELD #1
Apr 28, 2023 - PARKFIELD #2
May 05, 2023 - SEQUOIA
May 26, 2023 - RACE TOUR
Jun 16, 2023 - SIERRA LAKES
Jul 14, 2023 - COAST RANGE
Aug 04, 2023 - SANTA CRUZ
Aug 18, 2023 - NORTH COAST
Sep 08, 2023 - NEVADA
Sep 22, 2023 - MYSTERY TOUR
Oct 06, 2023 - TRAIN TOUR
Oct 20, 2023 - CENTRAL COAST
We normally run 12 tours per season. All tours generally sell out by the end of December (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. Believe me, 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 everybody, 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.