32 Nights lodging in best available accomodations, almost all breakfast and no less than 14 dinners or lunches, All ferry crossing fees for motorcycle & riders, Entrance fees to Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Perito Merono Glacier, Parque Nacinal Tierra del Fuego, Transportation and maritime shipping of motorcycle from Texas to South America and return, Support vehicle with staff assisant, Bilingual riding staff, Airport transfers, Special Commemorative Expedition t-shirt, Maps and daily routine sheets, Expedition preparation liturature.
Transportation or freight of your motorcycle to and from the Texas collection point, airfare to and from South America, alcoholic beverages, bagage handling tips, transportation or handling of personal luggage in the support vehicle, mandatory ocean freight insurance (aprrox. $ 60 depending on value of motorcycle), liability or comprehensive motorcycle insurance (optional), airport departure tax, fuel & oil. .
Pan American Highway, Pucon, Villarrica, Puerto Montt, Carretera Austral, Southern Chili's fiord lands, eastern slopes of the Andes, Patagonia, Perito Moreno Glacier, worlds largest glacier, Torres del Paine, ferry to Tierra del Fuego, Bahia Laparaia, Comodoro Rivadavia, Bariloche, crossing the Andes Range at Portillo, Vina del Mar.
An extraordinary motorcycling adventure in South America, crossing the mighty Andes, through the Patagonia to El Fin del Mundo
As the name implies, this is not a tour. To further clarify the character of this event, it is not a rally. This Pancho Villa Moto Tour Expedition is a very special experience with a clearly defined focus; to reach the End of the World across the Straits of Magellan at Tierra del Fuego.
The ride to El Fin del Mundo travels the South American countries of Chile and Argentina, through the regions of Patagonia, the Southern Andes and on to the most southern populated point on earth. In order to achieve this prestigious goal, over one third of the route is on unpaved surfaces, and although rarely would one consider the riding overly technical, conditions do demand a dual purpose touring mount. BMW/GS, Honda Transalp, Kawasaki KLR 650 are examples. One of the exciting features of this Expedition is that PVMT has made arrangements to ship your personal motorcycle to South America, giving more meaning to the glorious moment when you finally reach "the end of the road".
The expedition approach to this unique riding event is taken very seriously. Riders must be able to meet the physical demands of over a month on the road, have better than average riding skills and most importantly, posses an attitude of flexibility, unselfishness and tolerance. The first Expedition to Tierra del Fuego in 1996 with 21 people was an exceptional success much due to our efforts to create the proper chemistry and environment for what can only be considered a once in a lifetime experience. To preserve the quality of this experience for all, we must be selective and therefore have a simple screening process to qualify the participants.
The Expedition to Tierra del Fuego is an opportunity for you to fulfill a dream, to ride where others only dream, to be a part of a growing fraternity of adventure travelers who seek challenge as a means of giving more meaning to life and the pleasures of motorcycling. This ride is not for everyone. We don't want everyone.... just 20 people with the heart, the spirit and the drive to be a part of the most fantastic motorcycling experience ever offered by Pancho Villa Moto-Tours.
Due to space limitations and the nature of this Expedition, the following outline highlights the routes and points of interest. A more detailed itinerary with overnight stops will be provided for participants.
The Essence of the Route...
Upon your arrival in Santiago, Chile, the group will be transferred to thc ncarby coastal resort town of Vina del Mar where PVMT staff will alrcady bc making the advance preparations to clear motorcycles through customs. A couple days are allowed to complete this process, perform final mechanical prepations and enjoy the warmth of summer in the southern Hemisphere.
Once underway, the Expedition will begin the ride south the paved Pan American Highway, darting inland from the coast for stays at some of Chile's more popular lake villages such as Pucon and Villarrica. By Day 5, the Pan American Highway officially ends at Puerto Montt and then it is on to the island of Chiloe accessed by ferry with an overnight in the charming seaside village of Castro.
The Expedition will begin in earnest with a five hour ferry ride back to the mainland and overnight at Chaiten. Pavement and people become a scarce and welcomed change for the next few days as you ride on the Carretera Austral, a frontier road only inaugurated in recent years and giving access, to willing adventurers, the beauty of Southern Chile's fiord lands, skirting the eastern slopes of the Andes through green forests and over incredibly scenic passes. Overnight stops are in Puyuhuapi and Cohaique.
Entering Argentina, the Expedition will experience several days of riding through the enormous windswept rcgion known as Patagonia. This southern half of Argcntina and Chile is a state of mind that has lured adventurers for centuries. Inhabitants arc scarce, save for thc occasional sheep ranch, or estancia. Guanacos, cousins of the Ilama and camel as well as the ostrich likc bird, thc Nandu, are oftcn seen. The jagged snow capped Andes range of Fitz Roy, loom in the distance as you travel Highway 40 to Calafate from where a day cxcursion will take you to view the breathtaking sight of the Perito Moreno Glacier one of thc worlds largest, and possibly only growing glacicr. Tons of ice "calve", crashing into the translucent blue waters, echoing thunder through the mountain valleys.
Thc mountains of Torres del Paine dwarf the Alps of Europe. Here you can witness the mighty condor in flight, a gratifying reward for your efforts to reach this remote region of South America.
After two nights in Punta Arenas, the group will board a ferry for a two hour crossing to the archipelago of Tierra del Fuego. The Argentina port town of Ushuaia, staging point for many Antarctic expeditions, is the ultimate destination. A short ride to Bahia Lapataia, the End of the Road. . . .17,848 km. from Alaska!
Having reached the Southern most inhabitable point on earth, the return ride is no less exciting. For nearly two weeks you remain in Argentina, traveling the paved coastal road to Comodoro Rivadavia, then working your way inland with highlights such as Bariloche, the Switzerland of South America. Reentering Chile from Mendoza, the ride is breathtaking as you cross the Andes range at Portillo, returning to Vina del Mar and the conclusion ofthe Expedition.
TOTAL MILES: 5,600 - LONGEST DAY: 387 - SHORTEST DAY: 80 - UNPAVED PORTION 2,100
Shipping the Motorcycles...
PVMT has madc arrangemcnts to ship your personal motorcyclc to Chile for thc Expedilion. This we feel is an economical and practical alternative to renting a motorcycle as wcll as lending more meaning to this uniquc advcnture.
You will havc to have your motorcycle in Texas at a to bc announced datc and collection location (the end of November or first week of December depending on shipping schedules), over one month prior to the actual beginning of the event in South America. PVMT staff will handle the loading of thc bikes and transport from the collection point to Houston for shipping to Chile.
Upon the completion of the Expedition members will take part in thc process of reloading the motorcycles in thc container near Vina del Mar, Chile. PVMT staff will prearrangc thc clearances through customs and the necessary paperwork for shipping the motorcycles back to the USA. Sailing timc from Chile to Houston is approximately 20 days however thc actual time from sealing the container door in Chile and opening it again in Texas is subject to shipping schedules and USA customs.
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Apr 24, 2002 - Apr 28, 2002
Always a sold out event, more than 50,000 bikers enjoy top name entertainment, drill team events, a poker run, displays, competitions and vendors galore in the Westӳ largest ride-in bike rally.
Come test-ride the full line of 2002 Indian motorcycles including the Chief, featuring the all-new Powerplus 100 engine! Demo Ride Hours:
April 25 - 27, 9:00am - 4:30pm
Indian Motorcycle Display at the River Palms Resort & Casino
Rock out with Branscombe Richmond and the Renegade Posse at the Camel Roadhouse Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm.
Attention all Indian Motorcycle Riders!
Join Indian CEO Frank O'Connell, Branscombe Richmond and the Indian Riders Group Saturday, April 27th for a picturesque ride through the Arizona desert to Kingman.
Ride registration begins at 9:00am and will depart at 10:00am from the Indian display at the River Palms. All makes and models are welcome!
Vengeance and Fender team up to benefit Kids Rock Free
CORONA, CA - APRIL 25, 2005
Update: The ride from the new factory to the Fender museum was a blast. We had Ted Metcalf and Jim Overman among others from the factory staff ride along with us. Fender put on a great event with hot rods, bikes, food, music and fun. If you've never visited the Fender Museum in Corona, CA, it really cool. The exhibits and displays are awesome featuring guitars and interactive presentations from a who's who of electronic guitar music. Fender has another event planned in the fall and we are looking forward to attending again!
Ride, Roll & Rock with Vengeance & Fender Sunday June 12. All riders are invited to meet at the Vengeance factory in Mira Loma, CA at 9:00-10:00 am for an ԯpen houseԠtour. The ride will leave at 10:30 from the factory and conclude at the Ԓolling for KidsԠcelebration in Corona, CA starting at 12 noon.
Open to the Public, Kids are Invited to Attend!
Celebrity Guests... Bands... Food... Raffles... Trophies
The "Rolling for Kids" event is a family-friendly street fair with a custom motorcycle and car show downtown Corona. The event will include a full day of live entertainment and even a few surprise "friends of Fender" musicians. The proceeds from this event benefit the Fender Museum's 'Kids Rock Free' music programs.
Car & Motorcycle Show
$35 Entry fee includes a lanyard and a Fender T-Shirt. The first 100 pre-registered also receive a Fender Goodie Bag. Open to all Motorcycles, Street Rods, Muscle Cars, Classics, Trucks, Antiques, Tuner Cars and Sports Cars! All proceeds benefit Kids Rock Free music education.
All riders participating in the Vengeance ride will have premier parking inside the show in front of the Vengeance show rig and will be eligible to compete for the Vengeance 'Best of Show' owners award.
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Confederate Motorcycles, Inc. was formed on April 2, 1991
with the goal to create handcrafted street motorcycles of unsurpassed structure and quality, utilizing American industrial and mechanical design in its purest and most organic form. Headquartered in Abita Springs, Louisiana, Confederate has become the premier manufacturer of high-end, high-performance, American motorcycles for the connoisseur who will have only the best and the fastest.
The Formative Years
The first few years were invested in due diligence researching the top engineering and fabrication talent to assist our design team in creating the new line of Confederate machines. The company moved to the
San Francisco Bay area to refine the chassis and power train mounting system that would become the foundation for the new line of Confederate machines. From a clean sheet of paper, the new motorcycle was designed over an eighteen-month period.
Birth of a New Machine
During March of 1994, operations were relocated to a 6,000 square foot prototype shop in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. On November 11, 1994, Veteran's Day, our first motorcycle was fired up. The ride proved everything we had hoped for. It possessed world class chassis dynamics. But there was something more. Something hard to define, yet easily felt. The bike had All-American character.
Refining The Dream
In the summer and fall of 1996, as a small batch craft oriented builder, tooling for 500 machines was committed and manufactured. Beginning production in model year 1997 with but 15 machines, sales grew at an annualized 75% rate. Each of our 1st generation machines has been sold.
Theres No Place Like Home
On July 4, 1998, Confederate Motorcycles, Inc. moved into its own climate-controlled 38,000 square foot manufacturing facility, located in a rural community 30 miles north of New Orleans. The Company has in place all equipment, including mills, lathes, frame jigs, part jigs, welders, tool and dye equipment, a power bender and assembly stations.
Perfecting The Process
For our second generation Confederate Hellcatά all new proprietary tooling has been manufactured to assure the highest handmade quality possible.
On January 12, 1999, H. Matthew Chambers was issued US patent number 5,857,538 covering 20 claims. The Companys products incorporate this patented technology to create traditional high-end American motorcycles of unsurpassed performance, styling and quality. Aside from uniquely classic aesthetic qualities, what sets our motorcycles apart from the competition is absolute power --train and chassis stiffness, huge street power, accurate and precise steering and handling, powerful braking, and world-class ride control.
Q: Can you store our extra luggage for us while we're on tour?
A: Yes. We do it all the time.
Q: Do you provide jackets, rain suits, boots etc.?
A: Sorry, too many clients, too many sizes. Bring your own gear.
Q: Is a rental day 24 hours?
A: A rental day is 24 hours, which means you must return the bike at the same time you picked it up or pay an additional charge. We are open 7 days a week.
Q: Is it safe to ride alone in Alaska?
A: Yes. The paved roads are well maintained, well marked, and Alaskans are very friendly, however some are a bit quirky! Unpaved roads should not be traveled alone.
Q: What if the bike breaks down?
A: We provide roadside assistance within Alaska below the Arctic Circle. If we cannot repair your bike in a timely fashion, we will provide a replacement bike if one is available. If you wreck the bike we are not obligated to provide you a replacement.
Q: Can we take the bikes out of Alaska? Canada?
A: You can travel into Canada if you let us know in advance.
Q: What does the Collision Damage Insurance cover?
A: It covers damages to the motorcycle, including traffic accidents, dropping the bike, and rock damage. Rock damage is not considered a normal wear item.
Q: What happens if the bike is stolen?
A: You pay the $1000.00 insurance deductible.
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THE PRACTICAL TEST
Congratulations, you've got your CBT and Theory Test pass certificates and now it's time for the Practical Test. Hoping to pass this without any training is forlorn because you won't be prepared for it and won't know what to expect - it'll be a waste of the fee!
Gone also are the days when this was a case of riding round the block one way whilst the examiner walked it in the opposite direction and only had you in sight for a few seconds before you disappeared around the next corner. These days it's much tougher and needs to be to ensure riders are relatively safe on our busy and congested roads.
The type of licence you will require determines what size (c.c.) bike you will use for the test. This and other formal matters should be sorted out with you by your training school before the test date. When you arrive for the Test appointment you will be expected to have your CBT and Theory Pass Certificates, your driving licence and some positive proof of identity i.e. a passport. When the paperwork is complete you will be fitted with one of the Test Centre's radios and it's off outside to start the Test. At that stage you will be expected to be able to read a standard size car number plate from the appropriate distance so don't forget your glasses or contact lenses if you need them and don't forget to wear them throughout the Test!
Somewhere around the Test course the Examiner will ask you to perform a hill start; an angled start; a u-turn and an emergency stop. These will be practised in detail during your lessons. In addition to these specific exercises the Examiner will be marking you upon smooth and correct operation of all the controls, balance and steering, observation and awareness, correct and appropriate use of indicators/signals, positioning, hazard perception as well as, aptitude and attitude.
Back at the Test Centre, the Examiner will ask you one or two basic motorcycle-related questions such as, "What effect will carrying a pillion passenger have on your bike and what adjustments may be necessary?", and you will then be advised whether you have passed the Test or failed. The Examiner will go through a test report with you drawing attention to any faults that may have been noticed and, if appropriate, the reasons why you have failed. These faults should be discussed with your instructor so that they may be rectified.
If you passed, well done! But hold on, the amount of knowledge, skill and experience necessary to pass the test is not enough. The first 12 months after the Test is when you are at your most vulnerable. For safety sake - your own and other peoples' - please go on to take further training.
If you failed, don't worry, work with your instructor on the faults picked up by the Examiner and have another go!