Web Design by Andy Smale 2004
Welcome to the new look ruralmoto, a new web portal for motorcyclists to use. We hope that you enjoy it!
What is ruralmoto? Well it's a web site for discerning Gentlemen Touring Motorcyclists, who wish to have a single point of access to all things webby. On this site you'll find links to the kind of material that a Gentleman should have, such as google and vintage wine and cigar dealers.
What is a WebPortal? This is a site that you use to access the internet. Simply set this page as your home page in your browser and you will always come here when you log into the internet. You will have news, links, search engines only a mouse click away!
You will also find events as they are organised. Attendance is by invitation only for a select few Gentlemen. Our Events are always in a rural location and are well attended by Sporting Gentlemen Motorcyclists. Usually they consist of a chuff round the countryside before retiring to our lodgings for a rest. The evening is spent sitting down to a seventeen course sumptuous dinner.
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The new indianmotorcycle.com launches June 30th
Our new site is going through final development. With an exciting new design
(see below) and a host of new features almost every rider will love, we expect our site launch to be the beginning of a wonderful extension of your riding. With features that include the ability to start rides with new friends, to look for rare parts, and to automatically find out about new rides in your area, we look forward to seeing you soon and often.
The Indian Motorcycle Centennial ͠Stay updated on the latest plans for the 100th anniversary of America?s first motorcycle brand. Special events will include a commemorative cross-country ride.
Hitting the Open Road ͠Find Great Rides in your area. Visit frequently to see new routes, or sign up to get updates by e-mail. Not only will you find wonderful rides, you will also be able to get printable directions and maps. You can even see the latest weather conditions for the routes.
Riding With Other Local Riders ͠The Ride Starter is a special feature for all riders. By signing up for the member?s section you can be automatically notified of group rides in your local area. You can even start your own ride. The member?s section will search the database for any riders in your local area that are interested in touring the local roads.
Become a Member ͠Sign up to read the latest repair tips, find that rare part you have been looking for, see photos of other riders, listings of local routes and biker friendly establishments. You can even be updated automatically when a certain message or part shows up in the Member?s Section.
Dealer Pages - An easy way to find out the latest information on your local dealership. See special events, sales, product inventory, and of course, directions and store hours. You can find out about all Indian Motorcycle dealers directly through our dealer locator.
Day 1. Mcallen will be your rendezvous point, that southern tip of Texas in the Rio Grande Valley. Here riders will gather by 5 p.m. for a meeting. Safety and other tour aspects will be discussed. A currency exchange service will be provided to get some pesos in your pockets.
Day2. Crossing the border is made easy with PVMT preparing much of the paperwork in advance. The scenery is flat, riding along coastal plains, but eventually a feel of the tropics emerges with towering peaks of the Sierra Madres giving you a hint of the riding joys to come . Overnight in Cuidad Victoria.
Sign up early for the Mexico Mardigras date Feb 17-28.
Day 3. The ride will take you closer to the Gulf of Mexico. Rich fields of sugar cane are a dominant feature in the landscape. Your destination is Poza Rica. You are in the heart of what was once the vanilla capital of the world. But it is the nearby archeological sight of El Tajin that will fascinate you. Only 20 buildings have been restored of what is believed to be nearly 150. Seventeen ball courts, a number of temples, pyramids and hieroglyphics reveal one of the most unusualpre-Columbian structures in Mesoamerica. And if fortunate, the Totonac Indians will be performing their death defying pole dance.
Days 4,5 & 6.It is rare that PVMT spends three days at a single stop, howeverwith so much to do and see in the area you will be permitted to explore beyond the city on optional day rides. Veracruz, on the gulf of Mexico is filled with historicalinterests. The group will take a tour of the Fortress of Ulua, and learn of it's role in the defense of the city from pirates, invading French forces and yes, even the "gringos" back in 1848 and again in 1914. An evening visit to the Plaza de Armsa is a must and if you like seafood, there is none better anywhere. You can ride to nearby Lake Catemaco famous for its concentration of brujas, (witches). These are a number of early remote beaches one can visit. be sure to sign up early for Mardigras.
Day 7. Departing Veracruz you will head towards the interior of the country stopping the night within walking distance of one of Mexico's prominent archeological sights. Near the village of Cholula you can climb a 265 foot high pyramid for an incredible view of what was once a great pre-Columbian temple city. Cholula is also known for its numerous churches, constructed by the first Spanish conquistadors using native artisans who managed to sneak in under the noses of unknowing padres, an occasional image of their gods such as a serpent, the moon or the sun.
Day 8. Zimapan is but a tiny village along the route of the Panamerican Highway. It is also where an ex-hacienda was converted to an elegant spa. Time for a massage! Or if you care, you can just wander the village, go to the plaza and immerse yourself into the daily happenings of native Mexico life. To those who are willing, a PVMT tour is a daily exploration and you thought all you were going to do was ride.
Day 9. Xilita. Find it on the map if you can. Say it if you can. Here we will stay at a bed and breakfast affair in a tiny Sierra Madre village which happens to have been the home of an eccentric English Nobel and artist, and mixer with some of the world's most famous surrealist artists and alternative thinkers. Edward Olmos was a little odd, however he created in a jungle setting, the sprawling work of mart known as Las Pozas. A fascinating story in the most unlikeliest of places. And the most thrilling, through the twisting Sierra Madres.
Day 10. Your final night in Old Mexico will be at an authentic hacienda dating back to the early 1700's where riders with Pancho Villa Motor-Tours always receive the warmest of receptions. It may be centuries old, but the Hacienda Santa Engracia for years has been a favorite PVMT stop. You will enjoy the swimming pool, the great food and the special ambiance of being in the real Mexico.
Day 11. To the border! You will arrive at McAllen around 2 p.m, enough time to make a few miles to your destination, or just run up the road to Padre Island and enjoy a night on the sea shore.
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Executive Chairman Henry Schimberg and President Rey Sotelo relax and take in the excitement of the 2000 Laughlin River Run.
Branscombe Richmond and the Renegade Posse performing at the River Palms Hotel and Casino.
The Indian Motorcycle Management team makes friends with Ray Parker Jr..
(L to R): Rey Sotelo, Ray Parker Jr., Bill Rupert, Branscombe Richmond, Walt Behnke, Toni Martino and Jim Kelly.
Location - River Palms
Photographic Motorcycle Tours is a new concept in group travel. Professional photographer and avid motorcyclist John Hershey is offering guided motorcycle tours designed to experience the rustic beauty of the scenic Southwest and improve your photography skills.
Besides the great riding , John is going to create photographic opportunities for you and provide photographic instruction and coaching throughout the tour.
"Mr. Hershey offers an incredible riding and photographic experience," states James Morrison, president of Southwest Bike Travel Zine Inc., the world's first internet publication dedicated to motorcycle travel. "This is motorcycle touring at its best." Morrison continues, "By combining motorcycle travel with professional photography, Mr. Hershey captures the total experience of touring. He provides the film, a photograph on canvas of you and your bike for your office or den, and of course, all the excitement you can handle."