Ride Stories

Look here for great Rides taken by your fellow bikers. We want to hear about your rides, too!

Send your “ride story” to: rides@bikebytes.com

We can’t promise you we’ll publish everyone we receive, but we’ll try. Thanks in advance for sharing your experience. Remember to include places where you enjoyed the food, music, scenery or met new friends!!

Pacific Coast Highway (June 2013)

Have a “bucket list”?    This ride should be on it.   Easy rentals (House of Thunder, Morgan Hill CA).   Easy flight into SanFran ($378 roundtrip from Philthydelphia).   BikeBytes highly recommends this ride!!    Includes twisties, mountains, coastline, marinas.   Did learn that Motos are not permitted in the 17 mile scenic road around Pebble Beach, but we made our own path thru Monterey…didn’t need to see no stinkin’ golf course anyway.   Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) going south was beautiful.  Big Sur was awesome, although the view from Nepente (must visit Restaurant at the top) was obscured by Fog, the bloody mary’s were superb.   Carmel was great town.   Too many hills for vehicles with kickstands, but park em and walk.   Clint Eastwood’s bar, Hog’s Breath, has outdoor fireplaces to relax.   Too many restaurants to mention.

Happy to share more places…drop us an email.


Daytona Beach, Bike Week 2013 (March)

Good weather and flat roads made for a relaxing ride on the “Bike Week Loop”.   Old oak trees, hanging spanish moss, ocean views and big houses all contributed to a fun ride west of Daytona Beach.   Not the twisties we are used to up North, but definitely an enjoyable way to spend the afternoon!

Dublin, Ireland

An interesting train ride and hike landed BikeBytes in Red Cow, Ireland to the west of Dublin.

Big store that featured Harley Davidson, Triumph, Buell, and Ducati bikes and clothing.     Nice people and gear, but watch those Euro conversion prices and VAT (taxes)!!!    ; )


Ocean City, MD Bike Week

Lotsa bikes!  Several locations…great weather…cool beach views.  Ride to Assateague National Park to see the wild horses was great….’cept no horses!    (…story forthcoming)















“Rim of the World”, California

Labor Day 2012 Ride: What a view!!!!   High above San Bernadino, in Crestline California, (about 5,000+ feet) we took a ride on some real twisties with a breathtaking view.

The mountains were great and the temperature was excellent.  Thanks to “#1 Son”, Ben for the “Rim of the World tour” and to Brent for the loaner of the Honda…was a great ride on the small hilly roads.

The little bikes were just right for these super windy hillclimb roads.

Picture of the “Honda Hogs” attached….








Ephrata “First Sunday” Ride

Hundreds (thousands?) of bikes assemble in Ephrata the first Sunday of each month.   The American Legion offers a breakfast which is the focus for all the bikes to do a slow ride in and park in several surrounding lots.   All types of bikes show up for a park and walk around.   A few vendor

s (Triumph, Ducati), but really a chill place to start or end a ride with a look at many crazy bikes and trikes.


Roar for the Cure – July 21

Short ride from Freedom Cycle, Wilmington thru Chester County and ending at The Reef.    Nice sized crowd and good food and band at the finish line.

Second Annual Hero Ride – June 3, 2012

Sunday, June 3rd, over 150 bikes road the Delaware County countryside in support of the First Response Hero’s Fund. Complete with police escort (no red lights or stop signs!!), we covered 60 miles on a gorgeous day for a great fundraiser. The ride ended in West Chester with pizza provided by sponsor, Benny’s Pizza.

All kinds of bikes, great weather, good cause…..safe ride. See you next year for Ride number 3?



Key West – May 2012

Make way Margaritaville! Rented Harley Softail in Key West (Adventure Rentals) and after a brief stop at the “most southern tip of USA” (90 miles from Cuba)….joined the bikes on US-1 North. Water on both sides as the ride went thru Key West, Islamorada, including the Seven Mile Bridge, and Key Largo. The weather was great and the cross winds were mild and no problem. Enjoyed a good lunch at the Sunset Grill, located just at the end of the Seven Mile Bridge. Good food, great view and nice open atmosphere.

Further North to Key Largo for the largest Conch Fritter ever seen by a Yankee! Covered the entire plate. Local musician did Jimmy Buffet and Jerry Jeff tunes to a mellow outside rustic canal side bar. The Conch salad (conch, tomatoes, onions…?) was awesome.

Headed back down US-1 and pit stop at LoraLei’s Marina offered some good Stone Crab Claws and more conch. As a bonus, saw a “Water Limo” and authentic (not!) Pirate Ship.







Finally, its back on down the road to Key West for a tour of the many, many bars of Key West. It was the Songwriter’s Festival Weekend, so music all the time, everywhere. No cover charge. Many talented musicians. Great seafood, rum runners, more music, and scooters EVERYWHERE! Sounded like herd of mosquitos.

Lesson learned: Seems that the scooters can park most places, but Mr. Officer made me move the Harley….seems the big bikes need to park down the street (No ticket, nice Mr. Officer).








Overall a great trip! Weather perfect, landscape was gorgeous, friendly bikers, awesome music….and Rum Runners! Go for it!