RoadRUNNER Touring Weekend Sets New Attendance Record in 2011

Aug 10, 2011 View Comments by

The number of riders and passengers attending this year’s Touring Weekend skyrocketed to 260, making it the largest on record since the event began in 2006. While tour leaders were out pre-riding their routes on Thursday, July 14, 2011, motorcyclists from as far away as Seattle, Washington and several Canadian Provinces began arriving at event headquarters in Staunton, VA. A number of riders had actually arrived a day early, on Wednesday, to take advantage of Thursday’s Stayin’ Safe advanced riding sessions led by Eric Trow and his staff.

Publisher Christa Neuhauser officially kicked off the weekend’s festivities with Thursday’s welcome dinner at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel. Afterward, RoadRUNNER tour leaders introduced themselves and provided a synopsis of their association with America’s foremost motorcycle touring magazine followed with an entertaining and highly informative presentation on riding safely in groups.

Guided tours on the Parkway and Mountain routes began departing on Friday and Saturday mornings at 8:00 am, in 15-minute intervals. The weather gods blessed both of the riding days with near perfect motorcycle touring weather. In fact, temperatures on the mountain ridges registered in the high 50s during the morning hours—quite exhilarating! Azure skies and radiant sunshine graced our travels along twisty mountain pass roads and through bucolic, lost-in-time rural valleys. And the absence of late afternoon summer storms meant that raingear could stay packed away in saddlebags all weekend.

On Friday evening Technical Editor Ken Freund gave an in-depth seminar on planning and preparing for a long trip outside the US and what to expect at border crossings in lesser-developed countries. Journalist John Flores followed with numerous nifty tips that will help riders take better travel photos when they’re on tour.

After dinner on Saturday evening, Christa and Florian Neuhauser conducted an enthralling presentation on their many overseas motorcycle-touring adventures. The evening’s festivities concluded with an exciting session of “RoadRUNNER Bingo.” The winners took home some cool motorcycling prizes. The amplitude of the laughter and frivolity, however, suggested that there were no losers in the room, only winners. Christa wished everyone safe travels home and urged them to plan ahead for Roadrunner’s 2012 Touring Weekend.

We would like to thank all of our sponsors who contributed to another successful Touring Weekend event:

Adaptiv, Aerostich, American Road Magazine, Autumn Riders, Dainese,  
Nolan, PIAA Headlights, Racer Parts Wholesale, S100, Sport Moto Gear,  
Stonewall Jackson Hotel & Conference Center, Tour on 2 Motorcycle Tours,  
Touratech, Whitehorse Press, Wolfman Luggage, Wrapter

We’re looking forward to an even better Touring Weekend in 2012 – so start planning now!

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