2017 Touring Weekend Presentations and Workshops

Nov 23, 2016 View Comments by

2017 Touring Weekend

After a successful 2016 Touring Weekend in Bolivar, PA, preparations have begun for this year’s event, August 10 – 13, 2017, in Kingsport, TN.

Located in what is known as the Mountain Empire—which spans from the mountainous counties of Tennessee to Southwest Virginia—Kingsport offers the perfect mix of old-school charm, the amenities of a large city, and curvy mountain routes. Positioned in the northeast corner of the state, Kingsport is a rich and historic destination, home to approximately 50,000 residents. Riders will spend days exploring it and the roads around the Great Smoky Mountains.

This year’s presenters include:

  • Eric Trow/Stayin’ Safe Mini Sessions: Stayin’ Safe’s four-hour course is the perfect primer for the Touring Weekend. Riders are coached on the road via radio commentary, and participate in positive roadside “chalk talk” lessons. Benefit from advanced rider training, focus on enhancing your turning skills, reading the road, and anticipating dangerous moments before they happen.
  • Yuval Naveh/Hands-on GPS Workshop: Join an engaging and interesting hands-on seminar to master the secret art of GPS routes. Gain the confidence to download and use routes from RoadRUNNER, and design your own routes. Learn how to upload and use routes on your GPS device or smartphone GPS application.
  • John M. Flores/Traveling Cross-country on an Electric Motorcycle: In 1903, George A. Wyman set out from San Francisco in an attempt to ride to New York City and become the first person to cross the country on a motorized vehicle (car or motorcycle). Wyman claimed 3,800 miles but his cyclometer broke (at least two of them, actually) so nobody really knows. Join RoadRUNNER journalist John M. Flores as he shares his experience of retracing Wyman’s tire tracks on a 2016 Zero DSR electric motorcycle.
  • James T. Parks/Planning and Preparation Tips for Extended U.S. Tours: Having completed numerous extended U.S. motorcycle tours, Jim will share his practical planning and preparation tips for having a successful two-wheeled adventure. The techniques used by Jim in planning a complex four-week, 4,500-mile, cross-country trip, which resulted in five separate RoadRUNNER magazine articles, will be presented as an example.
  • Alain Labadie/Overseas Touring: As long time guest of Blue Rim Tours, Alain will share his many experiences in great detail—from astounding scenery to Old World culture, savory food to rich wines, to laughter and discoveries with new friends. You’ll find out what makes a Blue Rim Tour such a trip of a lifetime for him. Alain will also be providing helpful tips on how to prepare for an overseas tour and what to expect, so that you can get the most out of your trip.
  • Brian Shaney/Tackling the Continental Divide: Taking on a long-distance ride across diverse terrain, very often far off the beaten path, demands preparation. Fuel, food, and lodging are only a few of the things that need to be considered. Among other adventures, RoadRUNNERjournalist Brian Shaney recently trekked 2,700-plus miles down the Continental Divide. Don’t miss his presentation of the trip. He’ll be sharing stories, photos, and offering advice to riders looking to make a similar journey.

Registration for this year’s event is $215 per person and the deadline is July 13, 2017. Riders can visit www.touring-weekend.com to register, learn more about lodging, and stay apprised of Touring Weekend news and updates.


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