RIDE AS ONE LLC operates the way that it does as a result of years of experience planning, organizing and leading group rides and multi-day tours. Every small piece of this puzzle has been added because of a past situation that we have personally experienced to be something that can take away from the "experience". While you may not understand why we do, or don't do, certain things, please trust that we have reason(s) for them. Our goal is to provide you the best possible experience. We wisely use our gained knowledge to do just that. Come and ride with us!
Riding As One is different than a "group ride". On a group ride, you have a number of individuals "riding their own ride" who happen to be going to the same place. When you Ride As One everyone rides as part of one bigger unit (like a bus). Everyone rides by the same rules and plays their individual part in moving the unit along safely and together. Everyone knows what to expect from each other, which minimizes the risk of incidents and no one gets separated or lost. This is how we can ask you to let go, relax and just ride. You don't need a map or gps to distract you because you will not get lost or separated from the group...as long as you Ride As One. Your Captain & crew have everything under control.
The EXPERIENCE is about letting go, relaxing, exhaling, enjoying the open road, the twisty roads, the wind, the scenery, the little gems along the way, the food and the new friends with whom you will be Riding As One. All of the details are taken care of...just RIDE. Take full advantage of your getaway time. Don’t sweat the details or the small stuff and leave the office and work stress behind. It’s time for some wind therapy! Bring a positive attitude, relax and decompress.
Space is limited for each tour for the ultimate tour Experience. Therefore, all payments are due in full when booking any tour to hold your slot. Tours will sell out quickly so we suggest that you book early. All payments are non-refundable. We strongly recommend purchasing a good trip cancelation and travel insurance policy as we do understand that things do happen at times. A couple of suggestions are listed below but there are others to choose from as well. Weather we obviously can not control. It is the sole discretion of the Road Captain as to whether any tour goes or does not go due to weather. Should a tour get canceled due to weather, you will have a credit for the full amount paid toward another available tour to be taken within 12 months.
The tours have limited space for the best EXPERIENCE. That also means that they sell out quickly as well. Get on our mailing list to be the first to know about new tours.
Book early to lock in a spot on any tour(s). Sold out tours will have a waiting list. There will be a non-refundable $50 charge to get onto any waitlist. If a slot opens up you will be notified and full payment (minus the deposit) will be due immediately. If there is no opening for that tour, you will have that deposit as a credit toward your next booking or waitlist hold.
We are doing "street riding" tours. That means paved roads with other vehicle traffic. So, street legal motorcycles, trikes or other three wheelers of any make and model are welcome! The only stipulation here is that we require a minimum engine size of 750cc's or larger (unless you are signing up for one of our intro to touring training rides). Many of our tours do include some highway riding and we ride "WITH THE FLOW OF TRAFFIC" for safety. Now a days, we have found that traffic flow can be a bit challenging for smaller engines.
Most tours depart from the Laurel, MD area. The specific departure location and time for your tour will be provided to you with the rest of your tour information. We do not do "pick ups along the way". We require that all riders be present at the start location and time to get all of the pre-ride information that happens prior to the ride.
We expect all riders and passengers to be reasonably outfitted in full motorcycle gear as we hope you regularly do when riding alone. Full face or 3/4 face helmets preferred, motorcycle specific boots, jacket and gloves minimum. Motorcycle protective pants/jeans are also highly recommended but not mandatory. Everyone’s safety is top priority for us . Please note that every rider and passenger has to take personal responsibility for their own safety. An incident potentially resulting in injuries that could have been mild but aren’t because not enough gear was worn effects everyone on the tour.
Well, of course, not something we can control. Always a good idea to carry rain gear just in case. Solid rain gear can also be used as a warming layer should you just get chilly. We are constantly on top of the forecast, especially at times when we have a tour coming up. We have seen situations where at 7-10 days out the forecast looks horrible, only to have it brighten 2-3 days before. We’ve also experienced a forecast of rain for day one but, the rest of the days look great (or at least worth riding). These types of situations is why we may hold off canceling a tour until just days before if nec. We don't want to miss a good riding weekend by calling it too early. It is solely up to the Captain as to whether any tour goes out or not with questionable weather. That decision may be to depart on a rainy day knowing that the rest of the tour is well worth salvaging. Several factors are taken into account when making these decisions. It’s best just to stay ready and prepared for either scenario. See the “cancelations” tab for more info on that.
It is highly recommended that you get trip insurance. A number of factors can cause a cancelation. While we try to reschedule particular tours and will have other tours for you to choose as replacements, they still may not line up with your schedule in the end. Please visit www.insuremytrip.com for additional information.
If you are the type of person who prefers to venture out solo, this is definitely not the right touring situation for you. The R.A.O. EXPERIENCE is all about the time that you share with the others on the tour. Each day is usually a very full day already. Most riders are just happy to get to a bed after dinner and a post ride hangout. You may have heard of safety in numbers? When the group is together on the road we are more visible to other traffic and all there to lend assistance to a rider if necessary. If something were to happen to a rider while "off on their own", not only is there no group help but that could also delay the tour as we are looking for a rider who is not there.
We absolutely prefer that you stay with the group for the entire tour.
No problem! Riding with others can be intimidating, especially when everyone is doing their own thing, you don’t know what to expect when or who’s going to do what next. A good pre-ride for any group ride will explain the structure and ground rules for the ride. At R.A.O. we have a training course on riding with others but we will also break down the riding rules during the pre-ride of each tour to make sure that everyone is on the same page.
If you’re really uncomfortable you should definitely take the course first. The trips and travel are fun and amazing experiences. But, learning how to ride with others, pack your motorcycle and travel multi-day on a bike while on your first tour, is NOT the time to learn. It will only take away from your enjoyment and the enjoyment of others. We have some seminars and courses covering these things so that you are ready to relax and enjoy your ride by the time you leave on a tour. See the Training Academy page for more info.
Most tours will include a variety of road types and all riders should be comfortable with all types. Paved surfaces are always the plan but there can be occasions where unexpected detours may temporarily re-route us onto dirt/gravel roads to get us back to paved roads. How do we know? It has happened. We handle these situations as best we can and moving at a reasonable pace for the situation. Your familiarity and comfort with these surfaces will help should this very rare situation occur. There will be some highway riding on some rides and our pace is always “WITH THE FLOW OF TRAFFIC”. Studies and experience have shown that this is the safest pace to roll. It can be dangerous to go too fast but it can be just as dangerous, if not more, to go too slow.
That, of course, will vary with each ride. We are not iron butt, tank to tank riders. We typically don’t ride any longer than 90 mins or 100 miles per segment, whichever comes first. Five to seven hours of “riding time” in a day is a good general glimpse. With stops along the way, a day could turn into 7-10hrs. It all depends on the specific tour though. There will be an overview of the entire trip during the pre-ride meeting and each morning there will be a briefing that will layout the plan for the day. You will not get a route map of any kind because we are all Riding As One.
It is, again, highly recommended that you have your bike serviced by a professional mechanic 2-4 weeks prior to your tour departure. It is also recommended that you have some means of motorcycle towing if necessary (AAA, AMA, etc). Should any rider experience a mechanical issue or breakdown it will be handled the best way possible for that particular situation with all elements taken into account. Safety is of course top priority. We travel with emergency and first aid supplies as well as basic tools. If your situation requires a tow out, it will be your responsibility 100% to make those arrangements. We will assist as best we can and be sure that you are safe. However, we will also do what is necessary to try and keep the rest of the tour on schedule for the other riders. There will be no refunds of any portion of the tour fee if a mechanical breakdown causes a rider to not be able to complete the tour.
*** We recommended that you bring some basic tools specific to your bike. It is also a good idea to have a spare key and either bring your owners manual or download it to your phone.***
Please make sure that your motorcycle is properly serviced beforehand. Tires should have good tread and plenty of life remaining. TCLOCK check the morning of departure.
Luggage should be safely and securely attached to your motorcycle. If there is a support vehicle for your particular tour, you MAY be able to store one piece of luggage in the vehicle. But, we have found that it is always best if all riders can remain self-sufficient and have their belongings with them at all times.
We reserve the right to cancel any tour if the number of participants booked does not meet the minimum requirement to operate the trip, weather concerns or due to force majeure. In the unlikely event that this should occur, you will be able to use the amount you paid as a credit toward any other tour with space available as a replacement. A replacement tour should be booked and taken within 12 months of the original tour date.
YES! We sure do. We purposely reserved dates between the tours currently posted for private tours. Or, you can book an entire tour date (if available) that's already posted for your group if you have at least 10 riders. We are open to designing a tour to a specific location of your choosing and tweaking details to suit your needs. Just reach out and let us know!
PLEASE be sure that we are aware of any special conditions when booking. We will always do our best to accommodate certain conditions/situations as long as it does not interfere with or, take away from, the safety and experience of other riders.
If you plan to arrive early or leave later than the scheduled tour and need lodging before and/or after your tour let us know. We can assist you with lodging convenient to our start and end points. These stays are, of course, not included in the tour price but we may be able to get a slightly better rate for you. A few recommendations in the area are:
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Fort Meade National Business Park
120 National Business Pkwy, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701 +1-301-498-7477
While the documentation you will fill out before any tour will include emergency contacts and important medical information, we STRONGLY suggest that every rider obtain a RoadID. We are not affiliated with the company in any way. We just know that the product works and is invaluable! Every rider should have one and wear it whenever they ride. Drivers license, cell phone, ICE....etc. all give minimal help when the clock is ticking and you may need immediate care. PLEASE get one and help to spread the word. RoadID.com.