It began as a private collection. Sometime ago, after middle age set in, I began purchasing some of the big twin cylinder motorcycles that I had ridden and loved in the 1970’s. Soon, I added bikes that I wished I had owned. Finally, I decided to assemble a collection of every big twin from the 1970’s. I always felt that these motorcycles should be ridden, not just collected and stored, but at a certain point it became apparent that I would need help … I had more bikes than I could ride. So in 1998 I organized a trip for eight or ten friends. They drove, rode or flew into town, loaded up some bikes and we headed south. Over the years, this routine evolved into three or four tours per year, and we experimented with group sizes of three to twelve and distances ranging from local jaunts to cross country adventures, and even international rides.
The next great step in the evolution of RetroTours came with the realization that I could not afford to sponsor these rides indefinitely. I have now taken the lessons learned over the years and applied them. RetroTours is not dedicated to earning profits but exists to enable us to share a unique vintage touring experience with others. While we may never grow rich, at least we will now grow poor somewhat more slowly, while continuing to enjoy and share the adventure, the thrill and the camaraderie of retro-touring. Every ride is unique and every ride presents challenges and I still love every ride.