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After officially registering our firm on August 19, 1987; we have had the opportunity to meet many repeat riders who have joined us over the past years. These motorcyclists added a personal touch to our tours and rentals as we attempted to show them how to properly ride and safely enjoy Europe. These Euroriders, if they happened to join us for a second tour, also had a chance to be trained up as an assistant tour guide of the day (or moment). They all deserve a special "thank you" from us.
This mixed bunch of repeat riders include Sanford Nash from Ohio, Robin and Bob Hyde from Minnesota, Gordon and Elly Stuart from New Mexico, Marcus Perry from New Jersey, Lyn and Gary from Oakland, Les and Sandy Holien from Colorado, Perry Payson from Canada, Wallace and Norma from Brasil, Steve and Kathy from California.
Special mention is also warranted for Michi Imamura from Japan who brought many of her friends numerous times to different rental gateways, Cat and Maus MacLeod from California, Marcos and Helen Pedroso, Luiz and Teia from Brasil.
Recognition is also warranted for Mike and Jen Jagielski from Minnesota who continue to explore new regions of Europe every 2 or 3 years. They returned this year for another rental and rode the Route des Cretes in the Hautes Vosges in Alsace, France and the Black Forest in Germany. It doesn't always have to be the Alps. See their Tumblr page with their daily comments and high-quality photographs.
Motomu and Miki from Japan also deserve a kind mention on their culinary meals with us sampling the gourmet treats possible on any of our tour routes. Slow food is also suitable for fast riders.
The Sternsinger from our village wish all riders from far and wide a safe, exciting and enjoyable riding season.
Besides the riding aspects over the years, we have always enjoyed the hotels and their cuisine, local cultural spots and the rider camaraderie when the bikes were parked after a day's ride. A balanced ride with the right mix of saddle time, cultural stops, select lunch locales and the occasional historical stop causes memories which last a lifetime.
The past years have seen many gifts provided us from riders including fresh Alaskan and Canadian salmon packed in ice, leather pouches from Alberta, Canada; many coffees from Brasil; Utah Olympic, L.A. Harley and Oakland fire department t-shirts, a W.O.G.S. Queensland, Australia can cooler; pens, pins and stickers from Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin and elsewhere, yearly trip desk calendars and a few select bottles of wine from Napa valley and Bordeaux which were well rested before they were uncorked. We appreciate all of these varied items of friendship.
We were also completely surprised by a magnum bottle of Opus One (a Mondavi and Rothschild California wine cuvee) that Tom and Deborah Knox from Arkansas brought along in 2008 to share with their riding friends. We were lucky it was a small group and the Dolomites provided the perfect setting to often tingle wine glasses at the evening meal.
This year is special to us not only for celebrating 25 years of offering motorcycle tours and rentals in Europe, but also after 35 years of research, my sister Mary published a book on our family's Luxembourger heritage. Our main-line Decker ancestors from my mother's side emigrated to the state of Wisconsin, USA in 1846 and somehow it all fits together with one another - a good read complements a good ride.
While my sister sorted out the abundance of dates, tracked down lineages and far-flung relatives from 10 states in the USA, I did the legwork and rode throughout Luxembourg discovering relatives who never left the homestead. My special skills included ringing doorbells, walking cemetery rows photographing gravestones and quickly shifting gears between villages.
My numerous travels in the early 1980's were on a Triumph Bonneville T 140 and BMW R 80. My first rides on these Luxembourg excursions and in the adjoining Eifel hills in Germany were the catalyst to create our firm to offer motorcycling tour and rental vacations in Europe.
Leon A. Heindel reads the perfect curve on the Caracciola-Karussell at the Nürburgring in 1987.
Over the years we have had many highlights including picking grapes with Nick Ienatsch overlooking the Zell village in the Moselle river valley and acrobatic swan riding with Jason Black in the Hunsrück hills after the Intermot Cologne, early October, 1994 (8 page article in Sport Rider magazine, "SR Staff Tour - Gone on the 'Bahn" by Nick Ienatsch and Jason Black in the April, 1995 issue).
In July of 1995, I had the opportunity to tag-along with Clement Salvadori on our French & Swiss Alps tour to the highest paved pass in the Alps, the Col de la Bonette at 2802 meters ("Passes by the Dozen" article by Clement Salvadori in the February, 1996 issue of Rider magazine - PDF with 944 KB).
Our touring company was also used as the "how to" European tour example 5 years later by Clement Salvadori on our Classic Alps & Dolomites ("Analyzing an Alpine Experience" article by Clement Salvadori in March, 2000 Rider magazine issue - PDF with 626 KB).
In August of 2001, and after 20 years of touring, I also learned how to sport-ride by watching closely the optimal gear shifting and curve entry-speed skills of Mark Hoyer on his Yamaha FJR 1300 (9 page article in Cycle World magazine "Trial by Alps" by Mark Hoyer in the November, 2001 issue).
A retrospective moment in the Chapelle des Cordeliers standing before the Marc Chagall window in Ville de Sarrebourg.
In June of 2010, the Jacare Moto Clube from Brasil returned to Europe for a 17-day custom tour in Germany, Czech Republic and Austria. New perspectives every day were possible traveling with this group of 27 persons and 21 motorcycles.
We are thankful on this club tour, as on all of our other bike tours we have conducted the past 25 years, noone broke any bones or landed in the hospital (even though possibilities existed every other day) nor were any riders jailed by the local police (but there was a Chaplinesque encounter in Prague with 2 feet in a uniform chasing 2 wheels).
The village of Kirchheim in Alsace beckons a visit.
BMW's mix well with historical tractors.
The Route des Cretes in the Vosges hills offers blue skies on well-kept roads.
Our private group motorcycle tours are conducted with your dates of choice for your club or group of 8 persons or more. Consider also our custom tour services for your special ride with friends and associates. Review our custom and incentive travel tours section and use our experience to your advantage for a great ride in the heart of Europe!
To celebrate our 30th anniversary this year, we offer an 8 day/7 night professionally organized and conducted Only Alsace scheduled motorcycle tour from 6 - 13 June, 2017 and 29 August - 5 September, 2017. Riding days on the Alsace wine route and German wine road offer many culinary highlights.
If planning only a bike rental for your European riding vacation, please review our individual and group rental program with Berlin, Frankfurt/Main and Munich, Germany; Bern, Geneva and Zurich, Switzerland; and Milan, Italy gateways.
All the essential information you need to plan your motorcycling vacation in Europe is within this home page. Please review our Acrobat Reader PDF files page to download our current tour and rental brochures or magazine articles. Our EuroRider's corner and links page provide additional information to help you plan your vacation.