"We don't judge a successful day on how many miles we rode, but by the smile on your face." With that motto as their driving force, the expert guides at MotoQuest play a role in each step of the tour planning—from manning the phones during initial queries to scouting out routes that's tailored to each group's comfort level. The multilingual team, who are also trained in First Aid and Professional Comedic Stand-Up, amiably lead groups of no more than 10 bikers all around the world, from Alaska to South Africa to Vietnam.
Riders board a fleet including Harley Davidson, Kawasaki, and Yamaha bikes and either follow guides down roads that veer off typical tourist paths, or pick up a road map and carve out their own epic journeys. They may also opt for hourly or weekly rentals of the motorcycles and scooters. Journeys may take riders across scenic landscapes or through bustling towns that acquaint them with the local culture.
When Brian McInerney reflects on the humble beginnings of Wheel Fun Rentals, Inc., he points to his childhood passion for bikes. "As far back as I can remember, I had a real love affair with bicycles," he recalls. During a trip to Italy in 1987, Brian's affinity for cycling blossomed into a full-fledged obsession when he spotted locals' transporter of choice, the surrey. Inspired, he began importing the Italian four-wheelers to a rental business in the U.S. that eventually expanded into Wheel Fun Rentals, now a nationwide web of shops that also loans out bikes, electric cars and mopeds, and man-powered watercraft. Adventuresome athletes can also compete in activities such as surrey scavenger hunts and blindfold obstacle courses navigated via shouted instructions from a seeing teammate or exceptionally long rounds of trial and error.
The chopper-whisperers of Rotor Aviation help make would-be pilots' sky-bound dreams come true. One of the aviation center's most popular services is its training program, whose classes range from casual workshops to pilot-certification prep courses for the most serious students. Experienced pilots can rent out Rotor Aviation's helicopters, which is also helpful for those looking to use an intimidating-looking paperweight during their first few days at the office. The on-staff pilots also use those choppers to take aerial photographs, help dry construction sites, and add glitz to special events such as weddings or marriage proposals.
Catalina Air Harbor's team whisks visitors into the Los Angeles skies, providing their passengers with stunning views of Long Beach, Catalina Island, and Los Angeles Harbor from a vantage point normally reserved for soaring birds and trampoline test jumpers. Launching from Long Beach Airport, the pilots helm brief scenic tours, taking passengers on sunset flights amid the clouds and opening their eyes to a new perspective of the southern California coastline.
Think of a Pediwagon as a mobile bar counter where revelers socialize while pedals siphon off empty beer calories. Up to 15 people board the pedal-powered vehicle, which requires at least six pairs of feet to keep it moving. The wagon shuttles groups through all manner of events, from bachelor parties and pub crawls to city tours, and can be reserved for a minimum of two hours.
Through the panoramic windows of Silver State Trailways' European motorcoaches, passengers watch the highway roll by as veteran drivers chauffeur them between California and Las Vegas. The luxury fleet has made the interstate journey since 1986, along with special trips to Arizona and such California tourist destinations as national parks, Disneyland, and the store where Arnold Schwarzenegger buys his spinach. Seating 31–61 passengers, the air-conditioned buses ease the passing hours with features such as onboard restrooms, reclining seats, and overhead monitors for entertainment. Committed to customer safety, Silver State Trailways keeps in constant touch with its drivers through a state-of-the-art communications system that pinpoints coaches’ whereabouts without having to hire a film-noir P.I. to tail them on horseback.