CHIX ON 66 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
***REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED***
1. What is Chix on 66? Chix on 66 is a motorcycle journey that begins on June 10, 2022 in Milwakee, WI at the Harley-Davidson Museum, and proceeds to Chicago, where the Historic Route 66 begins. The ride will continue across the country, following Historic Route 66 and ending at the Santa Monica pier in California -the end point of the Route. The ride will take 14 days to cover approximately 2400 miles.
2. When is the event? June 10-25, 2022
3. How much does it cost? The full two-week ride registration fee is $500. If you can only participate in one week of the ride, the fee is $300. If you would like to participate for a day or a few days, the first day is $100 followed by $35 per day after that. Your lodging will be booked and paid for separately. We would love for you to ride with us for whichever days or destinations work with your schedule!
4. In addition to being part of this group of women on this cross-country journey, what do I get with my registration fee?
Included in the fee:
- A nice swag package (for full 2-week registrations)
- A chase vehicle that can transport you to the evening destination for further repair or a shop within reasonable distance from the route
- Mechanical support during the ride
- Water/fluids and supplemental emergency gasoline
- Membership to the Antique Motorcycle Club of America and the female-focused Riveter Chapter of the AMCA
- Miscellaneous ride logistics costs (event insurance, parking at the Santa Monica pier, etc.
- A Route 66 app highlighting historic places and points of interest as well as turn-by-turn directions for specific route we will follow
- A great trip with a great group of women and organized events along the way
5. How do I sign up? We will post our registration application soon. Space is limited so after you register, we will inform you if you’ve secured a spot on the ride. Since this is an AMCA event, antique motorcycles will have first priority for ride participation. Antique motorcycles, as defined by the AMCA, include all motorcycles 35 years or older at the time of the ride.
6. When is payment due? Within a week of being notified you have a space on the ride but not before 1/10/22.
7. Is my registration fee refundable? No. Your fee is not refundable; however, it IS transferable. If for some reason you cannot participate in the ride, you can transfer your spot to another rider. Simply contact us for assistance on taking care of this change of plans.
8. How do I know where to stay on the route? We have negotiated blocks of rooms at hotels and motels in each city along the way. We will send you information on how to secure lodging after your registration payment is received. Secured rates for rooms for the 15-day trip total approximately $2500 before tax.
PLEASE NOTE: You do not have to stay at the selected locations, but we recommend that you do. You will build comradery and forge new friendships as you travel the route with these women.
9. I am riding solo but would like to share rooms to save money. Can I connect with other participants? Absolutely. Once we open registration, we will also provide all participants with a mechanism for communicating. If you are looking for a roomie, or riding partners, or just want to get to know the other participants in advance, you will be able to do so. Let us know on your registration form if you have a preferred venue for communication.
PLEASE NOTE: No lodging payment is due until your stay at each location is complete, so you will not incur these expenses until you are on the road with us in June.
10. When should I book my lodging? Travel itinerary and lodging information will be sent on March 15, 2022, once your entry fee is received. It is recommended that you make your reservations as soon as possible once you receive the information. Reservations through the streamlined booking service will close on March 30, 2022.
11. Do I have to commit to doing the entire route? No. However, if you plan to do only a portion of the route, please indicate that on your registration application. We will need to know which part of the ride you plan to participate in.
12. What if my bike breaks down? We will have a mechanic traveling with us who can help with troubleshooting and roadside repairs as well as a chase vehicle and trailer to transport you if needed. If you’ve never traveled long distances because the possibility of a breakdown has you worried, this ride is designed to alleviate those concerns! Still, be sure your bike is up to date on all maintenance and checked out completely before you leave for the trip.
13. I am a fairly new rider. Is this ride too difficult for me? We suggest that you have ridden at least a couple thousand miles, preferably on the motorcycle you plan to take on this trip. Additionally, you should have experienced the most common road surfaces, such as asphalt, concrete, gravel/dirt, milled pavement, grooved pavement, tar snakes, construction zones/detours, tar and chip, metal deck bridges. You must also know how to hold and start your bike on a hill smoothly, have good low speed skills with u-turns, and have experience riding in different weather conditions like wind and rain.
There is only one 10-mile segment of the route that is highly technical. The rest of the route is not technically difficult, but when you are traveling, you need to be ready for just about any road condition or situation.
14. Can my [friend, sister, husband, boyfriend] tag along? No, no unregistered participants may accompany riders on the route or at Chix on 66 events or activities. This includes people on motorcycles or other vehicles. Our insurance only covers registered participants on motorcycles. Since it is likely we will be riding in groups ranging from a few to many motorcycles, we do not want to introduce the risk associated with other vehicles trying to keep up with the group, nor do we want to detract from the group social dynamic. If you want to make plans for any of the evenings or stops along the way that aren’t part of the official ride, please do so independently from other riders participating in the Chix on 66 event. If there are other women interested in joining the group for a day or two, please point them to our registration form where they sign up for single days!
15. What should I pack on my bike? Once you register, we will send you a set of documents, including a suggested packing list; however, you will want to pack any tools that are specific to your bike. Our mechanics will cover a very broad range, but if you know your bike requires a special tool for something, pack it. Better safe than sorry.
You will want good protective riding gear and rain gear. Bring comfortable clothing, and wear gear you are used to. This is not the time to try out something that may be awkward or uncomfortable.
16. Is my bike going to be secure each night? With motorcycle travel, there is always the slim chance that something could happen to your bike. Check with your insurance agent before you leave. Further, there are some lo-jack type trackers that are easy to install and will broadcast a signal if your bike is moved.
We have taken all reasonable precautions, but if you are concerned about theft, you should consider additional insurance and some sort of tracking device.
17. What will be required when I show up for the ride? Every rider will be required to register in person at the start of the ride, providing driver's license with MC endorsement, motorcycle registration and proof of insurance for that bike. Please make sure you have these documents in your possession that day. No exceptions.
18. How do I get myself and my bike home from Santa Monica? This is up to you, however, we are currently negotiating a discounted group rate on a truck transport from Santa Monica. We would load the bikes on a truck in Santa Monica, and they would be delivered to your home. You can enjoy a relaxing flight home after a fun two-week adventure.
We will be able to provide more specific details on the transport pricing very soon.
19. What will I be responsible for that isn’t included in the registration fee?
Participants are responsible for the following:
Transportation of self and bike to Chicago
Lodging reservations and payments
All meals except as indicated in final itinerary, which may include some sponsored group lunch stops and dinners
Maintenance fluids/supplies (oil, transmission/primary fluids, spark plugs, etc.) and costs associated with maintaining your bike on the trip
Transportation of self and bike home from Santa Monica
Registration Application: CLOSED
Application acceptance: 1/3/22 through 3/15/22
Registration fee due within 7 days of acceptance, but not before 1/10/2022 (for early applicants)
Lodging booking opens: 3/15/2022
Lodging booking closes: 3/30/2022
Truck transport booking: TBD
Meet in Milwaukee ready to ride Route 66: June 10, 2022!!