New Motorcycle Travel Center in the Middle of the World

freedom-new-HQ-logoEcuador Freedom Bike Rental and Motorcycle Tours announced today that they have opened a new “Adventure Motorcycle Travel Center” in the middle of planet Earth – near the Equator in Quito, Ecuador.

The travel station will provide maintenance and travel information services for international motorcycle adventurers and will house the new headquarters for the company’s motorcycle rental and tour operations.

The new center is expected to become a popular stop near the midpoint of the Pan-American Highway, which stretches between Prudhoe Bay, Alaska and Ushuaia, Argentina. The Travel Center will offer international motorcycle travelers a place to relax, gather and share information, and have access to high quality, trustworthy repair and maintenance services.

freedom-new-HQ-1Located in the Mariscal Section of Quito – near many hostels, hotels, restaurants and bars – the new Travel Center provides a comprehensive collection of maps of Ecuador and South America, a fully stocked bar, plus a shower and hot tub.

Motorcyclists who are travelling through Ecuador can receive mail and packages and even store their bikes and belongings for a modest fee. Artists and photographers will have a dedicated space to exhibit their motorcycle-related artwork and photographs as well.

The Center houses a state-of-the-art motorcycle maintenance and repair facility with mechanics that are highly experienced in diagnosing and correcting the most complicated mechanical and electrical problems. A hot water, high pressure wash and thorough inspection of travelers’ motorcycles is available upon request. A support vehicle can be dispatched from the Center to assist travelers in any part of the country. International motorcycle travelers will have access to discounted tires, brake pads and other maintenance parts for their bikes.

freedom-new-HQ-3The Adventure Motorcycle Travel Center will function as the new headquarters for Ecuador Freedom Bike Rental & Tours’operations as well, providing rental and tour to customers who simply fly into Ecuador to experience a country that is becoming known as “Motorcycling’s Secret Paradise.” The company is the first motorcycle tour operation in the country and has been operating since 2010.

“We’re thrilled to be able to expand our business and operations to help Ecuador become a major travel destination for those who enjoy exploring beautiful natural areas on two wheels” stated Court Rand, co-owner of the Quito-based motorcycle tour operator. “We’ve benefited greatly from the information gathered from experienced international motorcycle travelers over the 5 years of operation and we are happy to be able to give back to the community”

The Adventure Motorcycle Travel Center is located at calle Juan de Velasco N26-132 between calle Santa Maria and Ave. Orellana Avenue in Quito, Ecuador. The GPS coordinates are: S 00°11’51.8” | W 078°29’29.6”

About Ecuador Freedom Bike Rental
Located in the historic capital city of Quito, Ecuador Freedom Bike Rental is the country’s first motorcycle tour operator. Working with local, professional guides they design and outfit tours for adventure enthusiasts who wish to explore Ecuador on two wheels. They are open 7 days a week and provide full-service rentals of mountain bikes, motor scooters, and motorcycles at reasonable daily and weekly rates.

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Harley News Motorcycle Road Trips

TAKING AIM by Chris Maida, Editor

TAKING AIM by Chris Maida, Editor

TAKING AIM, by Chris Maida, Editor

Forgive me for stating the obvious, but one of the best parts of this job is the road trips! As I type this it’s the last day in July and I’m jamming to get this issue finished. I’ve got to get it out to the printer and the next issue started before I leave since I’ll be gone for almost three weeks. When you’re on a four-week production schedule, that’s a lot of time to be on the road! But even though the pressure is on right now, it will definitely be worth it once I hit the highway.

My first stop is Park City, Utah, and the Harley-Davidson 2012 new model launch. H-D is set up at the St. Regis Hotel and is flying in lots of moto-journalists to test its newest offerings. I’ll be meeting Motorcycle Bagger Editor Dain Gingerelli there Tuesday night. I got to say, H-D always throws a great party whenever it does a launch. Of course, that’s also where we’ll be staying for the two nights and one day of the event. I’ll be testing a Nightster while there. Come Thursday, Dain and I will hit the road to Sturgis on different test bikes than what we rode in Utah. He’ll be on a new Dyna Switchback and I’ll be riding a Fat Boy. It’ll take us about three days to get to Sturgis, because we’ll also be shooting a tour story as we go.

Once we hit Sturgis, almost 1,000 miles later, we’ll wash and photograph these bikes for future reviews. The next day, we’ll swap them out for the same bikes we rode at the launch, so we can put a lot more review miles on them. We like to put at least 500 miles on a bike for our reviews. This way, we get to ride them the same way an owner is going to: in around town situations, on short highway trips, and on a long trip.

After covering Sturgis for seven days, it’s time to go home. We’ll swap these test bikes out for different ones, which are the machines we’ll be riding back home. After having them photographed, we’ll pack ’em up the night before, so we can leave early the next morning. Dain will be rolling west to his home in California on an Electra Glide Classic, while I’ll be heading east, back to Connecticut, on one of my favorite Harleys, a Road King. Look for these reviews in upcoming issues of American Iron Magazine and Motorcycle Bagger!

See you on the road,



Story as published in the November issue of American Iron Magazine

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