We are the official tour operator for Bike Tours for The Wounded (BT4TW). Through us, they provide the opportunity for Wounded, Injured and Sick (WIS) Service Personnel and Veterans a chance to experience a life changing motorcycling challenge as a pillion. To make this possible, we are looking for experienced riders with enough time and affordability to join each tour offering their rear seat to one of these brave servicemen or servicewomen. The Tour rides offer some of the most stunning scenery the Wild West of America has to offer. (Riding through Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado).
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Being Ex-forces and also a biker it just made sense to give something back and I couldn’t think of a better way to do it. I signed up for the Wild West 1 Challenge in 2018 as rider and headed out to the USA in May. What an absolutely amazing trip! I now know why it’s called a “challenge” though, both mentally and physically but so rewarding with the sites you see and the people you meet.
What you also will take away from the trip is life long memories and the knowledge that the beneficiaries have taken part in something they never thought possible. To see the change in only the first few days, with smiles and laughter (and an odd tear) return to people’s faces who probably spend a lot of their time back home with untold worries on their shoulders is priceless. You don’t have to ex-forces to “get it” so my advice is save up, sign up and potentially change somebody’s life in a good way! BT4TW tours ticks all the boxes and many more. You won’t regret it……..”You Decide”……..
I did the Wild West Challenge in June and it was definitely one of the most amazing experiences of my life. It was brilliantly organised with some surprises along the way and the hospitality we experienced was out of this world. As a beneficiary, I got so much out of it. The camaraderie was as you'd expect but I also felt that the guys and girls helped me to settle some stuff in my mind and I'm still reflecting on it now. I'm doing Normandy next year and am trying to get the word out there to get more sponsors to say thankyou to Darren and everyone else involved at BT4TW.
Full 5 stars! BT4TW needs to add extra stars if they want to keep improving their tours like this each year! I was a rider on WW Aug/Sept 2018 with a beneficiary as my pillion. As a bike tour it couldn't be faulted. Well organised, good bikes, great itinerary. But these tours are so much more than just bike tours. The beneficiaries are great people to meet and to hear their stories and, as you can read, they value the experience greatly. Being hosted at Legion posts means you meet real Americans and have a great time. They are so kind and generous. And you meet other surprise characters too....but you will have to come on a tour to find out about them, LOL! And for me personally seeing the improvement in two returning beneficiaries whom I met on a tour in 2017 , and knowing that several of this year's beneficiaries have found the courage to go back to biking and intend to be riders and help other beneficiaries to be pillions next year is worth all the gold stars in the World.
I was invited on the tour literally 10 days before it embarked and initially was running about trying to sort things out so I could get on this amazing trip. Anywho I finally got my admin sorted and we travelled to London where I met other ex wounded veterans at the airport. The whole group was a complete mixed bag and no one seem to know what to expect and initially everybody was a bit stand offish. but as the tour went on Day by day in fact I would say hour by hour people were bonding ,making new friendships with plenty banter thrown around . Every town and place we visited we were greeted by a fantastic American spirit with huge warm welcomes making you feel like royalty if not a little humbled and overwhelmed by it all. However it was amazing nevertheless . I would like to thank Darren and the team at bike tours for the wounded for this amazing experience
I will never forget and look for to more adventures with this amazing charity
Hi guys, firstly I would like to thank all the crew at Bike tours for the Wounded.
I've recently come back from one of the Wild West tours, and to say it's changed my like is an understatment, Not only did eveybody on the tour pull together as a team, it was also good to have like minded people to talk to, or give and take banter from.
I mention to Darren that the expierience of just being in the company of Military minded brothers and sisters, felt soul clensing and the fact that everything is run with Military timings was like having a blast from the past. ( acutally, blast was probably the wrong word for me?) Haha
I also found that just being sat on the back of them fantastic motorcycles with nothing stressfull to worry about, gave me the first opportunity to have a good think, and put some stuff to bed, or as I put it, Deleting files inside my head.
This experience has motivated to save up to buy my own Harley Davidson, with the veiw of joining in on a future ride out and hopefully raise some money for charity..
Thanks to Pavlo, my rider and thanks to everybody at BT4TW
I was introduced to Bike Tours for The Wounded (BT4TW) some 4 years ago, to which I was very apprehensive about as I did not like motorbikes. But I can honestly say that I love them now, this WWT that I have just completed is my 3rd tour with BT4TW.
Why a 3rd time some people may ask! it's because everytime you go on one of these tours there is something new to see & someone new to befriend. You meet new people all the time, to be put together with like minded individuals you become one again with yourself, we all fall into the same mentality and humour that we travelled through the forces with and that is something that is always with us.
I feel that the WIS / Veterans are treated with the utmost respect by the USA, something that we do not get in this country! more or less we are left to our own devices. But in the states we are all recognised and that is something pretty special.
The scenery whilst riding / pillion is awesome, you just don't know what is around the next corner. Riding through canyons, deserts, towns and villages it is a real eye opener something also that is a once in a lifetime experience.
I am also a pillion to the Normandy tour next year for the 75th anniversary which I am so excited to be a part of. We need many people to keep these tours operating which means that we need sponsors, fund raising events, collection buckets etc to keep the funds coming in for future veterans.
For the BT4TW team I thank you all for the great opportunities that you have given me, and to the tour pillion & riders thank you for making it another awesome experience. Hope to meet up again soon.
What can I say, this opportunity was unbelievable. the organisation, before, during and after was exceptional. The UK admin team provided all the help and guidance you could want in preparation for flying out, even proactively checking to ensure that I had got everything I would need.
On arrival at the airport, the transit from checking in to boarding the plane was seamless. All the first time veterans were initially quiet and nervous, but by the time we arrived in Las Vegas, many of us had started to come out of our shells.
On arrival, we again moved smoothly through immigration and customs, where US Immigration and Customs people were really good and very helpful. Then it was on to the hotel, teamed up with our roommates, for me, this was the first time I had shared a room with someone other than my ex wife in over 12 years. The BT4TW team had clearly managed to gauge our personalities and needs as I do not think anyone had any snags with their 'buddy'.
The tour itself was phenomenal, my rider, Hutch, was easy going and we hit it off straight away. he was an expert on the Indian motorcycle that we were on and even though I had not ridden pillion in over 30 years, I was was not nervous once.
The scenery, welcome from the American people wherever we went and the company in the group along with the peace an serenity of riding along with music playing and the sound of the wind in my ears made this a truly memorable experience.
I cannot recommend BT4TW highly enough. The tour has improved my mental outlook, my appreciation of the wider world and the opportunities within it and brought me out of a prolonged period of social isolation. My confidence in social situations is now closer to what it used to be than before I went.
I cannot thank Daren, Amy, Bekkie and the entire team for all they have done for me and the other veterans. If you get the opportunity to take part in one of these challenges, do it. I can almost guarantee you will not regret it.
Would I go with BT4TW again? In a heartbeat.
This tour was one of the best things I have ever done. At first I was apprehensive going into a new environment and meeting new people but I was immediately made at ease within minutes of meeting the group.
As the ride got underway it was clear the trip had a lot in store, from the offset we were welcomed with breathtaking views and we were rolling out as a bike crew of Harley Davidson and Indian motorcycles.
The tour was really well organised and at each stop we had something to do and the locals would greet us which felt really special. As a veteran it was amazing to feel the support everywhere we went.
We covered some serious miles during the tour and apart from the amazing views it gave me time for reflection and it really helped putting things in perspective. It has cleared my head and its made me a more positive person and confident in where I want to be in life. Its because of this I can not recommend this tour enough. I want to go again.
Fantastic trip from start to finish and I have made some great friends. Thank you all.
Just WOW had an amazing time with some wonderful guys and the riders were. I would do it again tomorrow if I could even though I was hurting most days nothing new there . Having done Route 66 last year and had an amazing time on that tour just had to do this 1 when offered place . Tour guides are top blokes and know there stuff and theres always a jack wagon on hand if the going gets a bit to tough . Have had 2 excellent riders on both tours and this guys are awesome
Hi Tomo here former Royal Marine commandos injured in 2015.
What an amazing 10 days, organisation was great from start to finish, sites you can only dream of, friendships for life were made between riders, pavillions, servicemen and civilians The American legions were outstanding respect all the way, hospitality amazing, if your thinking of signing up do it now i promise you will have no regrets. Huge thanks to the Riders and BT4TW TEAM.