Bespoke Motorcycle Tours and Rider Coaching
30 March 2021
Dear all. Just over a year ago, when the Covid-19 outbreak was declared a pandemic, we suspended all Peak Rider activities. Although the pandemic is far from over we can begin to look into our crystal ball and see something other than fog.
The Balkans Revealed Tour, originally scheduled for September of 2020, and then shelved, has been cancelled for good. This is mostly due to the repercussions of Brexit (not Covid) putting the kibosh on cost-effective bike shipping between the UK and Italy.
Meanwhile in Canada, The Sportbike Rally Ice Cream Reunion, originally scheduled for 12 July, 2020 in Parry Sound, Ontario, and then postponed until the summer of 2021, will now take place (fingers crossed) in 2022. More later this year.
South of the border, down Mexico way. Our annual road tour into Baja California, including whale-watching, should resume in February 2021.
A new adventure – The Magic Pueblo Tour – based on a recce we did this past November – is currently on-track for November of this year. This 3000 mile two-week tour includes Mexico’s jaw-dropping Copper Canyon, the epic Espinazo del Diablo, and Baja California. Bad news? This tour sold out in a matter of days. Good news? We’ll probably do it again.
Closer to Global Headquarters we have resumed one-on-one advanced road skills development, taking appropriate cautions. We are likely to begin monthly ride-outs soon as well. More info will be posted shortly.
Beyond all this lies a bit of uncertainty. Mostly we need to understand when international travel can resume, in what we used to think of as a normal manner. We would like to do an informal tour of the North of England later this year and something in Portugal and the Basque region of Spain in 2022.
In the meantime, please, get your jab, stay well, stay safe and wash your hands. And if you’re determined to spread something, make it kindness and laughter, something we could all use more of.
Peak Rider Adventure organises and leads annual bespoke motorcycle tours; in Europe and from Southern California. Our goal is simple; to share the joy of discovery with you.
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Magic Peublo Tour
7 to 22 November 2021
Mexico – Copper Canyon, and much more
The Sportbike Rally Ice Cream Reunion
Tentative new date – 9 July 2022
Parry Sound, ON Canada
Riding to Whales Tour
Tentative – February 2022
10 days of Baja California magic
2021 Magic Pueblo Tour
Mexico's Copper Canyon & Baja California
7 to 22 November 2021
Note – The running of this tour is somewhat dependent upon the state of the Covid-19 pandemic in relation to Mexico. Whilst there are no guarantees, we expect, prior to departure, that tour participants will have received Covid vaccinations and that the pandemic in Mexico will be well under control.
Late last year, our feet getting very itchy, we pre-ran this trip to see if how it would stack up as a proper Peak Rider tour. The epic scenery, fabulous roads, and warm welcomes everywhere, just blew us away. If you have Facebook access you can view a daily record of our recce, beginning 12 November, 2020. It will give you a very good idea of what to expect.
First off, the dates. The tour will get underway on Sunday, 7 November from the San Diego area, and finish when we return across the border at Tijuana, on Monday, 22 November. It’s a roughly 3000-mile round trip, not including additional travel to and from your home.
The route runs clockwise, from San Diego to Nogales, Arizona where we cross the border into Mexico and head south through parts of Sonora, Chihuahua and Durango states. From Mazatlan, on the Pacific, we board an overnight ferry to La Paz, and then make our north via the states of Baja California Sur and Baja California. As noted, the tour ends on 22 November when we reenter the USA at Tijuana. Please note that this tour does not include Cabo San Lucas at the southern tip of Baja California.
Some tour highlights:
- Kitt Peak Observatory, AZ…if the road is open on the day
- Magdalena de Kino – resting place of Padre Kino
- Barrancas Del Cobre (Copper Canyon) – The Grand Canyon’s larger cousin
- Batopilas – a magic pueblo at the end of the world
- Durango – like visiting Spain without leaving North America
- Espinazo del Diablo – the Devil’s Spine, an achingly beautiful ride
- Mazatlan – steamy tropical climate, ice-cold beer
- Overnight ferry – from Mazatlan to La Paz, Baja California Sur
- Loreto, Baja California Sur – dating from 1697, the first Spanish mission in the Californias
- San Ignacio – the surprising desert oasis
- Valle de Los Cirios – One of the world’s most beautiful deserts, and home of the world’s largest cacti
The riding? In many places – particularly in the southwest of the Mexican state of Chihuahua and along the Espinazo del Diablo – it equals of some of the very best we’ve experienced, anywhere, albeit with far less traffic. Roads are generally in very good condition and the vistas are grand. In other areas (Arizona, Parral to Durango) it’s flat and straight enough that you can almost see tomorrow. And in the sublime Baja California Valle de Los Cirios, it’s like a suspension of time.
- 14 hotel nights (middle range hotels)
- Ferry passage from Mazatlan to La Paz, overnight, with cabin
- Six breakfasts and one evening meal
- English-speaking tour leader (who, at present anyway, is almost useless in Spanish)
- GPX route file with hotel destinations and key waypoints
- Motorcycle purchase or hire
- Meals other than noted above
- FMM tourist visa
- Temporary Import Permit for bike (a type of bond) – call for details
- Mexico motorbike liability insurance coverage – call for details
- Medical or Medevac personal insurance coverage – call for details
- Tips, road tolls, fines, etc.
- One person, one bike, single room occupancy – $2169 (USD) per person
- One person, one bike, sharing a room (two beds) – $1289 (USD) per person
- Two persons, one bike, sharing a room (one bed) – $2299 (USD) per couple
- NB – This tour is Sold Out!
Your deposit secures your place on the tour. A third of the balance is payable by 30 April with the final balance due by 30 September. If you wish to make earlier payments, we will not object.
In the Included list, above, we refer to middle range hotels. Although they vary in amenities there are only two hotels, in very small villages, which might qualify as two-star. The rest are three-star, or better. You will like them all, you have no choice.
Notes: This tour is designed for seasoned touring riders. In addition to well-developed road riding skills the length of the tour and challenging roads require good physical and mental stamina. Finally, because we cannot foresee whether the pandemic will still be an issue in Mexico in November, and for the sake of everyone’s health on the tour, we will ask you to confirm that you have received a Covid vaccine prior to making your final payment.