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Bespoke Motorcycle Tours and Rider Coaching

Dear all. Welcome to the Peak Rider website.

To paraphrase Shakespeare – the world is once again our oyster. Following the restrictions of COVID it’s time to pry open new adventures and savour the discoveries.

So, what’s on the menu for 2023 then? Plenty. We let out the clutch in 2022, and for ’23 we’re ready to take our adventures to a higher gear.

First, a little more Mexíco, por favor. Our annual November Magic Pueblo Tour has been such a success it seemed like a good idea to find out where else the camino might lead us. South-central Mexico is overflowing with possibility, so we’ll be heading there in February for a proper scouting mission.

And yes, our epic 16 day, 3000 mile Magic Pueblo Tour is happening again. This year it’s scheduled for 5 to 20 November. More info below.

How about Europe then? Well, based on our 2022 June recce, we’ve come up with an absolute cracker for May.

The Spatugal Tour – 1 to 15 May – will take us on an incredible journey of discovery through north-central Spain and Portugal. Details below. Note: When I ran this up the flagpole the response was unusually swift. In less than 48 hours all but one room was spoken for. Details below.

Closer to Global Headquarters we continue to offer one-on-one advanced road-riding skills development. When was the last time, if ever, that you had your road-riding skills assessed or looked to improve them? Every day is a school day. Have you been skipping class?

In the meantime, let’s not pay too much attention to everyday news feeds – generally a festering miasma of depression. Biking is a joyful activity and, as a notoriously gregarious and happy lot, we can share something everyone can use more of; kindness and laughter.

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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.

Looking to improve your riding, increase your confidence and sharpen your road skills? We can provide you with the right tools for safer and even more enjoyable road riding. Peak Rider delivers effective one-to-one advanced rider coaching. We also conduct classroom-based Roadcraft Safety Workshops for groups of 8 to 15 people.

Peak Rider Adventure is owned and operated by Mike Moloney, a RoSPA-certified advanced road riding instructor with over four decades of international experience. Get started on your next adventure! Get in touch with Mike today.

Upcoming

Spatugal – NW Spain & Northern Portugal
1 to 14 May 2023
Ancient modern cities, and lost-in-time villages
Towering peaks and breathtaking gorges
An all-new, one-off, Peak Rider adventure – details below
Only one room remaining!

Magic Pueblo Tour
5 to 20 November 2023
Breathtaking Copper Canyons
Never ending bends of the Devil’s Spine
Feel-good factor? Level 10! We simply had to do this one again!
Get in there, now!

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2023 Spatugal Tour
Northwest Spain and Northern Portugal
1 to 14 May 2023

Ancient towns and cities – never too big – steeped in thousands of years of history, snow-capped mountains riven by narrow defiles, mouth-watering local food and drink, and gloriously satisfying riding; all in the company of good friends, old and new. Sound about right for you?

The 2023 Spatugal Tour – yes, Spain and Portugal – is designed to enhance your riding pleasure, heighten your senses, and stir your soul. Over 10+ days of riding you’ll bask in warm early-summer sunshine as we explore legendary and lesser known aspects of Portugal and Spain. Hotels have been carefully selected for the best fusion of practicality, location, and ambience.

Our tour begins in Portsmouth, on Monday 1 May, where we’ll board an overnight ferry to Santander in Spain. The clockwise route will take us southwards to the historic centers of Burgos, Segovia, and Salamanca; before heading east into Portugal’s Serra da Estrella, that country’s highest mountain region.

Turning to the north and west we’ll transit the fearsome-sounding Portal do Inferno, meander up the achingly picturesque Douro River Valley, and make our way to Guimarães Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and crucible of Portuguese identity.

Continuing northwards, our path bisects the Gerês–Xurés Transboundary Biosphere Reserve, an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” overflowing the Portuguese/Spanish border. Desfiladero del Rio Sil? Check. Parque Natural Las Ubiñas-La Mesa? Check. Picos de Europa? Like you had to ask.

Upon reaching Bilbao the morning of Saturday, 13 May, we’ll board our overnight ferry for a relaxed return cruise to Portsmouth. Time permitting, we may visit yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Some tour highlights:

    • Burgos – The 800-year-old UNESCO listed Gothic Cathedral also contains the tomb of El Cid
    • Segovia – A gorgeous old-world UNESCO heritage city with an astonishing Roman aqueduct
    • Salamanca – Home to Spain’s oldest university. The Old Town is UNESCO listed
    • Guimarães – did we mention the UNESCO listing?
    • Picos de Europa – Spain’s geographically small, but exquisitely perfect, mountain range

Included:

    • Brittany Ferry, with cabin & dinners, to/from Portsmouth UK, and Spain
    • 10 hotel nights (middle range hotels), with breakfast
    • Three quite special evening meals
    • English-speaking tour leader (who is almost useless in either Portuguese or Spanish)
    • GPX route file with hotel destinations and key waypoints

Not included:

    • Motorcycle purchase or hire
    • Chase/cargo vehicle
    • Meals other than noted above
    • Drinks
    • Fuel
    • Liability or personal insurance coverage
    • Gratuities, road tolls, fines, and items of a personal nature.

Pricing:

    • One person, one bike, single room occupancy – £2419 (GBP)
    • One person, one bike, sharing a room (two beds) – £1799 (GBP) per person
    • Two persons, one bike, sharing a room (one bed) – £ 2949 (GBP) per couple
    • Deposit – £600 per person, balance due 21 March 2023

NB: One room – single or double occupancy – remains available. First come, first serve!

In the Included list, above, we refer to middle range hotels. Some are superb, some will do just fine. You will like them all, you have no choice.

Notes: This tour is designed for seasoned touring riders with well-developed road riding skills. The length of the tour and occasionally challenging roads require good physical and mental stamina. As is the case for all Peak Rider tours there is no chase or luggage van, nor a designated sweep rider. For the sake of everyone’s health we will ask you to confirm that you have been vaccinated against COVID prior to making your deposit.

2023 Magic Pueblo Tour
16 days, 3000 Epic Miles
5 to 20 November 2023

At the apex of our all-time best journeys of discovery, the Magic Pueblo Tour is an outstanding mix of mind-blowing scenery, warm and hospitable Indo-Spanish culture, and truly rewarding riding. This is a paved-road trip suitable for most street-going motorcycles.

Starting from the San Diego area we’ll get underway on Sunday, 5 November, and complete our quest when we return to the USA at the border town of Tecate, on Monday, 20 November. It’s a roughly 3000-mile round trip, not including any 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 travel southeast through parts of Sonora, Chihuahua, and Durango states. From Mazatlán, on the Pacific, we board an overnight ferry to La Paz, and then make our way north via the states of Baja California Sur and Baja California. As noted, the tour ends on 20 November when we reenter the USA at Tecate. Please note that this tour does not include Cabo San Lucas at the southern tip of Baja California.

The riding? In many places – particularly in southwest sections of the Mexican states of Chihuahua and Durango – it equals some of the very best we’ve experienced, anywhere, although with far less traffic. Scenic vistas – particularly in the vast Copper Canyons and along the Espinazo del Diablo – are stunningly grand. In other areas – such as parts of Arizona, and northern Durango – it may be flat and straight enough that you can almost see tomorrow, yet still stirs the soul. And in the sweeping landscapes of Baja California’s sublime Valle de Los Cirios, it’s as though your sense of time has been suspended.

Some tour highlights:

    • Kitt Peak Observatory, AZ…if the site has been reopened to the public
    • Magdalena de Kino – resting place of Padre Kino
    • Barrancas Del Cobre (Copper Canyons) – panoramas that are simply off the scale!
    • Batopilas – a former silver mining town, and Magic Pueblo, at the end of the world
    • Durango – like visiting Spain, without leaving North America
    • Espinazo del Diablo – the Devil’s Spine. 100+ miles, 2000+ bends
    • Mazatlan – steamy tropical climate, ice-cold beer
    • Overnight cruise 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, home of the world’s largest cacti

 Included:

    • 14 hotel nights (middle range hotels)
    • Ferry passage from Mazatlan to La Paz, overnight, with cabin
    • 12 breakfasts, one lunch, and four evening meals
    • English-speaking tour leader (who, at present anyway, is almost useless in Spanish)
    • GPX route file with hotel destinations and key waypoints

Not included:

    • Motorcycle purchase or hire
    • Chase/cargo vehicle
    • Meals other than noted above
    • Drinks
    • Fuel
    • 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.

Pricing:

    • One person, one bike, single room occupancy – $2949 (USD) per person
    • One person, one bike, sharing a room (two beds) – $1849 (USD) per person
    • Two persons, one bike, sharing a room (one bed) – $3329 (USD) per couple
    • A $500 deposit, per person, confirms your place on the tour
    • 50% of balance due 31 May 2023, outstanding balance due 30 September 2023

Notes: 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 are basic. The rest are three-star, or better. You will like them all, you have no choice.

This tour is designed for seasoned touring riders. In addition to well-developed road riding skills, the length of the tour, and sheer number of bends on some days, require good physical and mental stamina. Roads conditions are generally very good, although in a few areas the paved surface is degraded. A bike with decent suspension is an asset.

As is the case for all Peak Rider Adventure tours there is no chase or luggage van, nor a designated sweep rider. For the sake of everyone’s health – Mexicans and those on the tour – we will ask you to confirm that you have been vaccinated against COVID prior to making your deposit.

Shared discoveries, plus skills development for safer and more enjoyable riding, are the hallmarks of Peak Rider Adventure.
For up to the minute information get in touch with us today.

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