What You Should Know about Traveling by Motorcycle in Mexico

If you are considering taking a motorcycle trip through Mexico, the first thing you want to know is that it is going to be hot. If you are a lover of the desert, you are in for some fantastic vistas, windy roads, and incredible rides. Aside from the abundant wildlife and the unique, almost extraterrestrial environment, you may be concerned about how dangerous it may be to travel in Mexico. Others of you probably don’t care—motorcycle riding is already a dangerous pursuit, why not add a little more danger in?

Motorcycle in Mexico

In general, reports of Mexico’s danger have been largely exaggerated, especially if you are a smart traveler. Governments and media alike have disseminated not necessarily false, but inflated claims of violence against foreigners, especially “migrant” travelers, like motorcycle riders, who are constantly on the move and sometimes difficult for the government to track. Largely, these reports play into a fear that the public has already cultivated.

 

But, let’s be honest. There are bad people everywhere. There are likely parts of your own city or town that you avoid because you know only trouble waits there. Mexico is the same way. If you want to stay safe, there are some parts that you avoid. If you want to enjoy the sun, sand, and people, there are plenty of places in Mexico that are welcoming, friendly, and perfectly safe.

 

Every border in the world has seen some turmoil. Right now, the border between the U.S. and Mexico is experiencing a little bit of tension, but it’s nothing like, let’s say, the border between the Ukraine and Russia right now. If you are crossing the border on one of the major thoroughfares, going through border control, however, you’re not going to have any problems, just as the hundreds of thousands of people who do that every year have absolutely no problems.

 

One of the biggest lies that is told about Mexico is the high murder rate. The truth is that more people are killed in Washington D.C. each year than are killed in Mexico’s capital city. There is just as much gang activity in any large U.S. city as there is anywhere in Mexico. For some reason, people really enjoy talking up all of the dangers in Mexico when those same dangers exist in the U.S.

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The best way to get into Mexico is to cross the border in the morning. Stay somewhere close to the border the night before and cross as early in the morning as you can. Like any highway, driving at night can be dangerous and should be avoided. Be respectful, especially of police officers. If an officer tries to fine you on the spot, ask them to lead you to the nearest station, where you will be happy to pay a fine for any laws you have actually broken. Use your head and you’ll be perfectly safe!

Top Motorcycle Destinations in Sunny California

There are few places in the world as perfect for motorcycle riders as California. With warm, temperate weather and a wide range of terrains to enjoy, the Golden State has great destinations for the casual rider and avid motorcyclist alike. With roadside country stores, unspoiled wilderness, and reservoirs to discover, you can spend years exploring just California astride a bike and never finish seeing everything there is to see along the highways. Though Cali is famous for its traffic jams, there are plenty of ways to skirt the big cities and avoid the cars for a great ride.

 Motorcycle in California

  1. Mojave National Preserve – Here is where mountains and desert meet. This high desert has glorious pink sand, shaped into dunes, and plenty of unique desert plants unfamiliar to someone who has never spent time in the dry heat. The road around the preserve is a twisty, well-kept ride.

 

  1. Uvas Reservoir – The reservoir sits poised between two sets of hills, reflecting the blue of the sky on a clear day. The road that gets you to and around the reservoir has been freshly resurfaced and is a fairly straight shot, allowing you to focus on the roadside views.

 

  1. Titlow Hill – This hill is actually a mountain, with thick forests, frequented by deer. Stopping off the side of the road by Titlow Hill—and because the ride is challenging, many people do stop to take a breather half way through—you will fall in love with cool, clean mountain air.

 

  1. Ben Lomond – Ben Lomond is a small town on the edge of the redwood forest. Getting to this charming little hamlet will take you past some of the world’s oldest and most beautiful trees and the town can be either the end or the beginning of a lovely ride through these forests.

 

  1. Rock Store – Once a small, roadside grocery story, Rock Store has blossomed into a gathering place for motorcycle enthusiasts. Getting to Rock Store via Mulholland Highway (the recommend method) will take you through some of California’s most twisty and beautiful scenery. Don’t forget to pull off and take in the rock cliff faces and green forests.

 

  1. Big Bear – Big Bear has always been a gathering place for those who love the outdoors, but the look around the lap is also great for motorcycle riders. Whether you want to camp along the water or splurge on a fancy hotel, don’t forget to take in the panoramic views of the water and forests.

 

  1. Death Valley – If you want to feel to feel completely transported, completely removed from the world, the very best destination in California is Death Valley. There is something eerily alien about the desert here, and standing alongside the road, you will feel as though you’ve left earth behind. The ride is twisty, but not too involved that you can’t enjoy the scenery.

Best Motorcycle Rides in Canada

With its miles and miles of highway, through many different types of terrain, Canada is full of scenic, exciting roads that are great for a rider looking for adventure and a beautiful roadside view. Whether you like steep and twisty mountain roads or long, calm highways through flat grasslands, Canada has a vista for you, with plenty of great towns and cities to stop off in for a bite to eat. Motorcyclists are loved and welcomed in Canada, with many venues along the road build just for you and your bike. Here are ten of the best motorcycle rides in Canada!

Motorcycle in Canada

Westport Loop – Starting off in Ontario and looping back around, this road is famous for its wildlife and for its rural feel. Most of the route twists through thick woodland areas. While most of the road is well taken care of, there are some patches that are a little rough.

Frank Miller Drive – This scenic byway has some of the best roads in Canada, and takes you not only through hills and valleys, but also along Lake Muskoka and some of the country’s finest rivers. The countryside is dotted with picturesque little houses and you will feel as though you’ve been transported back in time.

Southwood Route – Southwood is best known for the road itself, not for what’s on either side. If you are looking for an exciting ride and don’t mind that there isn’t too much too look at on the roadside, Southwood is a great route.

The Old Island Highway – This route should be called “Watch for Deer Highway,” because there are herds everywhere during the entire year. The road itself meanders past farms, skirting a few small towns, and is a fairly leisurely ride.

Rosseau 632 – This highway takes you along not only some rural communities that are stocked with beautiful houses, but also along some of Canada’s most beautiful lakes. This ride is especially beautiful in fall, as the leaves start turn red and orange.

Qu’appelle Valley Run – One of the best roads in Canada, the Qu’appelle Valley Run swoops you down into the valley, and down to a few more exciting rides, once you’re through the straight portion.

The Canadian Rockies – If you are a fan of mountain rides, there is none better than the Canadian Rockies. Not only is the road just twisty enough, there is also the promise of wildlife and beautiful mountain views.

Duffy Lake Route – Starting off on Howe’s fjord, this road is famous for its roadside scenery, giving you glimpses of both lush countryside and clear blue lakes.

Great Day’s Run – Taking you along the Bay of Fundy, there are great views of the water and the Canadian countryside. This road is a little rough at times, so be careful.

The Loyalist Parkway – Following the river for most of this ride, the Loyalist Parkway has great views of classic Canada, with lush forests and fields, that are spectacularly green in the summer.