Frequently Asked Questions

What if my friends and I want a custom tour?

Custom tours are an ideal way to explore Mexico, and they are no more expensive than standard tours. Please call us for a consultation.

When should I make my reservation?

As early as possible. The reason is two-fold – dates sell out quickly and in order to plan for each tour, we need time to prepare.

How much of a deposit is required?

We require a $500 deposit for each rider and passenger.

When is final payment due?

Thirty days prior to the tour start date.

What is your cancellation policy?

The Booking Deposit will be refunded for cancellations received more than 60 days prior to the date of tour. Cancellations received less than 60 days and more than 30 days prior to departure will forfeit the US$500 Booking Deposit. Cancellations received less than 30 days prior to the tour will forfeit 50% of the tour price. Trip cancelation insurance is strongly recommended.

What can I expect upon arrival?

After being greeted at the international airport in Guadalajara, you will be taken to your accommodations in the charming, cobblestoned town of Ajijic, on the north shore of Lake Chapala, a short ride of just 25 minutes.  We will provide free pick up and returns for flights arriving between 8 am to 8 pm.

Later,  we meet at our tour center at Casa Sierra to complete any administrative matters. You will have the opportunity to get acquainted with your bike and fellow travelers and enjoy a hacienda-style dinner.

Is there a support vehicle for the tour?

Yes. The support vehicle will also deliver your luggage to each hotel. (Hub & Spoke tour does not require support vehicle.)

What if my bike breaks down?

Our bikes are serviced regularly by BMW certified mechanics, and we take great care in preventative maintenance. We also carry basic tools and parts. We have never experienced a significant mechanical failure. RSM will make every effort possible to get your bike back in working order. We also have backup bikes available in Ajijic which could be dispatched quickly if necessary.

How much does gas cost?

Gas is sold in liters, and it usually runs 11 pesos per liter. A fill-up is about 120-150 pesos.

How are meals handled?

RSM provides welcome and fairwell dinners at Casa Sierra, our home/office. For the length of the tour, breakfast is included and you are responsible for other snacks, drinks, and meals. If you extend your visit to Mexico either before or after the tour dates, you will be responsible for all meals on those days. At the restaurants, your guides will discuss the menus with the waiters and help you place your order.

Do I need a GPS?


What are the hotels like?

Wherever we travel, we try to find the best available accommodations. For example, in Ajijic, we stay at La Nueva Posada.

What else will we do besides ride?

We’ll visit many scenic and historical areas. We’ll also share our knowledge of the traditions and culture so you’ll get a true understanding of Mexico. You’ll be amazed at some of the archaeological sites.

Can I travel at my own pace or do I have to stay with the group?

Our groups are small and our experience is that most riders are happy with the group pace. However, after a discussion with the guide, a rider may proceed ahead of the group.

How many people are on each tour?

We have 8 bikes in total, two of which are normally used by two guides. There is usually a mixture of couples and single riders.

Can a non-rider join the tour?

In most cases, arrangements can be made in advance for non-riding participants to travel in the support vehicles.

Will I have a roommate?

You have the option at booking to have a single room or share. If you select to share, we will attempt to match you with another single wanting to share. However, the only guarantee you’ll have a roommate is if you bring your own.

Note: If we are unable to match you with another single rider to share a room, you will be charged the single rate for a private room.

What about the climate?

We schedule our tours during the best time in Mexico – the dry season which runs from November to April. It rarely rains during this time, but there are no guarantees. Overnight lows along the coast are about 19°C (66°F), and daytime highs reach 27°C (80°F) by mid afternoon. Most daily riding in mountainous terrain will be in the 20°C-30°C (68°F-86°F) range. Slightly inland temperatures can be significantly warmer although overnight lows can be significantly lower.

Can I use my own bike?

Yes, but let’s talk.

Will I need to buy motorcycle insurance?

The tour includes motorcycle rental with liability and theft insurance. See our Terms and Conditions containing information about the damage deposit.

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