GS 1200 to WR250 are suited for our tours depending on rider's ability and type of tour chosen. Please be honest with us and yourself when describing your riding ability. Part of any great adventure is being comfortable with your bike. Let us know and we'll be honest with you.
All riding is on paved and single-lane unpaved roads. Some of these dirt roads may be challenging, therefore, better than average riding skill is required. We try and plan each trip so the participants have time to build their skills by tackling the more difficult routes later in the week. If you plan to bring your own bike aggressive off road tires will be required. We have found the Pirelli MT-21 tire to be a great tire for this area. It is rated as a 60% off road and 40% on road. D.O.T. approved Knobbies will do great on the dirt, but may provide a slight challenge on the pavement. Pirelli, IRC, Dunlop all make a good 50/50 tire that will give you the right handling for these roads. We will instruct each rider on the tire pressures and will inspect each bike for safety. We reserve the right to bench any bike that we feel is unsafe to protect the rider. Good health is essential and reasonable physical fitness is an important asset on this type of trip. If you have any special needs please let us know before the trip starts so that we can provide extra personnel or equipment.
Many people have inquired about any recommended upgrades to bikes. The following are aftermarket products that we use on our personal bikes. A stock bike will do fine on these tours, but any one of these upgrades may help you along. Most of these parts pertain to a KLR 650, but check your bike for any of the following:
1. Progressive Front Fork Springs
2. Full coverage Skid Plate
3. 14 Tooth Counter Sprocket or similar gear change
4. D.O.T approved Knobbies (Pirelli MT - 21 works well)
5. In line fuel filter
6. Bark-Busters or equivalent Bar/Hand Protection/highly recommended
7. After market Exhaust (Lightens up bike and increases low end power)
8. Progressive Rear Shock (To ride your bike to its full potential)
We have also seen problems with center standís. On many KLRís they have sheared off the foot pegs bolts. They also bottom out sometimes, so we do not recommended them.
One note: I have seen many problems with jetting. This normally occurs when an owner has rejetted for their home town and it may create problems when travelling in Mexico. Please bring along your stock jetting.
1. Good Protective Dual-Sport Riding Boots
2. Full Face Helmet w/Goggles or Visor
3. Riding Pants
4. Camelback or similar Water Pack
5. Rain suit
There will be DUST, so plan accordingly
The support truck carries spare gas, oils, miscellaneous parts for the bikes. It is also able to carry your personal belongings. There is no need to load the bikes down with hard cases or saddle bags, let your suspension work for you, not against you. Tank bags work well to carry paperwork and cameras.