Thanks very much for the compliment - means a lot coming from a Mexico rider like you.
I think it was 2006 - a friend and I rode our Ducatis to San Miguel with you, Big Jim, and a MotoDiscovery tour group. Fantastic trip and I really appreciated the riding lessons through the mountains!
The crime statistics do not show that Mexico is way more dangerous than the US. The media grossly exaggerates the crime in Mexico.
There are many areas right here in the USA where you don't want to go. Particularly at night.
And there are many vacation destinations with much higher crime rates than Mexico.
I have thought about looking into one of those 'group rides that have experienced 'host's' Anyone ever done one? I thought it might be a nice winter break....if the the timing is right ? Not sure what they cost either ?
Only thing you have watch out for is the water.......
BMW's and Ducati's are life, all else are just distractions.
R.e. tour comment above: Nothing against the "tour industry" as there are many people that don't want to plan their own trips or lack the time to do so but (& it's a large but for me!) the planning is for me & many others, much of the joy of travel-& a large expense I don't pay! No doubt their experience alleviates some of the hassle of a bad hotel choice, food as well but travel has it's glitches and some are note worthy in both directions. On ADVrider one of the most active areas is "Trip Planning" , which is divided into geographic areas. Many thousands of posts there as also found on Horizons Unlimited for same purpose. A few riders are proponents of the "fly with no planning ride" as it's seen as a burden. For me & many others the plan is part of the ride. I will admit to sneeking a peak at the routes experienced tour operators choose but it sure doesn't limit my route or lodging choices & neither does the large cost of many organized tours hold back my trips.
"If I had my life to live over, I'd dare to make more mistakes next time...I'd relax,I'd limber up... I would take fewer things seriously...take more chances... take more trips...climb more mountains...swim more rivers...eat more ice cream." Jorge Luis Borges at age 85.
I've been on group tours in Mexico (with MotoDiscovery); Portugal, Spain, and Morocco (with IMT); and Vietnam (with Explore Indochina). They provided bikes, hotels, dinners. No problems, great fun. The obvious differences are you don't pick the route or make the arrangements, and you're with other riders if you prefer companionship to riding alone. Of course they can be expensive. Would do any or all again without question.
As Nike says, "Just do it"!
Felicidades Abrazo, Senor Chuy Medina "El Burrito Ballerina" Mas Caminos y mas Amigos, ese!
Don Stanley; aka Chuy Medina "El Burrito Ballerina"
BMWMOA #24810; www.azbeemers.org/forum #89
Would love to do the trip again.