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Here’s What It’s Like to Ride Baja on Big Bikes

 We ride with RawHyde on their Big Bikes in Baja motorcycle tour.

Published on 08.10.2015

The allure of Baja runs deep with Adventure Riders. Baja calls to us with its vast open spaces and dazzling desert landscapes. Away from the crowds, developments and heavy regulations, Baja is where you can experience the true sensation of freedom.

Earlier this year we rode with RawHyde Adventures on their Big Bikes in Baja motorcycle tour. The tour traveled 1,600 miles (2,500 km) to the mid-point of the peninsula and back to the border again. We covered a variety of different climates and terrains over seven days — from pine forests to pristine beaches, thick cactus groves and even a true oasis in the desert. Along the way, we visited many of Baja’s top off-road destinations like Mike’s Sky Ranch, Santa Veronica and Coco’s Corner. The route also traveled along part of the legendary Baja 1000 tracks.

Mountain roads near Santa Veronica
Dirt roads offered challenges in spots but were well maintained for the most part.

The tour took us on incredible scenic asphalt roads as well, like Highway 3 through Baja’s wine country, Saguaro cactus lined Highway 1 with its volcanic landscape looming in the background and Highway 5 from San Felipe to Puertecitos where the views of the deep blue Sea of Cortez are nothing short of spectacular.

Highway sea of cortezmexico
The views of the Sea of Cortez on the highway to Puertecitos are spectacular.

Some of the unique Baja experiences on the tour can only be explained as surreal, like watching the sunrise over the Sea of Cortez and riding all day to catch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean. For many, touching a whale in the Lagoon of San Ignacio was a life changing experience, and the thrill of riding on the beach at sunset in San Quintin was a fitting last evening to an amazing trip.

whales in san ignacio lagoon
There are few places in the world where you can get up close and actually touch these gentle giants.
Riding Beach San Quintin
The feeling of riding on the beach in Baja is beyond explanation. You just have to experience it.

But this trip was more than just a string of exhilarating experiences on a motorcycle. One of the biggest reasons to visit Baja is to immerse yourself in the culture and to taste new foods and flavors that can’t be reproduced elsewhere in the world. Experiencing the warmth of the friendly locals or the joy on a child’s face when they sit on your motorcycle are moments that are simply priceless.

kids in san ignacio sitting on bike
Local kids grow up watching the Baja races and gather to check out any type of off-road motorcycle.

Once you’ve been to Baja, you realize it’s not a place you visit once and scratch it off your bucket list. Baja keeps calling you back and it’s a place that many Adventure Riders like to visit again and again throughout their lives.

If you’ve never been to Baja, a Baja motorcycle tour is the perfect introduction to the region. There’s no need to spend days researching the hotels, restaurants, landmarks and routes for your trip. With the Big Bikes in Baja tour, we got to see some of the best spots in Baja in a one-week trip and RawHyde even had a few surprises for us Baja veterans. Check out the RawHyde Adventures website for more information on their Big Bikes in Baja tour.

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Author: Rob Dabney

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    • Hey Douglas. How’d that ride go? I’m researching to prepare for a trip to Mulege. Though I’ve driven there I’m gonna ride solo on my R1100R and sticking to asphalt as much as possible. Maybe I can get some tips from you since you’ve done it recently. Thanks ..

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