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Mexico Motorcycle Trip

Motorcycling in Mexico:
Best Tips to Enjoy Your Trip Motorcycling in Mexico can be one of the best ways to travel throughout the country. In this guide, we’ll be exploring the different areas we think you’ll enjoy the most. We’ll also be discussing the various barriers you may experience along the way. So if you’d like to discover more about the joys to be had when motorcycling in Mexico, read on!

Safety On the Bike & Off:
the Bike Safety when riding your motorcycle is always of the utmost importance. As a motorcyclist who became licensed, you’re probably aware of the “rules of the road” and we’re sure you’ll abide by these rules when you travel to Mexico as well. With this being said, there are certain aspects of motorcycling in Mexico one has to look out for in order to have the best time possible during their journey.

Additionally, if you apply common sense safety practices to your trip when you’re riding your motorcycle, you’ll be better suited for your travels. This means avoiding crime-ridden areas, riding your bike at night, and going with your gut. You’ll also want to be extra careful for large potholes which may seemingly come out of nowhere. Mexico has some great roads for riding, but they’re also known for their occasional large pothole.

Crossing the Border the Right Way

Crossing the border into Mexico is easy. Crossing the border to return home to the United States can prove to be a hassle sometimes, depending on the time of day and how many people are attempting to cross the border into the United States. Our best recommendation is to bring your passport, secure Mexico-specific motorcycle insurance, bring Mexican Pesos, and if you’re traveling outside of the Baja Peninsula via motorcycle, you’ll most likely need a special permit to do so.

Passport

Some people like to brag they’ve been able to cross into Mexico, as a U.S. citizen, without a passport in hand. While this may be true on a case-by-case basis, it’ll be a pain to return back to the U.S. without a valid passport. Be sure to bring your valid passport whenever you travel to a different country, especially Mexico, due to heightened border controls and a whole host of other reasons.

Mexico-Specific Motorcycle Insurance

Puerto Vallarta’s blue-green waters are simply irresistible, but it’s important to practice water safety when you’re swimming in the ocean. Most beaches don’t have lifeguards on duty, so it’s essential to pay attention to conditions and currents. Also, be sure to heed andy posted signs and flags, which warn would-be swimmers about large waves and rip currents. Keep an eye on younger swimmers, stay close to shore, and never swim under the influence.

Mexican Currency

It’s always a good idea to keep a few hundred dollars in cash equivalent to the local currency. In this case, it’s Mexican Pesos. Cash is still king in Mexico and it could save you when you need it most. Say for instance, you experience a flat tire and need to buy a new tire down the road from a local mom & pop repair shop. They’re most likely going to be cash-only and this is where that few hundred dollars equivalent in pesos could be of great assistance.

Outside of Baja? You’ll Most Likely Need a Permit If you’re planning on taking a journey throughout the entirety of Mexico, or even outside of the Baja Peninsula; you’ll most likely need a special permit known as a “temporary vehicle import permit” More information can be found here:

https://www.bajabound.com/before/permits/vehicle
So Where Should You Go? This is a great question! It’s completely up to you. Read below to learn more about some of our favorite motorcycling destinations throughout Mexico.

Rosarito
This area is quite close to Tijuana and full of cool restaurants, activities, and a scenic drive down the coast.

San Felipe
This ride is a great blend of both scenic coastline and dry desert. In addition to its contrasting scenery, it’s about 120 miles long from the border area in Mexicali. This is great for those who want to have a longer, relaxing ride into a sleepy beach town.

Puerto Nuevo
This town is known for its lobster and seafood across the board. If you’re a lover of fresh fish, you’ll certainly enjoy what Puerto Nuevo has to offer. It’s also a very nice drive.
Valle de Guadalupe & Ensenada
There are two major routes for this destination. You can either cut through the mountains from San Felipe, or you can do the coastal ride all the way from Tijuana.

Important Information to Remember Below are some additional, general reminders regarding traveling to Mexico via motorcycle.
Maintain an Appropriate Amount of Gas in Your Tank Depending on your motorcycle, you may have a larger tank, or a small tank. It’s best to know our bike’s gas mileage performance before partaking in an epic journey throughout Mexico. Always prepare for a lack of gas stations if you’re outside of major cities or tourist areas; epically if you’ve never been to the area you’re traveling through.

Toll Roads
It’s good to have some portion of your pesos be in smaller bills to pay for toll booths. Toll roads are generally just a dollar per motorcycle.

Military Checkpoints

There will be military checkpoints throughout Mexico if you travel far enough. Some are legitimate, others aren’t. If you have a weird feeling about the individuals at the checkpoint as you approach, it may be best to avoid said checkpoint and find an alternative route. Most often, the legitimate checkpoints will have full-scale military vehicles with officers dressed in full gear with weaponry. As for the fake checkpoints, they’ll most likely consist of plain-clothed individuals with weaponry and pickup trucks.

Potential Language Barrier
Download the Duolingo app a month or two prior to your motorcycle excursion to learn some basic Spanish words and phrases. It may help you out more than you think.

Choosing battleface for Your Motorcycle Trip’s Travel Insurance Motorcycling throughout Mexico, either individually, or with a group of friends can be a trip of a lifetime! With this being said, we want to help protect you and your friends with our excellent travel insurance policies. Feel free to request a quote using the form below and let us know if you have any questions along the way!

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PRE-EXISTING MEDICAL CONDITION

Pre-Existing Medical Condition means an illness, disease, or other condition during the 180 day period immediately prior to the date Your coverage is effective :
  1. received or received a recommendation for a test, examination, or medical treatment for a condition which first manifested itself, worsened or became acute, or had symptoms which would have prompted a reasonable person to seek diagnosis, care or treatment; or
  2. took or received a prescription for drugs or medicine. Item (2) of this definition does not apply to a condition which is treated or controlled solely through the taking of prescription drugs or medicine and remains treated or controlled without any adjustment or change in the required prescription throughout the 180 day period before coverage is effective under this policy.
  3. required a change in prescribed medication. Change in prescribed medication means the dosage or frequency of a medication has been reduced, increased, stopped and/or new medications have been prescribed due to the worsening of an underlying condition that is being treated with the medication, unless the change is:
    1. between a brand name and a generic medication with comparable dosage; or
    2. an adjustment to insulin or anti-coagulant dosage.
If you, or someone you are traveling with, has a Pre-Existing Medical Condition, you can still buy a policy from us but there is no cover for any claim arising directly or indirectly from that condition.

PRE-EXISTING MEDICAL CONDITION

Any Medical Condition that, within the last 12 months, required any:

  • surgery, inpatient or outpatient treatment, referrals or investigations of any sort. This includes being on any waiting list, taking any prescription medication, tablets or required medical treatment (This will not apply to common colds, flu or contraceptive medication);
  • medical advice or treatment for any respiratory condition relating to the lungs or breathing;
  • medical advice or treatment for any heart, stroke or diabetic condition;

Hypertension or high cholesterol controlled by 1 prescription drug only and where the dosage has not been changed within the last 12 months will not be considered a pre-existing medical condition

Coverages Available:

*not all coverages are available in all states
Travel Protection Benefits Limits
Trip Cancellation 100% of trip cost (up to a maximum of $20,000)
Single Occupancy Up to trip cost
Cancel for Any Reason Up to 75% of trip cost Up to 50% of trip costs in FL(CFAR not available to NY residents)
Trip Interruption 150% of trip cost
Delay Package
Trip Delay
Maximum $200 per day up to $2,500
Missed Connection Maximum of $1,000 per covered trip
Baggage Package – Excess
Baggage and Personal Effects $2,500 $100 Deductible
Baggage Delay $100 per day up to a maximum of $500
Travel Medical Package – Excess AK, CO, ID, ND, NH – Primary
Travel Medical Expense – Adventure sports included $100,000 $50,000 in NH $50 Deductible
Emergency Dental $750
Emergency Evacuation and Repatriation of Remains Up to $500,000
Up to $1,000,000 in NH
Accidental Death & Dismemberment $100,000 or $250,000 or $500,000
Pet Medical Package
Pet Medical Expense Up to $2,000 $100 Deductible
Pet Return Up to $500
Rental Vehicle Damage – Primary Up to $35,000 per rented vehicle- Primary $250 Deductible for loss greater than $2,000
Vacation Rental Damage $1,500 or $3,000 or $5,000

Travel Medical Insurance

Some benefits are subject to an excess (aka, the deductible, or what you have to pay before we pay), as stated in the Policy Schedule, and are per Policy Period.

Benefits Limits
Cancellation and Curtailment 5,000
Emergency Medical Expenses, Evacuation and Repatriation of Mortal Remains 10,000,000 (excess 250 or 50)
Hospital Benefit 25 per day, maximum 100
Personal Accident up to 250,000
Baggage Loss or Delay up to 5,000 (excess 250 or 50)
Personal Money and Passport, limited to 250 in respect of cash 500 (excess 250 or 50)
Personal Liability 500,000
Travel Delay 500
Optional Benefits Limits
Business Extension up to 1,000 (excess 100)
Winter Sports (Ski Equipment) up to 750 (excess 50 or 100)

Travel Medical Insurance

Some benefits are subject to an excess (aka, the deductible, or what you have to pay before we pay), as stated in the Policy Schedule, and are per Policy Period.

Benefits Limits
Trip Interruption 2,000
Emergency Medical Expenses, Evacuation and Repatriation of Mortal Remains 10,000,000 (excess 250)
Hospital Benefit 25 per day, maximum 100
Personal Accident up to 5,000
Baggage Loss or Delay up to 2,000 (excess 250 or 50)
Personal Money and Passport, limited to 250 in respect of cash 500 (excess 250) *** Limited to 250 in respect of cash
Personal Liability 500,000
Optional Benefits Limits
Business Extension up to 1,000 (excess 100)
Winter Sports (Ski Equipment) up to 750 (excess 50 or 100)
Personal Accident up to 250,000
Baggage up to 10,000

Travel Medical Insurance

Some benefits are subject to an excess (aka, the deductible, or what you have to pay before we pay), as stated in the Policy Schedule, and are per Policy Period.

Benefits Limits
Cancellation up to $20,000
Trip Interruption $1,000
Medical and Emergency Expenses $5,000,000 (deductible $250)
Hospital Benefit $25 per day, maximum $100
Personal Accident up to $50,000
Baggage $2,000 (deductible $250)
Personal Money and Passport, limited to $250 in respect of cash $500 (deductible $250)
Personal Liability $500,000
Optional Benefits Limits
Business Extension up to $1,000 (deductible $100)
Winter Sports (Ski Equipment) up to $750 (deductible $50 or $100)

Travel Medical Insurance

Some benefits are subject to an excess (aka, the deductible, or what you have to pay before we pay), as stated in the Policy Schedule, and are per Policy Period.

Benefits Limits
Cancellation and Curtailment 5,000
Emergency Medical Expenses, Evacuation and Repatriation of Mortal Remains 10,000,000 (excess 250 or 50)
Hospital Benefit 25 per day, maximum 100
Personal Accident up to 250,000
Baggage Loss or Delay up to 5,000 (excess 250 or 50)
Personal Money and Passport, limited to 250 in respect of cash 500 (excess 250 or 50)
Personal Liability 500,000
Travel Delay 500
Optional Benefits Limits
Business Extension up to 1,000 (excess 100)
Winter Sports (Ski Equipment) up to 750 (excess 50 or 100)