By Talya Adams
Traveling is one of my all time favorite things to do. It tends to offer rejuvenating effects, perspective, and life long memories. I recently returned from a two week trip to Mexico, and while I was there I spent time in two different locations. I visited Oaxaca City for a week and Tulum for another week. I have to say, I think Mexico nails motorcycle culture and I think the states could take a couple notes.
You might be thinking that’s a bold statement, but I’m prepared to back it up. First of all, Mexico simply acknowledges, anticipates, and accommodates motorcyclists. Everywhere I went, there was motorcycle and scooter parking – everywhere. Oaxaca City is a bigger metropolis area while Tulum is more small town beach vibes. However, both locations were filled with motorcyclists.
There are also a number of specialty stores, dealerships, and rental businesses available for potential and current motorcyclists in these cities. While walking in Oaxaca I came across at least five of these types of specialty stores. I saw a dealership and a few motorcycle rental stores in Tulum as well.
Another big plus is motorcyclists lane split in Mexico. I saw more of this in Oaxaca as it’s a bigger city than I did in Tulum, but it definitely seemed to help the flow of traffic. The most impressive thing about this was that I saw was drivers anticipating and looking out for commuters on two wheels. Considering the high concentration of traffic in Oaxaca I thought I’d see more close calls, but nope. There seemed to be an understanding on the road that it’s everyone’s responsibility to ensure safety.
Perhaps my favorite aspect of motorcycle culture in Mexico is how it feels like it’s for everyone. I saw men and women of all ages riding motorcycles.
I will say there are pointers Mexico could take from the U.S. as well. For instance, three passengers on a scooter is dangerous. A lot of riders also rode their motorcycles without gear or in flip flops. Seeing these things made me cringe as it’s easy to get hurt engaging in these types of reckless activities.
All in all, my time in Mexico had me ready to get back to LA and hop on my bike. Being around so many motorcycle enthusiasts in one place felt amazing. They clearly get the appeal of riding in Mexico and it’s clear it makes life easier and more enjoyable there. One day I’d like to ride down to Mexico for an epic road trip and experience the country on two wheels.
Let me know if you’ve ever been to Mexico or if you’ve ridden down there on your motorcycle.
Stay safe in these streets!