Mexico Beyond The Resorts

If you’re looking for a unique adventure and the thrill of discovering exciting places beyond the beaches, in a country where you already love the friendly people and great climate, let’s talk.

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Our Tours

All of our rides begin and end in the quaint town of Chapala, about 45 minutes south of Guadalajara. The rides vary in difficulty and emphasis, please read their details carefully.

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Our Bikes

All of our bikes have BMW "GS" suspension which provides more road clearance and more suspension travel than any cruiser, sport bike, or touring bike can. It also delivers the agility and stability for carving through the turns. The result is a safer and more confident ride that leaves the rider free to enjoy the country.

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Our Story

Riders of the Sierra Madre was founded in 2009 by John and Lynn Gilbank, a Canadian couple who met in Mexico nearly 30 years prior. Having spent several years away, John and Lynn returned to Mexico with an invigorated passion for everything the country had to offer, and motorcycle riding.

In 2019 ownership of the company was passed to Terry Vidal and his wife Amalia Garcia. Terry and Amalia met in central Minnesota in 2001 and married in Mexico City in 2008. Amalia's first motorcycle ride was with Terry when he rode his bike from Mille Lacs, Minnesota to Guadalajara over the U.S. thanksgiving holiday in 2008. Terry has never owned a car in Mexico, commuting daily on two wheels.

Amalia has worked for IBM since 1995 but her true passion is volunteering for Operacion Amor, a non-profit providing spay & neuter clinics in the Chapala Lakeside area. After marrying Amalia, Terry, a trained museum professional, left his U.S. career to begin a new adventure in Mexico.

Employed as the Executive Director of the Lake Chapala Society since 2008, Terry resigned to begin a new chapter in his life, to take over the reigns of the business that John and Lynn founded.

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