Most visitors to Mexico stick to the
predictable modes of transportation: tour buses, taxis, perhaps a
car rental. But the destination is perfect for those who want to
explore by motorcycle, according to Steven Peltier, co-founder and
president of Sunday Morning Rides, an online portal for riders.
Diego-based company recently announced a collaboration with
Motoquest, a Mexican online tourism resource, to promote adventure
riding in Mexico. The collaboration launched in April.
The primary goal of
Sunday Morning Rides is to expose riders to the worlds best
motorcycle rides, not just in the U.S., Peltier said.
contacted us to determine if their tours would complement our
mapping technologies. Upon seeing their richly detailed
descriptions and the diversity of rides covering the extent of the
country, we knew almost immediately that these rides would appeal
to our users.
Rides enables motorcycle riders to access and share ride tracks via
a mapping system that combines GPS, geographic information systems,
database and Google mapping technology.
Users also can
customize the service with geographically referenced points of
interest, imagery, videos, rider reviews, hazards and
Mexico tours was a relatively easy decision, Peltier said. They are
well documented, rich in historical detail and at a level of
difficulty that would challenge and appeal to riders seeking
The Motoquest Web
site focuses on motorcycle touring in Mexico, with articles, videos
and GPS ride information. Among the sites more creative endeavors
is a map for motorcyclists that duplicates the route followed by
Spanish explorer Hernan Cortes in 1519, from the Gulf of Mexico to
what was then the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan.
The two Web sites
now share technology and content to showcase Motoquests historical
tours. Motoquest content will be integrated via the Sunday Morning
Rides map interface, enabling users to interactively explore the
detailed GPS tracks collected on Motoquest tours, with enhanced
imagery and motorcycle-specific information and
Mexicos draw is its
incredible scenery and diversity, Peltier said. Our hope is that
riders who would ordinarily not consider Mexico a touring
destination will gain an appreciation for the historical relevance
of these rides, which take on a new appeal when experienced on two
The tours listed
are not commissionable to travel agents, but Peltier noted they can
still be of use to agents with clients who are motorcycle
Agents can use the
Sunday Morning Rides site to access commissionable
Where relevant, we
provide links and/or contact information for resources and tour
organizers that can provide additional services beyond the
information freely available from our site.
information, visit www.sundaymorningrides.com or www.motoquest.com.mx.
reporter Mark Chesnut, send e-mail[email protected].