The Greatest Motorcycle Fiesta just south of the border

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December 14, 2016 | By: Joe Sparrow

There’s something about going to a motorcycle rally for the first time that I liken to getting a Christmas present from that cool but a little strange uncle, you just don’t know what you’re going to get when you open that package, it could be cool and it could be strange. The strange part for me was that I heard through the grapevine that my good friend and photojournalist Felicia was looking for someone to ride with to the Rocky Point Rally in Mexico after that I worked my last job for 2016 at the Lone Star Rally in Galveston, Texas for J&P Cycles. Sounded like a great adventure, so I made the 1,300 mile ride to Phoenix to meet up with Felicia.

We stopped in Ajo, Arizona to purchase the required Mexican insurance and to check out some of the “wall art”.

Crossing the border was as simple as crossing the street. A special Lane was set up for motorcyclists and showing your passport was not necessary.

After crossing the border, it’s pretty much a straight shot to the host city.

After reaching our hotel, the first order of business was to start sampling the fine cuisine and it did not disappoint.      

A meal like this will cost about 12 American dollars.

After getting settled into the seaside hotel, we opted to catch a cab and have a guided tour of the city. Puerto Peñasco is rich in history but is also a thriving city with rapid growth in the tourist and hotel/condominium industry.  

The Mexican people revere their dead relatives and it carries over to the tourist trade. What we might  see as strange is perfectly normal to other cultures (and vice versa).

Street art is very prevalent in and around the city with undesirable graffiti being almost nonexistent.

This reassembled whale skeleton gives you a perfect example of how huge these mammals are as you walk the length of it.

A man’s castle has no direct relationship to the size of his heart. The cab driver thought I was nutty when I asked him to turn around so I could get a picture of this trailer.

There is a helmet law throughout all of Mexico but there is also quite a bit of leniency especially during the rally dates.

The Rocky Point Rally is a four day event that’s been going on for 16 years and attendance was near 10,000 this year. A voluntary donation of 20 dollars will fetch you an official rally pin, patch, bandanna, koozies and more. But the beauty of the donations is that all proceeds go to local charities including a school for disabled children, a home for the elderly, the office for family and children services, the Red Cross, cancer awareness and prevention groups and the fire department.

I was amazed at the festive spirit and fun times that everyone was having. Note: no chickens were harmed during the rally.

If there was a language barrier I certainly didn’t notice it.

Due to the close proximity to the southwestern US states, a good number of Americans flock to the Rocky Point Rally.

Everyone was in good spirits.

Lots of lady riders were in attendance and strutting their stuff.

A sense of humor is a sign of a fun rally.

The beauty of Mexico is reflected in its people’s eyes.

The love of family is apparent everywhere I looked.

A fine example of an early Shovelhead custom.

The street scene went from laid back….

to rowdy…….

to happy mode.

The parade along the malecón (as they called it) went on for most of the day.

It didn’t matter what kind of 2 wheeler, 3 wheeler or quad you rode or even your preference of superhero, everyone was welcomed.

As with any good rally, music plays a big part and the talent certainly made the crowds put on their dancing shoes.

Bikes of the Rocky Point Rally.

The rally for me was a total blast and it was like getting a cool Christmas present from that uncle. Afraid of going to Mexico, don’t be ! The rally for 2017 is scheduled for November 9th through the 12th. More information can be found at www.rockypointrally.com

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Comments (11)

I have never been to Mexico, but have been to Canada many times. I live in South East Georgia and wondered what would be the safest and most enjoyable way for a long time touring bike rider to ride into Mexico for a little bit, and back out the same day (2016 Harley Davidson Road King)?

Another great photo album and blog, Joe. It had to be a lot of fun, to go to a rally and not have to work it.

Love it Joe

more information on the rally.

Glad to see this event getting some mention. This was my fifth year attending the Rocky Point Rally & it’s still the funest. If you haven’t been, you need to make it at least once and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

Que suave‼️ I’m glad you all enjoyed yourselves. It’s great to have good neighbors. Viva la Moto‼️ Long live motorcycles‼️

They also have a mc rally in Mazatlan, Mex. Since the cartel problems, I don’t know if they are still having it? The one you showed looks great. Larry Mack 1%er O.F.F.O.

Mark,
You mentioned getting insurance prior to going to the rally. I’m very new to this – please explain what type of insurance/cost, etc.

MEXICAN LAW REQUIRES THAT EVERY VEHICLE MUST HAVE INSURANCE, BEFORE CROSSING THE BORDER THERE ARE A LOT OF PLACES THAT PROVIDE THAT SERVICE, SAME THING APPLYS TO US MEXICANS WHEN WE ENTER THE USA.

Having been to Rocky Point many times, yes you have to have “MEXICO INSURANCE”, as your insurance does not cover your vehicle while across the border, there are many places to purchase the insurance from, and it is not expensive as you can purchase it for how many day’s you plan on being south of the border. A very good CYA thing, because if your in an accident there and it is your fault they will keep you there until you have paid for the damages if not insured..

Last winter when I was there for two months I purchased liability insurance (that’s all they offered at the office I stopped at the California border town just north of Tijuana) it cost me 120 dollars for one month. This cost depends on the yeas of the bike ( mine is a 2002 ).
For this four day trip I bought full coverage insurance that cost me 85 dollars from Sanborn’s in Ajo,Arizona. From what I understand you can purchase Mexican insurance from your current provider.
-Joe Sparrow