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Destination » Mexico » Sidecar Copper Canyon Adventure 2023

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Sidecar Copper Canyon Adventure 2023

Open to all sidecar adventure enthusiasts and their friends

With our introduction to the URAL Sidecar on the South America Ruta 40 Expedition 2022, we discovered the joy of sidecar adventuring. For 2023 we bring you a three-wheeling adventure in Old Mexico. This tour is classified as ADVENTURE, the route largely following lightly traveled paved roads, with miles of unpaved, but maintained roads in the Copper Canyon region. You can expect the URAL to be at home in this environment. There is no camping on this event. Passenger participation is strongly encouraged as this is an event one will want to share with others.

Designed with the sidecar motorcycle in mind, the pace and daily distances are moderate, permitting time to enjoy the colorful culture and to learn of the history of the state of Chihuahua and the stunning Copper Canyon complex. This tour will offer a support vehicle to carry a limited amount of personal luggage and to help facilitate any roadside emergency and mechanical assistance. The vehicle will have the capacity to transport one sidecar motorcycle to a secure location should it be required.

Like all MotoDiscovery touring events, one can expect this to be much more than a ride. Our experience in Mexico is unmatched, having operated more tours in this country than any other motorcycle touring company in the world. This event is limited to only 12 sidecar motorcycles. Early commitments are encouraged in order that we may secure preferred accommodations and services.

  • The Tarahumara Indian. You may have heard of this primitive tribe, known as long distance endurance runners. Many still live in caves and shelters clinging to the remote canyon walls. Migrating with the weather, you are sure to encounter them on this Copper Canyon Mexico motorcycle tour.
  • Nuevo Casas Grandes has layers of history dating back hundreds of years to the Paquimé Indian Pueblos. Mormon families immigrated to this desert valley in 1886 creating an enclave of Polygamist followers and building a prosperous agricultural community. Mennonites are also prominent. Black Jack Pershing and the Punitive Expedition constructed a large encampment with 11,000 troops staged to pursue Pancho Villa after the bandit raid on Columbus, New Mexico in 1916.
  • Urique. It is an old mining town established by Colonial Spaniards over 300 years ago. Today it has only about 1,200 inhabitants. Most notable is the ride there as it is situated in the depths of the canyon sliced by the river of the same name. The views are spectacular and for the adventure rider, it presents an exciting and scenic ride, twisting from high pines to the warm chaparral country below.
  • Pancho Villa. He’s known as a fierce guerilla military tactician, leading the Division del Norte, a force of 50,000, during the Mexican Revolution of 1910 – 1921. Prior to his military career however, he was known more as a bandit, cattle rustler and quick to draw his pistol on anyone who crossed him. This reputation would serve him well in creating an image that would have him feared as well as adored. Pancho Villa lived, worked, fought and died in the state of Chihuahua. His presence is felt to this day.
  • The Copper Canyon. It is said to be over four times greater in size than the American Grand Canyon. It is actually a vast complex of deep canyons, towering mesas, pine covered forests and slicing rivers covering an area of over 25,000 square miles. For the motorcyclist it presents the best of riding opportunities, whether it be exploring its depths on challenging old mining roads or on the superb sporting twisting tarmac.
  • The food. MotoDiscovery has a reputation for fine dining. While the fare in this region is simple, our riders rave about the offerings. And for those with any special dietary needs, we have yet to not be able to accommodate, and do it well. You won’t be disappointed
  • The Team. With over four decades riding the roads of the world, MotoDiscovery has rightfully earned a reputation as being the best when it comes to your staff team.In regions such as Mexico we rely heavily on our multilingual guides to provide you genuine services, share the culture and history and above all provide a safe and memorable touring experience. It is more than a job. It is a duty and one joyfully embraced. That is how we do it at MotoDiscovery.
  • This tour is the ideal platform for a customized private tour just for you and your friends. Interested? Fill out this easy Custom Motorcycle Tour Questionnaire, and let’s get started.
  • ze limited to eight riders plus staff.

Tour Dates

March 13 – 22, 2023

October 04 – 13, 2023
8 days/7 nights

8 days/7 nights

Tour Registration

By requesting a booking, you'll be able to reserve your spot on this tour. Closer to the tour date you will receive an email with payment information and you will be able to make a deposit or pay the entire balance.

If you would like to customize this itinerary and create a Tailor Made Journey just for you and your companions, click here to inquire, or speak to our travel professionals.

Tour Style

Adventure - Expect off road challenges blended with pavement riding and is intended only for riders with prior off road riding experience. Midsize to smaller motorcycles recommended. No motorcycles over 800cc on this trip.


March 13 – 22, 2023

October 04 – 13, 2023
Starts at $5349 USD

Starts at $5349 USD


How difficult is this ride?

This event is specifically designed with a pace, and road conditions suited for the sidecar touring enthusiast. Roads are paved with opportunities for off road adventure explorations.

How is the weather?

MotoDiscovery travels during what we consider to be optimum riding seasons. Altitudes range from high deserts of 4,000 feet to mountains reaching 7,000 feet and lower elevations in the canyons approximately 1,200 feet. Temperatures can range from cold mornings with rapid warming through the day. Weather updates are provided in a MotoDiscovery e-mail Communique right before the tour.

Is it safe?

Know that we consider this a priority. Over 30 million travelers come to Mexico on average each year. While we consider the safety question to be overblown, we still take it seriously and recognize that there are territorial criminal elements engaged in drug related activity in many parts of Mexico. These elements rarely bother tourists as this only brings unnecessary attention to them. It is a strange coexistence. We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions or concerns knowing that at any time, anywhere, we feel your security is compromised , we will be honest and respond accordingly.

Is this suitable for a passenger?

Yes. Your sidecar passenger will find this a fascinating and fun international touring experience. You will want to share it!

I don’t speak Spanish.

No worries. We have native speakers on all of our tours in Mexico. Many people in Mexico speak English. We encourage you to learn a few words and we will gladly provide some lessons along the way if you wish!

How long are the riding days?

Longest day is 260 miles. Shortest day is approximately 60 miles.

What motorcycle is best suited for this ride?

This tour presents opportunities to ride easily navigated unpaved roads. The URAL is perfectly suited for this environment; however, the route is planned for paved roads throughout. Contact MotoDiscovery if you have any questions related to this subject.

What documents are required to enter Mexico?

We will go into detail in pre-tour Communiques. A passport, motorcycle registration, drivers license and a credit card for some temporary importation and tourist card fees should suffice.

Do I need special insurance?

Yes. Your USA motorcycle insurance will not serve you once in Mexico. Quality and reasonably priced Mexico insurance is available. Information on this matter will be provided in your pre-tour information e-booklet.

How are the accommodations?

MotoDiscovery strives to provide the best possible accommodations for our riding guests. Be mindful that “expedition” style travel often has us traveling in lesser developed regions. Therefore a degree of tolerance and flexibility when it comes to quality, is expected. Overall we find lodging on this tour to be very good.

What about the food?

As is the usual MotoDiscovery policy we encourage ordering from an open menu and enjoy sharing with you a great dining experience. You won’t be disappointed. Those with special dietary requirements can count on our cooperation and satisfaction.  

Can MotoDiscovery design a private tour just for me and my friends?

The Copper Canyon Expedition is a great model for us to build you a private and customized touring experience, just for you and your friends. Contact MotoDiscovery for consultation.

Will I get more information?

Tour preparation is important. You will receive electronically a comprehensive tour booklet that will address all your questions. You are encouraged to call or send us an email at any time if you have additional questions. We welcome your inquiries.

When should I sign up?

Now. Please. Early sign ups are essential in order that we can secure the best of accommodations and make certain you receive the motorcycle of your choice. Call your friends. Organize a group. Start your planning today.