Wheels Wings Wine Event July 2017

 

What a day it was.  Fantastic food, wine and thrilling auto-gyro flights.

Prior to departing on our BMW Motorrad Days Motorcycle tour, M2 MotoTours organized a special event for participants to get acquainted.    It was a beautiful day for riding, flying eating, and wine tasting.

We took a short ride to our private aerodrome on the outskirts of Grenoble.  Most of the group opted for an auto-gyro flight.  They were treated to a thrilling ride with fantastic views of the mountains & valleys surrounding Grenoble.

Wilfrid, proprietor of Domaine des Rutissons vineyard pulled out all the stops and prepared a wonderful lunch.  Everything was prepared using fresh, local ingredients.  On the menu, diot sausages from Savoy, steamed in white wine on a bed of grape vines.  The sausages took on a very nice flavor.  Crosiflette which is a local dish of pasta, cream and Reblochon cheese.

Not to be forgotten was the wine.  Wilfrid took the time to explain each vintage, the types of grapes and how he has resurrected abandoned vines, some of which are over a hundred years old.

Not to be outdone was William, ace pilot and instructor, (also Wilfrid’s brother).  One by one he took the group seasoned riders on auto-gyro flights which everyone loved.  William likens the autogyro to motorcycles.  He explained that with the autogyro you have the freedom, the wind, the acceleration and the views you might not normally see in other vehicles, similar to a motorcycle.

Mustangs racing the autogyro.

Two Mustangs showed up and provided some high octane entertainment.  They challenged William to an impromptu drag race.  We think their tire choice wasn’t well suited for a grassy drag strip.

Sergio says M2 MotoTours scores with a great event

Some Mustangs came to race the autogyro

It was a wonderful afternoon spent eating, chatting, flying and tasting some very good wines.  We’re glad that the BMW Motorrad Days motorcycle tour participants had the chance to get acquainted in a relaxed atmosphere.  Those who were still getting over their jet-lag were glad they could take it easy before two weeks of devouring Alpine mountain passes and visiting the Motorrad Days fest in Garmisch Partenkirchen.

Special thanks to Wilfrid, William and their team for making it an unforgettable afternoon.

For more information on autogyro flights in Grenoble, contact www.enviedailes.fr, and visit the Domaine des Rutissons to learn more about the fine wines we enjoyed.

Custom Motorcycle Show Punta Bagna in Valloire

We took a slight detour on our Italian Lakes tour to stop by a ski resort in the French Alps to check out Punta Bagna custom motorcycle show.

Since 2009 Punta Bagna has attracted thousands of riders, visitors and partners such as W&W Cycles, Custom Chrome Europe, Victory & Indian Motorcycles, Vulcante, Frisco Choppers, Kustom Workshop to name a few.

Valloire normally attracts thousands of skiers every Winter.  Every June bikers visit for the Punta Bagna custom event.  Set high in the French Alps, it’s not your typical venue for a motorcycle show, which is what is so cool.

We met guys from Belgium, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy.  We wanted to meet the owner of this bike to see if those gatling guns are a factory option? and fully functional?  Fire off a couple of rounds and get tailgaters to back off quick.

Indian Motorcycles brought practically the entire fleet.

Chrome, leather, flake, fine craftsmanship were ever-present with the usual classic rock tunes filling the air.  With temps in the low 90’sF (30’s C), we were dire need of some cooler air.  We took to the bikes and headed for the Galibier mountain pass.

The cool breeze blowing across the snow felt like A/C.  We needed to keep cool negotiating this amazing road.  Punta Bagna was a great stop en route to the Italian Lakes.  We saw a lot of cool, unique bikes & met some pretty cool dudes as well.