BMW Motorrad Days Garmisch Partenkirchen Motorcycle Tour Review

For BMW Motorrad fans, one might say all roads lead to Motorrad Days.  For M2 MotoTours fans, and tour participants know that we ride the best ones to get there.

Every year we look forward to BMW Motorrad Days for lots of reasons.  The ride there & back, the food (& beer) we’ll have along the way, the new friends we’ll make & the old ones we’ll see again.  There’s also all the new stuff from BMW Motorrad, test rides, group rides and entertainment, of course.

Futuristic BMW Motorrad Concept Bike

On display, an array of beautifully crafted parts.

Aftermarket Carbon Parts for BMW Nine T Racer

The Heritage line of Nine T machines were getting lots of attention.

The builders also had their creations on display.  Boxer engine based builds were plentiful…maybe we’ll see more k-engine builds next year?

Uber cool.

The Green Lantern?

The Bavarian fist fighter is one of our favorites.

The Silver Bullet looks fabulous.  Wonderful craftsmanship especially on the tank & fairing.

BMW Motorrad Days is a great time for fans of the brand, and even general motorcycle enthusiasts.  While the festival was the headlining event on this guided motorcycle tour, we covered a lot of ground and saw a lot on the way there and back.

Our guided motorcycle tour had us crossing the major mountain passes in Switzerland & Austria.  We had some time to visit Innsbruck, a beautiful city indeed, an Olympic winter games host.  We also stopped by Neuschwanstein Castle before heading towards Italy.  It was cool to see it up close, we skipped the guided tour so we could benefit from some of the roads in Bavaria.

 

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In Italy we had to do the Stelvio Pass on every motorcyclists’ bucket list, plus the Dolomites and Lake Como, with a visit of Bellagio and the Duomo in Como.

Riding the Stelvio Pass Motorcycle Tour with M2 Mototours

 

Returning to France we crossed the Saint Bernard passes, the Col de l’Iseran, Galibier, Alpe d’Huez, Col d’Ornon, Col du Lautaret and the Vercors.

It was an action packed 2 weeks.  The riding exceeded everyone’s expectations.  There was never a dull moment.  Spectacular scenery at every turn and there were hundreds if not thousands of turns.

The group got along very well and laughs were aplenty.  Food-wise, it was excellent.  The wine and beer drinkers in the group were extremely satisfied with the variety and quality of beverages.

One special night stands out.  We stayed in a genuine castle in Italy.  We were given a private tour of the grounds and learned about the castle’s storied past.  Then we dined in our own private dining room.  The food, wine and service was fantastic.  The rooms were furnished so that you really felt like you were taken back in time to a different era.  This isn’t an experience you can have every day.  Everyone felt that it was truly special.

For more information on M2 MotoTours guided motorcycle tours, check out the tour page, or send an inquiry.

After spending two weeks sharing fantastic riding, meals, sightseeing and more together, it was tough saying goodbye.  Most everyone in the group wants to do it again next year.  Stay tuned…

HR Giger Bar in Gruyeres, Switzerland with M2 MotoTours BMW Motorrad Days Fest

BMW Motorrad Days Garmisch Partenkirchen

The Furka Pass Switzerland on BMW Motorrad Days Festival Tour

Grossglockner Motorcycle Tour

At the Grossglockner

Croix de Fer mountain pass on the BMW motorcycle tour to Garmisch Partenkirchen

 

Grand Tour Switzerland Motorcycle Tour Review

Talk about putting “Grand” with a capital G into the Grand Tour Switzerland Motorcycle tour.

This tour was jam packed with mountains & mountain passes, many featured on the silver screen.  If we weren’t charging up mountain roads, we were motoring through valleys passing postcard picture forests, streams, waterfalls, chalets and the like.  Not only did we ride the best roads in Switzerland, we took advantage and did some in Italy & France.

furka pass motorcycle tour

ride the furka pass

The roads were challenging and were only asking to be ridden at a spirited pace.  We were happy to oblige and indulge ourselves.

The riding & scenery were spectacular, but somehow we managed to dismount to enjoy some fabulous food.  Meal after meal, the quality & variety was amazing.

Hazelnut, pistachio breaded filet of pork

Switzerland was the headliner on this tour, but we had to sample some of France & Italy while we were in the neighborhood.

The iconic Stelvio Pass went down hard.  There were so many hairpin turns we lost count, so we just had to do it again.

After getting our fill of the Stelvio Pass, we toured the Dolomites.  These mountains are so spectacular it’s easy to take your eyes off the road.

Now that our skills were sufficiently honed, and we were in mid-season form, we took on a number of “cols” featured in the Tour de France.  Maybe not as well publicized as the Stelvio Pass or Grossglockner, but riding the French Alps is a favorite among European riders.

Galibier, Lautaret, Croix de Fer, Glandon, Ornon… we brought our “A” game to take on these monsters.  All are top shelf roads and we were blown away by them all.  Thanksfully we had delicious French cuisine to keep us fueled up.

The week passed almost as fast as we took on some of these phenomenal roads.  Looking back on it we covered some serious ground and managed to accomplish so much that would make many fellow riders jealous.

 

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.

Motorcycle Rental Grenoble France

If you’re looking to rent a motorcycle, or hire a motorbike in Grenoble, Lyon or Geneva, well we’ve got good news for you.

Our on-line motorcycle reservation site is up and operational.  Now you can reserve a motorbike day or night by the magic of the internet.

You can rent a BMW motorcycle such as the venerable R1200 RT , to the sensational S1000XR.

K-bike connoisseurs will appreciate the choice of the 6 cylinder K1600, offering superior comfort without sacrificing on performance.  They’ll also like the option of the K1200R or K1300GT.

The K1200R or K1300GT offer high performance with stability as if they were on rails.

The F800GT offers lightweight, nimble handling for the intermediate rider or advanced rider.  The F800 offers plenty of power for fun, with luggage while being a lot lighter and lower than the others.

All the bikes come with full insurance for the pilot & pillion, and are maintained according to the manufacturer’s standards.

If you want to go on a motorcycle tour, but the dates or duration of one of our guided tours are not convenient, check out our motorcycle rental option.  We can provide you with an off-the-shelf self-guided tour or design one to your specifications.  We’ll load it into a GPS and you can hit the road and tour at your pace.

The motorcycle rental France site can be accessed here.  www.m2motos.com