BMW Motorcycle Tour France & Corsica: May 9-23, 2018

BMW Motorcycle Tour France & Corsica:

Only a few days into 2018, and it’s already off to a great start.  We’ve got a lot of exciting tours & events to look forward to, this is just one of them.

This year the BMW Passion Days track event will be part of the Corsica Monaco Grand Prix Motorcycle Tour.  For those of you unfamiliar with BMW Passion Days, it’s a track day featuring the full line-up of BMW bikes and automobiles.

There are six, 20 minute sessions for you to ride on the iconic Circuit Paul Ricard track.  (The same one of Bol d’Or and French Grand Prix F1 fame).  Two long straights will let you see just how fast these machines can go.  The turns are technical and will let you appreciate how well the bikes handle & brake.  You’ll find out how good your skills are on a range of machines.

M2 MotoTours getting track advice pitlane at BMW passion days

Track sessions are arranged by skill level.  Motorcycles and cars take turns for 20 minutes in alternating fashion.  While you’re not riding, you can enjoy watching cars or other rider groups in a spectacular setting.

Once you’ve tried out different models, why not check out some of the BMW automobiles and go for some hot laps with a professional driver?

BMW M4 at BMW Passion Days Circuit Paul Ricard

In between all the action on track there’ll be a catered lunch, entertainment and you can just spectate from the rooftop deck if you need a break.

This is a fabulous event that any petrol head will enjoy.  Even if you don’t care to ride the track, you’ll enjoy the ambiance and watching.

This event alone is well worth attending.  We’re glad we can incorporate it into our Corsica Motorcycle Tour featuring the Historic Monaco Grand Prix.

Quick refresh on Corsica:  an island in the Mediterranean that belongs to France.  Famous Corsicans-Mr. Napoleon Bonaparte himself. (sorry Cheech & Chong are not Corsican even though they were in “the Corsican Brothers”).

Corsica attracts thousands of European riders.  For one, the roads are extremely fun…if you like turns.  If you are a straight line boulevard cruiser, you will not enjoy the ride.  There just aren’t many straightaways.

The diversity and scenery are just amazing.  Corsica is known as the “isle of beauty” and it lives up to its reputation.  Coasts, mountains, cliffs, forests, valleys, and yes, even a desert.  The Corsicans have fought hard to preserve the natural beauty of the island.  High rise building, garish hotels, big box retail and the like are non existent.

Once you’ve toured Corsica, you will find yourself strangely drawn to it.  Each time you discover something new.  Tt’s pleasant to return and see that it’s just like how you left it and the time before that.

Lest we not forget one of the crown jewels of motor racing:  Monaco Grand Prix.  This year we’ll see vintage race cars in the Historic Grand Prix.  There’s nothing else left like it.  You need to see, hear & smell the cars as they roar around the city streets of one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

As if that’s not enough for you, crossing the Alps to get from Grenoble to the French Riviera and Monaco is necessary.  That part of the trip can be a tour unto itself.  Discover mountain pass after pass, and enjoy French wine & cuisine in the evenings.

If you don’t know us yet, we don’t do ordinary here at M2.  We know that you’re coming from far away, and making the trip is a major investment, time & money-wise.  We pack in as much goodness on every level as possible, so that when you depart you have one thing on your mind:  coming back and doing it again.

If you’re interested in learning more, check out the BMW Motorcycle Tour France Corsica page or contact us with any questions.

While you’re here, why not check out the catalog with a complete listing of our BMW Motorcycle Tour France as well as our self-guided motorcycle tour offering.

 

BMW Passion Days Gets Your Pulse Racing

Gentlemen Start Your Engines. BMW Passion Days

The Monday following Easter is a holiday in France.  You might think that’s perfect for eating fine food, wine & cheese.  Our friends at BMW Motorrad France & BMW France had other plans for us…BMW Passion Days.

What better way to entertain the loyal following, attract new customers and cross-sell bikes to the car crowd & vice versa?  Sounds like a very tall order indeed…

Not only did BMW Motorrad France undertake the challenge, they put on a tour de force.

First, they selected the iconic Circuit Paul Ricard race track in beautiful Southern France.  (FYI, Paul Ricard hosts the Bol d’Or 24 hour endurance race, sports car racing and will welcome the return of Formula Grand Prix in 2018 after being absent for too long.)

Pit lane at Circuit Paul Ricard with M2 MotoTours at BMW Passion Days.

Do you think BMW chose a race track so participants could sit and watch a product parade or some kind of live informercial?

Far from it.  Instead riders and drivers were completely involved in the experience.  Everyone had full access to the track to see how they and their 2 or 4 wheel products perform.

That’s an awesome start, but BMW had even more to bring to the table.  What else you ask?  A complete motorcycle & car model lineup, available for track & street use.

BMW bikes & cars were available for track & street tests

As if that weren’t enough, they even provided professional drivers to give passengers a thrilling “taxi” ride around the circuit demonstrating exactly what these cars can do.  (They can do far more than you’ll experience on a test drive at your local dealer, trust us.)

The demonstration was nothing short of highly impressive.  Turning out lap times is one thing.  Doing it while explaining the features, advantages and benefits of the car at the same time is another.

BMW M4 at BMW Passion Days Circuit Paul Ricard

Overall the whole event ran like a finely tuned machine.  No one would expect anything less.

Riders were assigned to groups according to skill level.  The groups took turns of 20 minute track sessions.  Participants had at least 6 sessions which was plenty.  When the bikes weren’t on the track, the cars were.  Paul Ricard had a courtesy loge available right above the pit lane which was perfect for watching the action and having some refreshments.

Thanks goes to the BMW dealers in Southeastern region.  They rallied their customers to give up a free day to partake in some high octane, unregulated pleasure.  They didn’t have to twist many arms to get the troops to show up.  Over some 220 participants were on hand for the second annual event.  Based on some informal polling on our part, you can bet that it will be difficult to get a ticket for next year’s event.

Moto Speeder Grenoble taking care of participants & bikes at BMW Passion Days

As if product testing, getting a high speed ride wasn’t enough, there was a catered lunch and Big Jim and his motorcycle stunt show kept the lunchers entertained right on up to dessert and coffee.

BMW R NineT Racer prepared by Moto Speeder Grenoble

Special recognition goes to Moto Speeder of Grenoble.  Their expert mechanics were on hand preparing bikes for track duty.  Their experienced team had a lot of helpful advice for first-time and expert track riders.  We were thoroughly impressed with their NineT Racer build.

M2 MotoTours getting track advice pitlane at BMW passion days

Give Mother Nature some applause for pouring plenty of sunshine down on the venue, without making it too hot.  Even in full leathers the temps were ideal.

All the feedback we received was extremely positive.  From the track experience, to testing various bike or car models, as well as making new acquaintances, we can only say that we were very glad to have participated.

2 or 4 wheel fans of the brand should make it a point to attend BMW Passion Days, guaranteed to get your pulse racing.  We saw many owners of other brands in attendance.  Following the event, many admitted they will be visiting their local dealer to make a trade-in on their current machine.

M2 MotoTours going to test BMW R NineT Racer at BMW Passion Days

Would you like to test BMW bikes on a mythical race track in a picture postcard setting?

You can do that while touring Southern France with M2 MotoTours.  We’re so stoked after the event, we can’t wait to go back.  Now that the word is out, join us for a pulse racing event and unforgettable tour.

In 2018 the BMW Passion Days event is part of our Corsica Motorcycle Tour featuring the historic Monaco Grand Prix.

Spaces are limited, contact us with any questions.