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.

 

The Formula One Monaco Grand Prix

Monte Carlo

Since 1929 the Monaco Grand Prix is an annual event that draws spectators from the four corners of the globe. They come by car, motorcycle, train, plane or mega-yacht to see the best drivers in the world battle for the prestigious trophy.

The Monaco Grand Prix is one jewel in the triple crown of motor racing (Indy & Le Mans are the others). In the era of purpose built racing circuits designed for maximizing driver safety and paid attendance, Monaco has managed to stay on the Formula One circuit.

The logistics must be a nightmare. Erecting grandstands, hospitality tents, safety guard rails, etc. in a city that is still “open for business” is no small feat. Set-up for the race takes 6 weeks to complete, and post-race tear down about 3 weeks.

If you’re planning on attending here are some hopefully helpful suggestions.

-Research the various vantage points and see which you like best. There are places for sale on boats if you prefer.
-Purchase your ticket early. Think of getting different tickets for practice/qualifying/race.
-If you are planning on staying nearby, be prepared to pay a hefty price for accommodations. Reserve early. Other options include staying a little further away. Rooms are easier to find and less expensive.
-Take the train. Even with a motorcycle, traffic and parking are both impossible.
-Be prepared to walk. Your seat may be extremely far from the train station. The station itself is quite large and it might take 15-20 minutes just to exit. Put on your best walking shoes & give yourself plenty of time.
-Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses for obvious reasons. Maybe raingear depending on the forecast.
-Refreshments are available behind/under grandstands and on the sidewalk along the way.
-Ear protection. The engine noise will take its toll on your ears. You can buy some on site, sometimes sponsors hand them out.

There are plenty of large screens for seeing other parts of the circuit and statistics. If you are not a motor sports fan, you should at least go to a qualifying session to soak up the atmosphere and see the cars race against the backdrop of this iconic city.

If you are a motor sports or Formula One fan and plan on attending, you’ll be immersed in history. You’ll feel it as you approach the circuit. The sound, the vibration, the roar, it will move you. There’s something magic about racing in Monaco that you won’t experience elsewhere. Maybe you’ll have a better view at a purpose built circuit, but will you have the charm?, the ambience? and all the rest steeped in some 75+ years? (We won’t discuss the food part here, that alone is worthy of several posts).

*One of our premier events that we look forward to every year is our Monaco Grand Prix Corsica Motorcycle Tour. Whether you’re a race fan or not, this tour offers so much that you won’t see, eat or ride elsewhere.

Learn more about the Monaco Grand Prix Corsica Motorcycle tour here:

See Monaco GP on M2 MotoTours Motorcycle Tour

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