French Southern Alps & BMW Passion Days

Tour Southern Alps & Ride BMW’s at Circuit Paul Ricard

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BMW Passion Days & French Southern Alps Motorcycle Tour

Total Distance   2,400 km Daily Distance 250 km
Daily Ride Time 5 hrs Skill Level Intermediate/Advanced
Road Type 100% Paved Thrill Factor  5/5
Tourism Factor 3/5

The BMW Passion Days Tour lets you ride BMW motorbikes on the world famous Circuit Paul Ricard track in Southern France.  Plus you get to tour fabulous roads in Southern France.  Ride world class mountain roads as seen in the Tour de France and numerous motorcycle publications.  When off the bikes, you’ll enjoy delicious French cuisine, wines & cheeses.  Bon appetit.

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Highlights
  • Track sessions at BMW Passion days (test BMW’s on a world class track)
  • Southern Alps
  •  Towns of Provence
  •  French Riviera

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Hotels & Dining

Enjoy the comfort and charm of select hotels.

Toile Blanche

Enjoy the style, comfort & service of the Toile Blanche boutique hotel on the French Riviera.  You’ll enjoy the modern feel and decor.  Relax at the outdoor bar or terrace and enjoy the beauty of the Mediterranean coast at sunset.

Dining:

The French take their cuisine very seriously and you’ll seriously enjoy wonderful food.  Take the opportunity to enjoy regional specialites, cheeses and wines, but of course.

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Dates & Prices

13 days/12 nights

Tour Start: April 2018

Tour End: April 2018

Departure/Arrival: Grenoble, France

Bike

Solo

Solo with passenger

BMW K1200R Sport

$6,000
$8,000

BMW F800 GT

 $6,250
 $8,250

BMW K1300 GT

 $6,250
 $8,250

BMW R1200 RT

 $7,350
 $9,350

BMW R1200 GS

 $7,500
 $9,500

BMW K1600 GTL

 $7,500
 $9,500

BMW K1600 B

$7,500
 $9,500

 BMW R1200 RS

 $7,250
 $9,250

BMW S1000 XR

$7,500
 $9,500
Testimonials

“If you like riding, eating good food and wine, you will like this tour. The scenery and roads are great. The gorges we traversed are gorgeous. The BMW event was a lot of fun. I opted for trying the cars and hanging out in the pits rather than trying to keep up with the young bucks on the track. I met some great guys and swapped stories which I found really enjoyable. I wish the tour would’ve been a little longer. I was having so much fun, I didn’t want it to end.”

– Mick P.

“I just completed the Southern Alps tour. It just finished and I want to do it again. The riding was top notch. The roads were in great shape and we had them practically to ourselves. The BMW Passion Days was excellent. I’m not a track rider, but went ahead and had a great time. I got to try out some fantastic bikes, and got helpful advice on my riding technique. After a few sessions I got the hang of it and really let loose. Now I’m seriously contemplating getting a bike suitable for the track. Thank you M2 Mototours for such a great time. I look forward to coming back next year with some buddies. Save me a spot!”

-Anthony D.

What’s Included

  • BMW Motorcycle
  • Insurance Pilot & Passenger
  • Gas &Tolls (if any)
  • Accommodations-3-4****
  • All Breakfasts & Dinners
  • Tour Guide
  • Luggage van option (minimum 6 participants required)

Beverages, alcohol, snacks, attraction fees, souvenirs are not included.

Rental gear for participants in the track sessions available for a supplemental fee.

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Itinerary

Will be finalized upon receiving final dates from BMW

Day 0

Meeting & Dinner in Grenoble

We’ll assemble for a meet & greet, and safety briefing. Cocktails & dinner will follow.
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Day 1

Depart Grenoble -> Arrive Verdon Gorges

Distance: 280 km
Time: 5
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Day 2

Depart Verdon Gorges->Arrive Le Castellet

Distance: 250 km
Time: 5
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Day 3

Passion Days Event

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Day 4

Passion Days Event

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Day 5

Depart:  Le Castellet-St. Paul de Vence

Distance: 250 km
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Day 6

Depart: St. Paul de Vence ->Monaco->Corsica

Distance: 250 km
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Day 7

Corsica

Distance: 250 km
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Day 8

Corsica

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Day 9

Corsica

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Corsica

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Day 11

Corsica->Riveria->Col Turini->Col de la Bonnette->Briancon

Distance: 275 km
Time: 6
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Day 12

Departure Briancon->Grenoble

Galibier, Lautaret

Distance: 275 km
Time: 6
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Day 13

Departure Day

Galibier, Lautaret

Distance: 275 km
Time: 6
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Why Choose M2

Committed to delivering The Ultimate Riding Experience.

Amazing riding, stunning scenery, food, events & accommodations, we’ll exceed your expectations.

Our tours are limited in size so you can expect personalized service and attention.

You’ll stay in independent hotels, B&B’s, and enjoy restaurants that share the same philosophy as we do, providing a memorable, high quality experience.

After a tour you will find yourself transformed, mind-blown and wanting to come back and do it all over again…and again…and again

and that’s the Ultimate Riding Experience.

Bikes

BMW f800 GT

BMW f800 GT

Displacement:  798cc Torque:  63Nm /46.5 ft lbs. @5800 rpm
Weight:  213.2 (wet)
Seat Height: Standard:  800mm / 31.5 inches
Low Setting:  N/A
Low Seat Option: N/A
Wheelbase: 1,514mm / 59.6 inches
Options:  ESA electronic suspension, heated grips, luggage & top case.

Review:

BMW appears to have got the balance right with the F800GT. It has just the right blend of sport and tourer for a motorcycle of this size and type.
It also makes a sensible proposition for anyone considering taking up motorcycling for the first time and it even has appeal for the more experienced rider who wants a light, but robust sports tourer that will happily eat up the miles in a no nonsense sort of way.
And where this BMW really scores is you’ll have a lot of fun doing that and just getting out there and riding it.
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BMW K1200R Sport

BMW K1200R Sport

Displacement: 1157cc
Torque: 127.00Nm / 93.7 ft lbs. @ 8250 rpm
Weight: 217 kg
Seat Height:
Standard: 820mm / 32.2 inches
Low Setting: N/A
Low Seat Option: N/A
Wheelbase: 1,580mm / 62.2 inches
Options: ESA electronic suspension, heated grips, tank bag

Review:

“I had forgotten just how much I’d enjoyed this engine.
I held on, grinning, as 163 horses threatened to wrench my fingers from the handlebars.
My knees dug into the tank’s recess, I knocked the Beemer into sixth and tucked in – this is way too easy.”
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BMW K1300 GT

BMW K1300 GT

Displacement:  1293cc Torque: 135Nm / 99.6 ft lbs @ 8000 rpm
Weight:  255kg / 562.2 lbs
Seat Height: Standard: 840mm / 33.1 inches
Low Setting:  800mm / 31.5 inches
Low Seat Option:
Wheelbase: 1,572mm / 61.9 inches
Options: ESA suspension, heated grips, heated seats, cruise control, electric windscreen, luggage & topcase

Review:

The BMW K1300 GT is a Grand Tourer in the true sense of the words. It manages to combine massive performance with supreme practicality and comfort. There are so many bikes out there that don’t handle and ride as well as the BMW K1300GT that are supposed to be ‘sports-focussed’ bikes it’s simply astounding how easy the BMW K1300GT is to chuck around.
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BMW R1200 RT

BMW R1200 RT

Displacement: 1170cc Torque: 120Nm / 88.5ft lbs @6000rpm
Weight: 229kg / 504.9lbs
Seat Height:
Standard: 840mm / 33 inches
Low Setting: 820mm / 32.2 inches
Low Seat Option: 780-800mm /30.7 inches
Wheelbase: 1485mm / 58.4 inches
Options: ESA electronic suspension, heated grips & seats, electric windscreen, cruise control, luggage, topcase & tank bag.

Review:

“the BMW R 1200 RT has long been sport touring’s standard-bearer. Designed, built and refined in the shadow of the Alps, the RT name is synonymous with tractable power, intuitive handling and first-rate comfort and wind protection. Its trademark air/oil-cooled boxer twin with shaft drive represents 90 years of BMW design tradition, a setup that has proven to be reliable and popular.”
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K1600 GT

BMW K1600 GT

Displacement: 1649cc Torque: 175Nm /129 ft lbs. @7750 rpm
Weight: 319kg (wet)
Seat Height:
Standard: 810mm / 31.9 inches
Low Setting: 780mm/30.7 inches
Low Seat Option: N/A
Wheelbase: 1,680mm / 66.1 inches
Options: ESA electronic suspension, heated grips, heated seat, electric windscreen, luggage & top case.

Review:

In my opinion, these two bikes are by far the most dynamic and full-featured touring motorcycles ever produced. I have always said, often to the surprise of many, that my dream shed of bikes would certainly include a Gold Wing among its numbers. That dream shed often changes, once upon a time there wasn’t a single BMW in it, but now the K 1600 GT joins its Bavarian brothers the R 1200 GS and K 1300 R in the list of machinery that’s managed to steal my heart since BMW has dramatically upped their game in the past few years.
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S1000XR

2016 BMW S1000XR

Engine|Liquid-cooled inline-four
Displacement|999cc
Horsepower|160 hp @ 11,000 rpm
Torque|83.0 lb-ft @ 9,250 rpm
Gearbox|Six-speed
Final Drive|Chain
Clutch|Wet slipper, hydraulic, multiplate
Dry Weight|357 lb.
Wet Weight|228 kg /502 lb.
Seat Height|840mm/33.1 in.
Low Seat Option: 790mm/31.1 in

Review:

The S1000XR is an exciting new offering from BMW. The S1000RR Superbike has helped transform the marque from its stodgy, pipes-and-slippers trope to a more robust, high-performance bike brand, and the S1000XR builds on this momentum.
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K1600B

BMW K1600B

ENGINE TYPE: Liquid cooled, 4-stroke in-line 6-cylinder engine, four valves per cylinder, double overhead camshafts, dry sump lubrication
CAPACITY: 1,649 cc
RATED OUTPUT: 160 hp (118 kW) at 7,750 rpm
MAX. TORQUE: 129 lb-ft (175 Nm) at 5,250 rpm
FUEL CONSUMPTION: 41 mpg (WMTC)
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed
WET WEIGHT, FULLY FUELED: 741 lbs (336 kg)
SEAT HEIGHT: 30.7″
OPTIONAL SEAT HEIGHT: Low Seat: 29.5″
FUEL TANK CAPACITY: 7.0 gallons

Review:

The engine in the B is supposedly identical to the ones in the K1600 GT and GTL. So even if the Bagger design brief for most manufacturers is relaxed cruising, this bagger can do that, but it can also propel you from corner to corner on tight, twisty backroads, or fast flowing ones, in a way that will leave most baggers sucking its clean, Euro4 emissions as it disappears over the horizon.
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R1200 GS LC

BMW R1200 GS LC

Engine size: 1170
Cylinders: 2
hp/kW: 125/ 92
Vehicle weight (kg): 238
Seat height (mm): 850
Valve clearance (intake): KALT 0,10-0,17 MM
Valve clearance (exhaust): KALT 0,34-0,41 MM
Engine idle speed: 1150 U/MIN

Review:

The result has improved the already class leading GS in almost every aspect. The engine is a measurable step forward right through the rev range yet retains its boxer character. It looks cleaner and neater, is more comfortable and sophisticated and handles better too.
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R1200RT

BMW R1200RT

YEAR 2014
ENGINE TYPE Four-stroke flat twin, double overhead camshaft, one balance shaft
ENGINE DISPLACEMENT 1170cc
BORE STROKE 101 mm x 73 mm
COOLING Air/Liquid-Cooled
COMPRESSION RATIO 12.5:1
FUEL SYSTEM Electronic intake pipe injection / BMS-K+ digital engine management
IGNITION Electronic
STARTING SYSTEM Electric
TRANSMISSION Constant mesh 6-speed gearbox with helical gear teeth
FINAL DRIVE Shaft
RAKE TRAIL NA
SEAT HEIGHT 31.7 in. (805mm)
WHEELBASE 58.5 in. (1485mm)
FRONT SUSPENSION BMW Motorrad Telelever; stanchion diameter 37 mm, central spring strut
REAR SUSPENSION Cast aluminium single-sided swing arm with BMW Motorrad Paralever
FRONT BRAKE Dual disc brake, floating discs, diameter 320 mm, four-piston fixed calipers ABS
REAR BRAKE Single disc brake, diameter 276 mm, double-piston floating caliper
FRONT TIRE 120/70ZR-17
REAR TIRE 180/55ZR-17
FUEL CAPACITY 6.6 gal.
DRY WEIGHT 604 lbs. (Wet) (273 kg)

Review:

On the open road, the RT motors along with the same soothing, low-frequency engine thrum that has endeared BMW’s opposed twins to so many riders for so long. Rolling open the ride-by-wire throttle at practically any rpm, though, results in strong, linear torque and deceptively quick acceleration
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R1200 RS

BMW R1200 RS

YEAR 2015-

Displacement: 1170cc Torque: 125Nm /92 ft lbs. @6500 rpm
Weight: 231kg (wet) 502 lbs
Seat Height: Standard: 820mm / 32.2 inches
Low Setting: 760mm
Low Seat Option: N/A
Wheelbase: 1,514mm / 59.6 inches
Options: ESA electronic suspension, shift assist pro, heated grips, luggage & top case.

Review:

“The beauty of this boxer is the feel of immediate torque. After thumbing the starter and feeling the left-to-right rattle that harmonizes into a continuous melody, the R1200RS’ engine presents hefty torque from the first crack of throttle to the maximum 92 ft/lbs at 6500 rpm.” Read the full review here:

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