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BMW Motorcycle Tour Italian Lakes Motorcycle Tour

Great riding in beautiful Italy, (Switzerland & France too)

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Italian Lakes, Lombardy, Piedmont Motorcycle Tour

One week of complete jaw dropping beauty at every turn.

Total Distance  1600 km Daily Distance 250 km
Daily Ride Time 5 hrs Skill Level Intermediate/Advanced
Road Type 100% Paved Thrill Factor  4/5
Tourism Factor 5/5

Short in duration but there’s no shortage of amazing things to see, ride & eat during your visit to the Italian Lakes Region.

To get there you’ll cross the French Alps and have fun on mountain roads.  You’ll marvel at the beauty of the lakes & surrounding towns.  And you’ll have some day rides up into Switzerland for some excellent mountain passes.  Let’s not forget the food!

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Highlights
  • 3 countries: Italy, Switzerland, Switzerland
  •  Unbeatable Mountain Passes: Galibier, Lautaret, Furka, Grimsel, Splugen, San Bernadino…
  •  Lovely towns:  Briancon, Bellagio, Como, Andermatt

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Hotels & Dining

Enjoy the comfort and charm of select hotels.

Castello di Pavone

King for a Night…is exactly what you’ll feel like when you arrive at the Hotel Castello di Pavone. This hotel is in an actual, authentic castle. Brimming with history, and completely decorated with period pieces will take you back in time. Overlooking the town of Ivrea, enjoy the views as you stroll the grounds. Better yet, take a guided tour and learn all the secrets of this lovely hotel.

Dining:

You’ll want to try as many of the local specialties of each country and region. From the cheesy comfort of fondue, raclette and tartiflette in France & Switzerland to Italy with so much variety from the fresh vegetables to choice cuts of meat, not forgetting pizza and pasta.

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Dates & Prices

Tour : May 27-June 3

Departure/Arrival: Grenoble, France

Bike

Solo

Solo with passenger

BMW K1200R Sport

$3,995
$5,995

BMW F800 GT

 $4,200
 $6,195

BMW K1300 GT

 $4,200
 $6,195

BMW R1200 RT

 $4,500
 $6,495

BMW R1200 GS

 $4,500
 $6,495

BMW K1600 GTL

 $4,995
 $6,995

BMW K1600 B

$4,995
 $6,995

 BMW R1200 RS

 $4,200
 $6,495

BMW S1000 XR

$4,500
 $6,495
Testimonials

Thank you for such an amazing tour.  We had a wonderful time every minute.  The riding, hotels & food went far beyond our expectations.  We can’t wait to do another one.

– Darren R.

Just a quick note to say thank you.  Simply the best vacation I’ve ever had, and I’ve had a lot.  Looking forward to doing another next year.

– Graeme G.

After looking at our tour pictures and videos, I started crying (again).  We had such a wonderful time, I didn’t want it to end.  Thank you for making our anniversary so special.  We’re already planning our next trip to come back and do it again.

– Liz & Mike R.

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.

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Itinerary

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 -> Briancon

Today’s ride takes us to the strategic fortified town of Briancon.  You’ll ride the Galibier & Lautaret mountain passes.
Distance: 240KM
Time: 6
Date: May 27 or Sept 1

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Day 2

Depart Briancon-Arrive Italian Lakes

Today’s ride takes us over the Mont Genevre into Italy.  We’ll visit the Sacra de San Michele monastery.

Distance: 280 KM
Time: 6
Date: May 28 or Sept 2

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Day 3

Depart Italian Lakes->Arrive Domodossola

Today we’ll stop in Stresa so you can visit the Borromean Islands (Isola Bella).

Distance: 150 KM
Time: 3
Date: May 2 or Sept 3

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Day 4

Depart Domodossola->Arrive Lugano

Today youll ride the Furka & Grimsel passes.

Distance: 275 km

Time: 5.5
Date: May 30 or Sept 4

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Day 5

Depart Lugano->Arrive Griante

Today we’ll ride the San Bernadino & Splugen Pass.

Distance: 275 km

Time: 6
Date: May 31 or Sept 5

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Day 6

Depart Griante-> Arrive Ivrea

Today we’ll visit Como en route to Ivrea.

Distance: 200 km

Time: 5
Date: June 1 or Sept 6

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Day 7

Depart Ivrea->Arrive Grenoble

Today we’ll return to Grenoble via the Mont Cenis mountain pass & Col d’Ornon, and Route Napoleon.

Distance: 280 km

Time: 5
Date: June 2 or Sept 7

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Day 8

Departure Day

Date: June 3 or Sept 8

Thank you for coming on tour with us.  Safe travels & we’ll see you again next year!

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Why Choose M2

M2 MotoTours has established a solid reputation of providing top-notch tours.

Our mission is to deliver The Ulimate Riding Experience.

From the itineraries, scenery, food, events & accommodations, you’ll be more than satisfied.

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

After one of our tours you will find yourself transformed, mind-blown and wanting to come back and do it all over again.

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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