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Self Guided Motorcycle Tour France Alps

Excellent Riding, Stunning Scenery, Fantastic Food

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Alps Self Guided Motorcycle Tour

Need to get your fill of Alpine motorcycle touring?  If the 3 day self guided alpine motorcycle tour isn’t enough, here’s one with 2 additional days.

Take the high roads to catch breathtaking scenery while getting your ride on.  Hairpin turns, mountain passes, switchbacks, stunning vistas, waterfalls, glaciers….pastoral scenery, edelweiss.  Bike tours in the Alps are a must do.

Ride in the footsteps of Hannibal or the Roman Empire.  Climb famous mountain passes that host the Tour de France or World Cup ski events.

You’ll enjoy the ride as much as enjoying the food.  Hearty meals, cheeses, cured meats, it’s all good.  Visit the regions of Savoy, & Isere.  Plenty of picturesque villages steeped in history dating back to antiquity or more.

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Highlights

This tour will take you from Grenoble on a tour around the highest peak in the European Alps, the Mont Blanc.

From there you will head south to Briancon, along the Route des Grandes Alpes, having a blast on the twisty alpine roads.  Making your way back you’ll ride in the Vercors, a hot spot for European riding.
Besides riding fantastic roads like the Col du Galibier, Col du Lautaret & the Alpe d’Huez, you’ll get to visit:

  • Chamonix Mont Blanc
  • Annecy (the Venice of the Alpes)
  • Bauges Mountain Range
  • Briancon
  • Valloire
  • Col d’Ornon
  • Chamrousse
  • Glandon Pass
  • Croix de Fer Pass
  • Barcelonnette
  • Col de la Bonette

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Hotels & Dining

Enjoy the comfort and charm of select hotels & B&B’s.

Chez Bear B&B

Relax in the comfort & coziness at Chez Bear near Briancon.  There’s a good chance you’ll meet other riders, cyclists or hikers passing through the Alps.  Enjoy lovely views of the mountains, fresh air and good home cooking.

Dining:

You’ll want to try as many of the local mountain specialties. Try cheese fondue, raclette and tartiflette along with a variety of local wines.

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Dates & Prices
Dates:  From May-Sept.

Departure/Arrival: Grenoble, France

Bike

Solo

Solo with passenger

BMW K1200R Sport

$1,500
$1,800

BMW F800 GT

 $1,500
 $1,800

BMW K1300 GT

$1,750
 $2,050

BMW R1200 RT

 $1,750
 $2,050

BMW R1200 GS

 $1,950
 $2,250

BMW K1600 GTL

 $2,000
$2,300

BMW K1600 B

$2,000
$2,300

 BMW R1200 RS

 $1,750
$2,050

BMW S1000 XR

$1,750
 $2,050
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What’s Included
  • BMW Motorcycle
  • Insurance Pilot & Passenger
  • GPS Roadbook
  • Accommodations, 6 nights 2-3*** hotels or B&B’s.
  • Luggage Storage

Accommodations can be upgraded upon request.  Please let us know your desired level of comfort and we’ll provide you with a quotation.
Rider gear (helmet, jackets, pants, gloves, rain suits) is available for rent.  Please let us know what you need & your size(s) and we’ll provide you with a quotation.

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Itinerary

Day 1

Depart Grenoble -> Arrive Chamonix Mont Blanc

Today’s ride takes you over the Bauges mountains to Lake Annecy for a stop in Annecy Le Vieux, a charming city complete with canal system like Brugge or Venice. From there it’s on to Chamonix, for the evening.

Distance: 250 km
Time: 5

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Day 2

Depart Chamonix->Arrive Briancon

Today’s ride takes you through famous ski resorts and mountain roads like the Mont Cenis and into Italy before crossing the Mont Genevre and arriving in the fortified town of Briancon.

Distance: 290 km
Time: 5.5

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Day 3

Depart  Briancon->Barcelonette

Today’s ride takes you over more mountain passes such as the Col d’Allos and the Col de la Bonnette.

Distance: 275 km
Time: 5

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Day 4

Depart Barcelonnette->Nyons

Distance: 250 km
Time: 5

Today you’ll take part of the Route des Grandes Alpes over the Col d’Allos pass then up to Sisteron and through the Gorges de la Meouge before arriving in Nyons, Olive capital of France.

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Day 5

Depart Nyons-> Arrive Grenoble

Distance: 250 km
Time: 5

Today’s ride take you across the fabulous Vercors Mountain range.  Enjoy the balcony roads, the Gorges of the Bourne, the suspended houses in Royans.  A perfect finale for your alpine adventure.

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Why Choose M2

Amazing riding, stunning scenery, & comfortable, charming accommodations will exceed your expectations.

You’ll stay in independent hotels, B&B’s, that share the same philosophy as we do, providing a memorable, high quality 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
BORE x STROKE|80 x 49.7mm
COMPRESSION RATIO|12.0:1
CLAIMED HORSEPOWER|160 hp @ 11,000 rpm
CLAIMED TORQUE|83.0 lb-ft @ 9,250 rpm
GEARBOX|Six-speed
FINAL DRIVE|Chain
CLUTCH|Wet slipper, hydraulic, multiplate
FRAME|Aluminum
WHEELBASE|61.0 in.
RAKE|25.5°
TRAIL|4.6 in.
FRONT SUSPENSION|Upside-down telescopic fork with optional D-ESA
FRONT WHEEL TRAVEL|5.9 in.
FRONT WHEEL|Cast aluminum alloy, 3.5 x 17
FRONT TIRE|120/70ZR-17 Bridgestone T30
REAR SUSPENSION|Linked monoshock with optional D-ESA
REAR WHEEL TRAVEL|5.5 in.
REAR WHEEL|Cast aluminum alloy, 6.0 x 17
REAR TIRE|190/55ZR-17 Bridgestone T30
FRONT BRAKE|Two 320mm radially mounted four-piston calipers
REAR BRAKE|265mm disc, 2-piston caliper
FUEL TANK CAPACITY|5.2 gal.
CLAIMED DRY WEIGHT|357 lb.
CLAIMED WET WEIGHT|502 lb.
SEAT HEIGHT|33.1 in.
LENGTH|86 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 2014-

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