24 Hours Le Mans, Normandy, Chateaux of the Loire
[June 9-21]

24 Hours Le Mans, Normandy, Chateaux of the Loire
[June 9-21]

Rated 4.50 out of 5 based on 4 customer ratings
(4 customer reviews)

History, culture, gastronomy, wine, renowned automobile race…you’ll get it all on this motorcycle tour covering some of the most spectacular regions of France.

Visit the architectural masterpieces, discover the magic of riding across France.  Experience the diversity of each region, its history, cuisine, wine & more.

Pay hommage to the soldiers of WWII at the Normandy beaches of D-Day.

Attend the 24 hours of Le Mans automobile race.  A crown jewel of motor racing sport.

All of this while enjoying great riding.

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Day 1

Grenoble -> Auvergne

Distance: 240KM Time: 7 Date: June 9th

Our first riding day on our France Motorcycle Tour takes us to Le Puy, a wonderful region full of extinct volcanoes. Filled with exciting roads & wonderful scenery, Auvergne is a great way to start.

Day 2

Puy-Auvergne

Distance: 300 km Time: 8 Date: June 10

Today we'll continue our adventure in Auvergne. Every year riders flock to Auvergne for the fantastic roads, scenery, quaint villages and delicious food.

Day 3

Auvergne-Arrive Perigueux

Distance:250 km Time: 7 Date: June 11

Today we'll continue our adventure in Auvergne. Heading West, we'll arrive in Perigueux especially renowned for its gastronomy. Bon appetit.

Day 4

Perigueux-Arrive Tours

Distance: 325 km Time: 8 Date: June 12

Today we'll pass through Potiers, then visit the chateau of Azay le Rideau en route to Tours. Now that we've arrived in the Loire Valley region on our France Motorcycle Tour, you'll be surrounded by wonderful architecture, beautiful countryside and some simply fantastic cuisine.

Day 5

Tours-Arrive Tours

Distance: 200 km Time: 8 Date: June 13

Today we'll visit Chateaux Amboise, Chenonceaux and Villandry before returning to Tours.

Day 6

Tours->Mont Saint Michel

Distance: 375 km Time: 8-9 Date: June 14

Today we'll arrive in Brittany, via Saint Malo, home of the corsairs, and spend the night at Mont Saint Michel. The Mont Saint Michel is just one of the magnificent things you'll see on this France Motorcycle Tour.

Day 7

Mont Saint Michel-Arrive Caen

Distance: 200 km Time: 5-6 Date: June 15

Today we'll visit Normandy Beaches & WW2 memorials.

Day 8

Caen-Arrive Le Mans

Distance: 200 km Time: 5-6 Date: June 16

Today we'll arrive in Le Mans

Day 9

24 Hours of Le Mans

Date: June 17

Today is the race in Le Mans

Day 10

Le Mans-> Moulins

Distance: 375 Time: 8-9 Date: June 18

Today we'll pass through Orleans arriving in Moulins, former HQ of the Dukes of Bourbon.

Day 11

Moulins -Arrive Annecy

Distance: 325 Time: 8 Date: June 19

Today we'll pass through Burgundy & Beaujolais wine country arriving in Annecy.

Day 12

Annecy-Arrive Grenoble

Distance: 250 Time: 5 Date: June 20

Today we'll pass through the Bauges mountain range and arrive in Grenoble. This evening we will celebrate completing our France Motorcycle Tour.

Day 13

Departure Day

June 21

Thank you for making this motorcycle tour France a resounding success. Bon voyage & au revoir, we'll see you again next year for another epic motorcycle tour.

 

What’s Included

-Motorcycle & Insurance

-Accommodations 12 nights

-Tour Guide

-Luggage Storage

-Luggage Van (min. 6 participants required)

-All breakfasts

Motorcycles

bikes

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.

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.”

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.

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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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:

BMW R1200 GS LC

Engine size: 1170
Cylinders: 2
hp/kW: 125/ 92
Vehicle weight (kg): 238
Seat height (mm): 850

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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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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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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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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Additional information

Participants

Solo, Duo

Preferred Motorcycle:

BMW F800 GT, BMW K1200R Sport, BMW K1300 GT, BMW R1200 RS, BMW R1200 RT, BMW R1200 GS, BMW K1600 GTL, BMW K1600 B, BMW S1000 XR

Occupancy

Shared Room, Private Room

4 reviews for 24 Hours Le Mans, Normandy, Chateaux of the Loire
[June 9-21]

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mike C.

    “I recently returned from a trip to Italy and France. I decided I wanted to ride while visiting Europe. After hours of Internet searching for the best places, the best roads and destinations, I came across M2 Motor tours website. I decided to contact them and began talking and planning with the proprietor Mike O. I immediately realized I was very fortunate to have contacted Mike. Mike and his right hand man Manu put together and EPIC, WONDERFUL, WORDS CAN NOT DESCRIBE ride that would of been impossible to have experienced on my own. M2 took care of everything, brought me to the best roads, amazing sights, awesome places to stay, incredible food and wine!!! No chain hotels. Only carefully picked perfect accommodations. Their knowledge and experience of the many regions they cover is second to none! There kindness and commitment to you having an EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME is not something you find easily. They totally provide for all rider levels and abilities. I was able to have ZERO worries about anything. All I had to do was ride and have FULL ENJOYMENT delivered to me. I was so delighted I found myself yelling out loud at the beautiful sights and the most incredible roads. I can honestly give these guys my highest recommendation! I have ridden the US from Oregon to Key West and can say the experience with M2 is one of the best rides I have done . THIS IS A MUST DO.”

  2. Rated 4 out of 5

    Jim & Sherri M.

    We had a lot of fun on our tour. There was a lot of variety between the landscapes, history, food specialties. My wife wanted to spend more time visiting the chateaus, I thought it was enough. The Normandy beaches and WWII monuments were special to visit since my grandfather fought in the war. The Mont St. Michel was our favorite visit, we spent the night over there and that was great. Seeing Le Mans was amazing how they can race for 24 hours. All in all great riding, not too tiring, saw plenty of beautiful things and had unbelievable meals. If you like wine, you’ll be amazed at the selection and how reasonably priced it is. Too bad we couldn’t bring a lot back since our bags were full with gear. Guess we’ll have to come back and do another one!

  3. Rated 4 out of 5

    Rich S.

    I was set on seeing the 24 hours Le Mans motorcycle race, but the timing didn’t work for me, so I settled for seeing the auto race instead and went on this tour. I enjoyed not having to hardly any time riding on the highway. Every day was complete, good itineraries, good lunches & dinners, the hotels were nice. I’m not much into sightseeing, but the Normandy Beaches are something to ponder. If you are into architecture you’ll probably enjoy visiting some chateaux, I used the time to keep up with work issues. The Mont St. Michel is stunning, period. Finally the race in Le Mans was as much a classic car show with dozens of beautiful automobiles from every era. The race was great, lots of action, very very cool stuff. I had a good time with the M2 guides. Fun guys to ride with and fun guys to have a beer (or couple) with after the riding. We had a good soaker one day so make sure you come prepared.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dave & Jamie H.

    France Motorcycle Tour:
    Le Mans, Normandy & Loire Valley Chateaux

    “My wife and I had a wonderful tour of Southern France, Monte Carlo and Corsica. We’ve been on tour with other outfits, and our time with M2 was by far the most enjoyable. The roads we took, the pace, the scenery, the food & hotels, they were all outstanding. We really liked the ‘down to earth style’, no one lecturing you, or criticizing your riding as we unfortunately have experienced elsewhere. I’m not the best rider, I know that, but I never felt outpaced or outclassed. It was very relaxing.

    We got to see the Monte Carlo Grand Prix and there is nothing else like it. Corsica is simply amazing. We’ll go back at as soon as we possibly can. Kudos to the M2 staff for organizing and delivering such a wonderful time. Highly recommend.”

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