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A great French Alps motorcycle tour. From the get-go you’ll have 5 full days of twisties & mountain passes in the Alps. From the Mont Blanc, the Galibier, Alpe d’Huez and more.  Your itinerary is full of top-shelf, world renowned roads.  At the same time be sure to enjoy the wonderful cuisine, fine wines, cheeses & pastries.

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Day 1 French Alps Motorcycle Tour

Grenoble->Chamonix Mont Blanc

Distance: 275km Time:7 hours

Your French Alps motorcycle tour begins with a ride taking you to Lake Annecy via the Bauges mountains for a stop in this charming city complete with canal system similar to Brugge or Venice, but on a smaller scale. From there it’s up to Chamonix Mont Blanc, a renowned ski station. Chamonix played host to the first Olympic winter games in 1924. Take the time to ride the cable car up to the Aiguille du Midi which is a viewing platform built on a neighboring peak of the Mont Blanc. Views are simply spectacular.

Day 2 French Alps Motorcycle Tour

Chamonix Mont Blanc->Briancon

Distance: 280 km Time: 7

Today’s ride takes you over the Mont Cenis & Mont Genevre mountain passes to the elevated fortified city of Briancon.

Day 3 French Alps Motorcycle Tour

Briancon-Barcelonnette

Distance:250km Time: 7 hours

Continuing on your French Alps motorcycle tour, today’s ride takes you over more mountain passes such as the Col d’Allos and the Col de la Bonnette. (2802m) The Col de la Bonnette is among the highest paved roads in Europe.

Day 4 French Alps Motorcycle Tour

Barcelonnette->Nyons

Distance:290km Time: 7 hours

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. You'll ride the infamous Mount Ventoux, the Beast, a challenging ride when the Mistral wind is blowing.

Day 5 French Alps Motorcycle Tour

Nyons->Grenoble

Distance:280km Time: 6 hours

Today’s final ride on your French alps motorcycle tour 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.

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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What’s Included

French Alps Motorcycle Tour

-Motorcycle & Insurance

-Luggage Storage

-5 Nights Accommodations

-Breakfasts

-GPS & Roadbook

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

1 review for 5 Day French Alps Self Guided Motorcycle Tour

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Al A.

    “I was in the area on business and took a few vacation days to do this tour. I met up with another solo rider like myself doing the same tour, and we agreed to do it together so as not to be lonely at lunch/in the evenings. I can’t remember the last time I had so much fun in the span of a few days. From the riding to the hotels and meals, everything was great. I had so much fun with my riding partner we’ve agreed to bring some buddies along and do another next year.”
    -Al A.

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