Trans Alp Express: Alps Motorcycle Tour France Switzerland Austria Italy [Sept 19-Oct 5]

Trans Alp Express: Alps Motorcycle Tour France Switzerland Austria Italy [Sept 19-Oct 5]

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This might just be our best Alps motorcycle tour. From Sept 20-Oct 5, 2018.  Two weeks of sport touring in 4 countries (France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria) including the Alps, Dolomites & Tyrol.

As if that weren’t enough, World Superbike fans will be stoked to see the French edition at Magny cours.

There will be plenty of Alpine passes, such as Galibier, Lautaret, the Mont Blanc, Grossglockner, Furka, Grimsel, the Stelvio, and more. If the Alps aren’t enough to satisfy your craving for thrilling riding, we’ve included the Dolomites for good measure. For the finale, we’ll finish it off in the Vercors mountain range with balcony roads, gorges and a sendoff celebration.


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Day 0: Best Alps Motorcycle Tour

Grenoble -> Arrive Briancon

Sept 19

Evening meeting, & dinner.

Day 1 Best Alps Motorcycle Tour

Grenoble -> Arrive Briancon

Distance: 275 km Time: 7 Date: Sept 20

We'll get the best Alps motorcycle tour started off correctly with some legendary mountain roads: Alpe d'Huez (3,330m), Galibier Pass (2645m)& Lautaret Pass (2,058m). A challenge for motorcyclists and bigger challenger for our cycling brethren. These roads have repeatedly been featured on the Tour de France. For the evening we'll stay in Briancon, fortified city that kept watch over the border with Italy.

Day 2 Best Alps Motorcycle Tour


Time: 7 Date: Sept 21

Today’s ride takes us into Italy to Stresa on the shores of Lake Maggiore. You can visit Isola Bella, one of the most beautiful palaces.

Day 3 Best Alps Motorcycle Tour


Distance: 325 km Time: 8 Date: Sept 22

Today’s ride takes us over the Splugen & San Bernadino passes to Domaso on the shores of Lake Como.

Day 4 Best Alps Motorcycle Tour

Domaso-> Arrive Merano

Distance: 300 km Time: 8 Date: Sept 23

Today’s ride takes us to Saint Moritz via the Maloja Pass, then to the mythic Stelvio Pass. 75 hairpin turns on a road voted #1 by "Top Gear". Cross this one off your bucket list.

Day 5


Distance: 300 km Time: 6 Date: Sept 24

Today’s ride takes us around the Dolomites into Austria. The Alps might get a lot more attention, but the Dolomites are magnificent in their own way. Enjoy your ride in this beautiful part of the world.

Day 6 Best Alps Motorcycle Tour

Lienz->Arrive Innsbruck

Distance: 300 km Time: 8 Date: Sept 25

Today’s ride takes us over the Grossglockner High Alpine Road to the Olympic city of Innsbruck. The Grossglockner is the highest road in Austria and highly sought after by riders worldwide. 36 turns on this mythic road reveal splendid views of towering Alpine peaks.

Day 7 Best Alps Motorcycle Tour

Innsbruck>Arrive Chur

Distance: 295 km Time: 7-8 Date: Sept 26

Today we enter Switzerland and cross the Fluela Pass (2,383m).

Day 8


Distance: 295 km Time: 7-8 Date: Sept 27

Today's ride takes over two fantastic passes: Furka & Grimsell. We'll arrive at Interlaken and spend the evening in Thun, a beautiful town on the shores of the lake.

Day 9

Thun->Arrive Besancon

Distance: 295 km Time: 5 Date: Sept 28

Today's ride takes us back over the border and into France. We'll spend the night in Besancon, a Unesco world heritage site for it's citadel and fortifications.

Day 10

Besancon->Magny Cours

Distance: 295 km Time: 8 Date: Sept 29

Today's ride takes us to Magny Cours for Superbike qualifying.

Day 11

SuperBike Race Magny Cours

Distance: 295 km Time: 5 Date: Sept 30

Following the race we'll head to Clermont Ferrand for the evening.

Day 12

Clermond Ferrand->Arrive Auvergne

Distance: 295 km Time: 6 Date: Oct 1

More excellent riding today through Auvergne, land of extinct volcanoes. The only rumble to be heard will be us having fun on these great roads. With all the tourists back at work, we'll have the place to ourselves.

Day 13

Auvergne->Arrive Nimes

Distance: 295 km Time: 7-8 Date: Oct 2

Today's ride takes us down south to Nimes, beautiful city founded during the Roman Empire. Lots of history & wonderful architecture to appreciate.

Day 14


Distance: 295 km Time: 7-8 Date: Oct 3

Today you'll get a chance to conquer the Mont Ventoux as we blast through Provence. The Mont Ventoux, known as the Windy Mountain, the Beast, or Bald Mountain is a surreal experience. The ride is a thrill. At the top there is no vegetation. You'd think you were on the moon or another planet.

Day 15

Gap->Arrive Grenoble

Distance: 295 km Time: 7 Date: Oct 4

Today is the finale: splendid riding through the Vercors mountain range followed by an evening party.

Day 16

Departure Day

Oct 5

Thanks for joining us on the TransAlp Express, the best Alps motorcycle tour. Wishing you a bon voyage and we'll see you next year for another one for sure.



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.


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


“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


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.


“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.


“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:


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


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.


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
WET WEIGHT, FULLY FUELED: 741 lbs (336 kg)


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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Engine|Liquid-cooled inline-four
Horsepower|160 hp @ 11,000 rpm
Torque|83.0 lb-ft @ 9,250 rpm
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


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

-Motorcycle & Insurance

-Accommodations 15 nights

-Tour Guide

-Luggage Storage

-Luggage Van (min. 6 participants required)

-All breakfasts

Additional information


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


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1 review for Trans Alp Express: Alps Motorcycle Tour France Switzerland Austria Italy [Sept 19-Oct 5]

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    M2 MotoTours

    Join us for the inaugural launch of the TransAlp Express. Due to the popularity of our Mega Alpine tour (Aug) which is a perennial sell-out, we created this tour for all of those who were unable to join. The itineraries are very similar, and instead of MotoGP in Spielberg, Austria, you’ll get to see World Superbike in Magny Cours.

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