If you’ve already done the Alps, do them again. The Alps might be old, but they never get old. Seriously, supposing you’re in the mood for something different, take a look at the Pyrenees or Corsica.
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The Pyrenees offer a different look than the Alps, and offer lots of great riding. We really like riding them, there’s no shortage of fun. The region is rich in history, and culture. Of particular interest is Basque country for its beauty, heritage and traditions like Jai Alai. There are lots of little towns waiting to be discovered. At the right times in the Pyrenees you practically have the place to yourself. It’s quite enjoyable not having to contend with the throngs of tourists in campers and buses like you might find at certain times in the Alps. Plus you can zig zag in and out of Spain. It’s a great ride from the Mediterranean to Atlantic coast.
If you want to get off the beaten track, go to Corsica. The scenery, history, riding, food, the diversity… everything is amazing. Smaller than its neighbor Sardinia, we all agree hands down Corsica takes first place. Best visited before mid-June and after August. During these times the island is empty of tourists. We like going in May. The ride down to the Mediterranean coast is very enjoyable. Also in May is the historic Monaco Grand Prix. A magical event that will please race and non race fans alike. We could go on and on about it. Simple put whenever have a couple days off, Corsica is always at the top of our lists of places to go.
Hope you find the right guided European motorcycle tour or self guided European motorbike tour. If you can make your reservation by Dec. 15, 2019 you’ll benefit from our Pre-Season Pricing European Motorcycle Tours. If you need any assistance, be sure to get in touch.
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Here are shots from the 2019 season. Make it a point to join the fun in 2020.
While we’d like to have the specific brand & model bike that every guest is looking for, we’d need at least 5 times more space to store them all.
Our fleet of in-house bikes suit a variety of riders’ tastes, but if they don’t suit you. that’s all that matters.
It doesn’t mean you have to miss out on touring with us. Now you’ve got two possible solutions:
the option of renting the brand bike that you like. There are a number of motorcycle rental agencies that might have what you are looking for.
Plan on spending somewhere between 130-200 Euros per day.
Make sure it comes with some kind of roadside assistance insurance.
Make sure you’ll be able to pick it up & return it based on your travel dates:
Many rental agencies are closed on Sundays & Monday.
Any bikes <600cc displacement and you will struggle to keep up on tours that traverse the Alps or Pyrenees.
We can provide you with some assistance in locating a bike.
2. You can ship your bike.
We can help coordinate shipping, receiving & returning.
Inquire about overseas insurance and roadside assistance.
There are a variety of shipping companies offering a range of services from door to door or port to port or anywhere in between. We placed a few inquiries lately for shipping quotes for a BMW R1200 GS shipped from the port of NYC to Le Havre, France (the largest & closest Continental port).
A one way transport cost varied between $1,000-$1,500 USD (which doesn’t include any customs duties, taxes or other fees).
If you’re planning on spending some time on the Continent shipping your bike might be an interesting option for you.
As always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
We’ve got a wide range of BMW motorcycles for rent. From the legendary Boxer flat twins to the luscious 6 cylinder bikes and the new parallel twins, we’ve got the right bike to make your holiday a success.
Whether you’re already own a BMW motorbike or have already hired one, you already know it’s a great combination of performance, comfort and design that makes touring a pleasure no matter what your riding style.
The model lineup includes the F800 series, R series, S series and K series. All are generously equipped for touring (luggage, top boxes, etc).
Vintage race cars, sports cars and motorcycles, yes, motorcycles. How about a tribute to Porsche's 70 year anniversary? If that doesn't do it for you, then the elusive one of a kind Lamborghini not publicly driven in 51 years?
Monaco Historic Grand Prix Motorcycle Tour
Feasting our eyes on some exquisite machines, we were trreated to the sights, sounds and smells of vintage race cars doing what they were built for: racing.
Stepping into the time machine we saw 1950's Gran Prix cars take to the track and duke it out. Wood steering wheels, skinny tires, no ABS or driver assistance. These drivers gave it their all to win. Every time we heard the squeal of tires or saw a car drifting periously close to the wall,we were thinking how much will it cost to fix and could it even be fixable. Thankfully no major incidents.
Monaco Historic Grand Prix Motorcycle Tour
There was a parade of classic cars including Ferrari Daytona, '57 Thunderbird, '58 Corvette, 427 Cobra, Ferrari 250 GTO, '76 Porsche Carrera, Mercedes Pagoda, Maserati Quattroporte, big Healys, Bentleys, '65 Mercedes 300SE convertible, Ferrari Dino and many more.
Much to our surprise a 3 lap parade of vintage bikes. The last time that bikes competed in a Grand Prix in Monaco was way back in 1948. We were delighted to salute our 2 wheeled brothers exercising vintage machines dating back to the early 20th century. Stepping into the time machine we saw 1950's Gran Prix cars take to the track and duke it out. Wood steering wheels, skinny tires, no ABS or driver assistance. These drivers gave it their all to win. Every time we heard the squeal of tires or saw a car drifting periously close to the wall,we were thinking how much will it cost to fix and could it even be fixable. Thankfully no major incidents.
Moving forward in time we watched the evolution of the F1 race car as the engine moved to the rear and it grew wings, which in turn spawned ground effects, turbos, active suspensions, the kind of high tech assistance to turn unbelievable lap times. There wer a number of encounters with the wall and in each case the wall won. We watched wistfully as damaged cars were transported on flatbed wreckers, only hoping that skilled artisans and their financiers will piece these cars back together so we can see them race again in 2 years.
See you there in 2020
Seeing the Historic Monaco Grand Prix was better than visiting any auto museum and looking at thoroughbred race cars just begging to hit the circuit. We commend the owners for letting the public enjoy these beauties in all their glory. We also salute the drivers who pilot these machines without any driver assistance, and put on a great show doing so.
Fans of the brand will delight in an awesome 'hands-on' day at the track. BMW Passion Days combines bikes & cars on a legendary track on the Mediterranean coast.
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Ride on a Legendary Track
Here's your chance to ride on a legendary track. The Circuit Paul Ricard on the Mediterranean coast in Southern France. Home to Formula 1 Grand Prix & 24 Hour Motorcycle Endurance Racing (The Bol d'Or). Ideal for exploring your skills and these machines' limits.
Track Sessions: 6 x Twenty minutes
Leather Gear Required (available for rent)
Auto Test Rides with Pro Drivers
Test Ride Bikes on Track
Join the few
BMW Passion Days is a private event reserved for clients of BMW Motorrad France dealerships. This is the best hands on BMW Motorrad event by far that we've attended. Experience the Passion on 2 & 4 wheels. BMW Passion Days is part of our Corsica Monaco Grand Prix Motorcycle Tour. Spend the best 2 weeks of the year in a rider's paradise & an awesome day at BMW Passion Days. (May 9-23, 2018) Spaces are extremely limited. Contact us for more details.
Grenoble, France, nestled in the French Alps, host of the 1968 Winter Olympics. Every year Grenoble attracts thousands of tourists for skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and motorcycling.
Surrounded by 4 mountain ranges, Grenoble was a city of strategic importance during conflicts with Italy & Savoy (now part of France).
Today Grenoble is the capital of the Isere department. (Departments are the administrative units similar to counties or regions in other countries.) It plays host to numerous companies in microelectronics, produces highly qualified engineers, paper industry as well as hydroelectric power all drive the economy.
Why do you Need to Come to Grenoble?…from a rider’s perspective:
Names like the Alpe d’Huez, Galibier Pass, Lautaret Pass, are just a few of the spectacular roads featured in events like the Tour de France and major attractions for riders as well. If you like flat and straight riding, then you probably won’t have fun on the roads around Isere, unless you take the highway.
With such a high density of mountain roads & fabulous scenery, Grenoble is a great hub for motorcycle touring. You could come to Grenoble and do day rides and return in the evening without having to pack up and change lodgings every night. This could be very interesting if you travel as a couple but ride solo. Your companion could choose from numerous activities while you go ride.
Location, location location:
You might live in an area that requires a long ride before the road gets interesting…
Within minutes from downtown Grenoble you can be flying through twisties in any of the four surrounding mountain ranges: Belledonne, Chartreuse, Oisans and Vercors. (Each mountain range will be covered more in depth in separate posts.)
Col de la Madeleine
Col du Noyer
Croix de Fer
Besides motorcycle riding, there are a number of other thrilling activities worth exploring as well.
A number of the ski resorts surrounding Grenoble offer multiple outdoor activities as well as classic indoor activities (ice skating, swimming, spa…)
Birthplace of Stendahl 18th century novelist
Jean-François Champollion, founding figure in Egyptology
You’ve finally found the perfect European motorcycle tour, made your reservations, you’re so stoked, until you think about packing your gear…
Looks like you might be traveling with 2-3 bags, which might mean checked bag fees. When there’s a checked bag, there’s risk of delay, damage, or loss. That increases with each connecting flight you have to take.
Good motorcycle gear comes at a price. (Read the fine print on your airplane ticket to see how much you’ll be reimbursed in case of loss.) It might not even cover the cost of buying a new jacket or pants.
The thought of showing up for your tour with your gear lost in transit is scary. Don’t think of counting on local shops as a safety net to replace everything. Shops are closed on Sundays & Mondays. As shops tend to stock a minimum of inventory you might not find what you need in a pinch.
Now you could always wear your gear, especially when you’re traveling from Australia or New Zealand. Or you could try to get it all into a carry-on, but with airlines enforcing baggage regulations to collect more fees, you might be out of luck,
We’ve got a solution to avoid the risk & hassle of transporting your gear: Gear Bundle.
Gear Bundle includes modular or full face helmet, textile jacket & pants, gloves and rain suit. Suppliers include: Alpinestars, Bering, BMW, Dainese, DXR, Ixon, and IXS. All gear meets safety regulation standards. Each piece is cleaned & inspected after each use.
We have both Men’s & Women’s gear. The Motorcycle Rental Gear Bundle is €175 per person for the duration of your tour.
If you’re planning on doing some other travels before or after your tour, the Gear Bundle is your best bet.
Before jamming your gear in a suitcase and hoping for the best, get the Gear Bundle and you can relax and enjoy your flight, worry free.
Whenever you add a Tour to your Cart, Gear Bundle is offered as an option. If you’ve already reserved a tour and want to add Gear Bundle, you can do so up to 30 days prior to your tour departure. Simply go directly to the Gear Bundle page by using the links above.
You might also be interested in renting a motorcycle to explore France, Italy, Switzerland, the Alps & beyond. Check out motorcycle rental Grenoble site, www.m2motos.com.