guided motorcycle tours france

8 days / 7 nights.

This tour will transport you back to the time of knights, castles, & medieval villages.

The itinerary is full of great roads, gorges, twists and excitement like the infamous Mount Ventoux, the Millau Viaduct and Vercors mountain range.

Great riding, food, wine & a history lesson for sure.

 

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Description

Day 1 Castle Motorbike Tour France

Grenoble

Distance: 300 km Time: 5.5-6 hours

In preparation for your ride you'll spend the evening in a chateau in Grenoble.

Day 2 Castle Motorbike Tour France

Grenoble->Nyons

Distance: 300 km Time: 5.5-6 hours

You'll set off on your adventure heading south. Within minutes you'll begin the first of many ascents, followed by amazing gorges to the National Park of the Provincial Barons. In your path is the daunting Mount Ventoux, the "Beast of Provence". At the summit you'll be treated to panoramic views in every direction. The evening has you staying in the charming town of Nyons which is also to olive capital of France. Have some with your aperitif, and enjoy some wonderful cuisine.

Day 3 Castle Motorbike Tour France

Nyons->Aigues Mortes

Distance: 225 km Time: 5.5

Continuing your tour, today you will see the imposing chateau of Suze la Rousse. This medieval fortress is set in a huge wooded park and houses a magnificient Renaissance internal courtyard. Located amidst prestigious vineyards it must have been good to be the king. You'll pass through a fabulous medieval village of Uzes with its awesome duchy. Nearby is the Pont du Gard aquaduct built during the Roman Empire. Continuing along you'll ride through the salt marshes of the Camargue region, known for its breed of horses and wild bulls. Ending your day you'll arrive in Aigues Mortes, fortified city on the Mediterranean coast. Under King Louis IX (aka Saint Louis) two major crusades were launched from Aigues Mortes.

Day 4 Castle Motorbike Tour France

Aigues Mortes->Carcassonne

Distance:280km Time: 5.5-6 hours

Today you'll ride along the Via Domitia, the first Roman road built in France. It connected Italy to Spain via France. Your destination is the spectacular fortress city of Carcassonne. Originally founded by the Romans, Carcassonne was of strategic importance defending the border with Spain, as well as launching crusades and as the stronghold of the Cathars.

Day 5 Castle Motorbike Tour France

Carcassonne->Cevennes

Distance:275km Time: 6 hours

Leaving the medieval town you'll happen upon La Couvertoirade, fortress stronghold of the Knights Templar. Fast forward several hundred years as you cross the engineering marvel of the Millau Viaduct. You'll marvel at the Tarn Gorges. For the evening you'll spend the night in a real castle (based on availability)

Day 6 Castle Motorbike Tour France

Cevennes-Grignan

Distance 250 km Time: 5.5

Today you'll ride through the Cevennes national park and magnificent Ardeche Gorges. You'll visit the amazing renaissance Chateau de Grignan.

Day 7 Castle Motorbike Tour France

Grignan->Grenoble

Distance 275 km Time: 6

Today you'll see the Crest Tower, the highest medieval dungeon (52m) built in the 12th century, offering a fantastic view of the Drome valley and Vercors mountain range. The finale has you return to Grenoble via the Vercors known for its dizzying balcony roads, and awesome gorges.

Day 8 Castle Motorbike Tour France

Grenoble

Today is your departure day. We hope you enjoyed your adventure. Thank you for coming and we wish you a bon voyage home.

Itinerary

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 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 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 R1200 RS, BMW R1200 RT, BMW R1200 GS, BMW K1600 GT, BMW S1000 XR

Occupancy

Shared Room, Private Room