24 Hours Le Mans Motorcycle Tour -Normandy, Chateaux of the Loire
[June 8-20]

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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Description

Day 1

Grenoble -> Auvergne

Distance: 240KM Time: 7 Date: June 8

Your first riding day takes you to Le Puy, in Auvergne a wonderful region full of extinct volcanoes. Filled with exciting roads & wonderful scenery, Auvergne is a great way to get the adventure started.

Day 2

Puy-Auvergne

Distance: 300 km Time: 8 Date: June 9

Today you'll continue your adventure in Auvergne. Every year riders from all over Europe and beyond 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 10

Heading West, we'll arrive in Perigueux especially renowned for its gastronomy & excellent wines. Have a great ride today and Bon appetit.

Day 4

Perigueux-Arrive Tours

Distance: 325 km Time: 8 Date: June 11

Today you'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 your France Motorcycle Tour, you'll be surrounded by wonderful architecture, beautiful countryside and some simply fantastic cuisine. Some say it's the best, we'll let you be the judge.

Day 5

Tours-Arrive Tours

Distance: 200 km Time: 8 Date: June 12

Today you'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 13

Today you'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 14

Today you'll visit the Normandy Beaches & WW2 memorials.

Day 8

Caen-Arrive Le Mans

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

Today you'll arrive in Le Mans home of the iconic namesake 24 hour endurance race for the start of the race at 3:00 PM.

Day 9

24 Hours of Le Mans

Date: June 16

After a night of race action, today is the big finish of the 24 hours of Le Mans. Be prepared for the excitement. Le Mans is one of the fabled crown jewels of motor racing.

Day 10

Le Mans-> Moulins

Distance: 375 Time: 8-9 Date: June 17

After the excitement of the 24 hours of Le Mans, today you'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 18

Today your motorcycle tour has you pass through Burgundy & Beaujolais wine country arriving in Annecy. A charming town dating back to Medieval times, you'll admire the beautiful canals and nearby lake.

Day 12

Annecy-Arrive Grenoble

Distance: 250 Time: 5 Date: June 19

Returning to Grenoble from your amazing motorcycle tour across France, you'll face the Bauges mountain range and have fun right up to the very end. This evening you should celebrate your accomplishment with a delicious dinner and champagne.

Day 13

Departure Day

June 20

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

-Luggage Storage

-GPS Roadbook

-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 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 GTL, BMW S1000 XR

Occupancy

Shared Room, Private Room