Motorrad Tours was founded by Richard Millington specifically to operate tours for BMW (UK) as part of their activity program World of BMW. World of BMW has three main activity arms: Tours, Road Training and Off Road Skills. World of BMW has been operating since 2000 with thousands of happy customers having enjoyed touring, learning to ride or developing off-road skills with us.
Prior to setting up Motorrad Tours Richard had spent several years in various roles within World of BMW, including, at different times, General Manager for all three activities. An avid motorcyclist since the age of 15 when he bought his first field bike Richard has only been without a motorcycle for 12 months in the last 30 years. Biking is in his blood. His first tour was to France with his partner Karen and friends back in the 80’s on board a Suzuki GSX1100EFE. Richard spent most of his career working with BMW in the motor industry, getting away on the bike whenever possible. Destinations became further away and more remote until in 2009 Richard and Karen quit their jobs, sold the house and cars and on board their R 1200 GS Adventure rode from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego over five months.
At the end of the trip Richard was asked to join GlobeBusters Expeditions as General Manager working with them on various projects such as Edelweiss Discover Our Earth, Round the World Expedition guiding the North Africa and Central America sections. He also led the 2011 Trans Americas Expedition retracing his 2009 ride but this time as Expedition Leader.
Richard also spent a few years as the General Manager of BMW Tours and Rider Training. He was instrumental in the planning and delivery of World of BMW’s biggest ever undertaking; Motorrad Days 2012 when he took 199 bikes and 249 customers to BMW Motorrad Days Festival in Garmisch Partenkirchen. These years planning and delivering tours provide a solid grounding in the motorcycle travel industry.
Motorrad Tours were appointed as a BMW official Partner in 2013 and awarded the contract to exclusively operate World of BMW Tours from 2014 immediately launching a raft of new initiatives.
These include the introduction of hire bikes; taking customers own or hire bikes to the start of tours in destination cities in Europe; this website and on-line booking facility; becoming the first motorcycle tour company to join ABTOT (The Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust) and others still to come. An expanded range of tours in Europe and new destinations such as Columbia, Thailand and Namibia quickly followed. The tour program grows year on year and the variety and styles of tours is ever expanding.
In the past three years Motorrad Tours have over doubled the number of tours running each year. With no less care or preparation put into each and every trip, not only have customer numbers increased but so has customer satisfaction. Over 98% of customers who rode with us in 2016 would recommend Motorrad Tours.
These are exciting time for World of BMW and Motorrad Tours and we hope that you will be a part of the excitement and tour with us.
“I have always had a passion for travel and for motorcycling and have been lucky to be able to combine these over many years. Being trusted by BMW (UK) as their partner in World of BMW is a great honour. I hope you will allow me, and my highly experienced team of tour guides, to share with you some of the fantastic riding experiences we have enjoyed.”
Richard Millington, 2013