Our touring style, like motorcycling, is about freedom. Motorcycling is an independent way to travel and explore. We are here to take the hassle out of the planning and logistics, and to share with you our experience and knowledge. However we are not here to stifle your freedom or to try and control your ride, your journey or your desire to explore.
Firstly let's talk about our riding style. We provide you with route guidance notes, maps and GPS routes (in a BMW/Garmin format) so you can choose to ride independently at your pace, stopping to see what you want to see when you want to. You are always welcome to ride with the Tour Leader who will set a leave time each day so you can join them. You can ride with them every day or swap and change what you want to do each day. You have the freedom to choose. In Europe, groups bigger than four or five bikes are difficult to keep together and you don’t want to have to keep stopping to wait for other members of the group. How you ride is your choice. You are not compelled to ride in a line behind the Tour Leader at a pace set by the steadiest rider. You have freedom to make your own ride – it is not only the most enjoyable way but also the safest.
We do not take a luggage truck along with us in Europe. Two panniers and a top box is ample space for the luggage of two people. If you want some tips on packing then please let us know. We are all the same – if we have more space we will fill it and then bring back stuff we never used or wore. We also don’t want you to be waiting for your luggage at the end of the day, or having to find the luggage drop off point every morning. When you arrive at the hotel you can shower, change and be enjoying a cold beer as opposed to sitting around in bike gear wondering when your luggage will arrive. Throughout Europe there is a comprehensive breakdown recovery network and all our hire bikes are covered by BMW Emergency Service. Not taking a truck also helps us keep our costs down and we pass this saving on to you. If we are touring in more remote areas of the world we will have a support vehicle and this can carry a spare bag, but its primary purpose is to provide mechanical and personal support in the event of a breakdown or fall. We would still advise you to carry your daily luggage on the bike as the truck may be delayed dealing with an incident.
Some motorcycle tour companies, like coach holiday companies, include everything in the holiday price. This sounds like good value but actually it takes away your freedom. If we decide where you are eating every night then you don’t get to discover a great little restaurant with a couple of friends; if we plan your every lunch stop then we must all be riding together like little ducklings at one pace; if we are fuelling all the bikes then we have to get everyone together and form a queue at the petrol station. With Motorrad Tours if you fancy a Chateaubriand and a nice bottle of Malbec one evening then we will find a recommendation for you; if you fancy pizza and a salad, then we will know a nice little trattoria.
The important thing is you have the freedom to choose. We do get everyone together at special or remote locations for dinner from time to time but not every night. In our experience what sounds like a good deal on paper can ruin the holiday.
So if you are a motorcyclist and a traveller we believe our style is the best there is. It is still your tour and your journey. Travelling with Motorrad Tours gives you the freedom to be independent but also the chance to share the journey with friends.