The BMW Safari event began in 1994, designed to cater specifically for riders of BMW Motorcycles. It is unique to Australia but that shouldn't surprise you given this country offers some of the greatest motorcycle terrain in the world.
There are two different flavours - the TS Safari for road touring and the GS Safari for off-road adventure riding. Along with the recent addition of the GS Safari Enduro, which is a more technical and higher endurance off-road ride, there is an event suitable for riders with all levels of experience. BMW Safaris are a place where riders can escape the daily grind, enjoy the freedom of travelling by bike and make life a ride with a great support network.
The Safari typically runs as a touring style event for 5 days staying in a different location each night. The kilometres covered each day varies between about 200 – 500 kilometres so riding time could be up to 8 – 9 hours on some days.
It is not a guided tour but the route is pre-ridden in the lead up to the event and full route maps and GPS tracks are created. We also send a lead rider out early in the morning to additionally mark the route with some arrows and also check road conditions in case of any major hazards en-route.
Each rider is free to follow this route at their own pace and stop as they please throughout the day. The only exception to this is where we will sometimes have alternate hard routes planned for riders who want to challenge themselves a little more. In this case we will have a lead and tail rider who guide riders over more difficult terrain. Help will be at hand to ensure everyone gets through safely as a group.
In addition to this we have a sweep vehicle bringing up the rear with a trailer to carry any bikes that need to be picked up. For GS and GS Enduro Safaris, a luggage truck is also part of the convoy and will cart your luggage to each overnight stop so your bike is not weighed down with all your clothes.
One of the great things about BMW Safari is that it brings such a wide mix of people together. While the focus is on riding a lot of the time the adventure is about the places you go and the people you meet. Socialising is a big part of BMW Safari life. At night riders are treated to a mix of accommodation, entertainment and food. BMW Safari is an opportunity to meet like minded people and create life-long memories. The Safari concludes with a farewell dinner where everyone has a chance to tell stories about the week’s adventures and perhaps make plans for the next ride with your new found riding buddies.
BMW Safari is an outlet for BMW riders that others envy. The riding is first class and the routes are remote. Be apart of the GS community and join us for an adventure of a lifetime.
GS Safari – NSW/Victoria – Early November.
TS Safari – Location and month to be confirmed, approx March/April.
GS Safari Enduro – To be confirmed.
GS Safari – To be confirmed .