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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 8th, 2007, 4:40 am Thread Starter
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Australain BMW Safari Trip Report

Got back last week from the Australian BMW Safari. There were about 270 bikes and over the week we did about 2200km. I did a total of 3700km on the GT including my trip to/from the start/end point and home.

Had a great week and the weather was great for the most part. Had a pretty bad 30 minutes as we climbed into cloud and the temperature dropped to 1.5 deg C, visibility was probably about 5 metres and I had sleet bouncing off my cheeks. An experience I won’t forget in a hurry! No one put their bikes down in the bad weather, which was good.

It was a really well organised event with a support vehicle that follows the group around in case of break down or accident and they provide all the maps. The organisers also call all the cafes along the way a few weeks in advance so they can get extra food and staff in for the day we pass through.

Had a great variety of landscape from mountain tops, to barren land, to dense forest to beach side. I have included a few photos of the trip. Far too much food and drink throughout the week, but that was expected. One couple on an RT got hit by a kangaroo and they put their bike down. The bike was OK and the guy kept riding it for the rest of the safari while his wife followed behind in the support vehicle for a few days.

Some awesome stretches of road and it would have to be difficult to put together a 6 day ride over better roads anywhere in Australia. Being on the roads mid week was good too as we had less traffic. I was on one stretch of road of 64 km of continuous curves and didn’t see another vehicle travelling in either direction for the whole stretch! A good chance to wind the bike out a bit.

Most of the bikes would have been less than 3 years old. The most common bike would have been the GS, followed by the RT. There where quite a few K series bikes, about 8 of which were GTs. The graphite ones were definitely the fastest, so that settles that argument!
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 8th, 2007, 4:42 am Thread Starter
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Safari part 2

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More safari info

I thought I’d write up some more details of the safari.

My riding group was myself on the GT, my stepfather on an 1100GS and my mum on an R1100R (I know- a bit sad going for a weeks ride with my parents!). Even though there were 270 bikes on the trip you saw most of them at towns when you stoped for fuel/food, or as you leap frog them along the way. At times we didn’t see any other bikes for an hour – and some times we were riding in groups up to 20.

To register for the safari you pay a fee of $395 (Australian). This gets you a pre-safari check from a dealer to make sure bike is in good working order (so you can use the support vehicle and mechanics). You also get a free first and last night functions with band. They also organise for a tire truck to follow the group around. If you think you’ll need new tires along the way you just let them know in advance and they’ll have tires for you on the truck. A very convenient service. I got my tires changed on the last day. They plan the route and give you all maps each night. Everyone rocks up to the same pub and they hand out maps for the next day and give you any important information (police, road conditions etc).

The length of each day is well balanced. The first 2 days are about 350-450 km days (lots of time for coffee and cake and time to sleep in if you have a few too many beers or glasses of red). The third day is a rest day and you stay in the same town for 2 nights with a short day loop ride of about 150km. Day 4 and 5 are back to 350-450km with day 6 being a short loop ride again.

You can have a look at the website www.bmwsafari.com

They also organise a GS only safari.

Next year the safari will be in Queenland (northern Australian state) in the July/Aug timeframe. They are thinking of a ‘bring a friend’ option where if you register for the safari, you can bring a non BMW rider along on their non BMW. The idea is to increase brand exposure. I like the idea but I think it will have to well controlled so as not to ‘dilute’ the experience. I think there will be some people who really hate the idea.
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WOW! Looks like great fun. Thanks for sharing the pictures!

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