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!