The BMW Safari concept began about 15 years ago as a non-competitive motorcycle riding event designed to cater specifically to riders of BMW Motorcycles. It is unique to Australia and there are two different flavours of the Safari – the “TS Safari” for road bikes and the “GS Safari” for off-road machines like the legendary R 1200 GS.
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 on the GS Safari 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.
We also have a support crew consisting of BMW Master Technicians travelling on motorcycles in amongst the riders ready to lend a helping hand. 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. 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.
Your daily routine while on Safari will look something like this:
The farewell dinner will give everyone a chance to tell stories about the week’s adventures and perhaps make plans for the next ride with your new found riding buddies. Lots of people attend the events, so you’re sure to meet some good people you would like to share a ride with again.
Remember it’s not always about the destination and many of you will enjoy a great journey just getting to and from the event. This part of the trip can often be as enjoyable as the event itself and is all part of the Safari experience./?php