Tackle Tassie’s twisted tar­mac

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - Two Wheels -

THE Spirit of Tas­ma­nia will be­come a mo­tor­cy­clists’ haven in early Novem­ber as BMW Sa­fari crews de­scend on the is­land state.

Tas­ma­nia is in­ter­na­tion­ally fa­mous for its twisty tar­mac and stun­ning scenery, thanks in part to the four-wheeled Targa Tas­ma­nia event.

Now BMW has opted to fol­low a sim­i­lar route (though not lit­er­ally) by or­gan­is­ing its seven-day TS (on-road) and GS (on- and off-road) sa­fari tours on some of the state’s best roads, tracks and ter­rain.

The pres­ence of tech­ni­cal and med­i­cal crews makes the events as safe an en­vi­ron­ment as rid­ers can hope to con­tend with in Tas­ma­nia.

TS en­trants can choose to pay for a pil­lion to join them but the off-road na­ture of the GS ride means it is re­served for rid­ers only.

There’s also a two-day GS “boot camp” for par­tic­i­pants to hone their tal­ents be­fore tack­ling some of Tas­ma­nia’s more ex­treme dirt tracks.

Reg­is­tra­tion has opened for own­ers of the pro­pel­ler-badged ma­chines.

Both trips cost $795 a head and are limited to about 200 rid­ers on the TS and 250 rid­ers on the GS rides.

The cost doesn’t in­clude ac­com­mo­da­tion or most meals but does cover a pre-ride cour­tesy in­spec­tion of your bike at a lo­cal BMW Mo­tor­rad deal­er­ship, lug­gage trans­port and help in or­gan­is­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion.

BMW bike own­ers who plan to do the TS route can also in­vite a fel­low rider (at their ex­pense) who doesn’t own a BMW ma­chine.

The “bring a buddy” ap­proach aims to give rid­ers who haven’t yet suc­cumbed to the brand’s charm a chance to ex­pe­ri­ence the Sa­fari life­style — and see the com­pany’s ma­chines in ac­tion.

De­tails: bmwsa­fari.com.

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