Tackle Tassie’s twisted tarmac
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.