2013 BMW Motorrad Days in Garmisch-PartenkirchenThe 13th BMW Motorrad Days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen is expected to be the largest event yet.
And what better time than to make “90 Years of BMW Motorrad” the motto of 2013 BMW Motorrad Days, which is set for July 5-7.Like last year’s event, organizers are expecting more than 30,000 motorcyclists from all over the world to meet at the Hausberg. As before, three days will be spent at the foot of the Zugspitz massif with everything focused on two-wheel riding pleasure.In addition to lots of new products, breathtaking stunts, motor racing stars, test rides and curiosities, guests can also look forward to the event’s now legendary party atmosphere. The program of activities covers such a broad range that everyone is guaranteed to have a great time, young and old alike – leaving no room for boredom.A journey through time: nine decades of BMW MotorradA journey through time awaits visitors in the BMW Classic tent – the special exhibition “90 years of BMW Motorrad.” Milestones of brand history, fascinating exhibits and two-wheel rarities will be on show over a surface area of 500 m².In keeping with the event motto there will also be a draw for two special “90 Years of BMW Motorrad” models – a BMW R 1200 R on Friday and a BMW R 1200 RT on Saturday.Historic BMW motorcycles will be joining forces on the Friday for the classic convoy, while the big BMW Motorrad convoy once again takes place on the Saturday for all BMW motorcycles. Riders of other brands are more than welcome to join in too, of course.Another program item this year is the GS Trophy Special.All new models and the entire product range at a glanceAll the exhibits in the main exhibition tent are guaranteed brand new: here BMW Motorrad presents new products such as the new R 1200 GS and the new BMW F 800 GS Adventure. The display is rounded off with the extensive range of BMW Motorrad rider equipment. There will also be a dedicated fan shop exclusively offering the much-coveted BMW Motorrad Days anniversary T‑shirts and caps.Feel like a test ride?Test rides on the entire current BMW Motorrad model range are always highly popular. A particular attraction this year are the new BMW e-scooter prototypes with it innovative electric motor. Guests can sign up for test rides online from June at www.bmw-motorrad.com/probefahrt.Training sessions will once again be on offer at the BMW Enduro Park for off-road fans. Here the entire GS model range will be available.Once again, guided panorama tours on visitors’ own bikes will explore forest tracks and paths up and around the Hausberg. Those interested can sign up on site at the Tour Tent.Anyone who does not yet hold a motorcycle licence but is keen to test ride a BMW can take a try-out under the guidance of instructors in a specially cordoned-off area.Not for the faint-hearted: top-class stunt showsA special premiere at this year’s BMW Motorrad Days will be the Original Motodrom: true professionals put on a display of outstanding motorcycle acrobatics on the world’s oldest travelling wall. They appear to defy the laws of gravity as they clatter over wooden planks on their BMWs and Indians.Stunt legend Chris Pfeiffer has been a regular at the BMW Motorrad Days for years. Guests will be fascinated to see what tricks the four-times world stunt championship winner has up his sleeve this year to thrill his fans on the asphalt of the event arena yet again.And motor racing fans will be in their element, too: instead of being parked in the paddock at a racing event, the BMW Motorrad Motorsport Truck will be spending the weekend at the BMW Motorrad Days. Here BMW Motorrad World Superbike Championship riders will sign autographs and answer the numerous questions fans are sure to ask.Motorcycle trade show at the foot of the HausbergOver 80 exhibitors from Germany and abroad present products and services relating to all aspects of motorcycling (including tuning, parts, tyres, accessories, publications, travel and training programs). And there is also a Custom Bike Area for special conversions. This year even the legendary Ace Cafe London will be involved.BMW Motorrad provides an on-site tyre service in collaboration with Metzeler.Great entertainment!What would the BMW Motorrad Days be without those legendary parties? Unthinkable! On the Friday evening, “Gerry & Gary” set the mood in the party tent, while on the Saturday it is the turn of the “Blechblos’n”. Both bands have established their reputation at the Munich Oktoberfest and can guarantee a great party evening.At the US Lodge, “Juicy” perform on Friday followed by “Los Gringos” and “Dreirad” on Saturday. Meanwhile, Byron will be entertaining guests around the camp fire on his guitar on both evenings for those who prefer something quieter. A new program feature this year is the Jazz Breakfast on Sunday, featuring the Metropolitan Jazz Band from Prague.At the BMW Motorrad Cinema guests can indulge their travel yearnings and draw inspiration for their next major tour by listening to excellent talks by Michael Martin, Herbert Schwarz and others.Room or tent?Just next to the event grounds there will once again be a camping area covering a surface of 15,000 m² including bathroom facilities. For overnight guests looking for hotel accommodation in various categories, we urgently recommend making a reservation at: gapa.de/Garmisch_Partenkirchen_Home.Further information and soon the entire event program are to be found on the internet at: bmw-motorrad.com/motorraddays and on Facebook.
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In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams takes the smallest BMW ADV bike on an urban adventure in Los Angeles. The BMW G 310 GS is a full size motorcycle with a modest engine, so of course we wonder if it is a little too underpowered and might struggle. Don put it through its paces and gives us his take.
In the second segment, Neale Bayly and Kiran Ridley have returned from the Ukraine to Paris where Kiran is based.
Kiran is an award winning photojournalist, and as an accomplished documentarian, he has covered stories as diverse as drug smuggling around the Mexican border, to the devastation of the Australian Bush Fires, to the tragedy of the Mediterranean migration crisis. Neale and Kiran reminisce about their motorcycle adventure in the Ukraine, and their observations and experiences with the incredibly resilient people of Ukraine, who have been put through such brutal hardship.