veröffentlicht am 03.07.2016 um 16:32 Uhr

And it's goodbye from us...

BMW Motorrad Days 2016 draws to a close

They came, they saw, and they partied in their thousands late into the night on Saturday, with lots of revellers still on the go as the sun rose above the majestic Alpine peaks. But for those who like to get up early, there was still plenty to see on this final day of BMW Motorrad Days 2016...

Sunday comes with its welcome traditions and these are always enjoyed at BMW Motorrad Days, especially the biker morning church service, and the Bavarian brunch accompanied with live music from the Metropolitan Jazz Band. It's always a gentle, relaxing start to the day after a long, loud night for many in the big party tent – which was especially noisy and jubilant this year after continued Euro 2016 success for the German football team, following a dramatic Saturday night penalty shootout.

After yesterday's downpours, the sun made a welcome return to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, rewarding those who stayed on for an extra day to cram in as many activities as possible. Guided tours, test-rides and off-road training were all busy, as were the shows taking place in a packed main arena. Special mention must go to Mattie Griffin for his brave performances in heavy rain yesterday, so to watch him – and the Ritzmann Motorsport drivers – do even crazier tricks and drifts in the dry today was well worth the visit!

Turning back the clock to the 'black and white' era is another special part of Sunday at BMW Motorrad Days because it's a chance to admire some beautiful vintage BMWs taking part in the Classic Parade. Featuring air-cooled boxers from across the decades, all lovingly restored but, more importantly, ridden by their owners in a rolling display of BMW Motorrad heritage. The parade reminds us not only how far the company has come since its first motorcycle was unveiled 93 years ago in 1923 but also how true it has remained to its origins.

From early afternoon onwards, the mass exodus of riders began and the rumble of BMW engines could be heard throughout the town on every road leading people home to Austria, Italy, France, Switzerland and beyond. With new friendships made, old ones renewed and a wonderful weekend had by all, we can only look forwards to BMW Motorrad Days 2017 from 7-9 July when the community will be together once again.

Watch this space for a full report from this year's event, with facts, figures, statements, film highlights and photos, coming soon...

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