The season starts slowly and the next year’s BMW Motorrad Days festival is not far away, so the team of organisers working tirelessly behind the scenes, the preparations have already started for the annual motorcycling extravaganza that draws tens of thousands of enthusiasts to Garmisch-Partenkirchen on the first weekend of July every year.
With yet another year of record sales forecast, and some seriously exciting new bikes heading our way throughout the year, we want to make sure that you have the opportunity to try as many of them as possible. Top of the list for many of you will be the new G 310 R roadster, which takes pride of place in the 2016 BMW Motorrad Days logo. This new addition to the line-up offers all the quality and performance you would expect from BMW Motorrad, wrapped up in an innovative, compact package offering outstanding fuel economy, dynamic handling and extensive accessory options to suit everyone.
As far as locations for test-rides go, there aren’t many places more picturesque to try out a few motorcycles than the scenic Alpine surroundings of southern Germany where BMW Motorrad Days has taken place for the last 14 years.
There’s a saying in English that ‘the early bird catches the worm’ and when it comes to hotel and ‘gasthaus’ room bookings for BMW Motorrad Days, this is very much the case. Every year the visitor numbers increase, with many booking their accommodation for the following year at the same time as checking out of their hotels. Therefore, we advise organising your accommodation at the earliest opportunity, via the official tourist office at www.gapa.de . We are sure that Airbnb will help create extra beds to cater for up to 40,000 visitors who will descend on Garmisch-Partenkirchen over the weekend and of course there is always the option of on-site camping, with hot showers and preferential rates. The choice is yours, but don’t delay – book today!
There are as many reasons for people making the annual pilgrimage to BMW Motorrad Days as there are things to do over the three-day ‘weekend’. For some it is the chance to meet new friends, or the reunion with old ones; for others it is all about the legendary parties, the shows and exhibitions, the locally-produced Bavarian food and drink, the touring and travel opportunities, the film presentations, the special guests and the gathering of inspirational adventure travellers who come to share their stories of how they make life a ride.
One thing is for certain: you’ll never cram everything into one weekend, which is why we see many visitors return year after year to enjoy the festivities – many of them buying the official event merchandise to mark the occasion, too. So, our advice to you is to save the date of 1-3 July 2016, contact your motorcycling friends and start planning your journeys right now. We’ll all be there to welcome you with open arms.