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Old 04-05-2015, 07:21 AM   #1
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European Motorcycle Tours

The wife announced yesterday that she wanted to take a motorcycle tour of Europe. So, being the supportive husband that I am I began the search for a tour company. We're currently focused on the Edelweiss Croatia tour although an Austria/Czech/Germany tour would fit as well. Any advice, thoughts or experiences would be appreciated.
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Old 04-05-2015, 08:22 AM   #2
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Re: European Motorcycle Tours

There is usually an article ea month or two in Rider magazine by regular folk who did one of these tours. Reading those articles might give you a sense of the different outfits. (Naturally, the articles are all very positive, but still may be useful.)

I remember reading one for Italy that sounded particularly enticing.

What a great way to visit another culture!

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Old 04-05-2015, 08:28 AM   #3
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Re: European Motorcycle Tours

I've got a high school buddy who lives in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and tours regularly. Actually, he's a member of this forum - MCarpen50 - but isn't active. Want me to put him in touch with you?
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Old 04-05-2015, 09:59 AM   #4
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Re: European Motorcycle Tours

I have done 5 Edelweiss Tours. They are very expensive, but you are well taken care of by the Edelweiss staff.

I have taking the following tours:

Touring Center Alps
Touring Center Norway
Tour of Tuscany
Tour of the Pyrenees
Promotional Tour of Southern Spain

They have all been different in their own ways. Enjoyed them all immensely.

Since buying a Wing our European Tours have have been stalled. Now that Linda is comfortable with long distance required to see things in the US we have been doing more traveling domestically.

She still has the Edelweiss Kings and Castles tour on her bucket list.

These should get you motivated a little:


Touring Center of the Alps - Paseo de Stelvio, Italy





Tour of the Pyrenees - Carcassonne Fortress, France





Tour of Tuscany - San Marino Castle, San Marino





Tour of Southern Spain - Ronda, Spain






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Old 04-05-2015, 10:00 AM   #5
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Try moto trip tours. I've done Croatia quite a bit and going back later this month. They have new bikes plus they just got new WC BMW's both RT's and GS's. They are BMW certified plus Darko is a friend of mine. They do the Alps as well as Croatia. He is here every year at the BMW national rally in the US.

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Old 04-05-2015, 07:42 PM   #6
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Re: European Motorcycle Tours

Thanks for the tips, ideas and inspirational photos! We're planning on June 2016 but I'll file a RR.

Tim, I may take you up on the contact when I get closer. Thanks for the offer.

I'll look into Mototrip and start following Rider too.


One of the wife's questions was how many riders in a group?

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Re: European Motorcycle Tours

A friend of mine did a tour with these guys and speaks highly of them.

http://www.bluerimtours.com/tour/five-country-tour/
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Re: European Motorcycle Tours

I did my first bike tour on my own, but was already familiar with Euro travel in cars and trains. There was an Eidelweiss article in one of the magazines, I followed their route as best as I could.

It was a blast, but I think it would have been more fun as part of a group. Pretty much all I would say all day would be "Zimmer frei?" and "Eins bier bitte".

I did get cross threaded late in the trip due to some flooding, having a seasoned guide would have kept me from backtracking so much looking for an open pass.

It's a trip of a lifetime, glad you are getting to go. We have great roads here, but culturally you will find Europe to be much more welcoming of motorcyclists. You'll love it!

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Old 04-06-2015, 04:19 PM   #9
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Re: European Motorcycle Tours

All,

Having lived there in the mid 80's and revisiting in the mid 2000's, there are only three things that I can suggest:
1) Go in the spring (April to June) time span
2) Don't forget northern Italy, including Milano worth a few days for food and women clothing
3) Don't leave until you ran a few laps at the Nurnbergring - it is a once in a lifetime experience.
3a) If gas permits try the Isle of Mann.

Enjoy and please post pictures for the rest of us!

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Old 04-20-2015, 01:55 AM   #10
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Re: European Motorcycle Tours

Awesome info guys !
Before now have not considered a Euro tour. I went to high school in Leysin Switzerland in the Early 80's and would love to get back over there. A moto tour would be even sweeter !

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Old 04-27-2015, 06:44 AM   #11
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Great time to go with the strong $. I'm heading down the coast of Croatia this week. I'm finding apartment type places with two bedrooms and small kitchen. $60 per night. Last night stop small town on the coast Primosten.
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Doing marketing for a moto tour company is my dream job.

Jealous if you get to go.
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Re: European Motorcycle Tours

Sounds like there is almost enough interest here to create a TWTers 2016 European Excursion. I would most like to do some riding around the Scandinavian countries. Take the bike on a ferry and hit those remote areas around the North Sea. Best to do that in late June or after, so the temps are more Texan friendly. Would love to do a hare & hound race while in Sweden. Watched a few on you tube. Now me wanna go play too!
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