Tasmania was the obvious choice for the combined TS and GS Safari event in November.
With the best on and off road riding in Australia and a very motorcycle friendly culture made it the ultimate. Firstly, the TS group boarded the Spirit of Tasmania and headed to the east coast town of St Helens where the event kicked off.
Over the next five days they traversed the state twice, finding the best roads and stopping to check out the best sights. With only one day of bad weather and some perfect sunny days the group was more than satisfied when they rolled into Launceston.
At the same time, over 240 GS riders were making their way into town for the following week’s GS Safari.
But first there was a big celebration at Launceston’s Albert Hall with a total of 350 Safari faithful. Albert Hall was the perfect location, obviously steeped in tradition itself. The atmosphere was amazing, with classic and modern bikes on display, the food was great and much wine was consumed. Stephen Marshall, who worked on the first event and went on to run BMW Safari for 13 years told some stories, as did Steve Adcock, who was with BMW Motorrad for over 30 years. Ian Anderson, the most loyal Safari-ista, who has been on every TS Safari since 1994, shared some great memories also.
After the big event it was time for the TS Safari participants to head home, while the sizeable GS Safari group made final adjustments before embarking their five day Tasmanian odyssey. A group of 55 riders were signed up for the pre Safari Off-Road Training Course where six instructors were on hand to run the group through all of the necessary skills. First stop was the incredible Cradle Mountain National Park. Riders arrived in high winds and low temperatures and proceeded to set up their swags and gather in the camp kitchen for some large-scale gourmet catering (there were 265 mouths to feed!). Over the next four days the riders ventured to some of Tasmania’s classic destinations on some incredible tracks, trails and roads including Hobart, Gordon Dam, Freycinet National Park, St Helens, before returning to Launceston.
BMW Australia’s Motorrad Marketing Manager Miles Davis said, “It has been an amazing year, the three Safari events have been a total success and a fitting tribute to an impressive 20 year history of BMW Safari. The events are very special, many lifelong friendships have been created, people’s love of riding has been strengthened and many incredible rides have taken place. We are very proud of this history and look forward to the next 20 years.”