2018 BMW SAFARI GS ENDURO – TASMANIA

The 2018 BMW Safari GS Enduro is heading south to Tasmania. Start thinking about loose slippery tracks, hill climbs and some sand thrown into the mix. Tasmania has a wide diversity of trails so to get to as many regions as possible we will be also covering some distance. This will entail a couple of 400km plus legs to reach our destination at the end of the day.

Be Warned The GS Enduro is the more difficult of the two GS Safari events. Its designed for riders who have experience at riding adventure bikes on the dirt, and can handle more than just basic terrain. Riders should have possibly already participated in a previous GS Safari, attended a BMW Off-road Rider Training course or have solid off road riding experience.

THE DATES – 15-19 October

Please note that due to logistical considerations we will not be hosting a welcome function on the first night of the GS Enduro. The start will be on Monday morning 15 October in Devonport. This allows riders arriving on the ferry to ride straight to the riders briefing at a nearby park.  A light breakfast and coffee will be provided.

HERITAGE

With a long and proud history dating back to 1994, Australia’s BMW Safaris are among the longest running BMW Motorrad customer rides in the world. The GS Safari Enduro was started in 2013 due to the overwhelming popularity of the regular GS Safari.

THE ROUTE

Most riders will ride off the Ferry on Monday morning to be greeted with a cooked breakfast and early morning riders briefing. From there we ride in an anti clockwise direction around the state over the following 5 days finishing up on Friday night with a spectacular closing dinner in Launceston.

THE GROUP

The GS Safari group is a diverse bunch from all walks of life. Everyone is welcome, as long as you’re riding a GS! Riders from around the country will descend on the shores of Devonport for this once a year GS Enduro experience.

TYRE SUPPORT

Riding remote and adventurous trails always raises concerns about tyres. What if I get a flat, how do I fix it? BMW Safari look after all of this with a dedicated tyre support vehicle. Tyres can be pre-purchased and fitted at the start and during the event. Customers can also pre purchase a spare tyre (or tyres) to fit during the week. Emergency tyre repairs are easily taken care of on-route or at the end of the day. We suggest participants have a tyre plan, this may include pre purchased spare tyres in case of any unexpected tyre issues during the event.

ACCOMMODATION

This years GS enduro has 3 levels of accommodation with the Explorer package also including two nights of camping! Generally, we try to stay in comfortable motel style accommodation of 3 and 4 start quality.

LUGGAGE TRUCK

Having your luggage transported each day has real advantages. Removing the added weight of luggage from your bike during the event is a huge advantage, especially when conditions become challenging.

BIKE TRANSPORT

Sometimes riding to and from the Safari is an event in itself. We have reserved places for the group on the Spirit of Tasmania ferry. A booking link will be provided when you register for the event.  For those that are time poor we can arrange bike transport although our start location is located near the ferry in Devonport and not the airport which is located in Launceston. You might consider having your bike transported to Melbourne and then catch the Ferry to Devonport Sunday night.

PRE EVENT OFF ROAD TRAINING

There is nothing quite like high quality training to sharpen you up for a week of adventure riding. At this year’s GS Safari Enduro we will again offer a 2 day off road training course, which will include valuable information and skills training to give you the best preparation for this enduro adventure. Off Road Training dates for this event will be the 13-14 October at a location close to Devonport.

SAFARI SUPPORT

One of the things many of our customers appreciate is the amount of support provided.

  • Medical support
  • Luggage vehicle
  • Sweep Vehicle / technical support
  • On-Bike Technical Support
  • Tyre Support
  • Pre Event BMW Off-Road Training (optional)
  • BMW Safari Management crew

Remember to click on the “more details” tab above for detailed event information and pricing.

 

Registration for the 2018 BMW GS Safari Enduro opens online at 9.00am Tuesday 17 July 2018, via a registration button on the bmwsafari.com home page.

The registration fee includes your accommodation cost and all payments are processed by credit card (Visa or MasterCard) online.

The only extras you need to be aware of are the Ferry, tyre purchases, motorcycle transport (if required) and Off Road Training if selected. These last items are available after registration when you complete your rider profile details. Other out of pocket expenses during the Safari are your fuel, drinks and most meals.

Your accommodation selection is made when you register.  You also have the choice to nominate a group that you would like to stay with if you are travelling with friends or family. Accommodation includes 5 nights starting from Monday 15 October through to checkout on Saturday 20 October.

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

“Explorer + Camping”

This is our most economic option, 3 nights of shared accommodation and 2 nights of camping. Shared accommodation with 2 or more beds per room. Beds are a combination of king, queen, and single.  You will need to bring your own tent or swag for the two nights of camping.

“Adventurer” *

This level gives you 5 nights of shared accommodation and no camping. Choose this for shared accommodation with maximum of two people per room over 5 nights. This option is limited by availability and will be allocated on a first in basis.

“Top Shelf” *

Single accommodation for 5 nights. Due to availability on this ride and in particular at one location for two nights, single accommodation will be allocated per room in a selection of two room apartments. The other three nights will be in single hotel style rooms. This option is limited by availability and will be allocated on a first in basis.

* Please note that this is an adventure ride and due to the size of some towns visited accommodation options can be limited. For example, apartments may contain more than one room. This means the Top Shelf option may have more than one person allocated per apartment and similar for the Adventurer option.

PRICING

Explorer + Camping: $2300

Adventurer (No Camping): $2700

Top Shelf (No Camping): $3200

Welcome Pack: On arrival, you will sign in and collect your event windscreen sticker and luggage tags . A welcome pack including some basic event information, sponsor’s merchandise and Safari T-Shirt will be issued at the end of day 1.

Accommodation: 5 nights of either shared or single 3-4 star accommodation depending on your selection. There is also 2 nights of camping if you select the Explorer package.

Meals: Breakfast will be provided at sign in on Monday morning in Devonport. In total we will provided 8 meals during the week which include the welcome breakfast and the Closing Dinner Function. All other meals are up to you; we will be stopping at locations that provide a range of meal options. These will include pubs, cafés, bakeries and restaurants.

BMW Safari also provide:

  • Event medical support
  • Lead riders who mark the course
  • Printed maps and GPS files
  • Luggage vehicle
  • Sweep Vehicle / technical support
  • On-Bike Technical Support
  • Tyre Support
  • Pre Event BMW Off-Road Training (optional)

THE FERRY

We have reserved space on the ferry for Safari participants over the key travel dates. Specially reserved ferry allocations expire on 31stJuly. After this date no guarantee can be made for ferry availability. Ferry costs are in addition to the Safari registration fee and will need to be booked and paid for by riders. CLICK HERE to make your ferry booking.

Key Spirit of Tasmanian ferry travel dates are:

  • Friday 12thOct, Night Sail (Pre-Safari Off Road Training)
  • Sunday 14thOct, Night Sail (for start of the Safari)
  • Saturday 20thOct, Day and Night Sails (return home)
  • These dates are suggestive and riders should feel free to book extra days as required at either end of the Safari.

Please note: The event starts on Monday morning 15th Oct 7:00am in Devonport Tasmania, with a sign in breakfast and riders briefing. From there the ride begins. At the end of the week the Safari will conclude with a closing dinner in Launceston on Friday 19thOctober, this marks the end of the event. Accommodation is included on Friday 19thOct.

Getting There (Mainland Riders):

Option A: The number one way to arrive at the start is to catch the Spirit of Tasmanian on the night sail departing Melbourne, on Sunday 14th Oct.

Option B: This is for riders arriving earlier for the Pre-Safari Off Road Training (13th and 14th Oct) or who wish to have extra time in Tasmania before the event. Book the night sail Friday 12thOctober or earlier if you prefer.

Option C: Riders wishing to have their motorcycle transported to Tasmania will need to collect it from Launceston BMW during normal business hours and no later than 2:00PM Saturday. Please be aware that the ride starts from Devonport on Monday morning so you will need to make other arrangements between collecting your motorcycle and the start of the Safari.

Getting Home

The Safari finishes in Launceston. It’s your choice to ferry and ride home or book motorcycle transport and fly. You can catch the Ferry back from Devonport on either the day or night sail on Saturday 20thOctober. Bike transport to your local dealer will be available with motorcycle drop off points at either Launceston or Melbourne.

www.spiritoftasmania.com.au/offers/bmw-gs-safari-enduro

 

The GS Safari Enduro is a real challenge and to help you get through the week you will need big block knobby tyres fitted, similar to the Continental TKC 80. Along with any big adventure ride you should have your own tyre plan. Consider the type of terrain you will be riding and how your tyres will wear. Riders will be able to pre-purchase tyres from the BMW Safari website when you complete your rider profile. Tyre prices listed are at manufacturer’s recommended retail price plus a tyre fitment fee of $50 per tyre.  Please note that only spare tyres purchased through the BMW Safari website will be carried on the tyre support vehicle and available to be fitted during the Safari. Any spare tyres not used will be returned to your authorised BMW dealer in lieu of the fitting fee.

One of the great benefits of the GS Safari Enduro is having your luggage transported through the day. This enables you to keep the bike as light as possible so you can enjoy the ride. The luggage truck will be located at a central location as indicated in the daily rider briefing. All luggage will need to be dropped off at the truck before you depart on your ride each morning. Participants who are staying in accommodation away from this central luggage point will need to transport their luggage a short distance by bike at the start and end of the day as required. A smaller soft style rear pack can be used each day for storing tools, tyre repair kits and other smaller items. We also recommend a tank bag for cameras, wallets, phones, route sheets etc.

Please note:

  • Camping gear should be carried in one self contained bag weighing no more than 10kg. Large double swags or tent swags with steel frames are not acceptable.
  • No hard panniers or top-boxes to be fitted during the event, no exceptions!

Bike transport can be booked through the Safari website when completing your rider profile. If you are interested in having your motorcycle transported please email BMW Safari and request an information sheet. This Safari is worked around the majority of riders arriving on the Ferry from Melbourne and starting in Devonport.

There is nothing quite like professional rider training to sharpen your skills for a week of adventure riding. At this year’s GS Safari Enduro we will again offer a pre-event 2-day training course. The course is run by BMW’s legendary Off Road Training team and will be based around the ORT level 2 course content. The dates are 13-14 Oct and the venue will be located nearby to Devonport, Tasmania.

 

 

The Pre Safari motorcycle inspection is designed to ensure that your motorcycle is ready for a week long BMW Safari, reducing the chances of a breakdown caused by lack of maintenance. Every bike that passes a Safari Ready inspection is eligible for technical support during BMW Safari events.

The Pre Safari motorcycle inspection is free and available from all BMW Motorrad Dealers from mid-September through to the start of the event. Please contact your local BMW Motorrad dealer to make your Safari Ready inspection appointment.

Acceptance of the event Terms and Conditions is a condition of entry. These are available to view via this link.

BMW Safari Terms and Conditions

Start Date

October 15, 2018

Finish Date

October 19, 2018

Location

Tasmania

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