Join us as the 2021 BMW GS SAFARI heads to Far North Queensland for 5 days of adventure riding in the tropics!
Enjoy nights on the beautiful coastline linked with days of riding up and down through the table lands.
A QUICK RUN DOWN OF WHATS INCLUDED
- 6 nights accomodation
- 5 days of planned adventure riding
- Pre event dinner
- Post event dinner
- selected other meals
- motorcycle tech support
- tyre support
- medical support
- luggage support
- event marshalls on bikes
- arrowed route each day
- lead riders
- sweep riders and vehicles
GETTING TO THE EVENT
The 2021 BMW GS Safari starts from Townsville, QLD on the 23rd of May, 2021.
Option A: Ride to the event
Option B: Bike transport is available at an additional cost, you will be able to book this when you complete the tyre & transport form which will be made available after you register.
The Safari finishes in Cairns, QLD on Friday the 28th of May 2021 with post event dinner. There will also be bike transport available post event that can be booked when you complete the tyre & transport form you will receive after you have registered.
Bike transport can be booked via the tyre & transport form which you will receive after you have registered. Bike transport is available for participants that want to have their bike transported from their local dealer to the start and/ or following the finish of the event. Bike collection prior to the event and bike drop off following the event, must be completed during normal business hours. Bikes may be required for transport up to 2 weeks prior to the event and similarly returned up to two weeks after the end of the event. Specific dates will be emailed to participants who book bike transport.
Safari sign in will be held at Townsville on Sunday 23rd May from 3pm. The rider briefing and Safari Welcome Dinner will follow.
The first night of included accommodation is Sunday 23rd of May and the final night of included accommodation is Friday 28th of May.
Two weeks prior to the commencement of the Safari you will receive an email liting your accommodation itinerary which will specify the details of your allocated accommodation throughout the week. Please have your itinerary available when you reach your destination each day. Print it out and take a copy or have it available on your phone for reference. *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 Adventurer option may have more than one person allocated per apartment.
PRE-SAFARI BIKE INSPECTION
The Safari Ready motorcycle inspection is designed to ensure that your motorcycle is good to go for a week long BMW Safari adventure. Every bike that passes a Safari Ready inspection is eligible for technical support during the event. The BMW Safari Ready inspection is free and available from all authorised BMW Motorrad dealers. You will be notifyed of a time frame for this check after you have registered. If you don’t live close to an authorised BMW Motorrad dealer, we suggest that you have your bike checked at your own cost by a credible dealership to ensure that you are Safari ready.
Adventure style knobby tyres are highly reccomended for all GS Safari riders. All of the Safari Crew bikes will be fitted with Metzeler Karoo 3 tyres. The GS Safari route is a 5-day ride across a range of surfaces from bitumen to clay to rocks. This means you need to have a tyre plan. If you require new tyres at the start of the ride or you feel you may wear a set of tyres out, then please order tyres when you complete the tyre and transport form which will be made available after you register. We will stock a selection of Metzeler tyres in case of emergencies. Tyres available include Metzeler Karoo 3, Continental TKC 80 and Pirelli Scorpion Rally. Pricing is dependent on size and is based on the manufacturers recommended retail price. In addition to this a fitting fee is also included in the tyre purchase price. An additional fee of $50 per tyre is applicable if you require refitting of any used tyres. If you would like to keep any old tyres and have them freighted back to your local dealership following the Safari, you will need to confirm with the tyre crew and pay for this service. Recycling of unwanted old tyres will be done free of charge. Fitting times must be selected when you order your tyres through the Tyre & Transport Form. 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.
PRE-SAFARI OFF ROAD TRAINING
BMW Motorrad Australia’s GS Off Road Training program has been established for well over a decade and has been conducted by Chris Urquhart and Shane Booth since 2013. It is Australia’s most experienced and professional Adventure Bike Rider Training program. At this year’s GS Safari we will again offer a Pre-Safari 2-day training course based on Level 1 and GS Safari specific content. The dates are 22nd-23rd May at a venue located nearby to Townsville. This training is optional and can be purchased when completing your Registration, accommodation packages will also be available.
A luggage truck is provided for all participants to carry their luggage each day. No hard panniers will be carried and all luggage should be restricted to one medium sized piece of soft luggage per person. A 55L roll bag is the ideal size. Bags are stacked in the back of a truck and no responsibility will be taken for any damage to luggage. The luggage truck will be located at a central location each afternoon as indicated on the daily route sheet. All luggage will need to be dropped off at the truck before you depart on your ride each day. Participants who are staying in accommodation away from this central luggage point will need to transport their luggage by bike at the start and end of the day as required.
HOW TO PACK YOUR BIKE
It’s a condition of entry that your luggage is carried on the supplied luggage truck each day of the Safari. This lightens your bike and makes negotiating the trails easier. On your bike you can have a tank bag to carry a small selection of personal items like phone and camera etc. Another small pack on the back of the bike can also be useful to carry a spare tube and tools etc to keep you self-sufficient during the week. No hard or soft panniers or top boxes to be fitted to your motorcycle during the Safari.
Two lead riders head out in the morning to mark the course. The route arrows are the main source of navigation on the ride, followed by route sheets and then GPS guidance. Please note that arrows take priority in navigation. Our lead riders may alter the route due to road hazards or weather conditions. GPS files will also be available as a guide to navigate the route. Files will be in .gpx format suitable for BMW Navigators and Garmin devices.
Riding Gear: It is a condition of entry that Riders at all times during the Safari use adequate safety equipment and appropriate riding gear. We HIGHLY recommend wearing off-road motorcycle boots like the BMW GS Pro Boot or similar.
In the unfortunate circumstance that you need to withdraw from the Event, you can do this at any time by notifying the Event Provider in writing by email to firstname.lastname@example.org Cancellation fees apply and can be found in the Event Terms and Conditions. We are also very aware of potential border closures due to Covid-19 and will have updated Terms and Conditions at the time of registration.
It is recommended that you protect yourself with appropriate insurance cover prior to your event participation. This may be very helpful in the unfortunate circumstance of your travel plans changing for any reason. Insurance types to consider are Roadside Assistance Cover, Full Comprehensive Motorcycle Insurance and Domestic Travel Insurance.