For this years reader test ride we have picked a motorcycle category that was designed with three things in mind: fun, fun and even more fun!
By skipping stuff like an aerodynamic fairing, luggage space for a four week vacation, a 10-gallon tank and a passenger seat that resembles your favourite TV-chair, the bikes are reduced to the essentials:
- powerful engine
- excellent suspension
- active seating position
- light weight
- and great looks!
We have picked some of best naked bikes for this comparison, now we had to find the matching playground - and we found it in Europe. Straight country roads, the German Autobahn without speed limit, twisty back roads and finally the steep and challenging mountain passes in the Alps - this is naked bike territory! Not convinced yet? Okay, we will throw in visits to some of Europe’s most famous bike manufacturers and some great German, Czech, Austrian and Italian food! Well - let’s start the engines!
The first day already begins with the first highlight: the BMW motorcycle factory in Berlin. In the afternoon, we have a chance to get used to the new machines on easy roads leading to Dresden. If you want, you can try how it feels to ride 125 mph on the Autobahn - without a fairing…
Two more days of small and beautiful roads through the Czech Republic follow, the perfect opportunity to try the different models and evaluate their suspension, comfort and much more. Off the bike, you have the chance to explore famous and marvelous cities like Prague and Passau.
After crossing the Austrian border, things change again. To get into the right mindset, we visit the KTM factory - the motto here is “ready to race”. We don’t race, but with the increasing altitude of the mountains that surround us, the roads get more and more challenging! Mountain passes take us up and down steep slopes, tight hairpins take turns with wide sweeping curves: here you can really find out why these bikes are so much fun! This Alpine roller coaster will go on almost all the way to our destination, Bologna. You will have the chance to ride pretty much every kind of turn that you can imagine. As you keep changing bikes, you will have the possibility to really compare the differences between them.
With this kind of bike the numbers on a piece of paper are one thing, but the sound and feel climbing up a steep mountain pass: that’s what makes the difference. Your butt feeling will determine the winner in this comparison, not the tenth of a second on an enclosed test track! After this memorable week, and after reaching a beautiful city like Bologna, we can’t just get off the bike and fly home. So we have added a few more highlights for you on the final day: the Ducati factory and museum and a short dip into Tuscany!
The twisty roads, the friendly Italians, the famous food and the excellent wine will make it very hard to turn around towards Bologna!
|PRICE PER PERSON||US-DOLLAR|
|Rider, sharing room:||US$ 3990|
|Passenger, sharing room:||US$ 3270|
|Optional: Single room supplement||US$ 470|
INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE
- All overnights in comfortable hotels during entire tour
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner every day
- Non-alcoholic beverages at dinners
- Motorcycle rental with unlimited mileage
- Third party liability insurance for motorcycles
- Comprehensive vehicle insurance for motorcycles with deductible according to the booked motorcycle model
- Gas and toll
- Tour guide on motorcycle
- Support van for luggage transportation (1 piece per person) and space for passengers (limited) on entire tour
- Tour information package
- Exclusive tour t-shirt
- Edelweiss Riding Tips
SERVICES NOT INCLUDE
- All services not mentioned as included and all items of a personal nature.