MOTORCYCLIST Bike Comparison 2015


Austria | Slovenia | Croatia

9 Days | 3 Countries | 3 Bike Types | 1 Trip of a Lifetime

ULTIMATE BIKE COMPARISON > BMW S 1000 XR | Ducati Multistrada DVT | KTM 1290 Super Adventure

June 2013, USA - Announcement: Wanted: Test riders

"Edelweiss Bike Travel and Motorcyclist are looking for riders to test ride 8 adventure bikes on a five days special tour through the European Alps." More than 200 riders applied, eight got lucky. By day two, three brand names started to stand out and never left a chance for anyone of the other models from there on.



2015 - Another announcement, another chance:


Although it seemed to us almost impossible to improve those close to perfect motorcycles, out of the three bikes which made the podium in the 2013 comparison, two got serious updates for 2015. And from the brand which basically made first place back then, there’s a new player in the game now! This year Edelweiss Bike Travel and Motorcyclist will do it again but it’s exclusively among the top brand names of the 2013 contest. Ducati Multistrada DVT against KTM 1290 Super Adventure and the new kid in town - BMW S 1000 XR. They all sport a superbike motor adapted to the tasks of an adventure bike.


The playground

We will need the passes and country roads of three picturesque countries to collect our impressions of these fascinating motorcycles. Sometimes the beauty of the scenery will distract you from evaluating handling, power delivery and steering precision. Some of the locations served as film sets for famous movies after all. Starting in Salzburg where they shot Sound of Music we head south across Wurzenpass into Slovenia passing the cave of Postojna.


From here along our way down towards the Croatian national park Prijeboj with its stunning lakes and waterfalls, a whole series of so called ‘Karl May’ films were produced in the sixties, dealing about a very German idea of the Wild West. The films share the beauty of their locations, their fame in their ‘home’countries but also the fact to be almost entirely unknown in the areas where the story allegedly happened. Well, we can enjoy the inland and coastal roads, the landscape and the Italian style towns of the region of Istria, part of Italy before WWII after which most Italians left, among them Mario and Aldo Andretti.


Send your application soon!


      Rider, sharing room: US$ 3990
      Passenger, sharing room: US$ 2920
      Optional: Single room supplement US$ 330



  • All overnights in comfortable hotels
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner every day
  • Motorcycle rental with unlimited mileage
  • Third party liability motorcycle insurance
  • Comprehensive motorcycle insurance with a deductible of 2.250 USD which can be reduced by taking out an extra insurance
  • Gas and toll
  • One tour guide on the motorcycle
  • One tour guide in the support van
  • Support van for luggage transport
  • Tour information package incl. tour book and map
  • Exclusive tour t-shirt



  • All services not mentioned as included and all items of a personal nature.



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