Highlights 2017.

BMW Motorrad Days 2017 thrilled more than 40,000 bikers.

ACTION & SHOWS

Pure Buzz.

Pure Buzz.

The daredevil show in the Motodrom was a great spectacle – a breathtaking world premiere with more than a whiff of petrol in the air. On the steep walls from 1928, the motorcycle acrobats rode around the wooden drum with a deafening roar – for the first time on four BMW R 25s. Side by side, almost arm in arm, the four artists of the steep face – Donald “Captain Donald” Ganslmeier, Jan “Flying Dutchman” Laurens, Clemens “San Clemens” Schöne, and Peter “The Viking” Petersen – span around the six-metre high wall. The visitors were in awe of the daring riders and show their enthusiasm with heavy applause. The wall-of-death maestros are appearing on all three days of the event, presenting their hair-raising show pretty much every hour.

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The bike surfers.

The bike surfers.

The screeching wheels and roaring engines were are already audible in the distance, because several times daily it got spectacular in the high-summer temperatures in the Event Arena: after the rush for the best seats, the audience stood, densely packed on the viewing stands, and excitedly followed the stunts of the freestyle artists, who seemed to defy the laws of physics. In a complete thrill-seeking spirit, the stunt riders Sarah Lezito (France) and Mattie Griffin (Ireland) delivered a street-bike freestyle show of the highest calibre. The duo amazed the spectators with their tricks, switching from rolling stops and wheelies, to backward burnout, bike-surfing and front flips. Mattie showed his skills on his F 800 R, while Sarah dances with unbelievable lightness on her bike – an S 1000 R – and let her long hair flutter under the black and yellow helmet. “Maybe it’s so hot because you’re cheering us on,” the stunt rider shouted out to the crowd after one of her many shows. Both stunt artists could be viewed on all three days.

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Spectacular Drift Show.

Spectacular Drift Show.

When the asphalt under the car wheels started to smoulder in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, it was time for the Drift Show from Ritzmann Motorsport. The driver team took the transverse drive and traction to the limit and tore around the Event Arena like champions as if there were no tomorrow. The spectators were thrilled by the action. But it made one thing clear: the Drift Show is not for the private vehicle.

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No less impressive was the appearance on Saturday of the DTM racing driver Marco Wittmann. He also gave a taste of his four-wheel skills in the Event Arena with his BMW, which the visitors can normally only view at his exhibition stand – and whose stunning sound could be heard now and then in the mountain area.

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JOIN IN & TRY OUT

The champion challenged.

The champion challenged.

The name Bernd Hiemer isn’t just known by motorsport fans. At the Event Arena in front of thousands of visitors, the two-time Supermoto world champion (2006 and 2008) allowed himself to be challenged: “Challenge the World Champion”. Up to ten visitors have tested their skills by riding the brand-new G 310 GS two laps, each with six very narrow curves ­– against the successful motorsport rider. Whoever rode the laps in an equal amount of time, making the smallest possible time difference, won a 45-minute trip with the world champion that same day.

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Rev up together.

Rev up together.

There was manly support for the women’s excursion on Friday in the form of a prominent double act. The German actors Hannes Jaenicke and Daniel Rösner saddled up on their own bikes – an R nineT Scrambler and an R nineT Pure – and accompanied ten women riders from Munich to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. “We had a really fantastic and comfortable trip, riding out for four hours through the beautiful countryside,” said Daniel Rösner afterwards. Also on the programme: full and half-day tours as well as panorama tours that led away from the ordinary streets and through idyllic mountainous countryside.

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BMW Motorrad Days always means a time for unforgettable journeys. Hundreds of visitors from across the globe took part in a huge motorcycle parade. At the Custom Ride-out as well, dozens of diverse but wonderful modifications once again grabbed the spotlight.


At the legendary Procession of Classics, an array of exceptional machines paraded through the streets of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, stopping the traffic and waved on by police at the scene. Including: lovingly maintained classics, up-to-the-minute supersport bikes, the full range of cylinder capacities and engine sizes – each bike more stunning than the last.

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Testing the best, also without a licence.

Testing the best, also without a licence.

Clear-cut case: BMW Motorrad Days offered a wealth of chances to try out motorbikes. As usual, a wide range of BMW motorcycles from all segments were available for a test-ride – whether it’s tourers, sports models, roadsters, Heritage, Adventure or Urban Mobility. Visitors have already taken out hundreds of bikes and made hundreds of trial runs over the first two days. For the first time, the K 1600 Bagger was yours to test. The helmet tests also made a big impression – put one on and try it out; that’s the motto. BMW Motorrad Days also gave a taste of motorcycling for those who don’t yet have a licence. A large number of visitors took, under expert tuition, their first spin on a motorbike in the ice-rink parking area.

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Eager for Enduro.

Eager for Enduro.

A whiff of adventure? A touch of off-roading? The Enduro stretch of road at the foot of the “Hausberg” offers entry-level as well as advanced endurance-racing connoisseurs a thrilling obstacle course. Off-roading enthusiasts discovered, with the help of advice from expert instructors, just what the BMW GS models can do when they’re off the beaten track. There’s no doubt: away from the asphalt, all the participants had a blast.

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Be a guest in the Custom Village.

The scene in Garmisch-Partenkirchen was large and versatile. The passion of motorcyclists and their unwavering urge to make unique modifications to their superlative bikes have brought together the biggest names on the customer scene at the BMW Motorrad Days event: Krautmotors, Unit Garage, Hammer Kraftrad, Nagel Motors, Temple Choppers and Berham Customs, to name just a few. What features at the stand from Urban Motor was an extremely exciting example: before the visitors’ eyes, the customising garage from Berlin has remodelled an R 80 ST, breathing new life into the good old boxer engine. Who wouldn’t sink to their knees in reverence?

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Partners galore once more in the starting line-up.

Partners galore once more in the starting line-up.

This’ll get the biker’s heart racing: Around 100 exhibitors showed off their exclusive motorcycle-themed products. Bike outfitters and equipment specialists like Touratech, Wunderlich, SW-Motech, Ilmberger Carbonparts, AC Schnitzer and ZTechnik were represented, their parts and accessories giving the finishing touch to many a bike. Firms such as Martin Edition, Kesstech Ltd and Edelweiss-Motorsport and friends likewise attracted crowds of visitors. Also along for the ride were, among others, Rennkuh, WÜDO Motorrad, and a variety of exhaust system manufacturers such as Siebenrock, Hattech and Akrapovic. Acclaimed tyre makers laid out their newest wares. Everything was in place again at the BMW Motorrad Days 2017 – even oil changing, tyre service and repair requests were on offer. On top of this, in the Travel, Training and Test Ride sections of the BMW Motorrad exhibition tent, bikers could plan their next venture, sign up for a biking-training course and arrange further trial rides.

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The racing rider: Peter Hickman.

Racing rider Peter “Hicky” Hickman drove the impressive HP4 RACE in the TT Tourist Trophy on the Isle of Man and went up the winner’s steps several times. At BMW Motorrad Days the British rider waxed lyrical about the bike with the carbon frames and clutches. In the Event Arena Hicky spoke about the perfection of the HP4 RACE and whipped up not only racing fans but also other visitors with his passion for racing and for the brand. “It was a dream to ride the bike at the Tourist Trophy,” Hicky told the spectators.

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Wincent Weiss’s heart beats for Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Wincent Weiss’s heart beats for Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

A first-time guest in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and already enthusiastic about BMW Motorrad Days: Wincent Weiss got inspired by the numerous exhibitions and shows, and also enjoyed the talks with the stunt riders Sarah Lezito and Mattie Griffin. The singer was busy in the evening as a lottery announcer and picked out the lucky winner of a BMW R 1200 GS, whose surprise was as big as his joy. And if that isn’t all: on top of that, BMW Motorrad gave away a BMW R nineT in the next lottery.

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Actors on the starting line.

Actors on the starting line.

They’ve been friends for years: Hannes Jaenicke und Daniel Rösner are old friends of BMW Motorrad Days. The actor colleagues got to know each other by chance through water sports; they share a passion for surfing. Their other passion is the BMW motorbike. Both of them mingled with the guests at the event, rode the hottest new bikes, and were there right at the start of various ride-outs. “Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a very impressive location, and seeing the customising scene totally appeals to me,” explained Daniel Rösner, who is the Brand Ambassador for BMW Motorrad and who himself rides a BMW R nineT Pure.

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Small talk? Expert talk!

Small talk? Expert talk!

Visitors to the exhibition pavilion had the chance to get inside info on the models and collections – direct from BMW Motorrad product managers and developers – and gaining a behind-the-scenes perspective on the work of BMW Motorrad’s development department. In the Event Arena on Friday, Chris Gonschor, Uwe Geyer and Sepp Mächler from BMW Motorrad, as well as the motorcycle racer Peter “Hicky” Hickman shared their petrol-scented knowhow about the vision, performance and components of the HP4 RACE.

In addition, at the BMW Motorrad Cinema in the US Lodge, global travellers and motorcycle legends like Michael Martin, Rolf Lange, Christoph Köhler from MotorCircus and Lei Jona shared stories about their hair-raising experiences. Their adventure-filled tales told of the joy of the open road and of meeting new people and cultures – inspiring moments from our world, that you very seldom see.

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A huge international community.

A huge international community.

Wherever you are, that’s the scene: people from a multitude of countries met up with each other at BMW Motorrad Days. You heard English, Italian, Spanish, Norwegian, French or other languages spoken all around the site. Five guys had ridden 1500 kilometres from France just to be a part of the event. René Constantin has come again and again to Garmisch-Partenkirchen: “I like the atmosphere – it’s a whole package of shows and products that fascinates me and drives me to come here. So many different people come together here – that’s wonderful.” Thousands of bikers have been lured to Gamisch-Partenkirchen, and not just from Europe. For example, Byron Coetzee from South Africa also enjoyed the three-day event. In 2016 he won, together with his teammates, the GS Trophy in Thailand. Several fans of BMW Motorrad have come from Japan and Malaysia. GS Rider Prasit Aphiphunya had an especially long journey to get here, covering 18,000 kilometres on his bike!

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ATMOSPHERE

Turning Garmisch-Partenkirchen upside down.

By early morning, all the signs were pointing towards motorcycles in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The first motorbikes were already roaring through the place by morning, heading straight for the BMW Motorrad Days. In high-summer temperatures, bikers soaked up the familiar and thrilling atmosphere in the exhibition area, dotted with action-packed shows. The mix of multiple programme highlights and innovations on display enticed many riders to the event zone for the umpteenth time. But it wasn’t just the familiar faces that were carried away by the current models, test rides, parts and accessories, the Enduro Park and the stunt shows. The next generation of BMW Motorrad aficionados also roared up – definitely a new tradition for many. And there was something for everyone: younger fans were not left out, and their every need was catered to in the Kinderland children’s area until early evening. An exhilarating children’s parkour course also gave them an enthralling weekend in intimate and family-friendly surroundings.

On Sunday morning, a hearty Bavarian breakfast or the traditional annual church service for bikers provided food for body and soul. After an exciting day, with a tired but happy crew and a mass of well-satisfied visitors, this year’s BMW Motorrad Days finally drew to a close.

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Party here, concerts there.

Party here, concerts there.

The Welcome Party, featuring the Bogus Brothers in the BMW Motorrad Party Tent, struck just the right chord with the guests, and got the three diverse and thrilling days off to a winning start. The Bogus Brothers are famous for their ebullient stage shows, eccentric costumes and packed-out venues. It was impossible to keep still with this five-piece UK band and their sensational guitarist. The crowd got to hear songs from different decades and genres.

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The Rob Ryan Roadshow really tore it up with their mix of vintage Rockabilly, Country and Blues on the Pure&Crafted Stage at the Motodrom. To savour the end of an eventful day, many visitors checked out the guitar playing of Jimmy Rogers around the campfire. An equally excellent vibe was spread by DJ Robert, Gerry & Gary and The Dead Lovers.

Also well worth a look and a listen were the female rockers of Push It Up, in the US Lodge: the five Hamburg ladies really stirred up BMW Motorrad Days on Saturday night and spread an unbeatable party vibe.

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WORLD PREMIERES & WHAT’S NEW

The latest models, features and accessories.

New bikes and lots of accessories: the wide exhibition of BMW Motorrad close to the event arena offered a deep inside into the current model range, latest color creations and innovative features. Try-outs were explicitly allowed!

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