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4 June, 2021

Not so easy rider

FAR North Queensland is renowned for the reef, rainforests and our beaches. Last week 200 passionate BMW owners discovered that the north offers a world of adventure, stunning scenery and amazing motorcycling.

By Peter McCullagh

The BMW GS Safari, with riders from throughout Australia toured the north, culminating in Cairns on Friday afternoon.

Billed as 5 days of adventure riding in the tropics and safari covered 2000km, commencing in Townsville and visiting the Cassowary Coast, Tablelands, Port Douglas and the Daintree before concluding in Cairns.

The GS Safari focusses on off-road riding linked together with twisty scenic roads

For a lot of the riders the highpoint was the Daintree. Max Petersen from Melbourne on his third safari rated the Daintree as his pick of the trip.

“Absolutely beautiful. The Bloomfield Track was amazing,” he said. If five days of adventure riding was not challenging enough, Max is set for a further five-day road trip back to Melbourne.

Rider safety is a focus for all safari participants. Safari director Shane Booth would head out each morning 90 minutes in front of the group to scout the course, ensuring hazards were notified and rider safety was ensured.

“We want the riders to enjoy a leisurely and safe ride, taking in the sights and really appreciating the beautiful scenery, this has to be some of the best motorcycling country in Australia.”

Accompanying the riders was a fully equipped BMW Garage. The majority of the week the garage provided tyre support to the riders. Over the course of the 5 day, the garage changed almost 200 tyres along with some minor maintenance and repairs.

The annual safari commenced in 1994, running now for 27 years. The last time the safari visited the north was 2017, with the safari covering Cairns to Cape York and back.

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