When it comes to long journeys, BMW motorcycles are particularly well prepared. Not only because their ergonomic design means that they are able to cover thousands of kilometres on a single tour with no problems, but also because all the parts of your BMW have been designed and produced for constant heavy use.
Many luggage options are available, to ensure that you find just the right type to hold all the belongings that you wish to have with you. Still, it can't hurt to check that everything is stacked and positioned properly; remember how great the forces acting on your luggage can be when you're shaking down the highway. In the following, we have collected a number of useful tips to help you on your way.
First and foremost - a motorcycle holiday is there to be enjoyed to the full. But there is one factor where it makes sense to be economic rather than generous, and that is luggage. The less you take, the easier it will be to store it. Simply taking your luggage from your bike to your tent or hotel room can be a strain after a particularly long and tiring journey.
The second important point is that what luggage you do have is packed properly. BMW Motorrad offers a range of luggage options, including side cases with varying capacities, topcases and luggage rolls. Virtually all models are completely waterproof. Whichever solution you decide to go for, it should be one of these, because only then can you be sure that your luggage is being carried at the right point on the motorcycle.
Finally, don't forget to follow the golden rule: heavy luggage at the bottom. No question. It is so important because this is how you make sure that your luggage will have a minimum effect on your road performance. But even then you should always remember that a total extra payload of, for instance, 50kg will make a considerable difference to the total weight of your motorcycle, and in turn your road performance. Be sure to adapt your riding style accordingly.
Every motorcycle rider has his own priorities when it comes to planning a route. It is often the case, however, that some stretches occur, that you simply want to get over with as quickly as possible, so you can get back to whatever it is your motorcycle heart desires, be it bends, hills, mountain passes or gravel tracks. Whatever you want, and wherever you seek it, make sure you plan your route carefully before you leave, and make sure that once you are out on the road, you always have quick and ready access to your route information. It can be extremely dangerous to have to look away from the road for an excessive amount of time, because you are not sure which way to go.
BMW Motorrad offers a range of modern GPS navigation equipment, which is compact enough to be mounted directly in front of you. If you prefer to use standard maps, don't forget that a good tank rucksack will always have a transparent map pocket to display the current section of your route. And wherever you are on your route, don't forget that you are always subject to range limitations, both with regard to fuel and drinks.
Every person has his own performance capacity. This refers not only to pure strength but also to stamina. Motorcycling is a joy - of that there is no doubt - but as far as the physical demands it places on the riders, it is far more intense than car driving. Which is why it is all the more important to take sufficient breaks. Otherwise, when concentration and reactions are sinking, the risk of entering an uncontrollable situation increases. Riding fatigue can make the rider suddenly fall asleep for a few seconds, a phenomenon which is far more dangerous on motorcycle than in a car.
So be sure to reward yourself with plenty of breaks, even if you are only riding down a motorway. Both your motorcycle and you will be grateful for the chance to restore your energy levels.
Safety all the way.
Our wide service network is there to look after you and your motorcycle in more than 80 countries. In Germany, there are around 210 service points to make sure that you get the help that you need.
You will find all the information you need on the international dealer network in the current BMW on-board catalogue under Service Contacts in Europe. It contains important service addresses, such as those of the local BMW Mobile Service headquarters as well as information on the BMW dealer network in your country. If you are planning an overseas trip, your BMW Motorrad dealer will have the brochure containing the information you need.
Always there when you need it.
The reliability of our motorcycles is our top priority. But should you ever break down, our Mobile Service is always there to help you. BMW is the only motorcycle manufacturer to offer a call-out service in many countries. Qualified specialists with comprehensive repair and breakdown experience will soon be able to get your motorcycle back on the road.
To ensure that the assistance you get in the event of a breakdown is as rapid and efficient as possible, please always call the Mobile Service in your home country, whichever country you may be in at the moment. The service operator will take down your details and coordinate the help you require without delay. The Mobile Service headquarters will also, if possible, attempt to give assistance by telephone. However should you require direct help, the nearest BMW Servicemobile will be sent to your location. The phone number of the local Mobile Service for your country is contained in the Number Guide.