The Dolomites Mountains is one of the best locations in Europe to ride a motorcycle. With wonderfully twisty roads set amongst the tall craggy mountains, this location is certainly dramatic.
The tour includes some of the best mountain pass roads in the Alps, including Mendola Pass, Pordoi Pass, Gardena Pass, Campolongo Pass and Sella Pass.
In the Austrian Tyrol region we will also ride the fabulous Timmelsjoch Pass and go to see the new motorcycle museum at its summit.
We will stay in one hotel for 3 nights in the Dolomites, using it as our base to explore the nearby pass roads. The hotel has stunning views.
As we leave the Dolomites and head back to Munich, we ride one of the best mountain passes in the world, Grossglockner pass in Austria.
Depending on where you are from, you could ride your own bike on the tour, or rent one from one of the Harley-Davidson dealers in Munich (see ‘Rentals’ tab at the top of this page).
The tour officially starts in Munich.
You can either 1, make your own way to Munich on your own bike and meet us there, or 2, ride on your own bike with us from Folkestone, UK, leaving on Monday morning to get to Munich Tuesday afternoon, or 3, you could fly to Munich and rent a bike close to there. We can help with the arrangements for any of those methods if needed (let us know when booking). For specific information about renting a motorcycle for this tour, see the ‘Rentals’ tab at the top of this page.
However you choose to get to Munich, you need to be at our hotel, with your bike, late afternoon on day 1 of the tour to meet your tour leader.
Almost as soon as we leave Munich, the great roads start as we ride alongside three scenic lakes: Tegernsee, Sylvensteinsee and the dramatically coloured Walchensee. We then cross the border and enter Austria to ride more scenic roads that get higher as we climb into the Alps. We are in the Austrian Tyrol during the afternoon and we head to the Timmelsjoch High Alpine road. We ride part of that road today and the remainder the next morning.
First thing on the morning of day 3 we ride the high part of Timmelsjoch Pass and we will visit the new motorcycle museum at the summit, where about 230 motorcycles are on display. We will spend over an hour at the museum. Riding down from Timmelsjch, we cross into Italy and soon we will be riding up another mountain pass – Jaufen. At Bolzano, we head west and head up our final pass of the day, Mendola, as it twists up the steep climb. This is a road that is almost guaranteed to put smile on any riders face. Our hotel is at the top of the pass.
This is the day we ride into the main part of the stunning Dolomite mountains which take their name from the carbonate rock dolomite. Their jagged peaks make the mountains easily identifiable. The roads in the Dolomites twist through the dramatic scenery of the mountains and are a joy to ride. Soon after leaving the hotel we ride Palade Pass. We will stop and see the wonderful colour of a lake called Karer See, before riding San Pellegrino, Valles, Rolle, Cerede, Aurine and Pordoi Passes. We stay in a hotel with stunning views on Pordoi Pass for three nights.
We take it relatively easy on day 5 as this is a rest day, but it has the option to ride just 32 miles of the best biking roads in the Dolomites. The ride is around the huge plateau-shaped massif rock called the Sella Group and the ride includes four passes: Pordoi Pass [7,346 ft], Gardena Pass [7,008 ft], Campolongo Pass [6,152 ft] and Sella Pass [7,362 ft] which are all set amongst dramatic scenery. It will take your breath away!
Today we ride out from and return to the same hotel we re staying at on Pordoi Pass. Today we ride 136 miles. We ride a wonderful seven Dolomite mountain pass roads today.
We leave our base in the Dolomites today and ride back to Austria. On the way, we ride a very special but little known road in the high valley of the upper Gail River. The road has many long sweeping bends, where the power of our Harley-Davidson motorcycles can be used to the full.
We have nearly 200 miles to ride today to get back to Munich and this day features one of the most famous motorcycle roads in the Alps, Grossglockner Pass. This High Alpine road is stunning, both to ride and for the views along its route. We then ride direct to Munich, where we stay the night.
For everyone on the tour, we will stay in a hotel in Munich tonight.
For those who rode to Munich on your own bikes, you will start your journey home this morning. For those who rented motorcycles, you can either ride back to the Harley-Davidson dealership in Munich today, or later depending on your onward travel plans. The tour officially ends after breakfast this morning.
Our group sizes normally range from 10 to 14 motorcycles.
Each day, we normally start riding at 8.30am sharp and cover in the region of 150 to 200 miles. We try to avoid motorways wherever possible and only use these when there is no real alternative. We take mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks and of course find somewhere for lunch. Our plan is to normally arrive at that evening’s hotel by around 6pm.
We use good quality hotels – not super luxury and not bottom end, but mid-range – normally 3 and 4-star.
We ride at a pace to suit all of the riders. We stick to all speed limits in towns, but in rural areas we ride at, let’s call them ‘more appropriate’ speeds. We generally ride in staggered convoy on straighter roads.
As we have pre-booked hotels and a schedule to stick to, we ride in all weathers. During any exceptionally inclement weather, we will pull over for short periods. We could experience a range of different types of weather, so bring waterproofs, just in case.
Each of our rides has a difficulty rating and this tour is rated as ‘moderate’. That means this tour is not recommended for new riders. You should have at least four years of riding experience on large motorcycles. You must have ridden on the right-hand side of the road before and you must be comfortable with travelling in a group of riders and be able to keep a good pace within that group. We do not ride fast, but at the same time, it is better if riders do not go too slowly. While there is not much motorway riding on the tour, as a guide, the group will be riding at speeds of 75mph on motorways. You must be confident of riding in rain and on wet roads.
Each day’s riding will be around 9 hours, with breaks. You must be able to ride all day. If you are at all unsure if your riding ability is good enough for this tour, then you must contact us by telephone to discuss.