Riding BMW’s K1600 GTL in Italy | Rediscovering the Dolomites

Time’s the Charm For Sun In the Italian Alps

By Bruce Hansen, Photography by Bruce Hansen, Sharon Hansen

You will probably encounter rain on an Alp ride. Bring serious gear: jacket, pants, gloves and boots. We always bring waterproof touring gloves, like the BMW Allround 2 glove, and a summer glove like the Tourmaster Airflow. I love my motorcycle boots, but they are terrible for hiking. I wore gaiters over my waterproof hiking boots instead, and never got wet.

We brought our tablet with Wi-Fi. It allowed us to monitor weather, keep up with email, and check travel sites. You won’t find much free Wi-Fi in Südtirol, but your place of accommodation will nearly always have it.

We booked our apartment before leaving home, but it’s not necessary if you travel during low (rainier) seasons: before mid-July and after the second week in September. Anytime between those dates, I’d book ahead, as all of Europe is also on vacation. me

Some of the switchback turns are so tight, that, even on the nimble K 1600, we needed to slow to a walking speed


Trip Tools

2012 BMW K 1600 GTL (shown)
BMW Streetguard 3 Suit (shown)
www.bmwmotorcycles.com

Tourmaster Airflow Gloves
www.tourmaster.com

Scala Rider G4 Powerset
www.cardosystems.com

Shoei Qwest helmet
www.shoei.com

Dolomites Cheat Sheet

Guided Tours of the Dolomites
www.admo-tours.com
www.ayresadventures.com
www.bosenberg.com
www.edelweissbike.com

When booking an apartment in the Val Gardina area:
www.val-gardena.net

Renting a BMW K 1600 GTL:
www.2wheeltravel.com

By Bruce Hansen
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