Ultimate Alps Adventure

Introducing the Motorcyclist/Edelweiss Test Ride

By Aaron Frank, Photography by Brent Baer

Edelweiss Bike Travel

The World’s Oldest—And Best—Motorcycle Travel Provider

In the business of guiding intrepid two-wheeled travelers to all corners of the earth for more than 33 years, no one can argue with Edelweiss’s “Number 1 Worldwide” claim. Founded by Werner Wachter in 1980, the Austrian firm employs 40 tour guides around the globe and currently offers more than 60 routes in locations as popular as the Alps and as obscure as Patagonia or Myanmar.

Edelweiss tours are not inexpensive, but for the level of service and amenities provided, they are a remarkably good value. Your choice from a broad selection of the latest motorcycles from many manufacturers is provided, first-rate accommodations are arranged on your behalf, and most meals are included in the trip price. But the most valuable benefit, of course, is the ride routes, each carefully designed by extremely knowledgeable guides to insure that you experience the very best riding of any given locale.

Steve Gish, who lives in California’s Sierra foothills and so knows a thing or two about great riding, was still blown away by Edelweiss’s Alpine adventure. “This is just one epic pass after another after another,” Gish says. “Every time you think it can’t get any better, it does. [My wife and I] spent two weeks riding around Europe on our own last year, but it was nothing like this. Another thing that can’t be beat with Edelweiss is the local knowledge, and historical information the tour guides incorporate. And having someone schlep our luggage—tricky with two people on one bike—is a huge benefit.”

Then there's the unique camaraderie engendered on a group tour, spending a week or more traversing the most amazing scenery with a gang of similarly passionate riding enthusiasts. Dan Watson summed that up best: "I don't want to go home and ride by myself!" Sounds like fun? Click over to www.edelweissbike.com to select your new favorite route.

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