The weather turned out particularly well for the tenth anniversary of BMW Motorrad's annual event. In hot midsummer temperatures, over 35,000 riders and fans of BMW motorcycles not only set a new attendance record, but also partied for three days.
Once again, fans arrived from all over the world. Not only Italians, Scandinavians, Russians and Ukrainians made the trip: there were also groups from Israel, and registration plates from the USA and Dubai were spotted on the car park.
Visitors were thrilled by the packed program, which was organized around the 30th anniversary of the BMW GS. Test rides, motorcycle convoys, stunt shows and a party atmosphere ensured the interest level was high. In addition to the award ceremony for BMW Special Models "30 Years GS" on Saturday, there was also a draw for special models. On Friday evening, Georg Opalka won a BMW F 800 GS "30 Years GS", while Wolfgang Kracker was the happy recipient of a BMW R 1200 GS "30 Years GS" on Saturday evening.
The Classic Convoy on Friday featured a range of treasures on two and three wheels from the history of BMW Motorrad. The big BMW Motorrad Convoy set off on Saturday, winding its way through the area, which will host the Alpine World Ski Championships in 2011.
?The many opportunities to put BMW and Husqvarna products to a thorough test were highly popular once again. ?Over 950 people took a current BMW model out on the road for a test ride.? While 700 riders opted for the enduro track on the Hausberg, and 300 bikers took their chance on the demanding X-track circuit with a BMW G 450 X or Husqvarna model.? Ninety non-licence holders tried out BMW motorcycles in a cordoned-off area.? Great enthusiasm was also shown by the 85 motorcyclists who took part in guided panorama tours to discover the fascinating mountain scenery around Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
The same applied to Team BMW Husqvarna Motorsport: Andi Lettenbichler, Simo Kirssi, Marko Tarkalla and Juha Salminen are successful off-road racers. On the X-track they thrilled spectators with some show races, providing samples of their skills.
Four-time World Stunt Riding Champion and newly crowned German Champion, Chris Pfeiffer thrilled the audience in the Freestyle Area. The breathtaking stunts in which he apparently turned the laws of physics upside down were once again among the weekend's highlights. Again and again, this talented motorcyclist drew looks of incredulity, not only on his specially converted F 800 R but also on an S 1000 RR production machine.
The acrobatic show program performed by Igor Obu and his partner Stefan Schlie was no less spectacular. On their BMW mountain bikes, the two of them displayed front and rear-wheel acrobatics, for which no platform was too high and no ramp too steep.
?More than 500 staff ensured the event went off smoothly, as well as providing an efficient catering service for visitors. In view of high temperatures, it was no surprise that over 14,000 liters of alcohol-free beverages were consumed along with more than 15,000 liters of lager. Guests also got through more than 4,000 grilled chickens and 1.3 tons of roasted pork knuckle garnished with 1.3 tons of potato salad, as well as 8,500 small pretzels and 1,600 large ones.
The 1.5 hectare camping area was filled right to the last pitch over the entire weekend, while 21,000 overnight accommodation bookings were registered in and around Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Policeman Thomas "Cheesy" Karl, who has attended BMW Motorrad Days on his BMW squad bike to keep order since the beginning, also confirmed how well-disciplined the community is. "Colleagues in other German states can't believe we manage an event of this size with a team of just eight policemen. Praise has to go to all visitors and the organizers!"
On the Saturday, BMW Motorrad Days was not all about motorcycles. The BMW Motorrad community followed the quarter-final World Cup game of the German national football team on numerous projection screens - and the 4:0 win was celebrated into the night throughout the grounds.
The live bands and acts such as Gerry & Gary, Dreirad, Blechblos'n, the ladies' band WILDCATS, Tommy and the Moondogs and Byron once again turned up the heat in the Party Tent and US Lodge on Friday and Saturday evening. The two DJs Robert and Moorat likewise fired up the atmosphere until late into the night.
Those who preferred a quieter mood were well served with folk songs and guitar music around the camp fire. When asked what made BMW Motorrad Days so unique, Thomas Schmid, First Mayor of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, said: " ... the great atmosphere, the sense of family and friendships. All this has developed over many years between the motorcyclists, but also between bikers and local residents."