The 2016 BMW GS Safari around the NSW-Queensland border will join other motorcycle shows on Australian TV in 2017.
A nine-person TV crew rode along with the 200 Safari riders last month to record enough material for a five-part series.
BMW Group Australia spokeswoman Stephanie Harding says channel and schedule details will be “announced soon”.
It follows the recent announcement that a two-part mini-series about riding across Siberia and the length of Africa with Australian-based international motorcycle travel company Compass Expeditions is coming to 7 Mate.
The four one-hour shows, narrated by Charley Boorman, will screen on Saturdays in mid-January to early February 2017.
We’re also keeping our fingers crossed for good things from the Mick Doohan Bike Torque series. It began filming with a major budget in September. More details are expected to come soon.
More GS Safaris
Meanwhile, the 2017 GS/TS (off-road and road) Safari will be held in Western Australia from October 8-13. It will be the first time in 23 years that the event has been held in Western Australia.
“The general concept is that we run both the TS and GS ride in tandem finishing each night in the same town,” the website says. “A little bit of nostalgia as this is how the Safari was initial run between 1994 and 2004.”
Keep an eye on the Safari website for more details to be released soon.
BMW Motorrad Australia GM Andreas Lundgren says the 2016 GS Safari was a “huge success”. It featured 200 riders aged 21 to 68 and a range of BMW bikes including an original 1983 R 870 G/S Paris Dakar.
The ride started at the Gold Coast and headed to Tenterfield, Toowoomba, Kingaroy, and Rainbow Beach. The final day was spent riding through the sandy rainforest roads to Noosa.
Over the week’s riding, the terrain varied from twisty roads to sand and narrow pine forest tracks. The route was made more testing by hot weather and dust.
Along the way $5700 was raised to support the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
The 2017 GS Enduro Safari will return to Cape York on August 5-12, 2017, with several smaller safari events to be held throughout the year.