BMW Motorrad Australia is extending its safari program this year by adding shorter two- to four-day GS Tours, including a ride across the Simpson Desert. GS Tours are designed by BMW Safari to target riders who have limited time and can’t do the week-long GS and TS Safaris that the company has run since 1994. They will also be limited to a smaller number of riders than the 100-odd who attend safaris. GS Tours events The first GS Tours event, which is already sold out, launches from Merrijig at the base of Mt Buller through to Bright, showcasing the stunning Victorian High Country. The next two GS Tours events are based at Mt Seaview on the mid-north coast of NSW. Mt Seaview GS Tour river bed They will be held on May 25-26 and May 27-29 with an optional off-road training course. Click here for bookings or visit www.bmwsafari.com. The four-day GS Tours Simpson Desert Crossing from Alice Springs to Birdsville from June 13-16 is “strictly limited” and riders will require a “high level of off-road riding experience”. Simpson dunes The tour is designed for dedicated adventure riders eager to watch the iconic Finke Desert Race. Click here for bookings. BMW Motorrad Australia is also launching a new ‘Bring a Buddy programme’ where GS riders can bring a mate who rides another brand. General manager Andreas Lundgren says the idea is to introduce new riders to the BMW adventure scene. Safari bookings BMW GS Safari Meanwhile the 2017 TS, GS, and GS Enduro safaris are now taking bookings. The GS Enduro Safari heads to Cape York from August 5-12. Click here for bookings. For the first time in 23 years of safaris, the combined GS and TS Safari heads to Western Australia. 2016 BMW TS Safari The event starts in Perth on October 9 with TS riders taking the bitumen and GS riders choosing alternate dirt routes. It’s been a long time since a safari combined the road and dirt bikes. Bookings open on June 20, 2017.