Yamaha has followed the successful formal of BMW with its GS Safari by sponsoring an adventure ride from Melbourne to Sydney – the long way round.
The inaugural seven-day Bridge-to-Bridge Ride-ADV event starts at Westgate Bridge in Melbourne on April 17, 2016, and ends at Sydney Harbour Bridge on Sunday April 24.
Ride-ADV is a professionally run and supported navigation ride series.
The Yamaha-sponsored Bridge-to-Bridge ride is a GPS navigation event with a luggage/gear truck and an array of fully equipped support vehicles with experienced drivers.
The BMW GS Safari has been offering adventure rides for years and recently added an even tougher GS Safari Enduro event for hard-core riders.
Similarly, the Yamaha event comes with optional routes – one suitable for larger bikes and riders wanting spectacular scenery but with a less technical feel and the other a more technical route suitable for riders on smaller-bore bikes or competent riders on larger-bore bikes.
Riders will be able to swap between standard and special routes each night to make it more interesting. Both routes run a sweep crew on WR250R and XT660Z bikes and vehicle support.
Pricing starts from $695 with pub, motel and/or camping-style accommodation.
Riders should bring a large fuel tank and a GPS, but do not have to ride a Yamaha.
Yamaha has released a special yellow and black Super Tenere for their 60th anniversary year in 2016.