The Touratech Family
The Touratech brand is the most recognised among adventure riders around the planet and the Australian event was like a family get together.
With the adventure riding market still growing there are always new punters looking for information on all aspects of our favourite pastime. Online forums are a dime a dozen and provide a wealth advice which can be unqualified to say the least. The annual Touratech Australia event is an excellent starting point when you have the bike but youíre wondering whatís next.
The Touratech event is just about all things to all riders. The format of the weekend starts with registrations on the Friday afternoon featuring test rides with Triumph and BMW motorcycles that are both huge supporters of the event. Touratech boss Robin Box knows that thereís more to a successful event than just riding around the Victorian high country. When it comes to a high country base it doesnít get any better than Bright in the Victorian High Country. Part of the Touratech formula is that entry is limited to ensure that all riders stay at the same venue at the Bright Chalet. So at the end of each day every rider returns to plenty of food, drink and a warm comfortable bed.
After dinner each night the event has a guest speaker in different areas of adventure travel. Friday night was Mick McDonald from Compass Tours who had lots of great advice from his travels around the world. Miles Davis and Craig Bennett from BMW followed this with some great tips on tubeless tyre repair.
Saturday morning covered rider training on a local property, a ride to the top of Mt Porepunkah with lunch back at the chalet with a ride to the top of Mount Buffalo which featured a coffee stop with a Touratech biscuit. Very cool.
The Sunday was a full day ride and riders had the choice of a GPS route loaded the night before or a simple route sheet for old school adventurers. The route headed into the mountains from Bright to Omeo where the entire group met for a group photo. Riders then had the option of a tarmac route or off road route and ultimate end up in Dargo for lunch. After that it was a quick hop back across the mountains back to Bright. For the off road riders the day wasnít without its challenges. The roads had been freshly graded which would have been ok except for the overnight heavy rain which turned some sections into slippery slushy clay which was quite a challenge on some of the bigger adventure bikes. Skills learned on the Saturday came in handy.
Nevertheless problems were minimal and Sunday finished with dinner followed by a presentation from Sherri Jo Wilkins who travelled around the world on a KTM 690 just because she wanted to.
While there were plenty of Touratech products on display at the seminars it was far from a hard sell even though they had a captured audience. It was more about providing the best advice that you would expect from your best mates. At the Tourtech event itís just like being with family.