Ninety years of BMW Motorrad is being celebrated across the world throughout 2013, with many motorcycle gatherings highlighting this landmark in the brand’s long history. Among them was one of the biggest motorcycle events in Eastern Europe, which welcomed riders from far and wide to Transylvania for a taste of two-wheeled fun, BMW Motorrad style.
Located around 840 miles (1350 km) east of BMW’s headquarters in Munich, BMW Motorrad Days Romania was the first event of its kind in the country and took place at the Breghina motocross track in Zarnesti, near Brasov. The circuit is owned by multiple Dakar Rally rider Marcel Butuza and was voted as the best off-road racetrack in Europe in 2009.
This picturesque and touristic region of central Romania is perfect for exploring by motorcycle, with its excellent mountain roads and plenty of opportunities to discover even more by venturing off-road on the many tracks and trails. Aside from the sinister ‘Dracula Castle’ – located just 6 miles (10 km) away from the event site itself – the surrounding area also offers the famous ‘Transfagarasan,’ well known as one of the most beautiful roads in the world and certainly one of the best for riding and driving on, according to many motoring journalists and enthusiasts who have experienced it first hand.
There was plenty of entertainment provided for the many participants who had made the journey from right across Romania, as well as from Bulgaria and Hungary. Topping the bill were the innovative shows of stunt rider extraordinaire Chris Pfeiffer, whose amazing performances were matched by fellow Red Bull athlete Alexandru Nicolau. The former World Skydiving Champion jumped from an aircraft some 1.5 miles (2.5 km) above the event arena and showed precision landing at its best, as he arrived on the ground just in time to ‘high-five’ Pfeiffer, while he performed a big stoppie on his BMW F800R.
After that stunt, the BMW Motorrad Days Romania was officially underway, with all sorts of biking activities to get involved with. One of the most popular was test rides on a selection of GS motorcycles on the motocross track. Held under the supervision of BMW off-road trainer and former Red Bull Romaniacs hard enduro winner (in the Expert Single class on a BMW G450X) Ioan Tara, enthusiasts had the chance to discover the capabilities of the new BMW R1200GS as well as a range of other GS bikes on the track.
Furthermore, there was also a chance to test other bikes from the BMW range on the excellent roads around the Zarnesti region. Various contests took place throughout the weekend, as well as a raffle, motorcycle parade and evening party that included live rock music and a firework show.
Summing up an excellent inaugural event, BMW Group Romania’s Ionuţ Bâtu said, “It was our first time putting on this kind of show in Romania, but it certainly won’t be our last. It is the first time such an event has been organized under the umbrella of a motorcycle importer in Romania and it was great that well over 1000 participants came along to experience the best of the BMW Motorrad lifestyle in Zarnesti. Over the two days, we were fully booked for the GS test rides, and about 140 riders got the chance to experience our fleet of 10 GS bikes and find out just what these motorcycles can do off-road. The evening entertainment and live music by two Romanian alternative rock bands was very well received – both by the day visitors as well as those who were camping for the whole weekend. All in all, it was a perfect way to help celebrate 90 years of BMW Motorrad, Romania style!”