MonoTracering in the Dolomites

Performance testing Reto Seitz's new floating front disc brakes on his MonoTracer at Sustenpass.

Gerold Hellwig, Reto Seitz and I just spent a whole week riding our MonoTracers in the beautiful South Tyrolean Mountains. We stayed, together with a group of about 30 BMW-riders from Motorrad-Briel, at the wonderful Bellavista Hotel, where host Marco Fosco is an avid motorcycle rider. Roland Briel organized this motorcycling adventure package under the name “Tornante ’11” (Switchback 2011).

We took two MTI-1200 with the new front floating brake discs that Reto has kindly invented for us and traversed about 3000km in 7 days. Gerold brought the MTE-150 and managed to completely consume a brand new set of Continental Road Attack 2 and Race Attack Custom (160/60 ZR 18 front and 240/40 ZR 18 rear) in only 4 days of riding (about 1000km). The massive torque of the ACP all electric drive, combined with some of the grippiest road surfaces in the world, surely does its thing.

We did not play around though. Under normal road circumstances, meaning wider roads than mountain bike single trails or gravel tracks, we were not overtaken by a single vehicle, period. The new brakes performed flawlessly and will be standard as of now for all Peraves MonoTracers. They can also be retrofitted to 2009-2011 models.

Roger Weichert of Mediafusion assembled this fun video edit from the footage captured on GoPro HD HERO cameras.  It includes the following short sequences: One of me riding the yellow MTE-150 behind Gerold in the blue MTI-1200 up the Pordoi pass from the south from the town of Canazei up to the Hotel Bellavista.  The second clip shows me in the MTI-1200 following a very clean riding biker on a Honda up the Campolongo pass from Arabba towards Corvara.  The third clip is a ride down the north face of the Pordoi towards Arabba. Great weather, great company, great food and the safest bikes in the world to really enjoy these challenging roads.

MonoTracering in the Dolomites

We also traversed all the following mountain passes during this week:

Brenner (Brennero) | Brocon | Campolongo | Cereda | Cibiana | Duran | Falzarego | Fedaia | Furkel (Furcia) | Gampen (Palade) | Grödner (Gardena) | Jaufen (Monte Giovo) | Karer (Costalunga) | Kreuzberg (Monte Croce di Comélico) | Lavazè | Manghen | Mendel (Mendola) | Niger (Nigra) | Penser (Pénnes) | Pordoi | Reschen | Rolle | San Pellegrino | Sella | Staulanza | Stilfser (Stelvio) | Tonale | Tre Croci | Würz (Erbe)

If somebody is really serious about his riding, then the “Tornante ’12” by Motorrad-Briel in 2012 is the date to paint red on your next year’s agenda. I’ll certainly be there again. Like this year, we will give dozens of passenger rides to the “cabriolet bikers” in the newest MonoTracers. And like this year, there will be several orders to be taken… 😉


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