OK fellow riders,
Give me some imput!! And dont be afraid to kick me in the crotch!!
Here is the deal, I am trying to decide (with two other fellow Army retirees and riders) the feasibility of starting a touring company here in Bavaria. Now I know that there are all the big touring companies out there, but quite frankly, I never felt the need to spend that kind of money to go riding. What me and my two buddies are rolling around in the back of our heads is:
It would be based here in Northern Bavaria, 1 hour from Nuremberg, 2 from Munich, and 4 from Frankfurt(this is the Airport issue). Transportation to our location is not that expensive and would be included in the cost of the package(in a tiered format, recommending you fly into Nuremberg first choice).
We would have 6 used bikes all in good condition, under 4 years old with records etc.(for reliability purposes), all would have ADAC coverage(similar to AAA on steroids, you that have been here know ADAC blows AAA away) to ensure if there where any issues; no problem you would be covered and not be stranded. Fleet would consist of:
2 LT's -mine
2 GS's- my buddy
2 Tourglides- my buddy(gotta be diverse fellas and cater to the hog crowd)
and if we can convince our other nervous fellow retiree, 2 RT's or maybe 2 GT's
All bikes maintained at same facility
We would basically charge a daily rental fee, tiered as to how long, how far etc.(longer the rental, prices drop). We would have some equipment(Rain suits, vests) available but having talked to other riders most agree, anyone coming over to do this would probably want to bring their own gear.
We would provide all the routes you could want, lists of restaurants, guest houses/hotels, tourist sights tailored to where you want to go. We could make all arrangements for you; ie you follow a set route and times, or you could be free to go and do what you want and pick your places to stay on your own at not be under the time/gotta be there issue(which I always hate anyway). We would have War related routes, historical routes, pretty routes, shopping routes, on and on whatever you tell us you want to do, we would be willing to work at making it a great trip. We have all the recommendations to make it a safe, affordable, fun trip.
However, it would be a self guided tour, but with all the planning assistance you could ever want. We would provide cell phones, gps, maps, travel guides etc. to ensure it goes smoothly. (of course, as we all like to ride, we might be coaxed into doing a shorter route the first day you are here, since you will be exhausted, and if you havent ridden or traveled here yet, maybe a little nervous). We can even work it in(recommended) that you could stay down the street from us first couple of days in the guest house(great bier und swine medallions covered in brie, apples, und sauce!!) just to acclimatize and get your german legs under you.
We are working on a rock solid contract that works here in Germany(and other countries), and protects us and the renter equally. We would offer insurance on the bikes, medical insurance, etc. We want to keep this at a working mans price, but of course be a viable company(ie makes at least some money!!) As I was never able to afford one of those big boy tours myself, I think this would work, and I have had alot of interest here from the military community and from my contact at MWR(the military recreation office). Of course my goal would be to get riders from the states coming over.
The 3(maybe 4) of us are all retired military, and want this to be a common sense, customer service oriented business.
Alright, let me have it with both barrels!!