There are a lot of things to consider when it comes to motorcycling. Where to ride, what to ride, what to wear while riding, and so on. While we can’t answer all of the possible questions, we can help you out with some suggestions on where to ride, and in this case recommend a machine that is ideally suited for those routes.
Credibility is everything in the world of Adventure bikes, and BMW has built a reputation throwing its GS models into the deep end and proving that they are worthy of the moniker. When BMW created the very first GS back in 1980, there is no way that it could have known that the category of motorcycle would evolve into to what these machines are today.
Since the GS was conceived for travel in remote and sometimes crazy locations, and had been ridden just about everywhere on planet earth, it made perfect sense to create the International GS Trophy back in 2008. Ten years ago, it all started in Tunisia and then every two years since then, the event has visited some unbelievable and unique spots around the world, like South Africa, Patagonia, Canada, Thailand, and Mongolia for 2018.
Over the years, the participant count has grown from five teams in 2008 to 19 teams in 2016. Although inclusion into the event is open, each member of each nation’s team must be selected through regional qualifiers, where riders are put through a host of tests from riding, navigational, repair, and on-trail bike maintenance tasks required to test each potential rider’s mettle.
Teamwork is key to the GS Trophy, and a winning team will be the culmination of the combined efforts of the group. Special tests, numerous stages over eight days of competition will separate those capable of working together and those who can’t.
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Lupin Blue metallic paint finish.
Cordoba Blue frame.
Dynamic Package including DTC, LED headlight, Daytime running light, Hill Start Control, Shift Assistant Pro, Riding Modes Pro, ABS Pro, LED turn indicators.
Metzeler Karoo 3 off-road tyres.
Connectivity with multi-functional instrument cluster and 6.5 inch full-colour TFT display plus numerous features.
Passenger package including standard seats, standard windshield and centre stand.
Chrome exhaust system.
On-board computer Pro.
Customized graphics kit including competitors name, blood group and country.
The bike that all of the GS Trophy participants will ride at the 2018 edition of the event are R 1200 GS Rally models that have had a few additions from the BMW accessory catalog thrown at them to better equip the bikes for the conditions that they’ll face. All of these additions can be added to any customer Rally model.
The logistics of the event can be summed up in the effort it takes to get the 114 GSs to the event that will start in Ulaanbaatar.
With every kind of obstacle, and challenge imaginable thrown at the riders and their bikes, the BMW R 1200 GS Rallye GS Trophy is made stout to absorb all of the punishment that competitors will surely dish out.
In addition to the standard R 1200 GS Rally, the bikes have been fitted with the following aftermarket accessories.