Teams of BMW enthusiasts are being chosen from around the world in a series of off-road competitions and challenges in order to select the best three men or women to represent their country at the GS Trophy finals in South America. Riders in the United States have a chance to join the fun with the USA qualifying taking place on September 21-23, 2012 in two locations: the BMW Performance Center in Greer, South Carolina and RawHyde Adventures in Moab, Utah.
The GS Trophy is not a race but a skills course with points awarded for finishing various riding challenges in the correct amount of time. The qualifier events are designed for all riders. You don’t need to be an expert to have fun riding your own BMW in the GS Trophy qualifiers. Naturally, the chance to be chosen for nine days of GS riding has proved an irresistible draw for many riders.
BMW says the GS Trophy is a social experience as much as it is a riding challenge. In addition to riding ability, contestants are judged on their ability to capture the GS Trophy experience through words and photos to share it with the world. Three final riders will earn the right to represent the United States in the BMW Motorrad GS Trophy 2012 in South America from November 24 to December 2, 2012.
If you and your BMW motorcycle are up for a challenge and would like to participate, head over to BMW’s website for complete details and sign up forms. For the national qualifying events, any road licensed BMW Motorrad enduro model can be used by participants (except the G450X). In South America, BMW will supply an F800GS for most of the riding but over the course of the 2,000 km (1,250 mile) route, riders will also complete special tests on a G650GS Sertao or a Boxer GS. The cost is $200 for the event in South Carolina or $469 for the one in Utah.