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GS Trophy 2016: Day 6, The Toughest Day Yet

GS Trophy 2016: Day 6, The Toughest Day Yet

They say Thailand is the land of smiles and this was certainly evident today among all GS Trophy competitors as they faced up to, and overcame, their biggest riding challenges yet. The 98-mile (157-km) sixth day took in parts of the infamous Ho Chi Minh trail. There was a palpable tension at breakfast as chief marshal… Continue Reading »

GS Trophy 2016: Day 5, Waypoints and Big Buffalo

GS Trophy 2016: Day 5, Waypoints and Big Buffalo

After four days of traveling predominantly west and south on its seven-day loop of Thailand’s Golden Triangle region, the 2016 BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy headed in an easterly direction for the first time today. A grueling 170-mile (270-km), nine-hour ride from Mae Sariang to Khun Tan in scorching temperatures, interspersed with the usual series of special… Continue Reading »

GS Trophy 2016: Day 4, Mountains and Rivers

GS Trophy 2016: Day 4, Mountains and Rivers

Today the 2016 International GS Trophy teams were treated to a wonderful mix of riding conditions and challenges. The route took participants on an 85-mile (136-km) loop that was tailor-made for adventure riding enthusiasts. Although only half the distance of yesterday’s stages, in the intense heat it was just as tough, and in time, nearly as long… Continue Reading »

GS Trophy 2016: Day 3, Memorable Mountain Motorcycling

GS Trophy 2016: Day 3, Memorable Mountain Motorcycling

Today all 2016 International GS Trophy participants were treated to the ride of their lives, with more than 155 miles (250km) of some of the best trails and roads Thailand has to offer. This was combined with two challenging special tests that took the ‘friendly’ competition into its third day. With a significant distance to… Continue Reading »

GS Trophy 2016: Team Argentina Wins Day 1

GS Trophy 2016: Team Argentina Wins Day 1

The International GS Trophy competition is finally under way and will continue through March 5. The event is not a race but a team competition, pitching the international contingents against each other in a series of special tests – not all are riding tests. With the competitors camped nightly in a bivouac the event also… Continue Reading »

Team USA Ready for the BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy 2016

Charles Lucht, Dennis Godwin and Thomas Asher, who won East Coast, West Coast and Central GS Trophy U.S. qualifiers last Fall, had never met before arriving at BMW’s U.S. Rider Academy at the BMW Performance Center in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Yet, after two grueling days of riding and training on challenging courses in torrential rain, high… Continue Reading »

GS Trophy 2016: 114 BMW R1200GS Motorcycles Set Sail for Thailand

GS Trophy 2016: 114 BMW R1200GS Motorcycles Set Sail for Thailand

The 2016 BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy may be almost three months away, but the 114 identically-prepared R1200GS motorcycles participants will use (and 14 R1200GS Adventure bikes for the event marshals) have set sail for Thailand. They left the BMW Motorrad headquarters in Munich, Germany and will take around 40 days from leaving port in… Continue Reading »