Int'l GS Trophy bikes headed for Thailand
Saturday, December 19, 2015
Posted by: Wes Fleming
For the fifth time, the BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy has invited the best GS riders in the world to compete from 28 February to 5 March 2016 in an event comprised of several daily legs and numerous special stages.
The thrilling national qualifying rounds have led to the formation of 19 international teams, including one team made up solely of women for the first time. They will all be facing what is a major feat of strength and constitution for participants and engines alike. For seven days, they will compete against each other as they make their way on two wheels through the exciting landscape of Chiang Mai Province in northern Thailand, the location of this year's contest for the international GS Trophy.
To ensure that the riders in the competition have the right vehicles at their disposal, a total of 100 BMW R 1200 GS motorcycles for competitors are being transported by sea to Thailand; another 14 BMW 1200 GS Adventure bikes will be for the marshals. They have left the BMW Motorrad headquarters in Munich, Germany and it will take around 40 days from setting sail in Hamburg to arriving at the destination port of Laem Chabang.
To master the extreme conditions that they will be exposed to in the course of the GS Trophy, certain details of the R 1200 GS motorcycles – which are already extremely well equipped in their standard configuration – have been subjected to further modification. Selected Original BMW Motorrad Accessories make the bikes even more resistant to the stresses and adversities typical of the GS Trophy that far exceed the usual norm. Examples of these are the aluminum enduro engine guard and steel crash bars. Moreover, the safety screw for the oil filler neck and the robust headlight guard are taken from the Original BMW Motorrad Accessories safety program.
As for ergonomics and comfort, an adjustable footbrake lever and wider enduro footpegs support riding in a standing position. The modification package is rounded off by the Metzeler Karoo 2 off-road tires. The essential conditions are now in place that will ensure that the International GS Trophy 2016 – with its unique combination of adventure, exotic cultures, new friendships, jungle, sand and dust – remains an off-road rally that is simply one of a kind.