2014 BMW GS Trophy Challange

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  1. HalfPlate

    HalfPlate What? Where?

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    everyone ready? Us Richmond boys have been out practicing. Sizing up the competition, and the results are I am going to fall down alot! :clap Can't wait
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  2. Britome

    Britome Get Free

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    Dudes, it is going to be epic. I'm still stunned that only 60ish people are signed up. That is crazy. I thought the last GS trophy would be the last one poorly attended. Not that I'm trying to increase the competition but check out the course and a schedule...

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  3. HalfPlate

    HalfPlate What? Where?

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    Britome,

    Where did you get that map?
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  4. Britome

    Britome Get Free

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    The gs trophy Facebook page. You haven't seen the video?! Prepare to please yourself.
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  5. KennyCobb

    KennyCobb n00b

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    I'm thinking about attending the GS Trophy Challange but am somewhat of a novice when it comes to dirt. Most of my off pavement riding is limited to gravel fire roads. How difficult is the challange? I'm planning to ride my bike there, whats the risk of damage that would put me on a greyhound for the ride of shame back to KY.
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  6. Britome

    Britome Get Free

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    You have no worries. Go and enjoy.

    Last tie they had two courses, a hard and an easier, that you could self select. There were some pretty novice and awful riders and no one got hurt.

    You will learn, improve and have fun. GSes are indea
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  7. Britome

    Britome Get Free

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    Excuse me... Indestructible. Worst comes to worst, you can skip an obstacle.

    Anyone who has a GS anywhere near SC and doesn't do this is passing up a rare opportunity.
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  8. Buster714

    Buster714 VP of crash testing

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    Well, the qualifier is going on this weekend... Looking forward to an update!

    I have some questions on whether the subsequent rounds are self funded or not, but I'd rather hear about how the weekend went first. I hope a good time was had by all. :thumb
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  9. jachard

    jachard Been here awhile

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    So, I went and was not what I was expecting, first day was all road stuff and a bit disappointing. Total riding time less than 40 min. Second day was dirt but many of the exercises were just the same as the street day, figure 8's, slalom etc. Total riding time ~1hr...maybe.

    It was really great to meet a bunch of folks but if you are expecting to do a bunch of riding this event is not for you.

    As far as the final round goes, they are still unsure where it's going to be:dunno

    Bottom line, if you go into this expecting to meet a bunch of nice folks, then this is a great event. If your going to do a bunch of riding and not super down on meeting people, skip it.
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  10. Buster714

    Buster714 VP of crash testing

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    Was last weekend a qualifying event for the international competition? ...with very little riding??? :huh
    I'm still trying to learn how this thing works since I haven't come across a lot of details so far. Maybe they didn't tell you guys either? :ddog
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  11. jachard

    jachard Been here awhile

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    Yup, we were not told much at all until we showed up. Plus, according to their rules, we were supposed to be ranked/classed by dispacement which never happened.

    Like I said before, the event was good fun for meeting people but as far as the actual riding aspect it was not very good. I was expecting much more of a trail/adventure ride with tests along the way, night riding challenges etc. but instead it was motorcycle autocross.
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  12. MrDrifter

    MrDrifter Doesn't matter

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    This year it was mandated that the entire qualifier had to take place on the Performance Center grounds. For this reason there was no option for a "trail ride", the facilities just aren't big enough. Therefore, the event was set up as a series of exercises with varying degrees of difficulty. The focus was to be as much about personality, teamwork and leadership as it was about riding ability, comradery and as always, fun.

    As far as the actual riding time, it was a victim of circumstance. The attendance was capped at 200 people, so the event needed to be categorized in such a manner that had that many people entered, the event could accommodate as best possible.

    This was the first time that the event was asked to be held ENTIRELY on the Performance Center grounds with this many riders. It went very well and some lessons were learned so that should this be the format for the next Trophy event, things can be improved.

    If you have suggestions, compliments, ideas, concerns or other comments etc. feel free to send emails to the instructors at the Performance Center, I'm sure they welcome your feedback.
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  13. Blur

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    My suggestion is that each time a team has to drop down in the creek, they get to give the motorcycle instructors who laid out the course three lashes. Howzatsound?

    :lol3
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  14. Britome

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    I actually think the course and obstacles were far superior to last time. My only complaint is the time waiting in the tent between sections. I'm also very wary of the accuracy of the scores.
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  15. HalfPlate

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    This years event was differently more challenging than last year, that's for sure. You guys gave me a false sense of accomplishment with a 3rd place finish last year. :lol3 Jokes aside the skills test were great, they differently tested ones abilities and technique. My only feedback would be that I would have liked to have had a chance to ride the f800 in the "fun zone" for a few seconds prior to being judged on it, same as we did last year. Also I would have liked for the final challenge to have been more real world orientated. I understand the PC has limited space and that the man made obstacles do highlight certain en-grained habits many riders have, but I feel we all are more experienced in the real world application. Most of the riders I talked to had never ridden a judged skill test or participated in a training course where such test are used, but we all spend countless hours trail ridden and honing those skills.

    Of course remember this advise comes from the knot head that came in 8th and burnt up two clutches. :clap Cannot wait for 2015, you should go ahead and order a few extra clutch packs just for me.
    Oh yea and just to be an ahole the stickers where a lot better last year, but the new under-armor shirts are awesome
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