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Old 09-19-2013, 04:24 AM   #1
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SoMD ADV Riders Present: The 2014 GS Trophy Challenge USA Qualifier



It's an old moniker in the horse world, never throw your leg over a steed that you don't want to buy. Well, back in June this year the local BMW dealer had an off-road training day with 75 riders. BMWs fell out of the woodwork. The weather would have none it. She rained the previous day and most of the training day. Needless to say, ground conditions were moist and the track would rated as downright soggy. Anyhow, at the end day many owners were pretty much exhausted so we were talking. And then I had my undoing.

As bona fide shortypants (under 61" tall), I was a bug to a light as I spied a GS650X-country. I had never really given much thought to one previously, but this one had just followed in the footsteps of the rest of us. We went through the mud,

J4S


Blaster over the logs


Dorito and up the ravines....


So, I took the fateful action. And sat on the another bike. Normally, I find the GSs like a lumbering hippopotamus. If in their element, they are truly a ballerina in the water; graceful and light, and surprisingly nimble. However, out of their element, they are a metric ton of catastrophe happening.

Nonetheless, the G650X has me intrigued by the comfortable ergonomics. With that, I begin to scope out one to buy. Only imported for three years (2007-9), they are like hens teeth to locate. Nationwide, I find only a half dozen. Luckily, I find a nice low mileage one 300 miles away.


Shortly after I buy her, I begin to prep the other bike for the summer ride. The G650X sits near stock condition...until I find this advertised:



At first, I think it might be fun, but I some of the reports on previous events (at other locations) are not encouraging. Nonetheless, J4S throws the gauntlet down and puts his entry in the mail. Nothing left to do, but jump off the same bridge. With that, an entry for Blaster and I is mailed.

During the following months, much building is happening. The GS650X gets armored: chain/case guard, skidplate and crashbars and handguards:


Now, on the eve of the event...it's clear what I've signed up for



Nonetheless in a few short hours, my chariot will arrive. J4S is hauling Blaster and I down to meet our destiny in Greer, South Carolina.

It's been a few years since I first walked the hallowed halls at the BMW Performance Center. In fact, I had probably been off-road only a half dozen times before taking their GS training. Their training has provided me some sound building blocks for riding. More over, the fun we had down there has provided years of tall "fishing" tales.

BMW Off Road Class Ride Report

Here's the map of events:


And the timetable of events:


Rider's Up!
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Old 09-19-2013, 04:52 AM   #2
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I hope to see you guys riding on Sunday!
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Old 09-19-2013, 04:52 AM   #3
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Old 09-19-2013, 04:53 AM   #4
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Old 09-19-2013, 06:45 AM   #5
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The Rules of Engagement

As we wait for the chariot arrival, time to review the rules of engagement for the weekend. It appears there will be four main categories for scoring:


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  • The event includes two riding days on which participants are required to follow a defined route which may contain sections of paved roads and off-road sections. Along this route, participants will find a number of special tests which also act as check points.
  • In order to take part in the competition, participants must be prepared to subject themselves and their motorcycles to challenges which go beyond everyday motorcycling. This includes dirt and mud situations as determined by the weather and as is usual in off-road sports.
  • Generating content on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook may be included as part of the event scoring.
  • BMW Motorrad will select the final members of the team

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Old 09-19-2013, 08:31 AM   #6
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Old 09-19-2013, 09:48 AM   #7
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Obligatory stop for lunch.
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Old 09-19-2013, 06:25 PM   #8
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South by Southwest

We leave the humble abode for a 450 mile trek south by southwest. It should only be 7 hrs or so, but with cast of characters, we stretch it out for a few more.

If you ever wondered what kit for a few riders would look like in a linear fashion...I would gander like this:


I do wonder if Blaster might have a teenaged girl trapped inside that masculine body. I took Lakota's advice and just decided to bring all the gloves (not just one pair). Heck, mind as well bring both helmets too! Remember, always fill by VOLUME, not by weight.


Soon enough it's time to load the kids.


For the current trailer "residents", this can be a tricky moment as you meet the new neighbors.

A very furry (and B.I.G) Wolfe Spider


This Black Widow has her "lunch" packed. I sure hope it wasn't the previous Wolfe spider.


I knew it would be a good day of traveling when I find this f.i.n.e looking vehicle. I looks strangly like my login name


J4S was using this cool app which marks the cops. You get points for verifying/adding cops as you drive by. He is no longer a baby wazer


Despite all the weaving, somehow I was able to get some pictures of the pretty North Carolina flowers..






Here's a funny tribute: Anybody looking to relocate to Gastonia?


South Carolina has funny way of welcoming folks. I guess this water tower is suppose to be peach...but maybe it's not?


Twelve hours before the games begin!
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Old 09-20-2013, 04:12 AM   #9
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Some one is begging for points.

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Well, how did today go?
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Old 09-20-2013, 06:03 PM   #15
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Dinner

Went to downtown Greenville for dinner. What a fab feeling the town has. A metric ton of people walking around. Fab weather. Parking a bit tight, but workable.

Lots of old building renovations. The tin celling at dinner:


Round 1 of sushi..


Round 2:


A pretty sunset:


Tomorrow begins the dirt. Supposedly more points to be had...so game on! Also, there are two team events. One involves finding the seat, keys, bike, and the toolbag scavenger hunt.

Dinner announces the 12 riders advancing to the finals. Only 3 rider and 3 alternates will see South America.
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