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March Moto Madness is held annually in the south western portion of the Cherokee National Forest in Tellico Plains, TN. Situated in the Blue Ridge Mountains of the Central Appalachians, the area is a destination for riders from around the world and known for roads like the Cherohala Skyway, Deal’s Gap / The Dragon, Blue Ridge Parkway. For all the great “on” road rides there is an equally fantastic variety of “off” road opportunities and the area has become as much a destination for dual sport / adventure riding as it has for it’s world renowned ribbons of asphalt. Continue reading
The GS Giants community is an international club composed of folks who enjoy adventure travel with like-minded riders. Our focus is on dual sport riding and adventure bike riders around the world.
As a charter club (BMW MOA club #354 “BMW Motorcycles of America,” BMW RA club #353 “BMW Riders Association” and also the AMA “American Motorcycle Association”) the GS Giants was formed to support the growth of adventure riding. Riders anywhere, on any brand of motorcycle, with any level of skill are welcome to come join in on the fun. Our mission is to participate in dual sport events at existing rallies, help promote events as much as possible and volunteer to help like-minded friends stage their events. At the end of the day’s ride is where we really like to participate. Building relationships and bonds that will last for a lifetime.
A great ride and time was had by all that had attended one or both of the 41st international rally’s this year. The weather at both events was excellent! The BMW RA rally was at the Biltmore Estates in Asheville, North Carolina on June 20-23, followed by the BMW MOA rally on July 19-21 at the Salem, OR fairgrounds. The GS Giants helped support activities around both rallies. Continue reading
By Dan Dickie
The GS Trophy is an international adventure event hosted by BMW, where each country sends a team consisting of the three winners of their local qualifier. The US Qualifier for the 2014 event, to be held in June 2014 in Western Canada, was held at the BMW Performance Center in South Carolina, this past September. Having seen this event happen the last couple of times and sitting on the fence about it, I decided to give it a try this year, that and the urging of my bro in law, Kevin Shrader who rode it last year and said it was a blast.
We arrived Thursday night in Greenville, SC, at a hotel close to BMW’s factory and Performance Center facility. The 70-some of us were divided into teams of 15 and Friday was a full day of on-road exercises. These included tight slalom courses, a slow ride, high speed swerve, figure 8’s, and others I’d just as soon forget. The thing was you had to stay seated throughout every on-road exercise which many weren’t accustomed too. Continue reading