Allow me to begin this story with a small confession. I spent the last few years learning the know-how of off-road and trail riding. In fact, I even frequent a nearby trail just to get acquainted with the whole off-road shebang. But I never participated in a competition, and I wondered why. So when BMW Motorrad India invited BikeWale for the GS Trophy, I knew it was time to bring my years of practice to play.
Before I get started on how I spent two days astride some really potent BMW ADVs, let me tell you more about the GS Trophy. This one-of-a-kind competition hosted by BMW serves as a platform for GS riders from across the globe to come together and battle it out against each other in countries that boast of the most diverse terrains. Up until 2018, BMW employed the R1200 GSA for this reckless competition. However, the focus has now shifted to the F850GS – an equally capable ADV. But, before stepping on the global grandstand, the competitors need to prove their mettle in their respective home-grounds. And the India Qualifiers was the way to go for the Indian riders. So, around 75 GS owners from across the country rode down to the land of sun, sand and adventure - Goa. Interestingly, one journalist also stands a chance along with the three winners. So, I found myself competing against 14 other journalists in a bid to win the qualifiers and head to New Zealand for the ultimate battle!