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30 Years of GS at BMW Motorrad Days

Wednesday, June 16, 2010
BMW Motorrad Days
Part of this year’s 10th anniversary of BMW Motorrad Days will be a celebration of 30 years of BMW GS models.
Friends of the brand BMW Motorrad celebrate the 30th anniversary of the GS models and BMW Motorrad celebrates the GS riders: at the "BMW Motorrad Days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, guests' BMW GS models will be rated and awarded prizes in different categories.

BMW Motorrad's competition "30 Years GS" is organised in three classes: the oldest GS, the machine with the highest mileage and the most impressive GS creation. Key criteria are the chassis number in the first class and in the second class evidence of the highest mileage up to the time of pre-selection on July 3rd. With the customised machines, the jury - made up of well-known names from GS history such as Jutta Kleinschmidt, Hubert Auriol and Charley Boorman - will be looking at the creativity of visual or technical changes.

The prizes for the three first places will be caps and vouchers for BMW Motorrad rider´s equipment. The value of these will be as follows: for the first places 500 EUR each, for the second places 250 EUR each and for the third places 100 EUR each. What is more, all participants placed fifth or higher will receive a cap and keyring from the BMW Motorrad "30 YEARS GS"Collection as well as the special magazine “BMW Classic live. Special edition 30 Years GS”, signed by the jury.

All owners of BMW GS machines can enter with their bike, except for BMW employees. In order to sign up and register it is sufficient simply to come with your motorcycle and the necessary documentary evidence to the signposted parking spaces by the ice rink on the BMW Motorrad Days ground between 9 am and 11 am on July 3rd. Here you can enter your motorcycle in one of the three categories. BMW Motorrad specialists will make a pre-selection at this time of five machines to go through to the final of each category. These favourites will be presented in the Freestyle Area from around 12.30 pm, the winners will then be decided and prizes awarded. For further information on the competition "30 Years GS" please see www.bmw-motorrad.com/motorraddays from the middle of June.

The award ceremony will be one of the highlights to mark the 30th anniversary of the BMW GS. In a special exhibition, BMW Classic will be presenting milestones from three decades of GS to illustrate the remarkable success story which this big travel enduro concept gave rise to - especially considering that it was completely new at the time. The BMW Classic Special Edition magazine provides 62 pages of detailed information on the background and development of this pioneering motorcycle. It will be available in German and English at the "BMW Motorrad Days" and costs five EUR.

BMW GS 30th Anniversary Special Edition
Also available at the event will be BMW's "30 Years of GS" edition bikes.
The "BMW Motorrad Days" is a meeting place for tradition and innovation. For this reason, there will be a new tent focusing entirely on the important issue of safety. Under the heading "ConnectedRide", BMW Motorrad researchers and engineers are developing various assistance systems such as the cross traffic assistant based on communication between vehicles, which aims to increase safety in future.

Visitors can experience at first hand the current state of development of BMW motorcycles. Training sessions are offered on BMW GS models, and BMW G 450 X and Husqvarna models will also be provided for test rides. Of course virtually all other BMW Motorrad models can also be loaned for extensive test rides. Over 500 exclusive test rides on especially sought-after bikes can be reserved in advance on the internet this year at www.bmw-motorrad.com/testride.

For beginners without a license, BMW Motorrad offers try-outs in a cordoned-off area. With a little luck, the dream of owning a brand new BMW motorcycle could come true, too: on Friday evening there will be a draw for the special models BMW F 800 GS "30 Years GS" and on Saturday evening for the BMW R 1200 GS "30 Years GS".

The breathtaking stunts performed by four-times world stunt-riding champion Chris Pfeiffer in the Freestyle Area are not recommended for imitation. On the x-track, off-road specialities can be seen performed by world-famous enduro riders and mountain bikers. Another highlight is the Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport which once again enters the World Superbike Championship in 2010 with the racing version of the S1000RR. Regular features of the BMW Motorrad Days are the Classic Convoy, which will be held on Friday this year, as well as the Grand Motorcycle Convoy on Saturday.

The support program includes 60 international exhibitors displaying their goods and services - from tuning to accessories and travel and featuring off-road, on-road and race track training. In cooperation with Metzeler BMW Motorrad offers a tyre service.

The parties on the Friday and Saturday featuring live bands and DJs have already achieved legendary status. For the first time in 2010, the ladies band WILDCATS will be performing live at the BMW Motorrad Days. On Friday evening, the acts Gerry & Gary, Dreirad, Byron and DJ Moorat will also be providing entertainment. The acts lined up for Saturday are Blechblos’n, Tommy and the Moondogs, Byron and DJ Robert .

Immediately adjacent to the event grounds there is a 15,000 square metre camping area with bathroom facilities. For overnight guests looking for accommodation in hotels of various categories we urgently recommend placing a reservation at bmw-motorrad@gapa.de.

On Saturday 3rd July at 10:30 am there will be a press conference for journalists on the subject of "30 Years GS" in the "30 Years GS" tent on the BMW Motorrad Days grounds. Several key personalities from GS history will be there, including Jutta Kleinschmidt, Hubert Auriol and Charley Boorman. Kleinschmidt achieved numerous rallye success on the BMW R 100 GS, Auriol won the Dakar Rally in 1981 and 1983 on a BMW GS. Boorman undertook his impressive motorcycle trips with Ewan McGregor described in "Long Way Round" on the BMW R 1150 GS, and "Long Way Down" on the BMW R 1200 GS.
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