It’s a double victory as South Africa win the 2022 BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy, in both the Male and Female competitions.
The seven days of enduro riding and off-road challenges covered 1230km and included 15 special tests. At the start, it was the UK team who led the male standings, with Germany heading the female riders. But over the course of the week, the South African teams began to overhaul the leaders, moving into the top spots by the end of Day 6 and holding their lead until the finish.
The challenges included everything from beach riding to technical enduro trails through hills and descents, mixed with guiding blindfolded riders around a course, a paddleboard race, slow speed competitions and more.
BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy 2022 Final Standings
The UK heads the list of teams competing as the 2022 BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy begins in Albania. They head the male competition from Thailand and South Africa, while the top three female teams are Germany, South Africa and Mexico.
With a course made of 65km of Tarmac and 135km off-road, the competition began with the ‘Welcome Trail’ on a jagged ride above the coastline, before travelling through the lowlands to take on the second special test of the day, with the ‘Holta Enduro Lap’. This saw them tackle a course crossing water, with mud and stone banks to navigate.
The UK team is made up of motorcycle workshop owner Fred Adams from Bristol, inspection engineer Craig Searles from Leominster, and Kyle Robertson, a goods importer from Llanrwst in Wales.
As both Italian companies are ultimately owned by the Volkswagen group, it’s not surprising to see the new limited edition Ducati Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini unveiled. A couple of years ago we saw the Ducati Diavel 1260 Lamborghini inspired by the Sian FKP 37 hypercar and the founding date of the Italian supercar company. And now comes the Ducati Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini, built on the technical base of the 2023 Panigale V4 S.
In both cases, you’ll get the 1,103cc Desmosedici Stradale engine putting out 208 horesepower, and with a dry clutch. It’s uses as a stressed element in the almunium front frame, with bodywork redesigned with inspiration from the Huracan STO. So you get details like a mudguard inspired by the integrated air vents on the car, and extractors on the belly pan to follow the design of the cooling intakes on the rear brakes of the Huracan. The supercar bonnest has also inspired the extractors on the single-seat tail unit, while the front bumper vents are echoed on the tank of the motorcycle, and all of it comes in carbon using the same texture as you’d see on a Lamborghini.
But you also get a host of other trick components including adjustable rider foot pegs and lightened brake and cluch levevers in billet aluminium from a collaboration with Rizoma. And you also get carbon heel guards, saddle pad, dashboard cover, ignition switch cover and sprocket protection. And carbon fibre also appears for the heat protection, headlight support, rear mudgard and the rear subframe guards.
As you’d expect, some top brands have been tapped up for parts including the Akrapovic titanium exhaust silencer with carbon fibre end cap, the Ohlins Smart EC 2.0 semi-active suspension, and the Brembo brakes with Stylema calipers and 330mm discs. You also get a selection of bits to help prepare for track days including an open carbon fibre cover for the dry clutch and caps for removing the numberplate and mirrors, along with the racing fuel cap.
All of this means you get a kerb weight of 197.5kg for the new limited edition Ducati Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini. All the normal 630 examples will be created in a Verde Citrea/Arancio Dac colour combination to match a Huracan STO with Arancio Dac Brembo wings and brake calpiers, and black Ohlins stays and fork legs. But if you’re a Lamborghini Huracan STO owner, you can order a bike with the body, wheels, brake calipers and saddle details to match your car as closely as possible.
And if you really want to co-ordinate your look, there’s also a matching limited edition helmet, along with learthers and a jacket. Plus, along with the numbered metal plate on the central tank cover, you’ll also get a special animation on the TFT dashboard when you turn on the ignition.
Obviously, the new Limited Edition Ducati Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini isn’t going to be cheap. But considering the Diavel 1260 Lamborghini was apparently sold out in just a few days, and ten times as many Streetfighter V4s are being produced, obviously it’s a decent source of revenue for the firm. Which hopefully gets ploughed into their more affordable bikes, along with the high end numbered collectables.
With 100 units becoming available to order from September 6th, 2022 at a price of €50,000 plus VAT, the limited edition MotoGP-inspired Aprilia RSV4 Xtrenta launches as the most extreme, and high performance, example of the model so far.
Created to celebrate the 30th anniversary of a first World championship title for the Italian manufacturer, the specifications are certainly impressive. Headline figures are 230hp with a weight of 166kg, a carbon fairing and first road example of an under wing on the swingarm, an SC-Project titanium and carbon exhaust, and lots more.
The top-spec parts bin has also been raided to compliment the chassis with Ohlins suspension, which has then been modified by Andreani in collaboration with the Aprilia MotoGP engineers. There’s an exclusive Aprilia Racing billet steering plate, and Brembo brakes with GP4-MS billet monobloc calipers and 330m T-drive discs at the front.
You’ll also get forged magnesium Marchesini M7R GENESI wheels with Pirelli Diablo SBK slick tyres, using an SC-1 compound for the 120/70 front, and an SC-X 200/65 rear. Switching the wheels alone saves around 2kg compared to standard equipment.
And all of that comes clad in the PAN Compositi carbon fairing with new front wings to create more downforce with less drag, new rear wings, and the lower ‘under wing’ on the swingarm, used by the Aprilia MotoGP bikes since 2019. The livery is a new interpretation of the one used by Aprilia for the 1992 125cc GP championship, which saw them take the first of their 54 world titles.
The new Aprilia RSV4 XTrenta will be available at a cost of €50,000 plus VAT, which works out to around £43,000 at current exchange rates (excl VAT). A total of 100 units will be produced, and you’ll not only get your individually numbered bike, but a cover and mat, and the option to visit the Noale racing department if you fancy collecting it from the Aprilia Racing factory. Orders open online from September 6th, 2022 on the Factory Works website.
Do you ever go for a day out on your scooter and feel disapointed that you’ve had to keep your lunch in your rucksack or standard topbox? Then the new Vespa Primavera Pic Nic special edition might be just what you dream about. Previously introduced in 2021 in specific markets including New Zealand and Australia, presumably this year everyone can transport their sandwiches in style.
The actual base Primevera gets a few tweaks, with a two-tone saddle combining the beige seat and a dark brown rear stripe, light grey piping, and a belt featuring the Italian flag. You also get some extra chrome edging on the panels, and the wheel rims are grey with diamond edges. And there’s a plate on the leg shield to demonstrate it’s a Pic Nic, along with chrome front and rear luggage racks and a brown leather luggage belt for the front.
There’s no price announced for the Pic Nic model yet, but the current Primavera range in the UK including the 50cc Euro 5 at £3,550, the 125cc Euro 5 at £4,000 and the 125cc Touring Euro 5 at £4,250. The new special edition will be available in either Verde or Grigio colours, and you can find out more via your nearest dealer.