South Africa Win The 2022 BMW International Motorrad GS Trophy

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.

South Africa Win The 2022 BMW International Motorrad GS TrophySouth Africa Win The 2022 BMW International Motorrad GS Trophy
The challenge involved a wide variety of terrain to tackle by motorcycle

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.

Teams had to work together to tackle special tests, as well as the challenges of tough enduro riding
Teams had to work together to tackle special tests, as well as the challenges of tough enduro riding

BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy 2022 Final Standings

Male Teams:

  • 1. South Africa 217 points
  • 2. United Kingdom 204
  • 3. Germany 185
  • 4. China 2020 169
  • 5. USA 165
  • 6. Netherlands 155
  • 7. Thailand 146
  • 8. South Korea 142
  • 9. Latin America 141
  • 10. Mexico 139
  • 11. France 133   
  • 12. India 120
  • 13. China 2022 113
  • 14. Brazil 100
  • 15. Japan 88

Female Teams:

  • 1. South Africa 297
  • 2. Germany 296
  • 3. Mexico 264
  • 4. France 241
  • 5. Latin America 237
  • 6. Brazil 167

If you’re inspired to try and qualify yourself, then keep an eye out for details of future events on this site, and on the official BMW Motorrad UK website. And keep up with all the latest BMW motorcycle news, including bikes, events and more, here.

And if you’re tempted to invest in a BMW GS to start practising, or for your own off-road adventure, then why not take a look at the wide range of motorcycles currently advertised for sale via eBay?

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2022 BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy Begins

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 2022 BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy beginsNational teams are competing over 1230km of off-road riding and special tests
National teams are competing over 1230km of off-road riding and special tests

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.

If you’re inspired to try and qualify yourself, then keep an eye out for details of future events on this site, and on the official BMW Motorrad UK website. And keep up with all the latest BMW motorcycle news, including bikes, events and more, here.

And if you’re tempted to invest in a BMW GS to start practising, or for your own off-road adventure, then why not take a look at the wide range of motorcycles currently advertised for sale via eBay?

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The Limited Edition Ducati Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini

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.

The Limited Edition Ducati Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini and the Huracan STOThe special carbon fibre additions to the bodywork are all inspired by the Huracan STO supercar
The special carbon fibre additions to the bodywork are all inspired by the Huracan STO supercar

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.

Extras include a dry clutch, Akrapovic silencer, Brembo brakes and Ohlins semi-active suspension
Extras include a dry clutch, Akrapovic silencer, Brembo brakes and Ohlins semi-active suspension

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.

The Limited Edition Ducati Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini Helmet
The Limited Edition Ducati Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini motorcycle leathers

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.

Deliveries of the Ducati Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini begin in April 2023. While you’re waiting, why not check out all our coverage of new, custom and classic Ducati motorcycles. Or see if any of the Ducati Streetfighter V4s currently advertised on eBay will tide you over until next year.

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Limited Edition MotoGP-Inspired Aprilia RSV4 XTrenta Launches

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 Limited Edition MotoGP-Inspired Aprilia RSV4 XTrenta LaunchesThe Aprilia RSV4 XTrenta costs 50,000 Euros, if you're one of 100 people who secure an order...
The Aprilia RSV4 XTrenta costs 50,000 Euros, if you’re one of 100 people who secure an order…

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.

Check out everything we’ve featured from Aprilia, from scooters to sportsbikes, here. And if your budget can’t quite stretch to a new Aprilia RSV4 XTrenta, why not check out the wide range of RSVs currently for sale on eBay?

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New Vespa Primavera Pic Nic Special Edition Launched

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.

The new Vespa Primavera Pic Nic special edition in Verde paintThe Vespa Primevera Pic Nic also comes in Grigio, and both versions get the two-tone seat and wheels
The Vespa Primevera Pic Nic also comes in Grigio, and both versions get the two-tone seat and wheels

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.

If you want a more special scooter than the Pic Nic, check out our other Vespa news and coverage, including the Christian Dior Vespa 946 from 2020, or the 75th Series from 2021. And there’s always a huge range of modern and classic Vespas to browse on eBay if you have a hankering for a scooter.

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