Team USA

Carlo Boffi JR:

Since when do you ride motorbikes and how did it come to your passion for off road?
I started riding motorcycles at the age of 11, back then I was a young teenager, but luckily I was leaving in Ethiopia with my family, where I lived for 6 years, from 1979 to 1985 . These were the first years of a legendary rally, the Paris-Dakar, invented by Thierry Sabine (genius!). The rally itself had a great repercussion in the African Media an whenever I could get a hold of a magazine or a newspaper, I would stare at those pictures for hours, these bikes with big tanks crossing deserts amazed me!! I wanted to do it too, I guess I still want and maybe one day!! I also remember when I first saw BMWs with their big boxer engine, that motorcycle was so different for me, seeing their dominance with Gaston Rahier and Hubert Auriol, speeding through desert, rocks, rivers, was...wooww!! In the 80’s the Paris–Dakar, was at his pick, you needed a lot of courage to compete, most of the safety tools that we have today, like GPS, spot, google map, smartphones, weren’t available. These riders where to me like superheros! That was the moment where I clearly became passionate of Off-road and it never stopped.

What do you associate with the BMW Motorrad GS?
Adventure bikes, that can take you anywhere you want, whenever you need a break in life. Also quality and good service available world wide!

What has been your most extreme or extraordinary Enduro experience?
My best enduro experiences are 2. A solo trip of 6months in Brazil (2001-2) of 13000km on a Honda XR200, a bike made for the South American market, now only available in Costa Rica. I was leaving in NY and was already a few years that I didn’t have a motorcycle, so when I first started riding again, I was so not prepared, that I couldn’t stay seated for more then 60km and the first days where pain... I had to stop every time to rest my butt (opps!)

What are the goals you set yourself for the GS Trophy 2012?
The second one, was in 2009 and NY, was in a bad climate... We were at the pick of recession and all you could hear from people were scary comments on losing jobs. I was recently married, 1 year, and with my wife we decided to go see the penguins in Patagonia. I didn’t have no doubt on the bike to choose, it had to be a BMW, my first! So we bought a brand new F800 GS, put on a bunch of Touratech goodies, and we rode it 2up for 27000miles, (sorry the tachometer is in miles) from NY to Patagonia and back to North Brazil. I tested the F800 GS like no body, through all sort of conditions, sand, mud, cold, snow, rivers, rocks!! And always with my lovely wife on the rear seat! The bike is now part of my family, no for real!! She’s never going to be sold, also because she’s waiting for me to go RTW and Africa!!

The GS Trophy is a unique event. What fascinates you the most about ist?
Having fun, with my team mates and all the ones from the other countries!! And hear stories of adventure!! I don’t know what to expect as far as difficulties, and by talking to some GS participants from 2008 and 2010, they mention that the first edition was to hard and the second to easy. So now that’s the 3rd edition should be perfect!!

What further goals you would like to achieve with your GS?
I know, I’m a good rider, and if we all keep calm, ride safe maybe at the end Team USA will hold the trophy. As I said, mostly I want to enjoy this great opportunity to meet and share an experience with like minded individuals of different countries! I know we will cross the Andes and that will be quite a task since the passes could easily be above 4000mt, with different weather condition on the 2 sides...
The GS trophy, reminds me of the Camel Trophy. Back then I was a kid, but I remember that they couldn’t go through some obstacles, without “Team Work”! and when I say Team Work I mean all together. Not everybody has the same skills, so it will be intense, to help, and to

Chad Yoshitomi:

Since when do you ride motorbikes and how did it come to your passion for off road?
At the age of 10 my dads friend gave me a ride on his MT250 Honda Elsinore. Shortly after my introduction to riding my dad bought me my first motorcycle a Honda XR75; Since then I have always had a passion for off road riding, because I like the freedom of being off the beaten path.

What do you associate with the BMW Motorrad GS?
I associate the BMW GS with fun, excitement and freedom to ride on or off road with the agility of the skillfully designed motorcycle.

What has been your most extreme or extraordinary Enduro experience?
The annual Dust to Dawson ride from Anchorage, Alaska to Dawson City, Canada and the 3 Rawhyde adventure challenges which 2 of included qualifing for the GS Trophy 2010 California and 2012 Moab Utah.

What are the goals you set yourself for the GS Trophy 2012?
To meet people from around the world while enjoying the beauty of riding in Chile with Team USA and having a chance to win the GS Trophy.

The GS Trophy is a unique event. What fascinates you the most about ist?
I like the fact that it gives amateur riders a chance to compete with other riders from around the world.

What further goals you would like to achieve with your GS?
To ride the World while living the dream with my wife, Jeannie.

What else would you like to tell us?
I would like to thank my family, friends, Rawhyde Adventures and BMW for helping me turn a dream into reality.

Ryan Frazier:

Since when do you ride motorbikes and how did it come to your passion for off road?
I began riding motorcycles when I was 12 years old-a Yamaha 125. My passion for riding has evoloved since then but I have always had a passion for the motorcycles and the outdoors, which is why I love adventure riding. I love to be able to jump on a bike and ride to whereever I want to go and then be able to camp, hike, or just enjoy the outdoors.

What do you associate with the BMW Motorrad GS?
Adventure, Freedom, Exploration, Comraderie, Excitement

What has been your most extreme or extraordinary Enduro experience?
I have been fortunate enough to enjoy numerous enduro experiences in the United States to include days trip all the way up to week long excursions that included living off your motorcycle. I would have to say that my Moab Utah trips have been some of the most exciting and beautiful trips I have ever taken.

What are the goals you set yourself for the GS Trophy 2012?
First and foremost, I plan to enjoy myself and meet new people. I know that my riding ability will assist me in conquering my riding goals but I want to be able to make lasting friendships and help relay the great experiences and the GS lifestyle that I cherish so much, to others. Then of course, I want TEAM USA to bring the trophy back to the USA.

The GS Trophy is a unique event. What fascinates you the most about ist?
The Adventure Lifestyle is the most fascinating aspect of the Trophy to me. I love the idea that it is an event that encourages teammates to work together to overcome obstacles and also enjoy the great outdoors while building comradery and friendships that can not be found in any other place.

What further goals you would like to achieve with your GS?
I want to travel the world, up until the 2012 Trophy, I will not have taken my GSA anywhere outside of the USA but it is one of my "bucket list" goals to travel across Europe, South America, Africa, and Asia on a BMW.

What else would you like to tell us?
I look forward to an incredible experience and know that TEAM USA will do the best they can to represent the USA. We have three great riders that are excellent ambassadors for the GS Lifestyle and the BMW brand. Thank you for all of the support and encouragement in the upcoming 2012 GS Trophy Challenge!