The 2012 GS Trophy will see riders from 19 nations compete in a week of adventure riding and teamwork challenges set against the beautiful backdrop of Patagonia. The competitors, organized into 15 international teams, will ride more than 2,000 km over the course of seven days, almost all of which will be off-road.To prepare BMW Motorrad’s large fleet of F800GS’ ahead of this year’s GS Trophy, Touratech installed an Expedition Skid Plate, Expedition Crash Bars, Upper Crash Bars, Quick Release Stainless Steel Headlight Guard and Hand Guards on each bikeHerbert Schwarz (CEO, Touratech) says: “Of course these bikes are made for off-road riding, but with regard to the tough conditions in South America we have added a few parts to give increased protection. These include crash bars, skid plate, wider foot-pegs with additional grip etc. Also all bikes are being fitted with Metzeler Karoo off-road tires, which are perfect for the conditions participants will encounter.”The start and finish of the 2012 GS Trophy will be just outside the city of Temuco in the Araucanía Region of southern Chile. The 2,000 km loop will take the competitors into Argentina and back again, however the exact itinerary and details of the tasks and challenges will remain a well-guarded secret until the start of the Trophy.Here are a few of the Touratech protection highlights on the BMW Motorrad F800GS motorcycles being used in this year’s GS Trophy:Expedition Skid Plate – $329.95Made of 4mm thick aluminum alloy, Touratech’s Expedition Skid Plate is designed to provide maximum protection from hard hits on rocks, stumps, or bottoming the bike off-road. The folded ridges give the aluminum material the highest level of rigidity while also maintaining the most ground clearance possible for this adventure machine.The F800GS skid plate is mounted using six attachment points on a stainless steel base plate. This thick base-plate is engineered to distribute the force of an impact over a larger area of the engine.Two plastic sliders attached to the underside of the skid plate prevent mud and dirt buildup and protect the mounting bolt heads from impact. The plastic sliders, which are removable, look great and help the big bike slide over rocks and stumps when riding off road.This skid plate is also designed to protect the BMW F800GS’ vulnerable front-mounted oil filter and cooler. It extends upward in front to provide full coverage to these two vital components, offering protection from rock and debris impacts from the front tire.Expedition Crash Bars – $275.95The parallel-twin engine is the heart of the BMW F800GS or F700GS. The new Expedition Crash Bars from Touratech give it the protection that it deserves. The design and engineering team at Touratech put countless hours of design, development, and real-life testing into the Expedition crash bars to ensure that they are the strongest, longest lasting, and best looking F800GS protection bars on the market.Made of heavy duty one-inch diameter stainless steel tubing, these bars maintain the slender profile of the BMW GS while providing critical protection. All mounting points are specially engineered to absorb or divert the impact force away from the vital parts of your motorcycle’s engine and frame.Upper Crash Bars – $294.50Touratech Upper Crash Bars offer the most protection for the BMW F800GS or F700GS because they are designed to take the impact of a fall and transfer the forces effectively around the motorcycle.Fairing, radiator, and front fork repair is expensive and can put an end to a great trip. Touratech’s upper crash bars give the F800GS or F700GS the protection it needs to go the distance.The heavy-duty one inch stainless steel tubing and tig welded construction offers superior strength and maximum protection. These stainless steel upper crash bars won’t rust and will remain corrosion free and looking great on even the most serious adventure expedition. Additionally, the crash bars fit both the stock BMW engine crash bars and the Touratech Expedition Crash Bars.Quick-Release Stainless Steel Headlight Guard – $122.60The Touratech quick-release headlight guard provides rugged protection for the BMW F800GS and F650GS twin, while allowing the rider to quickly remove the guard for cleaning of dust and dirt which will keep the headlight beam bright.Touratech headlight guards are laser cut from the highest quality stainless steel, then powder-coated black for a tough and good looking finish. The grid pattern of the headlight guard allows ample light to pass through, but not the large rocks and debris thrown by passing riders or cars. The stainless steel construction is strong enough to withstand the hardest hits and save you from costly repairs to the expensive headlight assembly.Touratech Works Footpegs – $196.30A wide platform, good grip, and high ground clearance make the Works footpeg a great choice for both street and off road touring on the BMW GS motorcycle. The serrated claw design of the peg has plenty of grip for off-road riding, but the teeth are rounded on top so they won’t tear up nice touring boots. The 2 inch wide pegs offer stability when standing up on the pegs and support when sitting down on the street.The low profile design of the pegs allow more ground clearance than most other aftermarket footpegs. The chamfered bottom edge provides more clearance for ruts, rocks and stumps when riding off road. Their bright stainless steel finish with laser inscription will stay looking nice for as long as they’re mounted on the GS.To learn more about the GS Trophy, click here.