A question raised by RawHyde, the West Coast host of this year's contest: "Ok- with the GS trophy coming soon I'm puzzled as to why there is such a lack of interest in the event? Less than a hundred riders have signed up nationally for what is without a doubt the opportunity of a lifetime... 10 days in Mongolia riding with fellow GSers from all over the world ... please watch this video and share your thoughts with me? Why isn't the GS trophy more popular??" My response: "A few things come to mind. One is there are many new and capable bikes out there like the Africa Twin and KTM's 1090 and 1290 that probably have former GS riders on them. I think BMW's also taken a huge hit over this stanchion issue; I see many more negative comments than I used to on GS posts on Instagram. Lastly I think the economy is playing a part as not as many bikes are being sold as in years past." I will post some other responses I find interesting but I'd like your take.