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Old 04-11-2014, 03:38 PM   #1
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1200GS goes to Jimmy Lewis Riding School

Five Stars to the Jimmy Lewis Adventure Riding Class.

BMW surveys report that approximately 95% of R1200GS owners never ride any logging trails or single tracks. Not wanting to be a part of that 95% this senior decided to do some GS training. It started with watching over and over again several of the Dual Sport Training videos. With practice drills on the tank bag I actually worked what I could on our local gravel roads. The next step was the BMW Performance Center’s two day classes in South Carolina. Good class well worth every penny. What made it extra special was the two days of rain which I am glad it did. I got my first practice on wet red clay. You get to drop their bike there. Well a full summer later and I still felt my R1200Gs riding skills still needed a lot of work. Since I had done the wet I thought I would try the dry.

So I trailered my 2011 R1200Gs 1400 miles to Pahrump, Nevada for the Jimmy Lewis Adventure Bike Training School. Two days of the best yet and I mean compared to two rides to Alaska and everything else I’ve done on a bike. Pahrump is a very nice town to visit for a riding class. Jimmy Lewis took numerous students with absolutely no experience on gravel and some very good riders all to more than the next level. Was I scared going? Yes but not once the class started. Am I a better rider? Loads better and I did as well on the final afternoon single track ride as those kids 35 years younger. This was the real deal not a fake training park. The food was great and Jimmy, his wife Heather, and the rest of the crew were all great instructors. Actually Heather taught me something very special and that was to be a better listener. I hope someday I can be like her. I’ll do this course again. Thanks Jimmy and Five Stars to your Adventure Riding Course.
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Old 04-12-2014, 09:18 AM   #2
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Nice! I read a few articles about his school. Looks great. I hope to make it out there in the next few years when I decide on a replacement for the Strom.
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Old 04-12-2014, 09:39 AM   #3
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Another big thumbs up for Jimmy Lewis and his school. I took a one day class last year and the 2 day class this year and I'm already planning on taking the 2 day class again next year. Jimmy and Heather are great and have an endless amount of patience and knowledge as do their other instructors. Highly recommended!
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Old 04-15-2014, 05:18 AM   #4
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VTphoneman, Nothing to sort on a Vstom just add knobby tires. My son has 2005 also and his with TKC 80s is a far better dirt bike than my R1200GS. I see Cowgirl rides a very well set up Vstrom also. I think she added a Yamaha WR250R to her stable for dirt bike duties.
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