Heading off to school BMW Performance School that is...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by One Less Harley, Jun 1, 2010.

  1. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    On June 24th I'll be heading off to Greer SC, for two days training (25-26) at the BMW Performance Center, off road school. Looking forward to it. I've signed up to ride a R12GS. At first I wanted to ride one of the smaller bikes offered, yeah, little intimidated by the big bike. What the heck if I learn on the big R12 then my G/S aught to be easy then???

    I've been riding on the road since about 1990, 700SC Honda Nighthawk, then stepped up to a 93 K1100RS, then the current street bike '04 R1150RS. I'm OK on the road and ride a little spiritedly at times. Had a G/S for about two years now and want to get more comfortable off road when the bike gets loose especially the front end, but just makes me nervous on a heavy bike.
    The rough slow technical stuff doesn't bother me too much on my Honda Elsinore MT250, as it's like a mountain bike w/ an engine, but the big beemer is another story.

    I know this is early for the post, as it's still weeks away, but wanted to post here early in case I might get some good info or to post more questions in the up coming weeks.

    I also plan to take time on Sunday before heading home to explore some roads in the Greer area. I'll be on the G/S. Any info on good roads in the area would be appreciated, plus a description on the level of difficulty.
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  2. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    oops posted in wrong place, hope a mod God moves to ride reports.....let us pray.....:ear
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  3. kadesean

    kadesean eyesuck

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    I just received my BMW GS package in the mail and am scouring for appropriate time off and sites to try out. An event later in the season will allow me to get my G/S sorted and use it!
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  4. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    Two day events you can only use there's. I believe that's right. Besides on the one day stuff the price isn't that much higher to use a supplied bike. I know not much will break on the G/S, turn signals probably, possibly a bashed tank or something.

    My G/S is sorted out now.....I hope, been $pending the last 1.5 years tinkering w/ her and pretty sure it's mostly tip top shape. Was going to ride the TAT 1st, but figured It'd wise to take some learning.

    I'll try to turn this into a ride report, when I get on the road to the event, then some picts of training. Hopefully I'll get some good shots.
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  5. GB

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    Moved it for ya..

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  6. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    Wow, thanks quick response from email. :clap:freaky
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  7. ducnek

    ducnek Trying not to feel it too hard

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    After that 1200 your R80 will feel like a mountain bike, well maybe not with THAT tank.:lol3

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  8. machinebuilder

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    It's an awesome school, I did the one day Off road in April and it really helped me on and off road.

    Their rules are use their bike for the off road, that way you're not worried about breaking your bike. I had the repairman out for me 3 times.....one time to adjust the clutch and 2 times for a bent shifter. the F800GS really needs a folding shifter.

    Enjoy it, I would recomend driving your cage there, it is a very exhausting experience. Also wear the coolest gear you have, Greer is quite warm and the day is spent at very low speeds.
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  9. FLARider1

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    I am attending the same class. I will be leaving Homestead, FL on Thursday morning and hauling ass up to Greer. Hope to see ya there.

    On Sunday I have a route planned out that will run from Greer down to Seneca to pick up 28 and ride north to the Dragon. South and west a bit from there and then finally making a turn south to the flat and straight lands of South Florida!!! I don't have to be back to work until Tuesday the 29th, so I made this a mini vacation of learning to ride the Big Fat Pig and then enjoying some twisties.

    What hotel are you staying in? I will be at the Airport Marriot, got a decent rate, even cheaper than what the school package tells ya that it is.:freaky
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  10. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    I was going to look around for a cheaper hotel to stay at, as I assume the hotels they list will be expensive. PLan on going to the BMW museum near the Performance center.
    I'll be riding the G/S to the event, no cage for me. She's got new shoes, Heidenau K60's mounted. I'll have Sunday off and haven't decided if I'm heading back late Sunday or Monday.

    What did you get for the Motel room? I plan on camping Sat night anyway, but figured after the Riding on Fri and Sat, I'd want a cool room.

    I'm wearing a T-shirt with a six six one pressure suit with Darien pants, lightest stuff I've got.
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  11. FLARider1

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    I am riding up also, 2007 GSA. First long trip by myself. I think I got the room for like $116 a night. Pretty comparable to most everything else that was around there that was a respectable place. I will stay at the motel on Saturday night because Sunday and Monday will be full riding days. My return trip is just under 1200 miles with the meandering return route I have planned, up there direct is 760 miles.

    I pretty much only have one set of riding gear and thats Joe Rocket Alter Ego, so I will be sweating off some pounds!!!!
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    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    for $116 sound like I'll be camping!!!! I'll be looking around for a better rate, might have to bring a logging chain to lock the bike!!!
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  13. FLARider1

    FLARider1 Long timer

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    i did find some cheaper rates, but didn't like some of the reviews I found of the hotels.......so I opted for the Marriott.

    See ya in 3 weeks.........check PM!!
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  15. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    Look to the right at the Reserve your seat now and click on Schedule yours, then select the school you're interested in. That'll get you to the available dates.
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  16. Truckin_Thumper

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    Bill Congers will be (more than likely) your instructor.
    Dude knows WTF he is talkin' about. You listen and pay attention and you will learn.

    Tell Him Thumper says ":razor"
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  17. spacefighter

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    This board is full of reviews on the training there - just do some searching. You can read one of mine here

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=479389

    just a heads up the if you are not in amazing shape - you will be dog tired after the second day, which might affect your post class riding plans. In fact, i have heard a lot of guys have a hard time finishing day 2 due to lack of fitness. you are going to be standing on your pegs the whole time so make sure you wear a good boot with steel under the sole.

    For the dude wanting to ride the dragon ... its closed.

    There a thread at G-Spot going on you may want to check out also.
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  18. FLARider1

    FLARider1 Long timer

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    I would not say that I am in great shape, but I am in good shape. Bicycle regularly, and a weights routine. I do plan on having my ass kicked for two days at the school. Already have been doing some light off road riding and staying on the pegs just to help prepare.

    As far as the Dragon goes, it has been open from the NC side for a month or so. You can enter at Deals Gap and get to the overlook but not really anything further. See the website for updates http://www.tailofthedragon.com/ :clap

    My ride plan has the play day on Sunday with taking the majority of the ride back on Monday, so hopefully I will be ok........if not, bang out an extra day of vacation!! My boss is an ADV kinda dude also, he got me into this in the first place, so I think he will understand!!!!:evil
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  19. SCflyer

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    "Bill Congers will be (more than likely) your instructor.
    Dude knows WTF he is talkin' about. You listen and pay attention and you will learn"

    +1 - Ray and the other guys are good too but Bill can add being the winner of this years SandBlast rallye in SC and he beat Jonah Street too...all in good fun at the SB but winning is winning.

    I can check (don't remember name or rates) but there's a Motel 6, 8 whatever # they use... I think, I stayed at about a mile down the road and it has a waffle house right there too. Don't worry about lunch as they provide a good one and alot of liquids at breaks. A subway and decent mexiacan is further down past the waffle house or go into Greenville for dinner

    I'll see if I can find out the info on the place if you want.

    I did the 2 day off-road on a 12GSA since that's what I have and made it...If anything, Relax, head UP looking fwd, listen the Bill, Ray and the others and have fun!
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  20. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    This post is not so much a review, but my perspective on the upcoming ride to the event, the class and ride home.
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