Going to BMW Performance Center for 2 day enduro class

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by rodsram, Feb 10, 2018.

  1. scfrank

    scfrank Old farts riding club.

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    I live nearby and just took a course there. Great folks and great training. They will wear you out. Weather depends upon when, of course. Right now it varies, can be 35 in morning and 65 in afternoon. They’ll supple lots of water. To drink and to ride in. It’s been wet here lately. The place is spread out.

    Go to Greenville for night life, but get plenty of sleep!

    Enjoy our area. I love it here.
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  2. kneeslider

    kneeslider Insufficient privileges!

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    wow, super opportunity, keep us informed.
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  3. bajaburro

    bajaburro Ancient Adventurer

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    By the way,what does it cost?
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  4. rodsram

    rodsram Been here awhile

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    Hi Baja,
    About $1,600.00 that includes the bike rental - GSA, If you are a MOA member you qualify for a 10% discount..

    I am looking forward to it all over again.
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  5. BigGuy

    BigGuy Been here awhile

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    This is on my radar as well - looking forward to your report.
    Have fun!!
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  6. djroszina

    djroszina Long timer

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    May the luck of the Irish be with you.
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  7. rodsram

    rodsram Been here awhile

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    Thanks guys, hope to be tired and bruised at the end of the weekend.
    Will report back with the details.

    I am heading up tomorrow - do an early recon and be ready for 8:15 am Saturday morning.
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  8. eap

    eap El Adventurero Solitario

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    Very good training, I took it in 2014 when I first got my wethead. - Be careful, 2 experienced guys got hurt on day 2. The suggestion for summer PPE is great - maybe extra compression wraps for the knees if you are old like me. have a great time! PS, had a great ride down and back up to MD.
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  9. rodsram

    rodsram Been here awhile

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    Day one done!
    All I can say is WOW!
    From getting the morning coffee to a sneak 5 min’s on the track at the end of the day - Fantastic! (Forgot we were on TKC 80’s)
    It is amazing what you can on an adventure when it’s not yours.
    - No pressure they said - giving me a beautiful red 2018 GSA ,TFT and all - under 700 Miles’s on the ODO.
    I have never done left and right turns at full lock on the pegs or practiced emergency stops in the dirt at 30+miles /hr.
    The fact the bike is not mine helps a lot, the fact that she is new - not so much.

    Hands held up well, thigh muscles need some work, I see a lot of squats in my near future.
    Temp was low 70’s, - it felt really hot at times, would not want to attempt this in the higher temps they experience in summer.
    My wonderful wife signed a waiver and was allowed to be with the group most of the time, was in the buggy with the logistics assistant from different parts of the track, she has had a good day with us - some of her photo’s to follow soon.
    Class of twelve students and three great instructors.
    Time to turn in and rest for another great day.
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  10. CdnGS

    CdnGS Adventurer

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    Dont keep us hanging. How did day# 2 go?
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  11. rodsram

    rodsram Been here awhile

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    Hi guys,
    Well, it is a week ago that I did my first day at the Performance center.
    Work has been a killer since I got back, will be working 14 12’s. Not a lot of time left, at this point, if you have this on your radar GO!, don’t hesitate.
    My wife has a ton of pics she is busy editing for the rest of the class and will have a drop box link shortly.

    During the class - 2’ deep gravel - no problem, thick Beach sand - no problem. All the bikes are on TKC 80’s. (Use dynamic on the track and find out how far you are willing to drift them - ABS ON!)

    Oh, don’t be fooled, GSA’s do jump!

    When I get to slow down this will get a lot more detailed.

    PS . Incase I forget, the on site store does not have a lot of Motorrad gear. Touring sport in Greenville is OK, the store in Charlotte - Motorcycles Of Charlotte is excellent!.(1.5 hrs away).

    Thanks for the look, will have this complete asa soon as possible.
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  12. rodsram

    rodsram Been here awhile

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    Sorry this has been left so long, just a few more details to be added, we have a rain day today.
    The Sunday started off with us going to a different side of the course to do our warm ups, standing right footed on the left pegs ending leg raises - both sides while riding in a circle, then the side saddles etc. (One would think easy to get to the course - on the way one of our members managed to "endo" crossing a dirt wash on the way. At least we are all ATTGAT so he was a bit bruised but ok.)
    This area was a compact red clay and we did our emergency stops from higher speeds this time, 40 - 50 mph - the clay has much better traction than the gravel and was interesting to feel the difference.
    Once done we did the "circle of death", all riding into an ever decreasing circle then feeding out through the incoming riders, this isa lesson on trusting your peripheral vision.
    We then did a short single track loop, someone got themselves and bike wedged between a tree and fence post - difficult recovery.
    In this area there is a nice mud section and it claimed its fair share of victims, keeping your eyes up and letting the peripheral vision do its thing is needed here without any target fixation.
    From here we started going over some whoops and on the down slope of the last one we had to do a trail stop and make an immediate left, lots of new skills coming into play here.
    We were then split into two groups, one group went on a less challenging ride and we went off to the "rock garden" to test out the new slow speed tight cornering and off camber challenges.
    We then had the opportunity to challenge area 9 - I had seen these large mounds of dirt and the tunnel and when i had seen them the day before, I truly thought this was a GS Giant training area, there was no way to take a GS up there. Well we started off rolling up the face and stopping on the face and learning to roll the bike backwards back down the hill using the clutch and a dead engine with light use of the front brake.
    As we progressed we rode higher and higher routes up the hill, crossing it in every direction possible - great fun these bikes have so much torque it is amazing.
    Note: most times you hear a bike revving high and usually with a horn blown its a rider going down.
    The Sunday afternoon we headed off in different groups again, and found a technical and challenging single track to ride - this was a good mix of the two days training.
    One of our members riding an 800 managed to destroy the headlamp and gauge cluster with associated trims by wedging a tree between the front wheel and fender.
    He was asked if he wished to continue - he said that he would so a new bike was fetched and we continued on. (BMW does not charge you for bike damage unless you are being intentionally reckless and abusive - not many outfits have this policy)
    From here we headed out to the last challenge of the day - water crossing. On the way we had to go back via the whoops we were on earlier, one of our instructors was ahead of me and he blipped the GS over the first whoop and jumped his bike, trying to be the good student I did the same and the big girl flew off the top and got a bit of air what a feeling.
    On to the water crossing we rode a portion of the BMW SUV track rocky off camber. The water crossing is the same as the SUV's use, the water is just higher than the foot pegs with a rocky bottom, not really difficult to do but i have not had an opportunity to do this before.
    I managed the two days without letting the big Red girl taking a nap, many a time it was quite a struggle but we got through it in one piece, love these bikes!
    We managed to get a final run on the track before heading off to the paddock and receiving our certificates and GOODIE bags..

    All I can say is that if you are able to attend this program, it is fantastic, venue, amenities and the instructors are the best, ps. don't enter the gravel pit at high speed and scare the instructor - don't ask me how I know.


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  13. rodsram

    rodsram Been here awhile

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    Thanks for reading.
    Rod.
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  14. longslowdistance

    longslowdistance Long timer

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    Another thumbs up from a previous student. Excellent experience.
    But:
    It's expensive. If you are a newbie like I was you will work your clutch hand like you never have before (this is less of an issue with the current GS's light clutch effort). And it gets hot and humid in SC. Plan accordingly.
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