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    Track Day Version II

    I think Brad gave a great description of how the track day went, as far as instruction went, and how they set up the groups.

    I think we were the only bikes there that were ridden to the track. I really wanted to ride with my nifty topcase attached, but I felt I needed every advantage to keep up with Brad and the other Beemer folks once we got started. If you notice in this picture, BMWRTgirl has passed Brad even before we hit the track, and this was certainly a preview of things to come
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    The group I was in consisted of myself, my brother Dale, Dzimbric, and a guy on an R1. Our instructor was a LEO from a department in Michigan, and his bike had a shield from where he worked on the front. I think he liked our bikes, because when his hands got cold while waiting for our turn, we shared our heated grips, and he also was able to keep tabs on the time using our handy RID.
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    The first laps were slow, as we learned the track, and were shown the line that would work the best. I was anxious to turn up the wick, and get to know my bike in a way that you just can't do on the street. It didn't take long for our instructor to feel we were able to pick up the pace, and as we did, the track became much more challenging. Dzimbric, my brother, and myself really didn't have trouble keeping up with the guy on the R1 on most of the track, but he had us on the straights, just by virtue of sheer horsepower.
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    I guess I was the only one from the group that didn't scrape anything the whole day, but I did use almost the whole tire, just about 1/16th inch of "chicken strip" was left when we finished for the day. Brad was passed early and often, but he didn't make it easy what with all the sparks and asphalt flying in his wake.
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    I really like that last picture, mang.

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    Towards the end of the day, I was thanking my higher power and BMW for the awesome brakes on my R/RS. I never imagined I could remove speed that would have taken me well off the track as I approached the turns, and still left me somewhat in control.
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    BMWRTgirl didn't bring her Beemer, but that beautiful TT600, which I was wishing I had a chance to take a lap on. She is an excellent rider, and there were very few women there that could match her speed.
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    I would never have imagined that riding 90 miles could be so tiring. After we finished the day on the track, everyone went back to the motel and cleaned up for dinner, and awaited the arrival of Cliffy. After he got there, we had time for a quick picture before dinner.
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    After we got to the restaurant and convinced the owners that Cliffy was safe to bring in, he finally negotiated a fair price with Dzimbric to let him sit with us at the table.
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    Dinner was awesome, and so was the view from the Restaurant
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    The next morning, BMWRTgirl, Gail and I decided to go see the lighthouse in the light of day. South Haven is a beautiful town, and I am planning on making a trip up there to get a better look this summer. (want to hook up and hang out Cliffy?)
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    A closer view:
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    Nothing like a couple sexy bikes to make one smile.
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    Then it was time to head to Holland MI for the tulip festival. The main festivities were held while we were on the track, but I could have spent the whole day Sunday taking pictures.
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    The varieties and colors of tulips seemed endless, and the families there provided a chance to try some ideas for pictures.
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