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    BMW MOA Spartanburg Rides 2008 (Pictures, 56k = no luck)

    So, I attended the MOA's Spartanburg Rides this weekend, and it was awesome!

    Here is a photo journal of my weekend.

    We started Friday afternoon at the BMW Zentrum which is a Museum / Visitors Center.



    The next three pictures are of the James Bond Z3 from "Goldeneye".







    There is a very cool display of motorcycles through the ages suspended from what appears to be a steeply banked road.















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    More motorcycles in the Zentrum.





    This GS had something to do with the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City.















    Me outside the Zentrum.

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    Now for Saturday on at the Performance Center.

    Me riding off to the staging area for the On Road Course behind the building.



    The wife and I got a kick out of this poster on the inside of the Performance Center.



    A pair of X6s.



    Staging area for the Saturday morning On Road course.





    Off we go!





    Quick lap around our first area.



    There were three areas, Obstacle Avoidance, Stopping, and clutch control / tight area maneuvering.

    In Obstacle Avoidance we had to rapidly accelerate to 30 MPH then pull in the clutch, roll off the throttle, and swerve (left, right, back left to your original track) to avoid the obstacle. After avoiding the obstacle we had to come to a quick stop. If you did that well, we progressively went faster and to the left or right each run. We ultimately hit 50 MPH in this exercise.

    They wouldn't allow my wife too close for safety reasons, so here are several shots on the return lap after the obstacle run.















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    The second area my group went to was the braking exercise. For those of us who had switchable ABS (I don't), they had to do several runs with and without ABS on.

    Start off accelerate to 30 and stomp on the rear brake ONLY to a complete stop. One more time at 40. Now at 50 go for full front and rear brakes. Faster if you chose to.

    The return laps on this course were either twistys or sweepers (your choice of route and speed). The most fun to be had on a return lap all day. No pictures here, as it was too far away from where they would allow my wife.

    Here is an aerial photo of this section. Green line on the left was start, second green line is where you started to brake and the third was where to talk to the instructor. Red was the twistys and blue track for the sweeps. There is a significant amount of elevation change on this section of course that is not visible in the aerial photo.

    When we were done braking, we had about 5-10 minutes of pure lap time on the red track, passing only on the straight.


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    These pitures are from the Clutch Control portion of the course. This was a big loop of inline weaves, offset weaves, reversing weaves, large and small figure eights, large and small 90 degree turns, large and small 90 degree right - 180 left - then 90 degree outs, and circles.

    Initial Lap.



    Circles.







    90 in then 180 then 90 out... OOPS! (This was the smaller side)



    Circles.



    Final Lap.

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    Finally it was off to the time trials!

    You started out with a lane change, then several reversing turns, a 1x6 to cross, a cone to circle, a cone to move from one side to the other (more on this later), and finally accelerate to the finish but upon finishing stop before the final red cones.

    Time penalized for knocking cones over, going outside of the cones, falling off the board, not completing the circle, not moving the cone, and stopping beyond the red cones at the finish.

    We all got two runs.

    Staging for the trial.



    Tight turns.





    Crossing the board.



    Circling the cone.



    It's hard to see in the picture, but my throttle hand is reaching for the cone. (I missed on both runs.) There are 2 cones you can transfer the smaller cone to. One directly behind my 1150 and the one in front of me.



    My first run time. +1 for missing the cone.

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    Run two!

    Tight turns.











    Circle.



    Run time, +1 for falling off the board and +1 for missing the cone, but a big improvment over run one!

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    All in all a great time, I definately want to come back and run the full day course.

    Me, super happy enjoying lunch.



    My R1150R.



    And one more in front of the BMW Performance Center.

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    Dang Nice Report!!!



    dude - outstanding report.

    i was there and i am bummed that we didn't meet.

    mine was a whirlwind tour... getting there late friday pm, doing the offroad course first thing in the morning and then blowing town for my next stop... our place in NC. i had to work sunday (today).

    so... with so many people (including you) taking most excellent pictures.... i took none.

    well, chasman too a pic of me and new-HP2-owner-from-charleston jason slutsky getting ready to feed our faces.

    great event... the result of a LOT of volunteer effort combined with top-notch know-how from headquarters.

    i had a great time, thanks to everyone involved with putting this together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Visian View Post


    dude - outstanding report.

    i was there and i am bummed that we didn't meet.

    mine was a whirlwind tour... getting there late friday pm, doing the offroad course first thing in the morning and then blowing town for my next stop... our place in NC. i had to work sunday (today).

    so... with so many people (including you) taking most excellent pictures.... i took none.

    well, chasman too a pic of me and new-HP2-owner-from-charleston jason slutsky getting ready to feed our faces.

    great event... the result of a LOT of volunteer effort combined with top-notch know-how from headquarters.

    i had a great time, thanks to everyone involved with putting this together.

    ian
    It was a whirlwind for me as well. I spent Friday hunting for a short so that I could attend. http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthread.php?t=30210

    My wife was the photographer, and for her first time using the Nikon D40, she did phenomenally!!
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    Had a great time!

    Thanks for posting pics, Chris! I was in the Sat AM on-road course, but was in a different group.

    I had dinner with the guy on the left in Visian's post. He was a lot of fun!
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    Great Pics and Great Weekend

    I have to say that I'm jealous of all the photos. I kept wishing that I had one of those headcams installed on my helmet. That would be a lot of fun to watch afterwards.

    wildblue, i gotta look for you at the next rally....

    i hung out with the rest of the folks on this thread...
    ian, jason, and the the good docs from Indi.

    btw, an 8oz can of red bull does more than a cup of coffee could do anyday.

    I had a great time over the weekend, and I would definitely do it all over again.

    Thanks BMW MOA, BMW Foundation, and BMW Performance Center! I'll be back for full day course eventually.
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    Quote Originally Posted by atlbmw View Post
    i hung out with the rest of the folks on this thread...
    ian, jason, and the the good docs from Indi.
    hey theo, it was great to meet you. hope you got my share at dinner.....

    (and thanks for the MOSS tips...)

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    Very Cool!

    Excellent report and great photos!

    Looked like a whole lotta fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by atlbmw View Post
    I have to say that I'm jealous of all the photos. I kept wishing that I had one of those headcams installed on my helmet. That would be a lot of fun to watch afterwards.

    wildblue, i gotta look for you at the next rally....

    i hung out with the rest of the folks on this thread...
    ian, jason, and the the good docs from Indi.

    btw, an 8oz can of red bull does more than a cup of coffee could do anyday.

    I had a great time over the weekend, and I would definitely do it all over again.

    Thanks BMW MOA, BMW Foundation, and BMW Performance Center! I'll be back for full day course eventually.
    Hey, Theo!

    Enjoyed meeting you and some other nice folks from ATL!

    It really was a fantastic facility there at the performance center. I also think the hotel was a winner, too. Especially the very reasonable rate they negotiated for us. The MOA did an awesome job putting this together in a short time and got if very right for a first time event.
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