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post #1 of 12 Old Aug 3rd, 2007, 8:04 pm Thread Starter
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San Jose BMW R1200S Racing at Road America - Video

San Jose BMW has been campaining race bikes in Moto-ST endurance racing (a purpose built R1200S) as well as CSS and other racing associations with a Formula Extreme spec R1200S with Brian Parriott at the helm. The also have a land speed record holding bike they run at Bonneville every year, and will be there this year as well.

They rigged a camera on the FX bike at a recent race at Road America, where Brian came in second to a GSX-R 750 (who just barely beat him). The video has the entire race from warm-up lap to chekcered flag. I't a blast to watch, it's almost like you're piloting the bike (just without the pucker factor ). I thought some of you folks might like to see it.

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Ssn Jose BMW's racing website - http://www.sjbmwracing.com/

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Sweet video. Kind of like those motorcycle racing arcade games where you sit on the big plastic bike and lean it through turns. It would have been moe interesting if he was further back in the pack, so we could've seen more of the other bikes.

Actually, it was a great display of riding skill. You can really see the lean angles as the horizon tilts away. Well done, Brian.

And thanks for sharing, David.

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Sweet video. Kind of like those motorcycle racing arcade games where you sit on the big plastic bike and lean it through turns. It would have been moe interesting if he was further back in the pack, so we could've seen more of the other bikes.

Actually, it was a great display of riding skill. You can really see the lean angles as the horizon tilts away. Well done, Brian.

And thanks for sharing, David.
Chris told me they hav another video (or want to shoot one) with the camera mounted facing backwards off the tail of the bike, Considering how well Brian runs that might be an interesting "See ya!" perspective of a race.

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Thanks a bunch for the video link, David.

For those interested, I got the last lap at a 2:27 laptime for a speed of 108.4 MPH. Not too shabby.

I had a huge smile on my face watching the video from pit out to pit in. What a ton of memories. Road America was the first track the local guys in St. Louis took me to when they felt I needed more national exposure on tracks other than our home track of MAR in Wentzville, MO.

Camera placement was perfect in the video. You cannot capture the essence of competition any better than that.

That video shows why I still exclaim "that it was WAY better than sex" when asked what was it like to be in competition at close quarters and high speed. And good ole track days just don't do it like a full on sprint race.

Of all the things I've done in my life, that is why I am not ashamed to say, including children, wife, etc, that if given the chance to do one thing over again, it would be without hesitation, roadrace motorcycles

A lot of people may not agree with that comment, but it's just me being me.

Thanks again Dave, and good luck San Jose.

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I saw that last week. Awesome video. The BMW only got beaten on top end, dangit.

I have recently begun to go to VA. International Raceway, which has hosted the MotoST series in April (BMW won) and the CCS/ASRA races (BMW won some).

And seems like the BMW folks are glad to see the fans and try to send a hopspitality tent to the races, as well as welcome the fans to the garage area. At VIR, they even managed to let the BMW riders take a lap or two at lunch time. I missed out on that, but check out my son on the BMW race bike with Nate Kern standing there with him. I asked if I could take my boy's pic with the race bike, and Nate came over and told him to climb up there.

Nate Kern often rides the MotoST bike with Brad Parriot.

The BMW racers seem to be a great bunch and are having some pretty good results.

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For those of us on the left coast, SJ BMW and Brian will be running their Formula Extreme spec bike at Infineon Raceway (Sears Point) in the AFM series on August 18-19. Brian Catterson from Motorcyclist will be there Friday and Saturday to Test their Moto-ST bike for an article for the magazine.

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My opinion is: GO if ya can. Excellent entertainment, at least it was at VIR in April.

Yes, NASCAR is the driving force behind MotoST, but they are able to at least make it interesting.

At VIR, the fans could access about everything but the racing surface. I was able to watch the pit stops from about 15' away. hopefully other tracks are just as accessible.

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Thumbs up Simply awesome!

I finally just happened upon this video. Wow!!! What a treat to watch Brian pass like that in such tight quarters. That guy can ride!
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I went to Infineon Raceway last weekend to watch The SJBMW team race in 4 of the AFM races. Brian was on the X bike, and the flew in Nate Kern to race The Mule, their MOtoST spec bike. Brian won 3 of the 4 events he was in, and NAte placed well in all of them (his first time at the track). I took a bunch of pictures I'll share soon. They also shot another race video that I watched at the shop last night, and it rocked! Hopefully they'll post it soon.

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I went to Infineon Raceway last weekend to watch The SJBMW team race in 4 of the AFM races. Brian was on the X bike, and the flew in Nate Kern to race The Mule, their MOtoST spec bike. Brian won 3 of the 4 events he was in, and NAte placed well in all of them (his first time at the track). I took a bunch of pictures I'll share soon. They also shot another race video that I watched at the shop last night, and it rocked! Hopefully they'll post it soon.
Good stuff Dave. I'll be looking for those pics, and more videos.
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This is good video... I found myself screamin' at the monitor... "Crank that thang up, dang it!" I've watched it three times to just see the power slip and hear the sounds... You gotta post more of these... Hell, they gotta make more of these...

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