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A fellow member of another board I frequent is trying to organize a friendly drag strip night near him in Benton, IL. According to him, the track is in Benton IL, right off of interstate 57.

We're trying to gage interest and see if anybody from that board, this board, and another board he's a member of (a VTX board...dunno where, never been to it I don't think) wants to participate.

I've never been to one...and think it'd be a whole lotta fun.

He also said the following about the day we are trying to do this (it's gonna be on a Friday night, btw...just don't know which one yet, thus far, July 28th is what I mentioned would work best for me):
1. $10
2. 1/8th
3. LOTS of hotels in the area.
4. Lots of good eats and wine trails and tons of s**t, race Friday, screw around the state on saturday!
5. You need a Helmet, Long Sleeve shirt/jacket, long pants, and a resonably safe bike.
6. We race against all other bikes, if you want to run someone tell the official and he can line you up, other than that the only things I have run are cars and one drag bike, but I think they were going to let me run the bike, the timing was just weird.

I think it'd be a great way to meet some fellow board members (from all of them...), make some new friends, have a good time, and have some good rides, both on and off the track.

I'm hoping to take that Friday off from work ('that Friday' will be substituted for which ever Friday the majority/the buddy setting this up as sets for the date). I'll hope to travel up Thursday evening (it's about 5 hours or so for me..one way on the super slab). Rest a bit, see the city/state on Friday a bit...race that night, do some more riding Saturday morning...and head back home Saturday afternoon.

I've been chatting with two M109R riders via PM about riding together sometime that are near me (one in Huntsville and one in Nashville -- RideHard and Ted) and it'd be great of y'all could join me for the ride up to Benton, IL.

Anybody else interesting in making an appearance? It's gotta be fun...I've never been to a drag race/strip race track and am really looking forward to it.
 

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Try posting in the Illinois chapter forum.
 
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JR,

You still want to do one in Florida? The pressure is easing as we have one more show next week and then our Sturgis trip and we are done for the year.
 

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Big Bore: Chapter Smapter....we're all riders here, right? If I post there...maybe those that don't go & look in the "Chapter" boards will never see it. For example, I don't think I've looked in one of them. There are two boards I'm interested in: General and Tech Tips. :bigthumbsup:

I mean...I'm in Alabama, granted Northern Alabama..but Alabama nonetheless.

I figured that I'd throw the bone out there J R and see what kinda response there was. We don't have a finalized date yet...so how much advance notice do you require to schedule an attendance?
 
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Maybe September/October so we can give everyone advance notice. Just let me know the details and the who, what, where, when and I am sure we can pull it off.

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Well, I thought it was more centralized than events I'm used to going to. :bigthumbsup:

However, I LOVE to ride...just time off is hard to get. 5 hour ride is easily enough to do with missing just one day of work. If y'all have a strip/track that's doable in a day's ride for me (10 hour ride in one day...may be pushing it for this whipper-snapper) I'm game to go there as well!!...but since I'm committed to the one in Benton already...let's try not to schedule it too close.

That September/October trip *might* be doable for me....but, isn't it still hot as hades there then? :evil: I do have a trip (flight) scheduled to Vegas in October...but it might also be delayed for funds. Road trip on bike to FL seems cheaper. :bigthumbsup: My wife's not interested in the long trips with me....just on how much it costs. I'm sure I can find a means to stay cheap if need be...

...so, keep me informed on when y'all get some more concrete details. Also note, for those that don't keep up with me....I don't have an M109R (yet), so y'all will be smoking me on the strip, but it'll SURE push me hard to keep up so I'm sure my timeslip will be rocking! :evil: :beer2: :#1:

...besides the fact I'm inexperienced in drag races. HEY....I noticed you said low 8,s, so you're on a 1/4 mile track there, right? Sweet....that's what I really wanna get some times on. Benton is an 1/8 mile track. Fun...but not as much info as a 1/4 track can give me. I have no idea what to expect for 1/8 mile times..but somewhat of what to expect for 1/4.
 

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Just looked at Mapquest, and it's 9 hours, 5 minutes, 600.54 miles to Jacksonville. Looks like a boring ride though and that was the 'fastest route' they posted. Most I've attempted in one day was ~500 miles (Roanoke, VA to Meridianville, AL) and it wasn't too bad, so I'm sure I can do the ride to Jacksonville in one day as well...what 'time' are track meets/runs there? Need to figure out what time I'd have to take off to not be wore out by the time I got there.

Plus, ... if I've never been somewhere before, getting lost is REAL easy for me. :D So...expect a 9 hour trip to take 10.5 hours for me, restroom breaks, recheck maps/directions, etc.
 

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J R said:
Im sure any and all will be welcome :bigthumbsup: :bigthumbsup: :bigthumbsup: Its not even set up yet .
I meant, if you plan on September / October, don't plan on many above the Mason-Dixon line showing up (unless they trailer). Weather is just too unpredictable at that time of the year to plan a long motorcycle trip.
 
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I am in for whatever works for the most people. Just have to watch out for weather as we head into the fall and conflicting events.

I will support whatever can be done.

And I agree with you on the concept of having fun.
 

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Been told from the guy setting all this up that it's a go: July 28.

A lot of members from a VTX board are going to be showing up as well...so I'd like to see some M109Rs make an appearance. :evil:

Course...I'll be the slowest of 'em all....but it'll still be fun. :bigthumbsup:
 

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It's official. July 28th. More details on the IA link I provided if you're interested.

Also, the v-rod owners have been talking smack. One guy in Milwaukee said he'd ride 400 miles to race an M109...I told him he was lucky, it's 391 miles to Benton. Then I told him about the track night in Benton.

Hope at least one or a few of y'all can show up for track night. :)

Oh, the v-rod forum I'm talking about is here: http://www.v-rodforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=41232
 

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Also, the v-rod owners have been talking smack. One guy in Milwaukee said he'd ride 400 miles to race an M109...I told him he was lucky, it's 391 miles to Benton. Then I told him about the track night in Benton.

Hope at least one or a few of y'all can show up for track night. :)

Oh, the v-rod forum I'm talking about is here: http://www.v-rodforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=41232
LOL, nothing like some good ol' brand bashing chest pounding. ::)

No thanx.
 

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LOL, nothing like some good ol' brand bashing chest pounding. ::)

No thanx.
Heh. Chicken. I'm going with a VS800 Intruder. It's going to be FUN...who cares who wins/loses? There will be winners/losers of every category of bike. Oh, yeah, you bought the bike cause it's a cruiser. Not cause it's a fast one. ::)
 

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Give me some notice, mines already in a trailer and ready to travel, but later in the year sounds better. I also have a points race schedule to work around. Lets bringem' runem and have some fun.

Cheers,
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Oh, yeah, you bought the bike cause it's a cruiser. Not cause it's a fast one. ::)
I'm talking about the link to the V-Rod forum, and BTW I did buy this bike because its a good looking croozer, I have a Hayabusa for speed, and my vette will stomp my M109.
 

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I'm talking about the link to the V-Rod forum, and BTW I did buy this bike because its a good looking croozer, I have a Hayabusa for speed, and my vette will stomp my M109.
I stand corrected...and humbled. :bow:

...but are you gonna go? :bigthumbsup:
 

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What time do things get started on the 28th?

I'm about an hour and a half from there and would be interested. I've never drag raced before and may not at this event either but it sounds like fun.Â

Wanted, you coming up I-24 on your way through? Maybe we could meet up around Paducah and ride the rest of the way there?
To quote the OP on IA:
www.i57dragstrip.com

RULES FOR US BIKERS:
H. Protective Clothing: protective fire jacket required if car runs on alcohol. Motorcycle riders must have Leather Jackets (I have seen textile gear allowed), boots, gloves & Helmets.

COST:
10$ for test and tune racing (it means no purse as it is fun run night or fridays)

WHERE:
http://www.i57dragstrip.com/html/information.html#Bentonmap

DATE/TIME:
I will be there on July 28th, 2006 about 7:30PM. Thats a good time to get oriented as they will open the drag strip soon after that.

IVE NEVER DONE THIS BEFORE!?!?!?!?
No troubles, just watch a few passes with experienced riders and ask questions, well help you out!

WHOS LIABLE?
YOU ARE, RACE AT YOUR OWN RISK!
 
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