August 17, 2018
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Video: Burnout Day At Max BMW

BROOKFIELD, CT – They came from as far away as Brooklyn and New Hampshire. Most had never done a burnout before and that included a non-riding, 61-year-old grandmother, who smoked some rubber today on a BMW S 1000 XR at Max BMW‘s Burnout Day.

“It was breathtaking; a little scary because even though it’s tied down there’s still an element of anticipation and fear (that something could go wrong),” said Janice Schnabel (pictured above) of West Hartford, CT.

Her husband, John Schnabel, also took a turn on the sport bike. “I’d never done it before. I’ll try anything once,” he said.

Possibly coming the farthest distance for Burnout Day was Paul Girouard of Allenstown, N.H. He found doing a burnout to be “pretty good.”

Three friends from New York also made the trek – to get their motorcycles serviced and to test out the S 1000 XR.

“Great! Got to scratch burnout from my bucket list,” said Will Demas of Brooklyn.

“It was a great experience. First burnout that I’ve ever done,” said Shawn Brinkley of Baldwin, Long Island.

“It was good. I got half a second until the tire popped,” said Philip Rajnauth of Medford, Long Island.

Joel Parks of Yonkers, N.Y. noted the necessity of keeps the revs up when doing a burnout. “It was much easier than I ever thought,” he said. Meanwhile, first-timer Mike Livingstone of Bloomfield, CT found the experience to be “awesome.”

Only one person wanted more from Burnout Day. Rodney White of Montgomery, N.Y. explained, “I’ve been drag racing for 30 years.” He wanted to have the bike untethered for some street action.

One common comment among the riders, most of whom are shown in the video, is that they appreciated having a proper environment and a controlled setting to do a burnout; a stunt they said they would never try on public roads.

– By Bud Wilkinson

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