Aside from a small first turn tipover, I never went down on the Suzuki, but I had a few slipping/sliding moments that caused my heart to jump. Otherwise, the race was fairly uneventful—a good thing, I’ve learned—and I grew to be quite comfortable on the Suzuki in a relatively short amount of time. With comfortable ergonomics, a very natural riding position, great brakes, and a lightning fast pit stop thanks to the quick-fill tank, this RM-Z was the perfect setup for two hours of racing, and it clearly could have taken far more abuse than I was capable of dishing out. I finished in 16th in the Sportsman A class (48th O/A), and I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t happy to see the lawn chair under Obermeyer’s EZ-up just a few yards from the finish line. All in all, the experience allowed me to compare racing an ATV and a bike on the same weekend, but on top of that it also reaffirmed my feeling that a great stock bike with a few smart mods is infinitely easier to ride than a hopped-up monster that you can’t hang onto. Without a doubt, the Obermeyer team has a great handle on off-road setup.