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Big Kahuna Nationals 2001
Pictures from the 2001 Suzuki Big Kahuna Nationals AMA Superbike motorcycle race held at Road Atlanta in Georgia.

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MV Agusta F4
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Superbike Racing Inc. Booth

These pictures are from the 2001 Suzuki sponsored "Big Kahuna Nationals" AMA Superbike series motorcycle race held at the Road Atlanta track.

Road Atlanta's address is 5300 Winder Highway, Braselton GA 30517, which is about 35 miles north of ATL. The track management can be reached at 1-800-849-RACE or 770-967-6143.

The grand prix road course at Road Atlanta covers 2.54 miles with 12 turns. In total, the Road ATL multi sports facility covers over 750 acres of red clay rich land in Northeast Georgia.

My friend and I had purchased "Super Pass" tickets for the Big Kahuna race which included paddock access, which allowed spectators to check out the race bikes up close. Some lucky race fans even got their Big Kahuna Nationals T-Shirts autographed by the racers.

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Valvoline Suzuki Race Bike
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Melted Michelin Racing Tire
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Dunlop Tires Suzuki Bike
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GRC Moto Pocket Bikes
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Mini Yamaha R1 Motorcycle
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GRCMoto Mini Bikes
Some of the racers present at the 2001 Big Kahuna Nationals at Road Atlanta included Matt Mladin, Nicky Hayden, Eric Bostrom, Ben Spies, Jamie Hacking (Yamaha R6), Aaron Gobert, and Miguel Duhamel. There certainly was a huge amount of motorsports talent on the track.
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Road Atlanta Paddocks
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Pit Crews & 18 Wheelers
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Race Team Support Tents

Sportbike motorcycle enthusiasts looking for a great place to stay and ride while visiting the Road Atlanta track should check out T.W.O., which stands for Two Wheels Only. TWO is a camping and motorcycle resort located in Suches, GA The TWO facility, hosted by the owners GT & Britt Turner, was opened in 1982, features camp facilities, a "Lodge" with 4 bedrooms, and a mobile home for rent. The twisty roads around TWO are great for getting pumped up before the 2 hour trip down to Road Atlanta.

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Bruce Transportation Group
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Graves Yamaha R6 Team
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Graves Yamaha Mechanics
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Bruce Transportation Honda
Other events held at the Road Atlanta track include the Petit LeMans, the AMA Suzuki Superbike Showdown, Drift Atlanta, the WERA Cycle Jam, The Mitty, and the SCCA Nationals.
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Honda & Race Tech Trailers
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Bardahl Suzuki Race Bike
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Inside of Transport Trailer
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Honda Racing Paddock
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# 17 Honda Race Bike
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Team Yamaha Racing Tent

Want to get out on the track yourself with a sportbike? Take a look at "Sport Bike Track Time" website for their events held at Road Atlanta and other tracks or hook up with the Kevin Schwantz Suzuki School. For four wheeled track day experiences you could sign up for the Panoz Driving School, the Audi Driving Experience, or the Saab Aero Academy.

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Yamaha R6 600cc Bikes
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# 16 & # 22 Yamaha R6
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#22 YZF-R6 Race Bike


 
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Yamaha Technicians & Crew
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Ducati Corse Team Pits
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# 72 Ducati Corse Race Bike

Future Big Kahuna Nationals AMA Superbike races after this one in 2001 are being held at the Virginia International Raceway (a.k.a. "VIR"). In 2005 the Big Kahuna Nationals event hosted the first ever VIR Superstars Kart Enduro Challenge which puts 12 teams of 4 drivers against each other.

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Ducati 748 Motorcycle
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# 2 Suzuki Yoshimura Racing
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# 20 Dunlop Suzuki
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Kawasaki Road Racing Crew
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# 32 Kawasaki Race Bike
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Valvoline Emgo Suzuki Team
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#21 Valvoline Suzuki Bike
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#5 & #65 Suzuki Superbikes
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Attack Suzuki Race Team
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#25 Attack Suzuki Race Bike
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Tire Warmers Heating Up
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Team Suzuki Factory Team
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#46 Team Suzuki Bike
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#13 Hooters Suzuki Team
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Hooters Suzuki Race Paddock
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Corona Sponsored Suzuki Team
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#86 Corona Suzuki Bike
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#24 Blackmans Racing
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# 361 AMA Race Bike
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Wrecked Suzuki Race Bike
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AMA Superbike Privateer Pits
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# 701 AMA Privateer
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Yamaha R6 Race Bike

To see a short movie of the Big Kahuna Nationals @ Road Atlanta - click below.
Big Kahuna Nationals 2001 AMA Superbike Race Video Clip
 

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