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Nov 8th 2017, 03:38 PM   #1
 
  Sep 2016
  Spokane

  02 FZ1 Yamaha, 08 Suzuki GSXR 1000 trackbike, Honda XR200
Cota 2018

Hey, here from Spokanistan, I am planning a trip to the 2018 motoGP in 2018, long ride from Spokane or the NW, but if anybody is interested, I would be thrilled to share expenses down to Austin, Texas, not to mention some company on the ride. I have contacts in AZ and TX that will give us some help, let me know if you want to do the trip of a lifetime (mostly because it is so f--king far. It will be an awesome adventure, if your are interested, pm me on this site or post up on this thread. I ride a modified FZ1, won't slow anyone down short of a full blown racer. Let me know if you are interested, I am going , one way or another.

CB aka Ballistic
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Nov 8th 2017, 04:29 PM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  Richland

  Yamaha FZ1, KTM Super Duke GT, Yamaha FJR, Yamaha XS650
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Originally Posted by Ballistic
Hey, here from Spokanistan, I am planning a trip to the 2018 motoGP in 2018, long ride from Spokane or the NW, but if anybody is interested, I would be thrilled to share expenses down to Austin, Texas, not to mention some company on the ride. I have contacts in AZ and TX that will give us some help, let me know if you want to do the trip of a lifetime (mostly because it is so f--king far. It will be an awesome adventure, if your are interested, pm me on this site or post up on this thread. I ride a modified FZ1, won't slow anyone down short of a full blown racer. Let me know if you are interested, I am going , one way or another.

CB aka Ballistic
I won't be going but, as long as you're there, be sure to plan to spend a couple of days in San Antonio and get a hotel on the River Walk. It's a very cool place and you shouldn't miss it.

COTA is simply a beautiful place and an interesting track. And there's plenty to do in Austin, especially if you enjoy music. You'll have a great time.
Nov 8th 2017, 06:25 PM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  BFE PNW

  V-twins
I'm going, but probably caging it down.
Nov 8th 2017, 08:00 PM   #4
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  Feb 2016
  Seattle

Man you'd probably save gas/hotel/food money just flying down. But the experience wouldn't be the same. I've done the ride down from Seattle to Laguna Seca for MotoGP twice now and it is an awesome experience, but my initial impression is the roads along to coast to Monterey are a bit better and it's certainly only 1/3rd the total distance...

But if you do decide to go for it, spend a few days mapping out the roads down that are interesting rides and maybe find some fun stuff to stop by. I'm just imagining a potential route that takes you by the black mailbox which would almost make the whole fucking desert worth traversing. But there have to be some good roads down, and slabbing it on a sportbike for long distances kills tires and leaves you (well me at least) feeling pretty miserable. And for this purpose a FZ-1 is a pretty good choice, but it will eventually become a torture rack.

PS I guess the black mailbox is no longer black.

Nov 9th 2017, 12:56 PM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Richland

  Yamaha FZ1, KTM Super Duke GT, Yamaha FJR, Yamaha XS650
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Originally Posted by MikeMikeMike
Man you'd probably save gas/hotel/food money just flying down. But the experience wouldn't be the same. I've done the ride down from Seattle to Laguna Seca for MotoGP twice now and it is an awesome experience, but my initial impression is the roads along to coast to Monterey are a bit better and it's certainly only 1/3rd the total distance...

But if you do decide to go for it, spend a few days mapping out the roads down that are interesting rides and maybe find some fun stuff to stop by. I'm just imagining a potential route that takes you by the black mailbox which would almost make the whole fucking desert worth traversing. But there have to be some good roads down, and slabbing it on a sportbike for long distances kills tires and leaves you (well me at least) feeling pretty miserable. And for this purpose a FZ-1 is a pretty good choice, but it will eventually become a torture rack.






PS I guess the black mailbox is no longer black.
I've ridden my FZ1 on trips with back to back to back 10 to 12 hour days and the only thing sore was my butt. And I'm in my 60's.
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Nov 9th 2017, 09:10 PM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  BFE PNW

  V-twins
I've done driven from here to Texas a couple times, most of the trip is good until you actually get to Texas.
Nov 10th 2017, 05:52 PM   #7
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  Feb 2016
  Gig Harbor

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I've done driven from here to Texas a couple times, most of the trip is good until you actually get to Texas.
Now THAT was funny.

How do you get to Texas from Washington?

Go south until you smell it, then east until you step in it.
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Nov 14th 2017, 08:34 PM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  Lebanon, OR

  2014 Interceptor, 2012 ZX6R
What are the ticket levels? What does GA get you versus higher level tickets?
Nov 15th 2017, 12:25 PM   #9
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  Feb 2016
  Washington

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Originally Posted by Cougar
I won't be going but, as long as you're there, be sure to plan to spend a couple of days in San Antonio and get a hotel on the River Walk. It's a very cool place and you shouldn't miss it.

COTA is simply a beautiful place and an interesting track. And there's plenty to do in Austin, especially if you enjoy music. You'll have a great time.
Barbeque!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nov 16th 2017, 08:52 AM   #10
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  Jan 2016
  Richland

  Yamaha FZ1, KTM Super Duke GT, Yamaha FJR, Yamaha XS650
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Originally Posted by lazyeye
What are the ticket levels? What does GA get you versus higher level tickets?
I went with GA and I was glad that I did because I wandered all over the place. There are lots of grassy places to sit next to the track.
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Nov 18th 2017, 05:26 PM   #11
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  Jan 2016
  Silverdale, WA

  848evo, DRZ400SM, XR100
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I went with GA and I was glad that I did because I wandered all over the place. There are lots of grassy places to sit next to the track.
Same here and glad we did.
Nov 20th 2017, 10:35 AM   #12
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  Jan 2016
  Des Moines

  M1200s, VFR800 & GSXR750
I'm very temped to go, but I feel like I already know the rider that's going to win the GP race! lol
Nov 20th 2017, 04:35 PM   #13
 Cougar's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Richland

  Yamaha FZ1, KTM Super Duke GT, Yamaha FJR, Yamaha XS650
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I'm very temped to go, but I feel like I already know the rider that's going to win the GP race! lol
You know MM?
Nov 20th 2017, 05:09 PM   #14
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  Jan 2016
  Des Moines

  M1200s, VFR800 & GSXR750
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Originally Posted by Cougar
You know MM?
Indeed I do and I have this very convincing photo to prove it!



And yes, I have a huge head in real life too.
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Nov 27th 2017, 06:47 PM   #15
 
  Sep 2016
  Spokane

  02 FZ1 Yamaha, 08 Suzuki GSXR 1000 trackbike, Honda XR200
Cota 2018

Thanks for the informative and funny replies, yeah, TX is a f--king long way to ride, but, then again, I have not done one of those for decades and I am a MM fan, so, I would be happy to see him get another win at COTA, kinda like Stoner at Philip Island, maybe. I would consider flying down, but, i have ear problems with altitude changes and riding makes more sense to me, believe it or not. Pretty sure my LV friend and some AZ friends will hook up, so join us if you want. I went to Laguna Seca for several years, I know TX via NV and AZ will not be the same, but my FZ1 cruises quite nicely at 80-90mph, so hopefully it won't make me die of old age. My boy parts are doing a little better lately, so I am hoping to be able to survive the trip without air evac. heh heh.

Cb
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