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Mar 1st 2019, 11:28 AM   #1
 
  May 2016
  Milwaukie, OR

  2016 ZX-10R; 2017 Z900
Buttonwillow?



A buddy has done a good job more or less talking me into riding Buttonwillow in June. Have any of you been there? It's going to be "configuration 13," which looks like it's most of the track, including "Phil Hill," and the "Bus Stop."

Impressions are hereby solicited - fun track? Decent pavement? Pit area? Camping conditions okay? Food options? Carters (former Keigwins) are running the weekend in question, so I have a pretty good idea what to expect from the provider if we go.

Muchas gracias!!

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Mar 1st 2019, 05:19 PM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  Bellevue, WA

  Daytona 675R
Great track. Very technical, newer surface, fun elevation changes despite being in the middle of the flattest part of California.

No food options in the immediate area; you have to drive 10 minutes to Buttonwillow proper to find any restaurants, or you can drive half an hour to Bakersfield. Speaking from my last experience in 2011, I would drive the extra miles to Bakersfield.

Nice pit area but if you're going with friends, I would spring for a garage. It can comfortably fit 4 bikes with power outlets for warmers and it'll provide better shade than an EZ-Up, or if it's cold, it's easier to stay warm in there.
Mar 3rd 2019, 08:41 PM   #3
 
  May 2016
  Milwaukie, OR

  2016 ZX-10R; 2017 Z900
Thanks for the tips - the garage suggestion, in particular, sounds like a fine choice. Especially since there's power.

One of my friends texted to say that he'd heard the surface was quite rough - do you know if there's been a resurfacing event in the last couple of years? Or, that perhaps its changed since you were there in 2011?

I watched a couple of riding videos early in the weekend, and it does look like a fun track that rewards agility and quick L/R transitions.
Mar 4th 2019, 01:10 PM   #4
 mgfchapin's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Bellevue, WA

  Daytona 675R
When I was there it was nicknamed "Bumpywillow" but it was resurfaced around '12 or '13. A lot can happen in 6-7 years, so it may no longer be perfect. A friend just rode there last year and said it was his favorite track, no complaints about the surface.
Mar 4th 2019, 02:35 PM   #5
 
  May 2016
  Milwaukie, OR

  2016 ZX-10R; 2017 Z900
Cool, thank you for the response.
Dec 20th 2019, 07:44 AM   #6
 powergroove's Avatar
 
  Dec 2019
  Spokane, WA

  86 FZ600, 82 CB900, 06 Road King
Former control rider here that worked with Let's Ride Trackdays. Buttonwillow is the home track for us.

Track was completely repaved in 2013 by the save company that paved Chuckwalla. and is still in decent shape. Configuration 13 is most common and the track flows really nicely going CCW but just as fun CW.

If going on summer I definitely recommend a hauler with air conditioning or at least finding shade. Garages are fine if you absolutely need power. But if you're not an A group rider ditch the tire warmers and just leave the bike in the sun if it's hot. One warm up lap and tires are ready to rock. I've run sub 2 minutes laps on Q3s but it gets sketchy so advanced B and most A group riders run slicks.

Always great suspension folks there with either Dave Moss or Rogue Racing (Ohlins rep for all of USA).

Fun track... Crappy location. But a quick drive to the beach lol.
Dec 23rd 2019, 01:37 PM   #7
 
  May 2016
  Milwaukie, OR

  2016 ZX-10R; 2017 Z900
Thank you for the insight! I didn't end up going this year, although a buddy did make it down and enjoyed the track. It looks like I'll have more freedom this summer due to a differing work schedule, so could make it happen. I'll aim more for an early or late season trip, though....
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