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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
  Kirkland, 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
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  Jan 2016
  Kirkland, 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.
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