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May 18th 2018, 05:12 PM   #1
 Bald Guy's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Kennewick

  KTM SAR Husqvarna Strada, Ural Patrol and a shit load of BN125
Laguna Seca?

I have an opportunity to head to LAguna Seca to volunteer at the Superbike World Champion race. I have limited time since we are very busy at the school this time of year.

It looks like a two day ride taking the quickest route. Thinking of leaving Tuesday, be there Wednesday, Thursday for whatever, Friday Saturday Sunday for the race, leave Monday be home Tuesday.

Sound reasonable? Never ridden in that area before, not sure if the timeline is reasonable.

Thoughts?

Edited by Bald Guy on May 19th 2018 at 09:08 AM
May 18th 2018, 06:53 PM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  BFE PNW

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You mean the World Superbike race? If so, there is a race Saturday and another on Sunday
May 18th 2018, 08:20 PM   #3
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  Kennewick

  KTM SAR Husqvarna Strada, Ural Patrol and a shit load of BN125
You are correct. While I am not a true follower of racing, it would be cool to go hang out for 3 days, plus get a cool ride out of the deal!

I will correct so I don't look a total tool!

I believe there is qualifying Friday.
May 19th 2018, 06:52 AM   #4
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  Poor Tortured

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lAguna
May 19th 2018, 09:08 AM   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Sentinel
lAguna
Damn! I'm effing up by the numbers!

But wouldn't it be Laguna? ;-)

Edited by Bald Guy on May 19th 2018 at 09:10 AM
May 19th 2018, 02:03 PM   #6
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  Poor Tortured

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capitalization was for emPHAsis
May 19th 2018, 03:25 PM   #7
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  Kennewick

  KTM SAR Husqvarna Strada, Ural Patrol and a shit load of BN125
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sentinel
capitalization was for emPHAsis
Depends on which sylLABle!

But we digress.

2 days riding there and back, realistic?
May 19th 2018, 04:20 PM   #8
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  Feb 2016
  Seattle

I’ve ridden down to Laguna 3 times. I’ve always taken three days down, but generally two days back. It is doable but you will have to skip the good bits to make it down that quickly.
May 19th 2018, 04:21 PM   #9
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  Feb 2016
  Seattle

A detour down California 36 is some of the best riding in the world.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cali...State_Route_36
May 20th 2018, 07:24 AM   #10
bcj
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  teh rock

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Caltrans is doing roadwork on 36 this summer around Bridgeville on the west end
and the road is only open between 12 noon and 1pm. One hour each day.

BARF thread - 36 closure
May 20th 2018, 07:33 AM   #11
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  Feb 2016
  Seattle

Wow good to know. Scrap that idea.
May 20th 2018, 08:07 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by MikeMikeMike
Wow good to know. Scrap that idea.
Good idea.
May 23rd 2018, 12:56 PM   #13
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  Jan 2016
  Tri-Cities, dry side of Washington

  Kawasaki C-14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bald Guy
I have an opportunity to head to LAguna Seca to volunteer at the Superbike World Champion race.
...
Thinking of leaving Tuesday, be there Wednesday, Thursday for whatever, Friday Saturday Sunday for the race, leave Monday be home Tuesday.
So, for other non-detail people out there, thinking this is about the June 22-24, 2018 weekend.

Edited by uhoh on May 23rd 2018 at 01:00 PM
May 23rd 2018, 05:29 PM   #14
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  Feb 2016
  Poulsbo, WA

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Seattle to the Bay Area is about 15-16 hours of slab driving depending if you manage to avoid commute hours. We've been doing Seattle to San Francisco in the car every once in a while for many years, taking two days and stopping overnight in Grants Pass or Medford. Laguna is farther than SF but shouldn't add too much more to the overall travel time since you can bypass a lot of the slow stuff around SF and SJ.

I've also done it in 12-1/2 hours when I was young and it was the middle of the night in the early 80s, but I wouldn't recommend it.

Edited by DocB on May 23rd 2018 at 05:33 PM
May 24th 2018, 05:11 AM   #15
 
  Apr 2017
  Seattle

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You should go to Seca at least once in your life. It is the most spectator-friendly track in the world, by some accounts. I've been going on and off for 40+ years.

Shadiest place is the Corkscrew, and that's where you get the closest to the action, but it isn't the fastest part of the track. If you can get above Turn 6 you'll see a lot of squirrely action, too. It's a famously easy turn to mess up.
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