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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-05-2017, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up Gotta get my COTA on

OK, so I’m a virgin when it comes to ride reports, so here I go off into the wild blue yonder. Most likely I will not be so eloquent as my friend Mr. Pants; however I will give if the old college try.LOL

So I drew the short straw and was required to head down to COTA last Wednesday for Day 2 of the Dunlop Tire test held at the track.The first issue to arise was the van vs. motorcycle selection process and that lasted about a nanosecond to decide on the bike, since what the **** it’s a beautiful day plus I get to go watch motorcycles whizzing around a race track.I can’t think of too many things cooler activities with the exception of the actual riding part of the equation. I set off and slabbed it down I-35 heading sound toward Austin and it was a fine day.The Blue Bonnets and other wild flowers between West and Waco were spectacular and I was enjoying my day to tunes and flowers.Down by Austin I ended up on the 130 toll road which the speed limit was 80, so I set the cruise to 86 and enjoyed the last 30 miles at a nice brisk pace.After 3 hours, I arrive at my destination.


I have been to many races over the years; however this was my first visit to COTA and my first impression was the old saying “everything is bigger in Texas”. This place was over the top awesome and very impressive.

I worked my way past the security guards at the shack and proceeded toward the paddock when I came across this “diving board” or at least that is what my better half called it. Great idea except for landing might be a bit harsh.




So I parked my bike and was entering the paddock and the photos below say it was a tire test. The Dunlop guys were working the tire changing machines with gusto and busting out fresh tires during the day for all the teams involved in the test.



I arrived during the official lunch period and the track was quiet except for the sound of one motorcycle. Come to find out the M4 team was doing two up rides during break and next to actually being able to ride the track, this would not be such a bad Plan B as long as you held on real tight since they were hitting some serious MPH on the straight.





Also below is some additional bike porn for your viewing enjoyment. I spoke with the Yosh guys and they have all of 6 days of testing on the new GSXR; however they are super pumped about the new model after years of riding the old version.

HerIt is always nice to be #1.

iFinally lunch ended and I ended up meeting with the new Honda supported team running the 2017 CBR-1000 model. The Broaster Chicken guys were also working very hard dialing in a brand new motorcycle.


Testing always seems to be a “hair of fire” kind of deal and yesterday was no different. The image below is during the official timed test in which Josh left wearing his old Alpinestars suit only to pit after 5 laps to change tires and just enough time to the Alpinestar service staff member to assist Josh in putting on the new suit which were air freighted to the track. The last image you will notice he was wearing the blue version since that was during the start of the timed practice session.


I hung around for practice and visited various sections of the track and it is pretty cool when the place is virtually empty and you can go wherever you want with no mass of humanity or security guards blocking your way. Late afternoon I headed for home using the less direct method and 225 miles later I arrived back at my home. I ended the day riding 450 miles and I am really looking forward to my return in April so I can get my MotoGP on.
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Great Job. Awesome pictures!!
Haven't ever been to COTA, but it is on my bucket list.

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Nice Job!!! Thanks for sharing Kais'


MotoGP......mmmmmmmm!!!

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Thank you Kaismo, Bike porn it is, and I love it. Wow, fantastic day, great access! and great photo's. You must have thought you were in Heaven.

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