Ok I live in Idaho and would like to attend a track day this winter. Which track days this winter would be worth the long drive?
Jennings is very popular with canadian racers during the winter, a lot of them leave enclosed trailers with their bikes/gear there and visit several times before spring. You can always spot the canadian chicks, they are the ones laying out in bikinis despite the fact that its 50F.
Rd Atlanta is the funnest track you will ride!...well, your post asked "worth the long drive"... fortunately for me, it's only a hundred miles away... it's very reasonably priced, the people who run it are friendly & helpful, camping in the pits is free & very popular -- lots of campfires & comaraderie... In fact, i think i'll be going back again in about 2 weeks... for me, it's definately worth the drive, and to get a break from the snow covered midwest... i'd think that it's worth the long drive.
i'm not the best authority on tracks, only been to Jennings & Barber so far...
Daytona (because it's there & only 88 miles away --- but expensive), VIR, & Road Atlanta are on my to do list
It is only 2500 miles one way. I was hoping for something a little closer. I do have a plan for this summer to do dragons tail. One long trip a year is all I can afford. Cali, AZ, NM, NV would be nice.Jennings runs year round but a long way from Idaho. Aren't there a lot of tracks in Cali that run year round? Vegas? I think some even rent bikes.
You obviously haven't ridden any other tracks...Rd Atlanta is the funnest track you will ride!
if I could only ride VIR for the rest of my days... I'd be perfectly happy little camper. my favorite place by far.
might try to make it to Jennings this winter though.
Rd Atlanta is just easier to learn is why I said it was more fun. It is a fast track and a few elevation changes help, I like it. Barber is much more challenging. It's so wide it takes a while to learn the correct line. It is a great facility...very well kept.You obviously haven't ridden any other tracks...
Road Atlanta is quite BORING........ You twist the throttle to the stop, brake turn, repeat over & over & over again. There is very little finesse or skill required at Road Atlanta just a willingness to keep the bike pinned and brake late. It's a very point & shoot racetrack where quite frankly the biggest motor usually wins.
In contrast to Barber where the size of your motor means absolutely nothing and the skill of the rider is everything. You have to learn the track and accept every nuance of each turn as a unique entity that has to be dealt with and being off the proper line means you have to struggle through a couple more turns just to get back to where you should be. Each turn has a positive or negative camber or sometimes both depending on whether you are on the way in or the way out and going quick takes a rider that can control the throttle rather than just whack it wide open.
Make the pilgrimage to Deals Gap then down to Jennings!
Thunderhill, Sears, Laguna, and Bwillow. All great tracks during the winter time. If its not raining, its relatively cold though. I typically end my season at Thunderhill with a weekend event around Thanksgiving. Most providers on the westcoast begin opening up again around February.So am getting the feeling there aren't any fun tracks to ride during the winter months on the western part of the country. Bummer