NL - Laguna Seca - Anyone hoping to go ?

NL - Laguna Seca - Anyone hoping to go ?

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dibblecorse

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6,093 posts

162 months

Tuesday 10th December 2019
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So who will be on the NL website tomorrow AM to try and secure slots on the Nov 20 Laguna trip ?

john-mxn6w

15 posts

55 months

Tuesday 10th December 2019
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Sounds fantastic but not for me at £2k... plus flights. Plus the risk of weather at that time of year

CQ8

736 posts

197 months

Tuesday 10th December 2019
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I'm definitely up for this and so is a mate! Did Phillip Island with them last year and it was a fantastic experience. It's not cheap, but for me it's a bucket list thing and I'm planning on making this part of a bigger West coast trip.

I'm hoping the higher cost and the non-refundable deposit mean it will be easier to get a space. Phillip Island sold out very quickly but then when it came time to pay the balance a lot of people dropped out, which is how I got a place.

How many of your group are interested?

ar-em-en

221 posts

72 months

Tuesday 10th December 2019
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If it had been a similar cost to PI or sepang I'd have been in, 2k for 3 days on track is abit much to stomach though.

Turn7

20,496 posts

191 months

Tuesday 10th December 2019
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Doesnt sound dear to me...chance to ride a legendary GP track and have a few days in the US for around £3500k ?

graeme4130

3,537 posts

151 months

Tuesday 10th December 2019
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I had a good long think about it as it's a dream track and I grew up playing it on Grand Tourismo. but....
I like to do a few Euro's each winter, and it'd mean I was without a bike for circa 4 months
Plus, the weather apparently can be hit and miss that time of year
Plus, I've heard mixed reports on how good the track actually is, and you know what they say about meeting your heroes

dibblecorse

Original Poster:

6,093 posts

162 months

Wednesday 11th December 2019
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graeme4130 said:
I had a good long think about it as it's a dream track and I grew up playing it on Grand Tourismo. but....
I like to do a few Euro's each winter, and it'd mean I was without a bike for circa 4 months
Plus, the weather apparently can be hit and miss that time of year
Plus, I've heard mixed reports on how good the track actually is, and you know what they say about meeting your heroes
All good points ....

On the last one I have done PI and Laguna in the past and when NL announced PI I had no interest in returning but I have been badgering Mark to get a Laguna trip in, as its absolutely awesome smile

And booked smile

Biker's Nemesis

37,160 posts

178 months

Wednesday 11th December 2019
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Neil McKean has done Laguna.

Hopefully he'll share his view and experience of the track

dibblecorse

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6,093 posts

162 months

Wednesday 11th December 2019
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Biker's Nemesis said:
Neil McKean has done Laguna.

Hopefully he'll share his view and experience of the track
Yeah, he will have been doing it at a far faster pace than I was lol ...

HughiusMaximus

589 posts

96 months

Wednesday 11th December 2019
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I rode Laguna Seca earlier this year, and while it was great to tick it off the bucket list I was a bit disappointed with the track.
For me National Corvette Museum in Kentucky (NCM), Barber Raceway in Alabama and Road America in Wisconsin were all much better tracks, but have no idea whether NL or anyone goes there.


Its in a cool part of California (Monterrey, Carmel by the Sea, Pacific Coast Highway, San Fran etc) so if you are going to do it make sure you allow for time to explore.

stew-STR160

7,915 posts

208 months

Wednesday 11th December 2019
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HughiusMaximus said:
I rode Laguna Seca earlier this year, and while it was great to tick it off the bucket list I was a bit disappointed with the track.
For me National Corvette Museum in Kentucky (NCM), Barber Raceway in Alabama and Road America in Wisconsin were all much better tracks, but have no idea whether NL or anyone goes there.


Its in a cool part of California (Monterrey, Carmel by the Sea, Pacific Coast Highway, San Fran etc) so if you are going to do it make sure you allow for time to explore.
I spent a month in California a few years ago. Stopped by all of those for some time, drove PCH, went to Laguna to get a picture at the gate, but it turned out there was a historic le mans race car meet going on, so I paid $20 to get in and lost track of time. Epic day. The track looks amazing from a spectators POV and I'd love to ride it, but there are other tracks in America I'd rather do.

mckeann

2,986 posts

199 months

Wednesday 11th December 2019
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Biker's Nemesis said:
Neil McKean has done Laguna.

Hopefully he'll share his view and experience of the track
It was alright.


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Turn 1 is the unsung hero of the track. The GP boys do it flat in 5th or 6th gear. It’s totally blind over a crest. Awesome. I hadn’t been riding very long when I did it, and I have to admit braking in 4th gear until I could see where I was going.

The corkscrew itself is a bit meh. Really steep, but really slow. The left hander after the corkscrew is good though, you pile on speed at a hell of a rate as it’s still so steep downhill

HughiusMaximus

589 posts

96 months

Thursday 12th December 2019
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Agree 100% on turn 1,

The kink left before the straight leading up to the corkscrew (turn 6) was good fun too, fast corner trying to maximize the uphill run up to the corkscrew.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N07-YS1y8vA

Edited by HughiusMaximus on Thursday 12th December 11:46

cerberaperv

66 posts

95 months

Thursday 19th December 2019
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I did Laguna Seca a couple of years ago. We went on holiday to see relatives in Los Angeles.
While planning the holiday, I suggested it'd be a great idea if we went up to San Francisco for a few days. ;-)
Couple of days later I mentioned how Laguna was on the way and it's on my bucket list!

Made forward arrangements and hired a bike for when i got there. We stayed at the Hyatt Regency, so Mrs and kids were happy.

I hired a zx300 and had loads of fun throwing it around the corners. It was a great day.
I could have hired a thou but they had to come from Vegas and it was well over a grand. Think near £1500.

Looking at the price of NL and the fact that your bike is in transit and away from you for 11 weeks, if you want to go, it's cheaper arranging it yourself and hiring a bike.

dibblecorse

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6,093 posts

162 months

Friday 20th December 2019
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cerberaperv said:
Looking at the price of NL and the fact that your bike is in transit and away from you for 11 weeks, if you want to go, it's cheaper arranging it yourself and hiring a bike.
True but at that time of the year my bikes doing nothing in reality so may as well ship it, this replaces my late in the year euro trip so I don't really lose out on anything and 3 x trackday costs, even if you can find 3 consecutive days on the calendar and then a Panigale to rent, along with lugging all your kit to the US, unless renting that as well, its actually good value.

I did Laguna a few years ago, did Levels 3 & 4 of CSS there on a school ZX636, awesome place and always said I'd want to go back on one of my bikes and have been badgering Mark at NL for about 5 years lol ....

Can't wait ...