We Made it! MotoUSA's Live at Red Bull USGP
Thursday, July 2, 2009
We made it!
110-plus degree weather, sketchy road surfaces and mean mugging cops. Nothing could stand in the way of us getting to Laguna Seca aboard our 2009 Yamaha R1.
After covering over 500 miles of prime California back roads over the last two days we finally made it to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the 2009 Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix. And I can’t say that was easy. Sure, the comfort seat and the raised windscreen (avaliable as Yamaha accessories at your local dealer) on our 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 sportbike definitely made the trip easier, but between the hot 110-plus degree weather, gravel skewed roads, not to mention one mean mugging Hunter-Liggett military base cop, I’m just happy to be up here in one piece!
Next to the epic roads we encountered the single thing that stands out about the trip is just how good Yamaha’s new R1 is. Sure we beat it up in our 2009 Superbike Smackdown VI street
comparisons, but with a few key modifications, the bike delivered a far more enjoyable ride on the street. Especially impressive was just how little body numbing vibration there is and how much less heat gets kicked off the exhaust system after installing a set of FMF slip-on mufflers. Look for an in-depth second ride review soon.
If you’re still on the fence about coming up to Laguna, one thing is for sure, there are still plenty of reasonably priced hotel rooms available. In fact one person we spoke with said they scored a hotel for less than $150 a night for the entire weekend—near downtown Monterey nonetheless. The weather is also perfect with sunny skies and comfortable low 70s temperature greeting is upon arrival. Race bikes take to the track tomorrow afternoon and if you can’t make it make sure you stay tuned to Motorcycle-USA.com for what’s happening at the track. And be sure to check out our USGP photo gallery here
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