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    Quote Originally Posted by xxaarraa View Post
    Yes permanent canopys, rain does not go through. .
    Really? It almost looks like a screen material. Or is that an illusion?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TTD View Post
    Really? It almost looks like a screen material. Or is that an illusion?
    Now that you ask, maybe it is a screen, I am not sure now. There was shade underneath it so I thought it was rain proof also, but you might be right. The canopys also have power outlets to plug into.

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    Enjoying a nice 98 degree day in the domain section of Austin. Love the heat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by backinthesaddle View Post
    Enjoying a nice 98 degree day in the domain section of Austin. Love the heat.
    I canít wait to be living in the southwest. 44 degrees on the Maine coast Monday. In June. Fuck this.

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    Headed to Disneyland right now at a sunny 73 in Anaheim, CA

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    Quote Originally Posted by gixxer72 View Post
    I can’t wait to be living in the southwest. 44 degrees on the Maine coast Monday. In June. Fuck this.
    I miss New England a lot, but I do NOT miss the weather. No way around it, it's shit weather up there most of the year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xxaarraa View Post
    I miss New England a lot, but I do NOT miss the weather. No way around it, it's shit weather up there most of the year.
    I’m sure I’ll miss some things. Winter will not be one of them. I still plan to snowboard (on powder, not “frozen granular”), but when I get home in the afternoon it will be a dip in the pool or a bike ride, not more shivering! Less than a month to go...

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    Re: Moving to Texas. Y'all.

    Quote Originally Posted by TTD View Post
    Hmmm.... maybe that's a way I can ensure people go to the riders meeting!
    Please PLEASE do not. I hate it with Ride Smart. Especially at COTA, which ive ridden at a dozen times now. But being on a shitter 600 I dont feel 100% ready to getting into level 3 (no class/stickers) with racers on 1000s. Except, because of the stupid sticker issue, next time I probably will sign up for level 3 just to avoid the same classroom sessions Ive done 9 times.
    Edit: Riders meeting, thats fine. Just not for required classroom sessions ha

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    My favorite was you going through T2 with your eyes closed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xxaarraa View Post
    Very interesting and inexpensive business model. You pay a one time initiation fee ($500) and a monthly subscription ($180) but you get to go as many as 6 days a month. Track is open year round. There is a sweet air conditioned club house where people hang and that has a full kitchen where members can cook whatever they want.
    I'm looking to move down to Dripping/Driftwood area, and if I do I will be signing up for a membership in a heartbeat.
    And if you didnt meet Craig, make sure you do. Super cool guy, raced at loudon back in the AMA days, shot the shit about that for a while with him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pookie View Post
    My favorite was you going through T2 with your eyes closed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pittenger5 View Post
    I'm looking to move down to Dripping/Driftwood area, and if I do I will be signing up for a membership in a heartbeat.
    And if you didnt meet Craig, make sure you do. Super cool guy, raced at loudon back in the AMA days, shot the shit about that for a while with him.
    I did hang with Craig, agreed he's a cool guy. There's some chatter that HHR will be shutting down motorcycle trackdays from January 1 and going car-only, but Craig felt like he could talk them out of it.

    I ran into another couple from MA at HHR and they used to ride at Loudon!

    I didn't think much of the track itself for riding motorcycles, pavement was real bad. However, there is something really enjoyable about a relaxed track day with open track AND the fact they are open year round. Would love to go down there in Dec/Jan/Feb to ride. I am also real interested in doing car track days there.

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    Re: Moving to Texas. Y'all.

    How are the people down there? (as compared to us cranky new englanders)

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheIglu View Post
    How are the people down there? (as compared to us cranky new englanders)
    Californian.

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    My favorite was you going through T2 with your eyes closed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xxaarraa View Post
    I did hang with Craig, agreed he's a cool guy. There's some chatter that HHR will be shutting down motorcycle trackdays from January 1 and going car-only, but Craig felt like he could talk them out of it.

    I didn't think much of the track itself for riding motorcycles, pavement was real bad. However, there is something really enjoyable about a relaxed track day with open track AND the fact they are open year round. Would love to go down there in Dec/Jan/Feb to ride. I am also real interested in doing car track days there.
    Yeah, Ive heard that too, but thoughts are they're going to keep motorcycles too, no reason not to. And agreed on the surface, but if its only 30 minutes from me it makes it easier. Otherwise the only track within 2 hours of me will be COTA, and that gets expensive fast/

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    My favorite was you going through T2 with your eyes closed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheIglu View Post
    How are the people down there? (as compared to us cranky new englanders)
    Hard to tell so far because I haven't had the chance to explore real Texas yet. I have been so busy with the new job and transition that I haven't really explored much outside the daily routine. I do have some very early initial impressions and most of it is positive.

    I live in a little bubble - upscale suburban town 5 miles from work where most of my neighbors are transplants from elsewhere like me, including a lot of people from my own company, all the services and shops you could possibly want are 2-3 miles away, there is no real traffic to speak of. One common theme I have observed among other New Englanders in my own company that moved down here over the years - "life here is so much easier, I'm never going back" Everything is close by, weather is fantastic for 9-10 months a year, housing is comically cheap, speed limits are 75-80 on most interstates, plenty of restaurant choices in the Dallas area and there's less population density in general. No state income tax.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pittenger5 View Post
    Yeah, Ive heard that too, but thoughts are they're going to keep motorcycles too, no reason not to. And agreed on the surface, but if its only 30 minutes from me it makes it easier. Otherwise the only track within 2 hours of me will be COTA, and that gets expensive fast/
    I hear ya, can't beat the convenience of a short drive to the track and coming home to sleep in your own bed. MSR Cresson is 40 miles from me and Eagles Canyon is 50 miles. I imagine I will go to those two a lot. They do a 1.3 and a 1.7 course at Cresson and I am doing both in the next few weeks.

    I will PM you to exchange phone numbers. Look forward to meeting you and riding with you!

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    Texas people are generally friendly with big personalities. I forget where you moved to. But, damn. I miss it.


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    Rode MSR Cresson today, the 1.3 mile course. Very fun track for the R3! Flows very well.

    Rode with Ridesmart again. They have a cool system of pairing up riders with instructors with matching jerseys. The instructor was riding a Pani (lol) and offered to bump me to expert / level 3 but I stayed in intermediate to ease into the season. I'm back at Cresson (42 miles from my house) to ride the 1.7 course next month and may fire up a big bike for the first time.

    Tony, please don't do this (sticker system). Lol








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    I need to get up to a 1.3 mile date to break out the supermoto.

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    I did Eagles Canyon yesterday. 2.4 miles, 11 turns. Except for 1 & 2, pretty much every turn is a double apex with hard trail braking into the first one and a straight on the other side of the second one. Big bike friendly. Only 50 miles from home and a quick day trip. Business model is very similar to Harris Hill - private track that pushes a membership, but allows one trackday org to do a timeshare on a limited basis. I rode with "Sport Rider Coaching" Their premise is low track density, and a coach for every two riders, with video footage shot every session by your coach and given to you for free, after analysis.

    Pros -
    * SRC's owner and staff are very cool guys. All ex or current CMRA racers. Owner rides a bunch of EBRs/Buells and him and his wife were cool.
    * Lunch and drinks included. All trackday orgs down here seem to do that. I wonder if it's a liability/insurance requirement due to the heat down here.
    * Insanely low track density. There were only 6 riders on track yesterday, and 3 coaches for those 6 riders. I am not kidding.
    * Track has a very nice clubhouse. Track's primary focus is high end car track days, so clubhouse reflects the clientele.
    * The paddock area has very tall gazebos where you can pull the trailer right in, and it also has power.

    Cons -
    * Pavement quality is garbage. I mean, it's even worse than Harris Hill, which is even worse than Loudon. Unbelievably bad. Incidentally, they are shutting track down end of this month to repave 2 new courses with 6 configurations, so it's about time.
    * Here's the real kicker. There were no medical staff or corner workers!! I asked SRC's owner towards the end, "hey where's the ambulance stationed" and he casually mentioned "oh we dont have an ambulance. All my guys are certified in first aid and 911 is only 20 minutes away" I was like say whaaaaaaaaat!!!!! I mean I am down for a casual low key track day, but I have never ridden anywhere that doesn't have an ambulance on duty. Nuts.




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    Seems like you are really enjoying there. I have been 3 times in TX in the last 90 days and I like it more n more each time. I gotta let you know next time I head down. I like everything about the Dallas area. Most of all the fact that you can be working in a big metropolitan city yet move 10-20 minutes out and choose from high end living to farm style living and feel like you’re nowhere near the city. Nowhere in Texas traffic is even comparable to MA.

    No ambulance on site for TDs is pretty damn extreme lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by tsorfas View Post
    Most of all the fact that you can be working in a big metropolitan city yet move 10-20 minutes out and choose from high end living to farm style living and feel like you’re nowhere near the city. Nowhere in Texas traffic is even comparable to MA.
    Good observation on both of the above. The town that I live in - Southlake - is oinly 18 minutes from DFW airport and 30 minutes from downtown Dallas, yet parts of my town are realy country. Big 2-3 acre lots with very few people around you. A lot of the homes have horses running around. It seems common to have dogs live outside year round, which is a bit weird to me. Comparatively, 30 minutes outside Boston, and you are still only in Braintree which is very dense! lol

    Yes, traffic is not an issue down here. I didn't think Boston traffic was that bad either, compared to say Chicago or NYC or other big cities. But Dallas traffic is definitely not bad.

    Definitely give me a buzz when you are down here man. Would be great to meetup for a drink. I'll PM you my number.

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    Boston/Burlington Traffic makes me question my desire to live. NYC is a different animal. I think LA is the worst but I have never been.

    I may have mentioned it before, but go for dinner at the rustic in Dallas. Back yard has community tables aka 15ft picnic tables that you sit with random people. Great way to meet others and pretty fun concept.

    I’m always impressed by the food scene in Dallas in general. You can find anything and everything.

    If you are into museums there are several options in the city and surrounding towns too.

    If you want some high quality cowboy boots/hats/belts visit Wild Bills Western Store. I’d stay away from Wild, Wild West (near Dealy Plaza)

    Not sure if you are a fan of Fixed Upper (HGTV show) but Waco was pure disappointment. Don’t want to complete shit on the town but nothing but overpriced junk (they try to call them antiaues to give them value) shops that try to ride the style train of Jo (hostess and designer of the show).

    Sometimes I just got in the car and drove around in little towns. Was able to find some cool food spots that way. Also some nice views and lands full of horses/cows. Good stuff.

    Another observation: 90 in MA feels like 98-100 in TX

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    Quote Originally Posted by tsorfas View Post
    Boston/Burlington Traffic makes me question my desire to live. NYC is a different animal. I think LA is the worst but I have never been.
    LA traffic is on par, if not worse than NYC. It is much worse if you consider the size of the greater LA area. I will say traffic is not an issue if you're on a motorcycle...I could not live in LA if I couldn't ride a motorcycle.

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    You obviously never been to Austin if you think traffic isnt bad.

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    You obviously never been to Austin if you think traffic isnt bad.
    Went to Austin during MotoGP and Reggae Festival. But I was referring to Dallas really. Austin didn’t impress me and I doubt I’ll be visiting it again. Dallas maybe I’ll live at one day. It’s in my top 3 for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tsorfas View Post
    Went to Austin during MotoGP and Reggae Festival. But I was referring to Dallas really. Austin didn’t impress me and I doubt I’ll be visiting it again. Dallas maybe I’ll live at one day. It’s in my top 3 for sure.
    Dude you have seen more of Texas than I have! lol

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