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I've always wanted to ride at Laguna Seca or recently now Austin. The problem is I live in Washington DC which is no where near either. I just found out today that I'll be in Austin for work at nearly the same time for work as a track day.

Does anyone know of a service or capability to ship a bike to a track? There is no way I can trailer the bike all the way down there... I know it's far fetched but I figured I would ask.
 

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I told myself that if I'm ever in that sort of situation I would try and find a place to rent a bike for that purpose. Arranging for shipment of my own bike along with all the gear and other random shit is just too much of a pain in the ass and probably more expensive than to rent a bike. Of course the disadvantage of doing that is that it's not your bike. So for one you'll be liable for any damage, and on the other hand it's a "new to you" bike that might take about half a day just to get familiar and comfortable with. Plus it will be a street bike because I doubt you'll find a track bike for rent anywhere...unless you do a track/race school like CSS or the Yamaha one, or others alike.
 

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Contact ridesmart and see what they say. I didn't notice anything on their website about bike rentals and Austin doesn't seem to have any sportbike rental places like here in L.A. All I found was a bunch of cruiser/touring bike rental places.

Shipping your bike is very time consuming and risky,even with insurance, forget about the cost.

More research is required… maybe even posting something on a Texas motorcycle forum.
 

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My plan is to make friends from multiple areas around the country (and the world) via forums, who have multiple bikes, so that if an opportunity like this arises someone can let me ride one of their bikes :p
 
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If you are looking at a RideSmart event at COTA, sign up at the first opportunity you get, you can always cancel.

The COTA events get booked up quickly and there's usually a waiting list, so there's usually someone that will take your spot if you register and then can't make it.

I just read that AF1 Aprilia in Austin just sold an EBR to an Austin bike rental place today.

The RideSmart COTA event on March 14th is almost sold out.

Ridesmart doesn't do bike rentals.
 

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Towing's not that bad, honestly. If you can make an excuse for the longer time it will take. I towed my bike across the country this past fall. It was pretty great time really. I could stop anywhere, and get it out and ride around if I wanted to. I mean, it wasn't cheap, but it was a hell of a lot of fun. Good luck.
 

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I'd really think about renting a bike. Eiminates the risk of damage to yours and the transpo hassle. Compare the price of rental versus minimum damage or transportation costs. Probably end up really close. i used a school bike at Laguna, because my Duc wouldn't pass sound check......
 

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I'll be signing up for the April event as soon as registration is announced and opens. Went last June for the first time and could only do 1 day. Heading back for the full 2day experience. :)

As fast as bike rental, contact Ducati Austin and see what they say regarding your situation. They may have demos/rentals available with them there if they happen to be at the event (which they will).

-Christian
 
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