Originally Posted by Sofitel505
I rode the FJR down Hwy 101/Hwy1 from Seattle in '05 to the MotoGP and was a great trip. However, the traffic management was the worst I have ever seen at any event. Took 3 hours to get in the place in the heat (90-95). Saw countless H-D smoking and about to burn up. Needless to say a miserable time. Have they improved that? I won't return until the admin figures out how to run an event.
I can only comment on my experiences this year. Maybe someone who's been to more than one can comment on how it's improved.
I rode in from reservation road, around 10 AM, on Saturday and Sunday. It was a nice ride into the grounds, and there was no trouble getting parked. There's a line of bikes when you get to the entrance and you have to stop and go a little bit, but from the time I stopped at the gate to when I parked couldn't have been more than 10 minutes. The downside is that the general parking is a grassy field with lots of dust, but you get a kickstand puck to keep your bike from tipping over.
Leaving is a bit more problematic, since everyone leaves at the same time. It's a bit of a zoo, with all the bikes converging on the single exit. I was having some idling problems, and had to keep a little extra throttle to keep the bike from dying. When everyone is bunched together on a dirt incline and jockying for position, this was a bit of a pain, but all told, I think I was out of the grounds in a 1/2 hour. You do have to deal with some rudeness as people decide to cut you off and pass you up when they get a chance, but what can you expect in a crowd.
It was a little warm this weekend, but probably in the upper 80s. I didn't see many bikes having issues.