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Old 11-26-2012, 03:38 PM   #1
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Austin TX for MotoGP in April

A few buddies and I will be in Austin for the MotoGP races this coming April (2013) - we'll be on bikes. Never been to Austin and would like to kill two birds with one stone - see the races and enjoy Austin. I guess the typical Austin experience is ??? - music? food? Is it a good idea to stay downtown, if so, where? Give us some ideas! Thanks!

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Old 11-26-2012, 08:20 PM   #2
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Old 12-18-2012, 08:48 AM   #3
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Old 12-18-2012, 11:07 AM   #4
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Lots to do in Austin. Sixth street is the traditional entertainment center in town. There is lots of live music, clubs, etc.The traffic is as bad as anywhere so be prepared. There is lots of good riding west of town and some good riding east of town if you know where to look. You may be better off pinging the guys on the Two Wheeled Texans forum for more details.
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Old 12-18-2012, 06:39 PM   #5
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I didn't answer because there was a similar thread recently about F1 in Austin and it pretty much covered all this.
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Old 12-18-2012, 10:10 PM   #6
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I ll be riding down with a couple of buddies from Colorado for the race. We are going to stay down downtown so we can enjoy all the activities. Not sure where we are staying yet. Feel free to populate this thread with best locations and who is going.
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Old 12-19-2012, 02:24 AM   #7
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Old 12-24-2012, 12:25 PM   #8
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From a locals point of view, sixth street is for tourists and college kids. You want to go to the warehouse district which is on the west side of Congress Ave between second st and west 5th st.
The hilll country in April is usually gorgeous assuming we get some rain by then. Wildflower season. Get a Butler hill country motorcycle map.
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Old 12-24-2012, 12:34 PM   #9
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South Congress is another great area of Austin. 6th street is for college kids and tourist's. Leave that area to both of them and go explore the real Austin. The Hill Country just west of Austin is a must do, hope we get some rain so the Wildflowers will be out. The big surprise to those not from Texas, is how beautiful Texas can be in Spring.

Also check out The Salt Lick BBQ outside Driftwood, Tx. About 25 miles SW of Austin. Or in town, Franklins BBQ. And of course, Luckenbach, TX is a must for motorcycle riders. Riding all around that area is great. The Oasis on Lake Travis is also well worth checking out. Go at sunset.
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Old 12-24-2012, 05:26 PM   #10
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I grew up in Austin....

...check here for info:

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Old 12-25-2012, 07:28 AM   #11
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Scamp traded his boots for a bathing suit a long time ago. Today the real Austin is 200 square miles of identical custom homes all within driving distance of the same chain restaurants that dot the burbs across the state. Funky, cool, hip Austin was not a place, but a decade in time that ended with the Armadillo. Tourists are what we're talking about.
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Old 12-25-2012, 11:30 AM   #12
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Do yourself a favor and skip Salt Lick. You'd be one of 1000 other tourists there for good, but not great, bbq. Opies out by lake travis is way better, and the riding out there is better as well.
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Old 12-25-2012, 03:35 PM   #13
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Yes, check on TWT, lots of info there. To be fair, they say the F1 weekend wasn't too bad for traffic, but I didn't care to check, I figure it will be even lighter for Moto GP. If you want a free night or two and you have tents, you're welcome to stay here, I'm 20 miles east of Austin. Not much nightlife, but we can build a fire and get drunk.
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:45 AM   #14
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From my place 50 miles east of the track, travel time to the F1 race was just over an hour door to front gate, including the bus ride from Lot Q. People coming in from the west had more delays. There will be fewer people at the Moto GP, but also fewer busses brought in from out of the area.
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Old 12-29-2012, 04:33 PM   #15
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Meriden....

....."Scamp traded his boots for a bathing suit a long time ago. Today the real Austin is 200 square miles of identical custom homes all within driving distance of the same chain restaurants that dot the burbs across the state. Funky, cool, hip Austin was not a place, but a decade in time that ended with the Armadillo. Tourists are what we're talking about."

As someone who lived in Austin from 1972-1992, your quote is THE best description of Austin I have EVER seen.

You, Sir, are a poet and a wise man.

I lift a glass to you, and to the Austin WE remember.

We need to go on a ride together some day.

Cheers!
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