I rode it last year about this time. It was kind of tight and technical for me. More like a stadium track than anything else. Sounds like they may have expanded it, which could only help in my opinion.
I am equally interested in planning a trip to the Waterman Indoor track. Can anyone else provide some more feed back? Or a website link to this track? Also I have a question about costs. Do you have to purchase a membership? How much for open practices? Are they open all week long? And what are the pits like? Do they allow you an indoor place to warm up your bike before hitting the track? Is the whole place heated? I have lots of questions... the list goes on and on.
I went out to WIR last Friday... 9-4 motocross school with Jeff Hill and 4-9 open riding. It was a good time! I took a bunch of track pictures, but due to being inside and the lighting, they kinda suck. I have a rough track diagram drawn up in MS paint on my home laptop that I can post tonight.
WIR is definately a nice indoor place and bigger than most that I have ridden. Lots of different obstacles and really safe, too. The whoops (10 of them, can double through if you're brave enough) is about the only section of the track that I could see someone eating it. The corners are nice where lots of them have an inside and outside berm or a haybale separating the inside/outside options which are sometimes different (like go inside hit a double or go outside hit a triple). Other obstacles include 2 big tables, one bigger double, and a bunch of rhythm section stuff.
One of the coolest things is the inside pits! You can actually pull your truck (and trailer) inside! They did stop people from coming in for the 4-9 practice though after a while because (1) it was getting full and (2) it's darn cold every time the big door opens, but the parking deal was very cool! The parking pits are about the same size of the track if not a little bigger. You are supposed to warm your bike up outside for the initial warm up, then after that usually just start it by the starting gate before you go out for practice.
They were also in the process of constructing a 2-story scoring/sign-up tower on Friday and that will be cool when all finished. Jeff's class was great as well - I think he's teaching a few more this winter. He covered lots of important things (body position, starts, corners, whoops, etc) and the class sizes are smaller for a lot more individual attention.
The lighting and the temperature were about the only downfalls. When I first got to riding, I needed to take off my goggles to see really well. As the day went on, I think I got used to it and it wasn't as bad (even with goggles). Jeff (he runs the track) said they have more lights on the way so that's good! And it was a little cool in there when not riding, but I also heard Jeff mention that they got heat in there as of recently but I'm not sure if it was on Friday.
Yogurt - I think they are doing a $15 membership for the rest of 2003 (not $30 like it says on the site) and $30 each practice or race. Then starting in 2004, it'll be a $30 membership for all of 2004 and again $30 each practice or race. Their hours are listed on the site for practice days and race days. They split up practice sessions depending on how many riders are there (and it's split by skill and bike sizes too). Friday night started out with 2 practices early on (big bikes & minis) and was up to 5 practices by around 6-6:30 pm (C, B, A, lil bikes (50 & 60 beg), minis (60 and 80s)). There were some impressive A riders there Friday night as well training for both the Supercross season and the Rockford AX this weekend. B and C practice each had maybe 10-12 bikes after they split them. The gate for races is a 12 man starting gate. I think they had 150 at their race a week ago and no ambulance calls or anything.
Thanks nikki for the great review and your thoughts on the place.
So it's not heated, or not yet anyways? That's cool if you get there in time they let you pit indoors. Any more feed back on what the average temps are in Waterman Il, this time of year, and what the average temps are like inside? I'm just curious in regard to jetting before we go. I'll most likely probably have to drop a main jet size, and maybe down a clip position.
Gomer is right - in the colder weather, your bike will run leaner (there is less moisture in the air). So you shouldn't be going leaner. And he's right with the main adjustment as well as main is for 3/4-full throttle and indoors is mostly 1/4-3/4 throttle (clip/needle).
I'm in 2nd gear everywhere on my 250F (one extra tooth on the rear sprocket) at WIR. I can clear every jump in 2nd and go through every turn in 2nd. It's kinda nice not having to shift. :confused: I've rode a few indoor tracks and never rejetted or noticed any jetting problems so I wouldn't worry too much.
You can check average temps on www.weather.com but it is normally 20's-40's around here this time of year. They do have heat but I think they only use it when it's real cold outside. There is a HUGE garage door (like 15 feet tall and 15 feet wide) that opens every time someone goes in and out of the pits, so most of the heat escapes at that time. I could see my breath in there on Friday - I would say it was around 40-50 degrees inside most of the day.
OK, thanks guys. Your right, I had the main thing backwards. Obviously you need to richen the mixture in the colder weather. Now I gotta talk to my buddy, and maybe make a hotel reservation down there, and we're going riding! Road trip! :cool:
OK, next question... Looking for any of your thoughts or opinions on this matter...
What do my buddy and I do with our bikes while we're staying there? We're thinking about a 2 day trip to Waterman on the 29th and 30th of this month. We're gonna get a motel for one night, but what do we do with our bikes while we're asleep? We don't have an enclosed trailer, and don't want to leave them in the motel/hotel parking lot. I thought about using several chains and locks to lock them to the trailer, but someone who wants them bad enough is still gonna get them, or just take the trailer with them on it. I was thinking we could get a 1st floor motel room, and sneak the bikes in with us. Sshh!! Or I was wondering if we could leave them in the indoor pits overnight at the Waterman track? Any thoughts or ideas?