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    Default Castle Combe, any good?

    I've been given a voucher to use for activities at Castle Combe as a leaving pressies from my last job.

    They do bike track days and it's not too far from Brizzle, I'm tempted to take the bike rather than do a single seater day.

    What's the track like for bikes? It looks fast without enough corners to me.

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    Rubbish circuit.

    I couldn't get my R850RT to indicate 100 before braking for the end of the start/finish straight . Probably would have helped if I'd taken the panniers off.

    Anyway, no help to you, but has kept the thread live

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    Default Re: Castle Combe, any good?

    Very very strict noise limits. Some bog stock superbikes won't pass noise testing. There's a list of some that won't pass on the track website.

    I've raced there twice, it's alright. Being an old airfield circuit means it's pretty flat and the chicanes are a bit of an afterthought.

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    Default Re: Castle Combe, any good?

    my first pegs down. knee down and high side. all the same day at combe.

    noise is strict as Kfb said

    the circuit is ok the chicane on to the start finish is annoying. good fast right dog leg a bit like the pembrey one and a tricky to do well corner at the end of that.

    free camping. no garages or power.

    worth doing once at least.

    they have a list of unlikely to pass the noise test bikes on their website

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    Last two chicanes a pain,last corner and pit straight(ish) is mega,

    whilst not on a track day I raced there a few times once I was on front row for the qualifying race ,but nearly everyone behind was quicker,I did not know to either let them passed or go as quick as I could to first corner,I went as quick as I could about half the field caught me by first bend and the lines they were all taking was truly epic and I was laughing inside my lid as well as being scared stiff.

    definately worth a go,I think on trackdays they do 10 min sessions with only 6 bikes on each session so one session per hour not sure I would like that

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    Default Re: Castle Combe, any good?

    Stop being a wuss. What's the worst thing that can happen ?

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    Its awesome. If any TDO other than Coombe itself ran the TDs there, I'd love to go more, but I've not liked how they run them in the past, so I don't tend to go

    But the track is amazing. Its used for testing by the TT riders, so be ready for bumps. But its very fast, but curly. Interesting! Just be very focused on the two chicanes on the back straight - I always forgot them when I was on the 390, it was amazing how fast I could get the speed down to get through! LOL

    Go do it, its great!


    The best (but saddest) ride was getting the chance to ride the track when closed. My riding buddy wanted to have a last lap before his ashes were scattered. I got to do a fairly swift (but not fast, I was instructed to take it easy ) lap with the urn on the 390. Pouring rain, soaked to the skin. sad but brilliant!!

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    Default Re: Castle Combe, any good?

    Did my first TD there (Mrs GP gave me a voucher for my 49th Birthday). As you've been given a voucher, the 139 isn't an issue. Its not the most inspiring circuit in the world but still fun I reckon.
    There's no pit garages but there's a good canteen.
    They generally run 4 smallish groups rather than Novice inters and Fast. don't know if they still do.
    I think bike TDs are every other Wednesday

    Enjoy

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    Considered it yesterday instead of Silverstone for Mrs Weeksy. But the 10 minute sessions are a worry... Especially if 6 groups as you're only getting 50% of the tracktime compared to others. It seemed like a decent idea as only 12 riders per group so nice and quiet, but the overall lack of tracktime potentially took it to a No.

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    Not ridden it but driven it a few times. Epic swoop down from the start finish straight right and then left into Quarry which, as it tightens, always catches out the unwary who've fancied an outbraking move. The rest of it's much of a muchness but that sector has made and broken a few people!

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    Default Re: Castle Combe, any good?

    Quote Originally Posted by Weeksy View Post
    Considered it yesterday instead of Silverstone for Mrs Weeksy. But the 10 minute sessions are a worry... Especially if 6 groups as you're only getting 50% of the tracktime compared to others. It seemed like a decent idea as only 12 riders per group so nice and quiet, but the overall lack of tracktime potentially took it to a No.
    when people start to leave early they backfill the spaces so it's possible to get out a couple of times / hour in the afternoon. The first time I went, there was a one group made up solely of pan europeans, GSs & KTM Adv, they had fun in the morning sessions but decided that they would have more fun on a road ride so off they went. That left one group completely empty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KungFooBob View Post
    Very very strict noise limits. Some bog stock superbikes won't pass noise testing. There's a list of some that won't pass on the track website.

    I've raced there twice, it's alright. Being an old airfield circuit means it's pretty flat and the chicanes are a bit of an afterthought.


    Fast and bumpy with stupid afterthought chicanes to stop you going too fast through the fast bends, which TBH used to be the best part of it. I used to enjoy it, though the last time I rode there (1990) I highsided a jellymould CBR600, broke my back and brought the red flags out. Happy days

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    Quote Originally Posted by daven View Post
    my first pegs down. knee down and high side. all the same day at combe.

    noise is strict as Kfb said

    the circuit is ok the chicane on to the start finish is annoying. good fast right dog leg a bit like the pembrey one and a tricky to do well corner at the end of that.

    free camping. no garages or power.

    worth doing once at least.

    they have a list of unlikely to pass the noise test bikes on their website

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    How long ago was your experience? Only asking as I have the day booked on the 30th at Combe and don't really want to be without my tyre warmers.

    I'm sure I read elsewhere about people with warmers, so there must be some sort of power?
    And no garages?? Is everyone just outside then? What do you do if it rains??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrift View Post
    How long ago was your experience? Only asking as I have the day booked on the 30th at Combe and don't really want to be without my tyre warmers.

    I'm sure I read elsewhere about people with warmers, so there must be some sort of power?
    And no garages?? Is everyone just outside then? What do you do if it rains??

    Gazebo and a generator!

    There are no garages or power! Take a really big tent and buy or borrow a genny

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrift View Post
    How long ago was your experience? Only asking as I have the day booked on the 30th at Combe and don't really want to be without my tyre warmers.

    I'm sure I read elsewhere about people with warmers, so there must be some sort of power?
    And no garages?? Is everyone just outside then? What do you do if it rains??
    Blimey, kids of today Short of running full race tyres just do one warm-up lap, it won't kill you. And if it rains invest in a bike cover. Weather forecast's looking decent though.

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