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Old 03-03-2008, 09:20 PM   #1
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Track Day Checklist?

I'm looking to put together a track day check list. Please add to this and in the end it'll be available to everyone. Here is a quick start off the top of my head.

Bike Prep:

Tire Pressure
Chain tension
Brake Pads
Oil
Coolant
Controls
Key


Maintenance:

Tool box
Zip Ties
Pressure Guage
Large Allen Sockets
Impact Gun
Blue Tape
Air Pump

Asst:

Tire Warmers
Stands
Extension cord
4 outlet Extension cord
Folding chair
Fan
Spare Tie Downs
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Leathers
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Water
Beverage
Lunch
Fruit

I'm sure there is more, please add to it.
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There's one out there already, lemme see if I can find it. I think it may have been on HSN back in the day... I know it was on the TSBA site before the "big switch".
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Old 03-03-2008, 09:35 PM   #3
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Here's one:

http://tulsasportbikeriders.com/file...-checklist.pdf (Candy, this one is missing fuel on the list too...)

Here's another:

Track Day Checklist

TO BRING
BIKE O&M (OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE)

* Gasoline
* Bike Stands
* Chain Lube
* Tire Pressure Gauge
* Push Pins (for rear axle)
* Tape (Duct)
* Coolant
* Distilled Water
* Oil
* Mirror Stand-ins
* Air Compressor (tire and air gun attachments)


TOOLS

* Front Axle "tool"
* Metric Sockets and Wrenches
* Hex Key Sockets and Wrenches
* Bike Tools (including fuel tank support)

MISC NON-BIKE ITEMS

* Chairs
* Sunglasses
* Camera
* Sun Screen
* Hat
* Cell Phone
* DC Power Inverter
* Binoculars


FOOD

* Water
* Gatorade
* Food
* Cooler and ice

CLOTHES

* Shorts
* Shirts
* Socks
* Underwear
* Shoes

BIKE MODS AND CHECKS
DAY BEFORE

* Remove Turn Signals and Mirrors
* Check Chain Tension
* Tape all lights
* Remove license plate
* Disconnect Lights (head and tail)
* Check Tire Pressure (big asterisk next to this one)

NOTES

- Track sighting. Cool.
- Soda. Sucks.
- Bring Water. OK
- Shade. Hmm
- Beginners class. Looking forward to it.
- Check tire pressure. Will do ( If I didn't learn that one )
- No Heros. OK. (Winning a trackday is about the same as winning the last candy bar from the vending machine - it might off a few people around you, but noone will remember or care).
- Let 'em pass. No problem.


And to recap the rest:

- Enough fuel for the day in containers. OK
- Tape over lights. Got it
- Tires with visible tread. Check
- Engine Ice. Ordered
- Remove mirrors. OK
- Remove turn signals. Good idea
- Listen to Rider's Meeting on track condition. Sure will.
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I think Patrick posted one on here a long time ago......
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I think Patrick posted one on here a long time ago......
Patrick posted something similar, but it was a more comprehensive overall guide. I think this was it:
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Well, I've been meaning to do this for awhile, and I finally got around to it.
This is a guide to getting your bike set up for a track day. It is by no means the be all end all, just my observations / check list over the years.

Track Day Prep
1st rule: Always try to have your bike prepped and ready to go at least 2 days in advance of the event. That way if you need something, you'll have time to get it.
Tires: Check overall condition; they shouldn't be "squared off", no dry rot, plugs, patches, or cuts.
Check the pressure. Most bikes work well on the track with 30-32 psi. front, and 28-30 psi. rear, cold. What you are looking for is a 4-6 psi. "grow" in pressure after you come of the track. If you get more than 6 psi., raise the pressure a pound or two. If you're getting less than that lower it.
Get a good quality tire gauge, not a .99 cent one from Walmart. A good $5.00 pencil gauge that has a 1-2% accuracy is fine. I don't like digital gauges. Some of the dial gauges are good. What you want is consistency, i.e. you want it to read the same pressure everytime. If you have a gauge and want it checked, I have a calibrated pressure checker to test it with. It may seem like a little overkill, but tires are one of the most important aspects of your bike, especially at the track.
Brakes; Check pad wear, I like a maximum of 50% of pad wear.
After that the stopping power is significantly diminished. Check your fluid. If it's dark or you've done a couple of track days, flush and bleed it. I like going back with Motul RBF DOT 4, it's got an extremely high boiling point and works very well.
The 2 main reasons for brake fade are; old fluid / worn pads.
Chain & sprockets; check your chain for proper tension and for tight spots, look at the sprocket for wear on the teeth. As far as tension, I recommend 1-1/4" to 1-1/2" total up and down movement. If you have any doubt, sit on the bike and have a buddy check it. It should still have a little slack in it when it's fully loaded. While you're down there give it a good cleaning / lube.
Forks / shock; make sure there are no leaks, set up sag / rebound / compression if you have those adjustments. If you're unfamiliar with making those adjustments, have a professional do them for you.
We charge $30.00, and will work with you during the course of the day to help fine tune your setup if necessary.
Engine oil and filter; if you've got over 1500 or so miles, change them. Your motor will be spending a lot of time at high rpm; oil is cheap, motors aren't. While you're there, safety wire the plug and the filter. Although it's not required by most track day organizations, it's highly recommended.
Check your engine coolant level and top it off if necessary. Be careful not to overfill it though, antifreeze puking out of your reservoir bottle onto the track surface is guaranteed to make you lots of friends back in the paddock.
Fuel; fill your tank, bring two 5 gallon cans too. You may not use it all but it's better than running out.
Lights / turnsignals etc.; remove or tape up your turn signals, tape up your taillight and headlight, remove the fuses or unplug the wiring, most bikes have a plug in the tailsection for the taillights. I use blue painters masking tape. Remove your mirrors. You can fasten the upper back down with bolts and washers, zip ties, or mirror block off plates. It's not required, but I recommend removing your lic. plate. It's one less sharp thing to bump into if you go down, and if it comes off, you'll be spared the experience of searching for it in the grass.
Chassis, fairing bolts; Grab a handful of allen wrenches and sockets and check your bike to make sure everything is tight; there's nothing quite like going into turn one with your shifter dangling because the bolt backed out.
Get to the track early, bring food, refreshments, chairs, change of clothes, tools (if you have them), leathers, boots, back protector, gloves and helmet, extra shield and ear plugs. If you don't have leathers or boots you can rent them here: www.trackleather.com. If you have any questions, or need some help, don't be afraid to ask, there are a lot of people who are more than willing to lend a hand.
Enjoy the day, don't try to push too hard and it will actually come easier. Remember, no one ever won a track day.
When you get home, untape your bike. The next day,(or as soon as you get a chance) wash it and check all your bolts and fasteners again, stuff tends to rattle loose after extended high rpm operation.
Like I said in the beginning, this isn't the be all end all, just my systen that has worked for me. I hope it helps.
We'll be at all of the Lone Star Track Days this year.
Feb. 7th will be their first date, and registration is still open, you can sign up here: www.lonestarttrackdays.com

See you at the track!


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And......tell someone who your ICE is and how to contact. It sucks trying to remember the wifes phone number when your in the ambulance. :/:
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And......tell someone who your ICE is and how to contact. It sucks trying to remember the wifes phone number when your in the ambulance. :/:
If you put an emergency contact on your registration, LSTD will get in touch with them as long as it's an accurate number.

Traveling with someone is a much better ICE plan. Going alone is a bad idea.
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Engine Ice is also recommended in one of the lists. Stay away from that stuff....its slick.
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Engine Ice is also recommended in one of the lists. Stay away from that stuff....its slick.
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Yeah, change that to Water Wetter or straight water.
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Patrick's info is good as always but I am making a list that I can laminate and have for an actual check off. I usually spend more time wondering if I am ready than I actually spend getting ready.

So far so good. I am making it up in excel. I can e-mail it to people, there is room for additions if you have your own items. It's excel, nothing fancy, just lines and shading.
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Did you look at this list? It's only missing fuel as far as I can tell.
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lets cut the list down...

bike
helmet
gloves
leathers
boots
back protector
KEY KEY KEY KEY KEY KEY KEY KEY KEY - you'd be surprised

be sure you're bike isn't leakin fluids and chords aren't showin through your tires. (chain tension, brakes, self closing throttle, yadda yadda yadda) your bike MUST pass tech inspection before going out on the track. this is to insure your safety, and the safety of others on the track as well. most things that won't pass tech, people around you can usually help adjust whats needed to get you going.

if you forget something, don't WOrRrrRrryyyYYyyyY. we all forget some things sometimes....somebody next to you always brought extra of whatever you probably forgot, it doesn't hurt to ask!

follow the list if you must....and make it a habit to remember.
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pain meds are always in my box (liquid tylenol). spare master link for dirtbikes. ice chest/cooler. spare tubes or patch kit for tube type tires .
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I keep some excedrin in my car.

Tony, simple doesn't work for me. I wish it did, I NEED a check list.

I like to be that guy who remembers, even though I require a list to do it.
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okay, here is what i came up with. I'm going to put them back-to-back and laminate them. That way I can keep them in the garage and use a dry erase marker or something.
check1a026
check1a028

I have them in excel but scanned them to jpg for posting. If anyone wants the excel file, PM me ur e-mail.
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lets cut the list down...

bike
helmet
gloves
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KEY KEY KEY KEY KEY KEY KEY KEY KEY - you'd be surprised

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Must not forget a screwdriver for when you forget the key. lol
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