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Old 05-20-2008, 11:49 AM   #1
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Well, I'm officially signed up for my first track day, start despencing the wisdom.

So I'm signed up (finally) for my first track day. I'll be doing the 6/21 TWS (Texas World Speedway) with RideSmart (using my first corner working credit)
I'm pretty sure I have evrything I need gear wise.

helmet, leathers (1 piece), boots, gloves (but they're not full gauntlet)

And I've read what seems like a few dozen threads about what to bring: key, tape, tools, key, water, food, chair, key, towel, ear plugs, key, etc...

Just have a couple questions:

Spots in the paddoc, are they first come first serve?

What time should you get there to make sure you get a spot?

Is camping in the paddoc with no tent pretty common? I was thinking about camping and just putting an air matress down with my sleeping bag and a fan pointed at my head.

My gloves aren't full gauntlet but they do come past the wrist (A* octaine s-moto gloves) do you think they'd be ok? or should I get some full gauntlet gloves.

What are the "hard lessons" you learned or wish someone would have told you?
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So I'm signed up (finally) for my first track day. I'll be doing the 6/21 TWS (Texas World Speedway) with RideSmart (using my first corner working credit)
I'm pretty sure I have evrything I need gear wise.

helmet, leathers (1 piece), boots, gloves (but they're not full gauntlet)
get some full gauntlet gloves
And I've read what seems like a few dozen threads about what to bring: key, tape, tools, key, water, food, chair, key, towel, ear plugs, key, etc...
bring a fan and extension cord
Just have a couple questions:

Spots in the paddoc, are they first come first serve?
yes
What time should you get there to make sure you get a spot?
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Is camping in the paddoc with no tent pretty common? I was thinking about camping and just putting an air matress down with my sleeping bag and a fan pointed at my head.
your choice but bugs are a pain and you really need a good nights sleep
My gloves aren't full gauntlet but they do come past the wrist (A* octaine s-moto gloves) do you think they'd be ok? or should I get some full gauntlet gloves. refer to previous answer

What are the "hard lessons" you learned or wish someone would have told you?
breathe, keep looking down the track where you want to go and not at your front tire. AND HAVE FUNNNN!!!!!
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So I'm signed up (finally) for my first track day. I'll be doing the 6/21 TWS (Texas World Speedway) with RideSmart (using my first corner working credit)
I'm pretty sure I have evrything I need gear wise.

helmet, leathers (1 piece), boots, gloves (but they're not full gauntlet)

And I've read what seems like a few dozen threads about what to bring: key, tape, tools, key, water, food, chair, key, towel, ear plugs, key, etc...

Just have a couple questions:

Spots in the paddoc, are they first come first serve?

What time should you get there to make sure you get a spot?

Is camping in the paddoc with no tent pretty common? I was thinking about camping and just putting an air matress down with my sleeping bag and a fan pointed at my head.

My gloves aren't full gauntlet but they do come past the wrist (A* octaine s-moto gloves) do you think they'd be ok? or should I get some full gauntlet gloves.

What are the "hard lessons" you learned or wish someone would have told you?
Prep your body as much as you prep your bike. If not more!

Don't burn yourself out in the early sessions, save your energy for the later ones when the track and tires are in ideal condition.

Pretend your Valentino Rossi, Pedrosa, Stoner etc., but ride within your own limits and pick the minds of the instructors and the more experienced riders out there. Soke up their wisdom like a sponge!!

Just remember, it's not a race. There are going to be guys faster and slower then you out there, just get over it and concentrate on yourself.

Have fun and let us know how you enjoyed it! I haven't done one yet with Ride Smart, let me know how they are!

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Old 05-20-2008, 12:03 PM   #4
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+1 on the gauntlet gloves. Man, they are your hands take care of them. I also would suggest getting a valuim or something to make you sleep if you are going to sleep at the track. You don't want to be tired while you are going fast.
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Old 05-20-2008, 12:36 PM   #6
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it's either camp or drive in. from my house in Katy its only about 1 hour and 15 minutes
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Just drive in get there EARLY and the biggest thing you really need to know and im surprised no on ehas said it yet is


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it's either camp or drive in. from my house in Katy its only about 1 hour and 15 minutes
You will most likely be able to find someone that is going the night before and they can save you a small spot in the paddock for when you get there in the morning.

I am assuming you will be in level one? If so, I will be one of your instructors. If you can't find anyone, let me know and you can squeeze in the same area as me. I'm not one of those people that uses a huge amount of space. One more bike won't make that much of a difference.

Looking forward to seeing you out there. Stay tuned a couple more weeks for the roll call...
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i live in katy and may be going if you want to carpool. I'll have either a f-250 crew cab long bed, or a excab f-150.
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level 1 for sure, and I'm jazzed!
it'd be great to be next to someone who can "show me the ropes"

should I bring my air compressor? is there need for that? its kinda big and noisey if it ever needs to kick on.

what I was thinking was, let it fill up and then bring it, it'll be good for filling tires several times before it needs to kick back on

I have a tendency to over pack and plan for stuff like this, I'll most likely end up with most of my tools there
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Don't forget your key or your ramp....or your gear.


HAVE FUN

Also make sure to set your tire pressures.

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i live in katy and may be going if you want to carpool. I'll have either a f-250 crew cab long bed, or a excab f-150.
that'd be cool. I was planning on borrowing a small trailer from a friend and towing the SV with the Subaru
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You will have a blast. No doubt about it!
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Tools are a great idea! You never know. Bolts, nuts vibrate out ALL the time, unless you have safety wire. Plus, you'll feel like a jackass if you have to walk around asking to borrow tools, even though no one usually cares.

I bring my small little dinky emergency, on the side of the road with a blown tire air compressor. I rarely have to use it, but it does come in handy when it's needed.

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loctite!

As long as it has nothing to do with the insides of the engine, not a bad idea at all.

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Tools are a great idea! You never know. Bolts, nuts vibrate out ALL the time, unless you have safety wire. Plus, you'll feel like a jackass if you have to walk around asking to borrow tools, even though no one usually cares.

I bring my small little dinky emergency, on the side of the road with a blown tire air compressor. I rarely have to use it, but it does come in handy when it's needed.

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doesn't seem to bother martin
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doesn't seem to bother martin
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that'd be cool. I was planning on borrowing a small trailer from a friend and towing the SV with the Subaru
I'll try to steal the 250 b/c both bikes should fit in the bed with room to spare. I pm'd you my number if you want to meet up in order to figure things out. Where at in katy do you live? I'm right at 99 and I-10
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