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Old 09-18-2008, 05:30 PM   #1
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how do you prepare for a track day

I WON A FREE TRACK FOR NEXT WEEKEN I WANT TO KNOW WHAT DO YOU DO TO PREPARE FOR THAT DAY
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Painters Tape on all lights. Take off your mirrors, take off your plate/rear fender, check all bolts are tight, check oil and change if necessary, check coolant (tracks prefer you use glycol based such as engine ice), Make sure tires have at least 75% tread and are not blued from excessive heat cycles.
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Old 09-18-2008, 06:20 PM   #3
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Have plenty of water, it's harder work than you think.
Bring a fan.
Food (not too heavy, like sandwich(es)
Chairs
Extra gas (5 gals is plenty)
Have someone with you even if they don't ride (never do a trackday alone)
Some basic tools might be a good idea
Bring an open mind and ask questions.
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Also don't forget the essentials like your bike toolkit, chain lube, ect.
Also a rag and some spray to clean bugs off your visor ain't a bad idea.
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Bring fruits for nutrician and natural sugar/water.

Check all your gear or if renting make sure you are confirmed for that day. If its a new suit, you should be stretching it out now.


Bike-Depending on what you ride/how you ride

tires- make sure you have something that will grip. A cruising tire will only dissappoint you when you're riding.
brakes- ditto; make sure your front has plenty of pad life.
Framesliders- yes, make sure you get them not just to protect the plastics but to allow the bike to slide vs tear up if IT happens.
brake reservoirs- are they sealed? tight? do you have an absorber on them?
chain- check adjustment and make sure it is in good condition.
gas/oil- make sure you're running something good and filled properly. if its an older engine and burns, make sure to bring extra.
insurance- check your insurance(full coverage) and see if 'safety classes' are covered. In your head, you may ride better knowing it would be covered.
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I collected a few check lists a while back and compiled them. These are excessive for most needs but will give you a good idea. I have them in excel format if anyone wants a copy to personalize for their own needs. PM me your e-mail if you want a copy.
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some very good suggestions up there! who are you riding with anyway?
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RSVR has a very good list. I'd recommend pm him to receive a copy.

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Also, make sure your tire pressure is correct. It varies greatly depending on the tires you are running and will be much lower than you use on the street. For example, my power races are at 32 front and 22 rear for the track. (I know that seems weird)

Get some under armour for under your suit. You need to be able to move around in the suit a little and it keeps you much cooler. It also makes taking it off much easier.

When you get there, have an instructor adjust your suspension or at least your sag. Your suspension will make the world of difference. Work with them throughout the day to get it dialed in just right.

Make sure your boots are going to work with the leather suit. You may want to invest in some proper riding boots if you do not own a pair. The leathers will be tucked into your boots, so many times a street boot is hard to wear with a full suit. Gauntlet gloves work better with a suit, too.

A back protector is required for level 2 & higher, but is always recommended. If you are renting leathers, you will most likely have to supply your own back protector.
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here's my write up for track days, it was my first...

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This is how gixxerbill prepares for his trackday.

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suggestion for tire pressure if you do not have air to bring with you. I usually inflate my tires to 40 psi the day before and when i get to the track i let out what is needed. It's easier to let air out than to run around searching for more air!
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dont think about it too much the day before. its just a regular day and wont measure your worth as a rider or a man. chack oil, tape lights, pull light fuses, check the chain, tire pressure and ride. bring a spare visor and ear plugs.

trackdays arent a big deal but there are some comfort features to consider like bringing a long extension cord, box fan, and folding chair.

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Old 09-22-2008, 07:29 PM   #19
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those check lists in the racer's lounge sticky's are great, they are more than enough to cover you for your first trackday.
bring your bike key...an open mind...and don't hesitate to ask ANYBODY questions.

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