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What do you need to do a track day (For a first timer)

There are many others in here that can answer this question and give better results for new riders that wish to attempt their first track day preperation.

Please give a detailed listing of what they need as far as gear & do to their bike (water only, safety wire etc.) Thanks maybe a sticky if not one already archived somehwere?

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All you have to do is follow three simple rules. One, never under estimate your opponent (mentality). Expect the unexpected (could work out in your favor). Two, take it outside(or to a table). Never start anything inside the Bar unless it's absolutely necessary. And three, be nice.



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I did my first track day this year. Here's what I had to get, and I only got the minimum of things trying to cheap it up.


1. Used set of leathers. (got mine for $100 from an ex wera guy)

2. You will need boots, I used my motocross boots. (still had mud on em)

3. Decent gloves, gauntlet type.

4. Food for lunch, plenty of fluids. Snacks too, I was snacking a bit before each session to keep my energy level up.

5. Bike prep. None really, just tape up all lights,(blue painters tape comes off really easy) unplug headlights/tailights (keeps glue from melting). Water wetter/safety wiring only required for advanced group (NESBA). You may want to change the coolant out anyway, if you dump your coolant on the track you'll piss everyone off, it takes TONS time and of water to clean it off, not to mention time.

6. Ability to LISTEN AND LEARN. Leave your ego at home, cause you are gonna be humbled by some cat with a 500ex that is gonna take you to school, there are some FAST mofo's!

7. Tow your bike to the track. If you do wad it up, you'll most likely want some way to get it home.
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wait I am trying to remember...hold on don't push....Oh I got it.

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MIND PREPARATION.
One should be ready mentaly to do track.

2. bring your body with you. You would need support.

3. Read few books before hand. ToTal Control, Twist of the wrist I and II

4. Start slow.

5. Talk to people at the track and ask shit load of questions until they trow your ass out

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something for shade like an ez-up is always nice too. I brought a small grill also for brats and hot dogs
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bring an assloads of water. Seriously, way more than you'd think you'll use. And drink a lot anytime off the bike. Dehydration is a bitch.
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Great stuff so far.... Looking for a bit more detail from the regulars...

What you need as far as safety. Gear etc.
What you need to do to your bike. Take off, wiring

I have a few PM's that have asked what they need to do?

Thanks......

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Life's Journey Is Not To Arrive At The Grave Safely In A Well Preserved Body, But Rather To Skid In Sideways, Totally Worn Out, Shouting "HOLY SHIT... What A Ride!"

All you have to do is follow three simple rules. One, never under estimate your opponent (mentality). Expect the unexpected (could work out in your favor). Two, take it outside(or to a table). Never start anything inside the Bar unless it's absolutely necessary. And three, be nice.



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Besides what's been mentioned above, we all wear back protectors.

We also have dedicated track bikes as well with at least the oil fill, oil drain, and oil filter safety wired.

As far as streetbike goes...
Drain the coolant and replace with water wetter
Safety wire all points mentioned above (plus your kickstand)
Remove you mirrors
Tape up all lenses
Lower your tire pressure...dependant on what brand you are running.
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Sweet KRUZ, that is what i was looking for.... Hope this is helping those that inquired... Keep it coming....

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Life's Journey Is Not To Arrive At The Grave Safely In A Well Preserved Body, But Rather To Skid In Sideways, Totally Worn Out, Shouting "HOLY SHIT... What A Ride!"

All you have to do is follow three simple rules. One, never under estimate your opponent (mentality). Expect the unexpected (could work out in your favor). Two, take it outside(or to a table). Never start anything inside the Bar unless it's absolutely necessary. And three, be nice.



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Here's something I posted up a while ago on things you want to bring. So far as prep of your bike goes, you'd be better off reading the NESBA manual or STT manual or whatever because each group has different standards.

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first yo uneed to go the "for sale" section and buy some of the gear i'm trying to sell.
if you don't have a tinted sheald on your helmet ,sunglasses .as far as the bike disconect the lights,turn signals,tape them over. remove the mirriors.zip tie your kick stand, you'll need a swing arm stand.hmmm what am i forgetting? what track you going to?
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this is a big help. im prepping for a late summer track day (1st Time) and definitely need to know this stuff.
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Bike Prep:

-properly wired
-properly running
-fresh tires
-excellent brakes
-water and wetter replacing ethylene glycol
-rear stand, ditch or wire up the kickstand
-check that bolts are torqued properly(you'd be surprised how foot control screws can back out from vibration).


Safety Gear

-Good Quality Helmet
-Leather, either 1-piece or full circumference zip 2-piece
-gloves, gauntlet style, that fit
-boots, good quality

Essentials
-Shitloads of drinking water and somesort of gatorade like substance(drink water before you're thirsty, take it to the AM meeting)
-food, figs and bananas are great sources of potassium
-something to sit on, fold out chair, cooler, whatever
-EZ-Up canopy, very nice to have-it will help you make friends too
-tools, just in case, don't go to the track to wrench-have it all done beforehand. last time I was at the track my bike was fine-'til I got there...DOH! the only thing you should be wrenching is tires if you're getting new ones at the track. You need a tire pressure guage, an air can is nice to fill tires as well.

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One thing that I have which is invaluable is a small air pump. The kind that plugs into a cigarette lighter. You can find them at Target for $14.99.

If you don't wear ear plugs you might want to start. Its noisy on the grid, and the bikes on the track are loud as well. Ear plugs cut out the extra noise and make your engine much easier to hear.

Other than that, everyone else has said what you really need.

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It's alway good to bring someone with you. They can help you out of your leathers and if you crash, they can drive you home. Also, if they are attractive, you will make a lot of friends in the pits fast.

It all goes back together the way it came apart...unless it came apart at redline!
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post #15 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-01-2005, 08:23 AM
 
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Get a copy of Kent Larson's Track Day Handbook. He is a NESBA contol rider so if you do a mid-west NESBA event you will probably even get to ride with him. The book is funny and informative. You can get it here: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...83333?v=glance
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A few pairs of spare socks and a gas can- you WILL use up your tank, and won't waste time waiting in line to gas up when you can be drinking water & socializing.
+1 for a person to help you out of your suit.
Wear Underarmor or Coolmax under your suit-NOT a cotton T-it will get soggy & clammy.
If you're in the novice class,you can bring flip flops or some comfy shoes to change into during class time. Boots get HOT!
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