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cold trackdays?

so I'm signed up for putnam this weekend but the forecast isn't looking good temp wise - highs in mid 40s and lows in mid 20s. I'm planning on running power races (med soft) with warmers. Will traction be an issue? Is it going to completely suck? what should I expect in general? any other advice for cold trackdays is appreciated

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Yes... traction will be an issue, especially early.

Turn 4 at Putnam is a trap on a good day, on a cold day it's a crashfest.

Avoid the inside 2 1/2 feet on the entrance, it's real off-camber.


Wear a GoreTex Shell or other windblock over your leathers to help.

Wear a draft-Stop on your neck, that helps.

Take a heater of somekind if you can manage it.

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BTW.....
running warmers on a cold day .... your grip will be better on your first two laps
than at the end of the sessions, tires actually loose temp when it's really bad.


Listen to the tires.


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You'll still have a fair amount of grip but that seems just way too cold. If you were racing, you'd have no choice but for a trackday.. I'd stay home.
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for the number of days and tires in the budget this year, this one may not be worth it if the weather forecast doesn't significantly improve. Anyone want my A group spots at a deep discount lol?

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What Blarney said +1 on both posts.
and... watch out for turn 4!
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I've been there a couple times so I know and love the track, although the cold makes it all that more precarious. Just not thrilled about the timing of the swing in the weather. I think I'm going to sit it out

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I feel for you. I have my first track day Saturday in Michigan. I'm really considering sitting this one out. Good thing it only cost me $30.

I may go and ride slow. Not sure yet. Too bad i don't have tire warmers.

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I cannot seem to crash for less than about $500 or so, how do you do it ??


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Just come out and ride. I will be there both days. Don't even bother running warmers. Your tires will most likely cool off immediately when you take the warmers off anyway. Wear long johns and a thin face mask. Take your time and don't ride over your head. It will be a good experience. Find me and we will drink a beer after we are done riding.

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I cannot seem to crash for less than about $500 or so, how do you do it ??


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If running warmers will make you feel better you can use mine.

If you can afford it, buy a set of PP cts. They are street tires and will be much better than a race tire in this weather.

Any day riding is better than not. Who knows, maybe it will warm up more than they are predicting.

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I'm pretty apprehensive about the power races, I was thinking a street/track tire would be better so its nice to have that confirmed but the additional cost is an issue. GH, do you know if a tire vendor will be at putnam? Decisions decisions...

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I cannot seem to crash for less than about $500 or so, how do you do it ??


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Yeah, so far as I know you last crashed before I was born so given the change in the value of the dollar, that must have been a hell of a crash.

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Yeah, so far as I know you last crashed before I was born so given the change in the value of the dollar, that must have been a hell of a crash.

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ORLY ?


Of Course that is my approach as well.... hence Eddies Jab at me.

However from time to time things go wrong....and there you are.


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See now Tom, that is what winter time is for. You're supposed to be monitoring all the web forums for spare parts for your machine. The way my SV stock is set up at this point in time I could crash 10 times and it never costs me a dime.

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Where is Putnam at? I might go now, still iffy though. Drink beers and take pictures.
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Same distance south as Indy but about half way between Indy and the Illinois Indiana border.

Look up Putnamville, In. Thats the name of the town its nearest to.You can ride bro. I'll let you ride the SV. I'll ride Rachels R6

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No, but I'll drink and bring my Gramp's bad ass camera. You camping??
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Just you or 5 other guys too?
Just me and K3 gay boy. Get your own room.

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I'm not going then. Good luck.



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