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General Track Day Information

1.Get your bike in shape.
This means ensuring that your tires, brakes, and chain are in decent shape, your bike has been tuned up recently, and that you've performed a safety inspection on your bike. Double check your tire pressure on track day, and ensure that your track weapon is in the best shape possible.

2.Safety requirements.
We require replacing engine coolant with water/water wetter, (see our FAQ page) since coolant spilled in an accident can cause slippery hazards. You'll want to preserve your engine's cooling system by using distilled water.
If you are going to be a dedicated track rider we suggest that you safety wire your bikes’ fasteners (to prevent them from flying off in an accident and/or them coming loose as you ride on the track and cause you to have an accident).  You should consider doing so with a drill, safety wire, and pliers, or getting the work done by a professional mechanic. Typically, the basic requirements are A) oil drain bolt B) oil fill and C) oil filter (hose clamp around filter then wired is typical), to be wired.  You can use a high temp silicone if you don’t/can’t safety wire your bike, just put a dab on the seams of the basic items stated above.

Please keep in mind, not only is it YOUR safety that is important, but the safety of everyone else on the track. Understand that the removal of glycol based coolants in your radiator, as well as the required items being wired is to make sure EVERYONE at the track stays as safe as possible. Trust us, you do NOT want to be "that guy" that everyone in the pits is looking at for oiling down the track or having a crash that causes your coolant to be spilled on the track. It takes up valuable time that everyone has paid for as well as leaves a dangerous/slick spot on the track for the rest of the day that could very well cause a fellow track day rider to crash.

3.Be prepared with supplies.
Some of the basic things you'll need are extra fuel, tools, and materials to transport your bike like tie-downs and/or a trailer.

Creature comforts like portable chairs, e-z up type canopies, umbrellas, ice chests, food, and water will enable you to recharge between laps. Keep hydrated thru the day regardless of the weather conditions.

Keeping a list of your supplies will make it easier to remember what you'll need to bring.

4.Pay attention.
From the rider's meeting to the rules of the track, being attentive is the key to getting the most out of the experience and staying out of trouble. Prepare by getting a full nights sleep and staying properly hydrated; a clear mind is the easiest way to stay fast and safe on the track. Use your head and be aware of your condition, if you're going too fast or getting fatigued, slow down or exit and take a break. Crashing simply isn't worth it!

5.Preserve your bike.
Track days are mechanically demanding on bikes, and it's important to spend one lap warming up your bike, and one lap cooling it down. The warm up lap will get your tires and bike up to temperature, and the cool down lap will save your high-revving engine from potential damage.

6.Check your bike often.
Make sure your tires are healthy, your chain is adjusted properly, and your fuel level is OK before every session. Removing that lingering worry about these items will allow you to focus more on your riding technique and less on the mechanical integrity of your bike.

7.Ride at your own pace.
When you hit the track, you'll be pumped with adrenaline and a strong desire to keep pace with faster riders.  Resist those urges.
We like to say “check your ego at the gate”.

Remember that track days aren't races; they're an opportunity to enjoy speed in the safety of a controlled environment. Don't detract from that experience by exceeding the abilities of yourself and your bike.

8.Respect your tires.
Tire temperature (in addition to proper riding technique, of course) usually makes the difference between attaining incredible lean angles and crashing. Make sure you allow 2 or 3 laps for your tires to warm up, and never ride aggressively on cold tires.

9.Learn the meanings of various safety flags.
Flags are used to signal conditions including varying degrees of caution and when lap sessions are beginning and ending. Be sure you learn their significance so you're aware of what's going on around you, and can react appropriately.  This falls under #4, pay attention at the riders meeting when the flags are explained.

10.Don't be afraid to ask for help.
It's difficult to anticipate the physical, mental, and logistical demands of a track day.  Do not hesitate to ask one of our staff, they are more than willing to lend advice and guidance. Don't be shy, if you're in doubt, make use of their experience and ask plenty of questions.

Standard Track day schedule

7:00am – gates open at track
7:30am – registration & tech open
8:25am – riders meeting, all riders must attend
9:00am – hot track, first group out is advanced, intermediate then novice in rotation, usually 20 minute sessions. Novice orientation meeting.
12:00 noon – one hour lunch break, usually on Sunday’s we break for lunch at 11:00am due to quite time for churches.
5:00pm – End of track day, this may run till 5:30pm depending on the venue.