1.Get your bike in shape.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.