Re: Thinking of riding the track?
Great list of tips.
But, I have issues!!! Well, nevermind those, but here are a few addendums. I've done 50+ track days, and there are some things here that are a little different in my experience.
1) Race fuel is a waste of money unless you're motor is specifically tuned for it. Personally, I think it's a waste of money until you're vying for a top 5 finish. I would avoid buying a used race bike that is tuned for it, as it will add a lot of expense to your track day. You burn much more gas and turn a lot more laps doing track days than racing.
2) I've never heard that leaving hot tires touching the ground matters at all. Anyone care to inform further on this one?
3) I've never heard of any warping of rotors attributable to leaving them in one position while hot.
4) The primary purpose of safety wire is to keep your bike mechanically sound, and your fluids off the ground, not so much to keep a loose bolt from hitting someone.
1) Start drinking extra water for two days before your event. The body learns to retain more. Drink frequently, but in small amounts.
2) As someone mentioned, sunscreen is a must, even on overcast days.
3) Lots of snacks during the day are helpful.
4) If there are any trees, those can be a good place to pit under on a sunny day.
5) Arrive early so you don't have to rush too much.
6) Try to fit in a good breakfast if you can. You'll need all the energy you can muster, especially during your first days at the track. Get as much sleep as you can in the days prior.
7) If you want coaching from the staff, you generally have to speak up and specifically ask for it. They will tend to focus on the people making the worst mistakes. If you are doing ok, they probably won't approach you. They don't mind a bit if you ask them for help, but sometimes it's up to you to ask.
8) Fill your tank before you arrive, then bring the gas can too.
These are just a few extra things to throw in when you're planning things out.