Join Date: May 2001
Motorcycle: Whatever oldgixxer has in his garage...
Re: Track Noob
Welcome to the addiction...
Find out beforehand what the track and organization require you to do to prep your bike for your class.
Bring tons of water, some sport drinks, food that is high in protein, some shade (like a pop up canopy), and a folding chair.
Make sure your bike is in good mechanical shape, with no leaks. Make sure your tires and brakes have lots of life left in them, and make sure your chain isn't too tight. Tape up your lights/mirrors/turn signals with blue painters tape, and unplug them at the bulbs.
Full leathers, a SNELL/DOT approved helmet, gauntlet style gloves, road race boots, and a back protector are usually the minimum gear required.
Leave your ego at the door. No one is getting a factory ride from a track day. Listen and learn everything you can from the coaches. Pay special attention if a coach taps his tail, that means to follow his line because you are missing the apexes. Take it slow. Get to know the track first, get to know the line, and drill that. Go slow. Don't rush it at first. The speed will come with good technique.
Used to race, used to be fast, won a few championships.
"Anyone who believes that slow and steady wins the race has never been in a race" - Me
Rest in peace Dad... I love you, and I miss you. 05.18.43 - 10.11.10