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So, my first track day is coming up soon, through Apex trackdays at Miller Motorsports Park, and I'm looking for a few tips for my first track day. I suppose mostly on what kinds of things should I bring besides myself, the bike, and my gear. I should be able to haul the bike up there, but a few tips on if I have to ride to the track might be nice too, it's about an hour ride from where I live. I'm super excited to get out on the track :D
 

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Get your suspension set up to you if you havent already, most bike shops will do this for about $30. Make sure you have some good tires, maybe bleed your brakes and give it a fresh oil change before you go. Go over your bike the night before and make sure all of your bolts are tight and that the bike is set up to the requirements of the track day organization. Also try to avoid riding there if at all possible just in case.
 

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i agree with everything he said^
definitely do not ride to the track, it is a very bad idea.
also make sure you have the necessary bolts drilled and safety wired and bring extra with a couple of bits to the track in case your in need of more done. drinks lots of fluid and pack a cooler with food, if you know somebody with a ez up canopy bring that as well, its very nice thing to have, just bring more tools than you think you could need as well.
hope that helps
 

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liquids!!! your gonna dehydrate like your running a marathon in the desert!!! and snacks! healthy energy stuff. start drinking water at least 2 days before. im talking like drink so much water that you have to go piss every 5 minutes LoL.

and HAVE FUN!!!!!! you gonna take a hit off the track pipe. and be addicted!
 

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Both repsol and crash made a great point. You need to hydrate like its nobodies business, lots of water and Gatorade. Try to drink at least 1 bottle between every session, if you can drink more than that good. If you dont have to go piss at least once an hour you are not properly hydrated and you will end up paying for it in the afternoon.

The tools and bolts is a great point, I will actally take every spare bolt, screw, nut, basically anything for the bike I have a spare of. You will also want to take enough tools to know you can fix anything that goes wrong. I had the reservoir bracket for my master cylinder break on the parade lap my last track day, and without my spare sh!t and tools my day would have been done.
 

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oh ya.. mix your gatorade with water or drink about 50:50. dont drink just gatoraid.
 

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Bring your KEYS, gas can, chairs/table, EZ-up, food/drinks, and what everyone else said. Have a good time and be safe!
 

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Thanks for the tips :) I'm hoping I'll be able to afford all the track time that I know I'm going to want this summer..., haha.
 

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Thanks for the tips :) I'm hoping I'll be able to afford all the track time that I know I'm going to want this summer..., haha.
It can get expensive between entry fees and tires. Then tire warmers, race tires and all the other goodies you will want as you get into the faster groups. But it is all worth it you can actually ride the bike how it was made to be ridden and in a safe environment.
 

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You will get hooked....

Also a small piece of advice. Get your suspension done and a good set of tires first before you get any of the other mods/accessories. Track plastics also if you do want to be a total track whore. then dump some money into other stuff later on (warmers, rear-sets, wheels etc). I was able to run up to the fast Intermediate group with nothing but just good tires and a 520conversion
 

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You will get hooked....

Also a small piece of advice. Get your suspension done and a good set of tires first before you get any of the other mods/accessories. Track plastics also if you do want to be a total track whore. then dump some money into other stuff later on (warmers, rear-sets, wheels etc). I was able to run up to the fast Intermediate group with nothing but just good tires and a 520conversion
This man speaks the truth. Getting your suspension set up properly will also save you money on tires because they will wear properly and not tear as much.
 

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Some great advice in here! If you can rent a trailer form u-haul it will make your life much easier. Expecially since you cant carry most of your much needed materials on your bike when u ride to your destination.

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1. Hydrate yourself
2. Chose a track day organizer who is tested and true- the last thing you want is to go to a poorly run track day for your first time and it leaving a bad taste in your mouth
3. Go with a friend or bring a friend along.
4. Bring snacks
5. Ask questions when you are thier..everyone is very helpfull
6. Bring an EZ-Up Tent...it gets realll hot.
7. Start a thread like this.
8. Watch twist of the wrist 1 and 2 on DVD for some tips.
9. Wear some sort fo undergarmet like underarmer under your leathers- its a lifesaver.
10. Take a break every now and then and recharge- mistakes happen when your tired or frusterated.
11. Your helmet must be in good shape and have a good fit or it is usless. You should not be ableot chew gum confortably if your helmet fits correcntly.
12. Full length gloves and a tall boot.
13. Tool box with rachet set and misc tools.
14. Duck Tape- haha, dont laugh. You will need it!
15. Make sure you have a hard BACK PROTECTOR as they are manditory
16. Your suit (if two peice) must zip together tightly. If one peice then no worries.
17. Fold out chair for sitting...u will need it
18. Check the internet for a track layout- study it. Hell, close your eyes and imagine riding it. This will help as silly as it sounds.

Bike:
1. Check your bike over
2. Bring gas for your bike
3. Change your collant to distilled water and watter wetter or other additive as this is manditory
4. Take 10min and have ur suspension set up for you- world of difference.
5. Tape your lights.

Important:
1. Know that you wont be fast your first lap, or first day for that matter. Things like racing take time.
2. Dont try to race or impress anybody- your thier to build on your own skill not compete with others- this will make your day much more enjoyable.
3. If they offer it- follow an instructure to learn the lines of the track for the first few laps.
4. Increase your speed slowely- overshooting a turn or straight can be dangerous!

Most of all...HAVE FUN!
 

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Some great advice in here! If you can rent a trailer form u-haul it will make your life much easier. Expecially since you cant carry most of your much needed materials on your bike when u ride to your destination.

Personal:
1. Hydrate yourself
2. Chose a track day organizer who is tested and true- the last thing you want is to go to a poorly run track day for your first time and it leaving a bad taste in your mouth
3. Go with a friend or bring a friend along.
4. Bring snacks
5. Ask questions when you are thier..everyone is very helpfull
6. Bring an EZ-Up Tent...it gets realll hot.
7. Start a thread like this.
8. Watch twist of the wrist 1 and 2 on DVD for some tips.
9. Wear some sort fo undergarmet like underarmer under your leathers- its a lifesaver.
10. Take a break every now and then and recharge- mistakes happen when your tired or frusterated.
11. Your helmet must be in good shape and have a good fit or it is usless. You should not be ableot chew gum confortably if your helmet fits correcntly.
12. Full length gloves and a tall boot.
13. Tool box with rachet set and misc tools.
14. Duck Tape- haha, dont laugh. You will need it!
15. Make sure you have a hard BACK PROTECTOR as they are manditory
16. Your suit (if two peice) must zip together tightly. If one peice then no worries.
17. Fold out chair for sitting...u will need it

Bike:
1. Check your bike over
2. Bring gas for your bike
3. Change your collant to distilled water and watter wetter or other additive as this is manditory
4. Take 10min and have ur suspension set up for you- world of difference.

Important:
1. Know that you wont be fast your first lap, or first day for that matter. Things like racing take time.
2. Dont try to race or impress anybody- your thier to build on your own skill not compete with others- this will make your day much more enjoyable.
3. If they offer it- follow an instructure to learn the lines of the track for the first few laps.
4. Increase your speed slowely- overshooting a turn or straight can be dangerous!

Most of all...HAVE FUN!
:+1: This is probably the best step by step of what to do to prepare to make sure you get the most out of your day.
 

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Pretty much everything that's been said already.

You might want to make a checklist for yourself depending on how often you go. Here's mine. You can see that there's no way to ride yourself with all the gear you may need. The most important are chairs, some kind of shade (ie canopy) and food/water. Besides, if you crash, how do you get your bike home?

 

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I use that exact list- modified slightly. Great Tool....this may sounds harsh but i would maybe just go and watch a track day for starters and get your bearings. Then grab all of the materials you will need (rent a small trailer and so on) so that your first experience is a good one. Then sit back and see what materials you will need and place them in two categories- essential and non-essential.

Riding your bike to the track will not allow you to have all the nessessary tools needed to enjoy your day...look at it this way. If i forget something as simple as my tent, chair or water- my day is not successful! You already cant take those three things on your biker with you to a track day.

Just my two cents- in no way am i saying donrt do it, but taking all the nessesary percautions will make the world of a difference in your experience.

Also- i almost forgot! If you dont have a track bike you must TAPE YOUR LIGHTS. And dont ride around with your license plate on at the track.

Thanks!

Andrew
 

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+1 to everything above.

There's a lot to learn, but here's what I've learned as a beginner.

Make sure you learn the race line (even though you'll could be slow). It's important for the riders behind you to have a sense of what you're going to do and where you're going to go and end up. If you're slow, and you hear bikes behind you, don't worry about it and don't look back, continue what you're doing. Remember, don't worry about someone else not being able to pass you. They paid the same amount of money you did, just continue on with your turn and keep focus. They'll get ahead of you when the time comes.

Also, don't follow your friends, chances are they'll have more experience. I would keep a safe distance behind someone else. If you have to follow someone, it should be a coach/controlled rider.

Have fun and take your time. The speed will come.

Oh, and be prepared to drain your bank account.
 

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Oh Snap! BDT pulled out the list. :lol:
 

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i'm in a similar spot as the OP in a months. I'm curious about the suspension setup comments - i know it's only $30 per say to get it checked out but i'm wondering if there's some sort of chart that outlines recommended settings?
 

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i'm in a similar spot as the OP in a months. I'm curious about the suspension setup comments - i know it's only $30 per say to get it checked out but i'm wondering if there's some sort of chart that outlines recommended settings?
Get a shop that does it on a regular basis to set it up.
 

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i'm in a similar spot as the OP in a months. I'm curious about the suspension setup comments - i know it's only $30 per say to get it checked out but i'm wondering if there's some sort of chart that outlines recommended settings?
There are recommended sag settings. Typically 30mm front and back for the track and 35mm for the street, but that's just a generality. Some like it harder, some softer. Rebound and compression are far more specific to each rider.

The fact is, every rider rides differently and therefore needs a different setup. There is no magical number. You really need a guy at the track to do it. They'll adjust it, have you do a couple sessions and come back, the guy will read your tire wear, make more adjustments, do another couple sessions, make adjustments, lather, rinse, repeat until you've got a correct setup.

Reading tires to make minor adjustments is an art form. Dave Moss did mine and was saying stuff like "do you see this arrow formation here?, that means you need more rebound." or maybe it was compression, I don't remember. All I remember was it was like he was speaking Japanese. I had no idea what any of it meant and was glad he was there to do it for me.
 
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