Re: Track Day Tips...wanted
Stuff to bring:
1. bike key (don't laugh, people forget them)
2. comfy chair
3. ez-up or other shade device if you're not getting a garage
4. cooler w/ plenty of water/gatorade/food
4a. eat a little snack between each session instead of one big heavy lunch
6. 5 gallon gas jug
8. extra painter's tape (for your lights) and duct tape (for your wheel weights)
9. cash (some tracks have an entry fee)
I have lowsided before due to cold, overinflated tires.
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Make sure you know the proper pressures for your tires for the track. Call the manufacturer's customer service line if you have to, but most of the time you'll see somewhere around 30 front, 30 rear (measured when cold). Also make sure you give your tires plenty of time to warm up each session before you start hitting the turns hard (2 laps is probably safe).
+1 on asking the the track guides / instructors to lead you around the track. Do this as much as you want and maybe ask them to pick up the pace later if you're getting better at it. They'll show you the best lines, then after the session's over you can ask them questions and they'll critique you.
Get your photos at the end of the day so you can check your body positioning. That was the most helpful thing for me as far as developing decent body positioning. I would compare my photos to those of good riders /racers and make adjustments accordingly.
Breathe, relax on the bike and have fun. Like in any sport, tension hampers your ability to perform.
Last edited by orange_dog; 05-17-2008 at 02:59 PM.