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What's up guys. I finally booked my first Track Day (Jennings GP, Feb. 26) and I'm really psyched, but I have a lot of things to get together before I'm ready. I've got some tentative prep lists and would like to see what you all have to add or change.

Bike Prep:
Change spark plugs (due in a few miles)
Change oil (due in a few miles)
Check/bleed brakes
Clean/lube/tension chain
Check/clean air filter
Tape lights/remove fuses
Check/flush coolant - It is not required to run straight water, but recommended. Thoughts on this? I live in FL so it's not likely to get below freezing.

Stuff to bring:
Bike with key
Gas/gas can
Tools
Stands
Tire pump/gauge
2 Helmets with extra visor
Leathers
Gloves
Boots
Back Protector
Under Armor
Extra Clothes
Cooler with lots of water/food
Some $$$
Camping Chairs
Zip ties
Duct tape
Super Glue
Camera

Things to figure out:
Transportation for bike - I have an S10 which I can fit the bike in. Loading the bike is not much of a problem because I have a small ramp. I'm more concerned about the unloading part. It would just be my wife and I rolling it down the ramp. I'm considering the Uhaul trailer route, but really would like to save the extra $. On the other hand I don't want to be stressing unloading the bike in the morning. Anyone know if there is a loading ramp at Jennings?

Canyon dancers - I'm probably going to pick some of these up. I've heard they're the shit, just wanted to confirm. I've always gotten by with several sets of ratchet straps.

Hotel - Anyone know any good ones near the track? We're probably driving up Saturday night and leaving Sunday evening.

Suspension setup - Anyone know if they're is a suspension tech at the track and what they charge for a quick setup?

Sorry for the long post, I'm sure I'll still have plenty more questions before the 26th. Thanks in advance for all the help.

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Usually there is a suspension tech and it's around 25-40$ I think.

that was the only question i can answer
 

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What's up guys. I finally booked my first Track Day (Jennings GP, Feb. 26) and I'm really psyched, but I have a lot of things to get together before I'm ready. I've got some tentative prep lists and would like to see what you all have to add or change.

Bike Prep:
Change spark plugs (due in a few miles)
Change oil (due in a few miles)
Check/bleed brakes
Clean/lube/tension chain
Check/clean air filter
Tape lights/remove fuses
Check/flush coolant - It is not required to run straight water, but recommended. Thoughts on this? I live in FL so it's not likely to get below freezing.
Water Wetter or Engine Ice, this is allowed there and it will drop your temp 5-8 degrees in the summer when its like Africa hot.

Stuff to bring:
Bike with key I bring a spare key with me too, but I have some OCD issues :lmao.
Gas/gas can
Tools
Stands
Tire pump/gauge
2 Helmets with extra visor
Leathers
Gloves
Boots
Back Protector
Under Armor
Extra Clothes
Cooler with lots of water/food
Some $$$
Camping Chairs
Zip ties
Duct tape
Super Glue
Camera

Things to figure out:
Transportation for bike - I have an S10 which I can fit the bike in. Loading the bike is not much of a problem because I have a small ramp. I'm more concerned about the unloading part. It would just be my wife and I rolling it down the ramp. I'm considering the Uhaul trailer route, but really would like to save the extra $. On the other hand I don't want to be stressing unloading the bike in the morning. Anyone know if there is a loading ramp at Jennings?
No loading ramp I know of there. I rented a uhaul enclosed trailer for $20 a day last month when I went.
Canyon dancers - I'm probably going to pick some of these up. I've heard they're the shit, just wanted to confirm. I've always gotten by with several sets of ratchet straps.

Canyon Dancer FTW! I got a wheel chock from Harbor frieght and bolted to some wood and threw it in the Uhaul (keeps the wheel from turning and bike falling over). They (uhaul) do rent a open bike trailer, if you went that route, wheel chock not necessary.

Hotel - Anyone know any good ones near the track? We're probably driving up Saturday night and leaving Sunday evening.

Suspension setup - Anyone know if they're is a suspension tech at the track and what they charge for a quick setup?

Sorry for the long post, I'm sure I'll still have plenty more questions before the 26th. Thanks in advance for all the help.

:beerchug
Make sure you have descent/newer tires, that place will put them to the test.
Where you from?
 

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If you have one a canopy, though it is Feb so not sure how the weather is there, but it is alway nice to cool off in the shade on a hot day than sit in the sun.
 

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Don't worry about the unloading part..I am sure someone will be more than willing to help, just ask.
I would recommend the waterwetter. The last thing you want is for everybody blame you for the long cleanup that antifreeze/EngineIce will take should you have a leak.
Couple of nice hotels just north back into Ga. Only 10=15 minutes away. Restaurants too.
Depending on the Org. and group you are riding in your oil drain and filter might have to be wired...even if it isn't, it is not a bad idea.
If you are a fast Intermidiate or Advanced rider, fresh rubber is a good idea. As stated before, Jennings can and will eat tires. many will flip if staying fr 2 days.
Make sire you have plenty of fluids in your cooler, no matter what the outside temp is.
 

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Like its been said, don't worry about the uloading part. You'll be amazed how friendly and helpful everyone usually is at most track day events. Being a pump and gauge to check and adjust your tire pressures.

Welcome to the addiction!:toocool:
 

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yes, the unloading part was my concern too. but everyone there is able to help out. guy i pit next to helped me unload and even setup my ez-up tent.

they also helped me when my tent blew over my truck. :nono :lmao

trust me, you'll be fine for the unloading. iv'e been to the track by myself, didn't even have a lady friend by my side. :(
 

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plenty of people to help unload the bike
bring a pop up tent
usually they have a suspension guy. 20$ and you're set
check the jennings site for hotels, some offer discounts for jennings riders
canyon dancer are great, but i just use normal ratchet straps
bring snacks

here is my check list: print yours off and literally check it off as you load it up


The Bike:
• Tape:
o Head light
o Tail light
o Blinkers
o Speedo
o Wheel weights

• Safety wire:
o Rear axel
o Front axel
o Calipers
o Oil drain
o Coolant drain
o Oil filter
o Kick stand

• Check fluids:
o F. Brake
o R. Brake
o Oil
o coolant

• Torque:
o Axel
o Calipers
o Brake lever
o Clip ons
o Shifter
o Rear sets

• Replace coolant.
• Chain slack
• Tire pressure
• Set sag
• Brake pads

Gear:
• Helmet
• Suit
• Back protector
• Gloves
• Boots
• Rain gear
o Rain Liner
o Warm layers
• Hoodie
• Under armour
• Balaclava
• Socks
• Shirt
• Jeans
• shoes


Tools etc:
• stands
• sockets
• ratchets
• hammer
• screwdrivers
• allen keys
• funnel
• jumper cables
• manual
• air compressor
• air gauge
• zip ties
• safety wire
• rags
• fluids
• duct tape
• painter tape
• torque wrench
• gas can
• tie downs
• fuses
• track map
• note pad
• table



Other:
• Key
• Key
• Key
• Cash
• License
• Cooler
• Tent
• Pillow
• Heater
• Phone
• Phone charger
• Computer
• Comp charger
• Foods
• water
• Go pro
• Radio
• Pop up tent
• Fan
• T.p.
• table
 

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after all these years of bringing some much stuff to the track I had to shrink my list, Bike, Fuel, Food, water, shade, chair, genny, warmers, tools, tires, gear.

and the most of all, Have fun!
 

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Thanks for all the advice. I'm updating my list as I go.

Make sure you have descent/newer tires, that place will put them to the test.
Where you from?
I just had some new Q2's mounted last week. Really happy with them compared to the Pilot Power 2ct's I was running.

I'm headed up from Tampa.

I'm probably going to go ahead and run some engine ice. I'm due for a flush/change anyway, and the temps don't really get cold enough for me to worry about not having antifreeze.

aaronk277 Re: Track Day Prep List

If you have one a canopy, though it is Feb so not sure how the weather is there, but it is alway nice to cool off in the shade on a hot day than sit in the sun.
I'll probably bypass the canopy for now, but definitely look into it towards the summer.

Tdub Re: Track Day Prep List

Don't worry about the unloading part..I am sure someone will be more than willing to help, just ask.
I would recommend the waterwetter. The last thing you want is for everybody blame you for the long cleanup that antifreeze/EngineIce will take should you have a leak.
Couple of nice hotels just north back into Ga. Only 10=15 minutes away. Restaurants too.
Depending on the Org. and group you are riding in your oil drain and filter might have to be wired...even if it isn't, it is not a bad idea.
If you are a fast Intermidiate or Advanced rider, fresh rubber is a good idea. As stated before, Jennings can and will eat tires. many will flip if staying fr 2 days.
Make sire you have plenty of fluids in your cooler, no matter what the outside temp is.
I'll probably saftey at least the filter/drain plug, and consider caliper bolts, axle bolts etc. I'm running the novice class with a new set of tires, so I should be set there. I'll check out some lodging over the border, thanks.

bryan j Re: Track Day Prep List

plenty of people to help unload the bike
bring a pop up tent
usually they have a suspension guy. 20$ and you're set
check the jennings site for hotels, some offer discounts for jennings riders
canyon dancer are great, but i just use normal ratchet straps
bring snacks

here is my check list: print yours off and literally check it off as you load it up
Thanks a lot for the list. I'm going to use it to add to mine, and will definitely print it out. I'll be hitting up the suspension guy, I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to set-up.

It sounds like loading the bike in the truck shouldn't be a problem, so I'll probably go that route.

Thanks again for all the good advice. Keep it coming.
 

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This is my list for when the wife and I head out for the track:

Canyon Dancers
earplugs
gas
furnace fan
tent
hat
sunglasses
sunscreen
flipflops
shorts
bicycle
extension cords
power strips
stand
helmet bag
cash
camera
dvd player
cooler
drinks
snacks - carbs and protein
shop towels
leathers
helmet
gloves
Back Protector
boots
Jacket
Rachet Straps
Lap Timer
Key
 

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See you guys there, a bunch of us Canadians are coming down for the Feb 25/26/27 - 3 track day package @ Jennings.

Sidenote: Anyone know if there are tire guys in the pits/hot pits to change tires? picked up some new Q2's I wanna give a whirl.... $$ will exchange hands obviously.
 

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yuengling910 said:
I'll probably saftey at least the filter/drain plug, and consider caliper bolts, axle bolts etc. I'm running the novice class with a new set of tires, so I should be set there. I'll check out some lodging over the border, thanks.



Thanks a lot for the list. I'm going to use it to add to mine, and will definitely print it out. I'll be hitting up the suspension guy, I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to set-up.

It sounds like loading the bike in the truck shouldn't be a problem, so I'll probably go that route.

Thanks again for all the good advice. Keep it coming.
You dont have to safety wire in the novice class if you don't want to. Never hurts tho.

I had plenty of ppl offer to help me get the bike in and out of the truck, and set up my pop up.

Just tell the suspension guy to set the sag and clickers. From there just hit the track. If something feels weird tell him and he will adjust it for you.

Also a great idea to get there a day early to set up and see how it all works.

If I remember right. It hit 28* at the track over night last month when I was there.

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You dont have to safety wire in the novice class if you don't want to. Never hurts tho.

I had plenty of ppl offer to help me get the bike in and out of the truck, and set up my pop up.

Just tell the suspension guy to set the sag and clickers. From there just hit the track. If something feels weird tell him and he will adjust it for you.

Also a great idea to get there a day early to set up and see how it all works.

If I remember right. It hit 28* at the track over night last month when I was there.

sent from my Nokia...wait wat?
Damn that's pretty cold. Does engine ice have any antifreezing properties?
 

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I wouldn't worry about it much. It's been warming up a lot since January.

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