Motorcycle track days can be loads of fun. To make the most out of your day on the track, you need to make sure that your day goes as smoothly as possible. So, to help you out, we have come up with a list of things for you check before heading out. Here is a quick list of things to check before going out on a track day.
It goes without saying that on the track, your riding gear is extremely important. It greatly reduces risk of serious injury, if an unfortunate accident were to occur. You will require a good helmet, full-length gloves, riding boots, and either a one-piece or a two-piece riding suit. A back protector is also highly recommended, as it provides additional protection for your spine. Having even the best riding gear on doesn't mean you can fool around on the track. Ride within your limits, and obey all track-side rules to ensure the safety of yourself and those riding alongside you.
If you are riding a road bike, make sure you have all relevant documents in place. Nowadays, many tracks are asking for a valid motorcycle-riding license to be eligible for a track day, so carry your riding license just in case. If you are really going to take your bike to the limit, we recommend that you insure your bike for the event. It could be expensive, but could ultimately come in handy.
Quick repair tools
On the track, you will tend to push your bike to its limits. You never know what kind niggles you might encounter. You may feel the need to adjust the brake/clutch play, the suspension etc. We suggest that you take a tool kit with you comprising of all the required-size spanners, screwdrivers, pliers, duct tape, tyre-pressure gauge, and if possible, a portable air-pump.
Fuel can and funnel
Most of the tracks have fuel pumps either within the complex or very close to the tracks. But, we recommend that you carry a fuel can and a funnel just in case your bike runs out of fuel on the track. Call the track office to inquire about refuelling.
Food and Hydration
Riding on the track, even just one session, is quite a workout. With all your gear on, you will sweat much more than usual. Staying well-hydrated is critical to maintain your energy level, so ensure that you have plenty of water to drink before and after your session. We recommend that you don’t eat a heavy lunch before a session, as digestion of such meals can slow down your reaction times. We think it is best to consume a light salad or fruits or protein/meal bars.
Lastly, before hitting the track, memorize the track layout. Learning when you are going to encounter a particular corner or a straight will make your track experience so much better. In case we have left out anything, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org