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    First Track Day!

    I just signed up for a day on the track over here at road america on the 30th as a birthday present to myself. Must say im all sorts of excited and nervous. Im goin to start getting all the gear together soon so im wondering what are musts? Il be trailering the bike. So basically some sun shade, water, food, stand, tunes, gas, some tools/tape, chairs.... Anything out of the ordinary that reveals itself useful once you are there? Thanks for any advice!

    #2
    Zip ties!!!! Lots of zip ties.

    Paper towels

    Change of clothes, something comfortable for the way home. ( you will sweat through your boxers/t-shirt and sox if they are under your leathers/boots)

    Advil...

    Beer if you are spending the night.
    Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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      #3
      spare brake and clutch levers, accurate air pressure gauge, band aids, duct tape.

      GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN HOW TO USE YOUR BRAKES TO THE MAX !
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        #4
        Zip ties, check. And good call on spare clothes. This time I'm taking my mv agusta out so spare levers n such isn't quite realistic right now. If I toss my street ride the fun is likely over. So to that end, I'm not going to purposely thrash my ride. But air gauge and duct tape, yes and yes. Hopefully not band aids but yes.

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          #5
          What I think I normally bring.

          pop up tent / shade, straps to tie to trailer or buckets with stuff in it to weigh it down.
          Camping chair
          flip flops
          air pump
          good pressure gauge
          paper towels
          cleaning spray for visor
          Cleaning spray for dirt/oil
          Spare levers (and rearset parts if possible)
          Front and rear stands
          5 gallon gas, plus 1/2 tank in bike at start. Usually only use 3 gallons at most on the F3.
          Gear (suit, gloves, boots, back protector, helmet)
          Ramp for loading bike
          Tool bag, whatever you need to remove wheels, calipers, fairings, rearset, levers, adjust chain tension
          zip ties
          Duct tape
          At least 1 gallon water
          Lunch/snacks
          Lap timer if you want to.

          Thats what I can think of now. Other than making sure you have good tires that are balanced and the bike is prepped to whatever the requirements are for the track org. For novice, maybe all you'll have to do is drain coolant and run distilled water.

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            #6
            Try and find out before hand what the rules are for things like mirrors and lights and radiator fluid, easier to do at home and gives you less to do at the track so you can focus on the riding. I think most organizations want you to remove the mirrors and tape up all your lights. If that's the case be sure to yank the fuses for the lights so the heat doesn't melt the tape and make it difficult to remove later.
            Have fun!

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              #7
              il have to review RA rules but ZARs(the organization holding it) doesnt require water/water wetter or the like. So pretty much tape up glass remove/disconnect/tape signals, remove license plate, good to go

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                #8
                PLEASE do not run anti freeze. If by the odd chance you go down, it takes FOREVER to clean up glycol

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                  #9
                  fml, thoughts on a 4216 dated rear tire?

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                    #10
                    Originally Posted by Peteroo View Post
                    fml, thoughts on a 4216 dated rear tire?
                    A friend and track day organizer once opined that tires are cheaper than bodywork or medical bills. If I was going to the track, a six-year old tire would be a no go.
                    ASMA #139

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                      #11
                      im starting to see how this can empty pockets...

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                        #12
                        Tires are the only thing between you and the ground, a 6 years old tire is a real risk. I'd get a decent set of sport/trackday tires and make sure you get advise on what the track pressures should be.

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                          #13
                          Originally Posted by Peteroo View Post
                          fml, thoughts on a 4216 dated rear tire?
                          Depends how fast you are..
                          ​​​​​​And I don't mean that as an insult or some weird flex. If you are not struggling for grip more grip doesn't help.

                          Having seen the pace run by some track day guys vs other's there is a vast gap in speed skill. Some dudes are out there every weekend and running real respectable pace. Some guys that are just starting will be helped not at all by sticky tires. They just cant generate the forces needed to take advantage of $500 worth of rubber.


                          Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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                            #14
                            Hmmm ... these suggestions look fairly complete. How about a pony air tank so you aren’t searching the track for compressor?
                            Bi-Coastal U.S.A.: Los Angeles, CA and Long Island, NY

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                              #15
                              Originally Posted by Peteroo View Post
                              im starting to see how this can empty pockets...
                              Ya...... Just try racing. This will seem cheap.
                              Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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