What's the best mix ratio for the Water Wetter?
As far as riding gear, for a first time track rider, do I need race suit and race boots?
I have Rocket jacket and pants that zip at rear, and Thor 50/50 boots.
How much gas should I bring?
Do I need to safety wire anything?
Should I try going to work the day after or will I be too tired?
I'm thinking about going up to El Mirage next weekend and flipping the shifter over to GP style; riding up and down the lake would be the perfect place to practice. That's where I learned to ride dirt bikes a long time ago
Thanks for all the help
Read the instructions on the bottle of water wetter, I believe it's like 2 cap fulls to every gallon of distilled water??? (just my guess) I know you use the cap to measure the amout of water wetter. the exact amount is listed on the bottle.
NO, you don't have to have race boots or race leathers....
BUT follow these rider equipment requirements and you'll be fine
1) BSI, DOT, or SNELL full-face helmet with face shield. Swing-up chin-bar helmets are ONLY allowed in the Level 1 school, and any of these helmets that don't lock firmly (i.e. ROOF and others) will not be allowed period. You are risking your own head by riding with a damaged helmet, but any damage more than scuffs or scrapes will NOT pass tech since we care about your safety even if you may want to risk riding with a severely dinged-up lid!
2) Leather, Lorica, or similar material motorcycle riding boots that fully cover the top of the ankle and MUST overlap your suit's pant leg. No external laces allowed.
3) Undamaged gauntlet style gloves with full wrist coverage (must overlap sleeve of suit). And for your own protection, don't come to a track day wearing some cheapo paper-thin gloves. You want your hands to be protected WELL, right?
4) One or two piece protective suit. Two piece suits must zip together fully (90%) if worn in Level 2....at least a standard "back zipper" is required for Level 1 riders. Ballistic nylon suits such as Joe Rocket, AeroStitch etc. are acceptable (Level 1 only) provided they have reinforced and padded shoulders, elbows, hips, and knee areas.
5) Level 2 riders MUST WEAR A BACK PROTECTOR. Back pads sewn into suits are not enough.
6) You must be 18 years old.
7) NO sparking knee sliders allowed. At ANY venue.
It looks like your 2 piece leathers should be fine for your 1st time at the track. BUT I would strongly recommend that you get a one piece suit in the future... also think about this with current set of leathers... if you go down it really doesn't matter how fast your riding, if you land a certain way and your leathers spread apart your open to all kinds of things that could happen to you, a good idea is to put almost as much money into your as you do your bike, that gear will save you so much pain, and anguish, and possibly death!!!
Those Thor boots look pretty cool!!!! But do they over lap your leather pant legs?? If they do, your good to go...
We recommend that you at least safety wire your drain plug...
Because the 919 doesn't have a fairing we will require you to have water wetter...
1) All bikes MUST pass technical inspection prior to admittance to the track. If your bike DOES NOT pass tech inspection, you will NOT receive a refund.
2) Tires and brakes must be in good condition. Tire tread should be in good condition with decent tread depth. Any tires with shredding, cracking, or have tread worn down to flat spot with no remaining stiping will be disallowed.
3) Brake levers must function properly, without excessive play or pull
4) ALL lights must be taped over. We also suggest pulling fuses so the tape will not gum up. Side mirrors must be taped over or removed (we suggest removal).
5) All machines must have an operational kill switch/button and self-closing throttle in good working condition.
6) Noise Limits - Laguna Seca has a 90-92db noise restriction policy measured by a decibel meter. Riders flagged off the track and who are unable to come into compliance will not receive a refund. If you don't know if your bike will pass this limit, please email or call us for further advice.
8) Wheel balance weights must be well-secured (crimped or taped over).
9) License plates must have bolts taped or be removed.
10) WE STRONGLY SUGGEST SAFETY WIRING OIL DRAIN PLUG. In fact we really think for those of you who frequent track days safety wiring MANY things is advisable, and many motorcycle shops will "track prep" a bike for you. It's NOT required mind you, but it's a prudent thing to do.
11) Any riders in L2 or L3 must drain glycol coolant and run water, with any of the major aftermarket non-glycol coolants such as Water Wetter or equivalent.
I always fill my gas tank up and bring 5 gals of gas. You might not use all the gas, but always refil your tank at the lunch break. I myself will go through more than 5 gals, I have to fill my gas tank 3 times and I run a generator for my tire warmers. But when I had my 919, 5 gallons of gas was plenty for 1 day at the track.
El Mirage is almost my back yard, I only live like 12 miles away!!!!
I still dirt bike there now and then...
But let me ask you this... do really need to switch over before the trackday?
you can always do the trackday and switch over after it... instead of switching before and try to rush to learn it, it won't be a mental thought in your head while it's new to you at the track, which is new to you as well...
I would say to switch over right after the trackday and ride around with it and get use to it this way it's won't be a mental thought in your mind and you thinking did I shift the right way???? you know what I mean. it's entirely up to you though...
Just so you know I do not use GP shifting and I race... I'm not saying it's a bad thing, I just don't see the need for it.
Have a good one!!!!! Are you getting excited?!?!?!