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post #1 of 10 Old 06-12-2006, 08:12 AM Thread Starter
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Trackday coming up

I've got my first trackday on 7/9 with Sportbike Track Time at the Talladega GP track (http://www.tgprace.com/). It looks like I'll be taking my 2003 919. I've got gloves, boots, helmet and renting leathers for me. For the bike I know I need to tape up lights, remove mirrors and tag. I'll be ordering the motovations frame sliders just in case and I plan to have some Pilot Powers installed at the track. Any other recommendations for a never-been-on-the-track-before BRAND NEWBIE?

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post #2 of 10 Old 06-12-2006, 08:29 AM
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Newredrider posted a check list on one of the Track day list before. I think it was called "My first track day" Its way to long to write out for you but its got everything covered. Are you going both days?

post #3 of 10 Old 06-12-2006, 08:47 AM Thread Starter
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I'm just going Sunday. I figured I'd go and watch Saturday and give it a shot on Sunday.

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IMO good call on only 1 day. I was so freakin tired afterwards and that was when I was still training hard for Martial Arts. Now I know exactly what to train and could probably swing a 2 day event.

But then again I have to muscle around a TLR which is not exactly light.

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I've got my first trackday on 7/9 with Sportbike Track Time at the Talladega GP track (http://www.tgprace.com/). It looks like I'll be taking my 2003 919. I've got gloves, boots, helmet and renting leathers for me. For the bike I know I need to tape up lights, remove mirrors and tag. I'll be ordering the motovations frame sliders just in case and I plan to have some Pilot Powers installed at the track. Any other recommendations for a never-been-on-the-track-before BRAND NEWBIE?
Start doing squats now. Your legs will be jello by the 3rd session. Drink plenty of water the night before your track day. Take more water with you. Use this list. Copy and paste into MS Word and just edit it as you like. Watch your fatigue level after lunch and late in the sessions. If you get tired or start making mental mistake, pit in. There's nothing wrong with saving it for the next session. Lastly, listen to the instructors and have fun.

Track Checklist


Before leaving for the track check off the following:

Track Items
__ Helmet with clear and tinted visor
__ Suit
__ Gloves
__ Boots
__ If cold: long johns, long sleeve shirt, hankerchief
__ T-Shirt
__ Swim trunks
__ Long socks
__ Sunglasses
__ Suntan lotion
__ Hat
__ Chairs
__ Cooler with drinks
__ Honda spray
__ Cell phone, charger(s)
__ EZ-Up
__ Extension Cord >= 50 ft
__ Electric Fan
__ Electrical splitter???
__ Flashlight
__ Extra Cleaning Rags

Motorcycle Items
__ Front stand
__ Rear stand
__ Gas Can
__ Tie down straps
__ Canyon Dancer
__ Bike Lock
__ Bungee Cords
__ Red Bike Cover
__ Tire pressure gauge
__ Battery charger
__ Tool Bag
__ Vinyl for lights

Tools/Other Items
__ Torque wrench and front and rear axle sockets
__ Metric sockets, allen head sockets
__ Assorted screwdrivers, pliers, hammer, etc
__ Velcro
__ Zip ties
__ Duct tape
__ ????????????????????????
__ $150.00
__ Directions/Phone numbers
__ Backpack
__ Service Manual
__ Camera
__ Extra batteries and charger

Before racing at the track do the following:

Bike prep
__ Set air pressure to 30 PSI on front and 32 rear tires
__ Check all important bolts for tightness (axles, rearsets, clipons)
__ Check chain slack
__ Inspect tires for damage
__ Fill up with gas
__ Check brakes
__ Check fluid levels
__ Remove fuses for all lights if applicable
__ Cover all lights with vinyl
__ Remove Mirrors and turn signals

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Nice list NRR. Looks like the kind I put together to make camping trips easier.

You didn't mention it so can I suggest trailer the bike. If you wad it up you don't have a ride home.
I like visuals, so I use a piece of duct tape with reminders: Countersteer, look thru turn, kiss mirror (even though it's not there), rotate hips, breathe.
And as a buddy says, "When in doubt, gas it." Have fun. Your first trackday you'll be having so much you'll forget to gas up your bike after the first tank.

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Start doing squats now. Your legs will be jello by the 3rd session. Drink plenty of water the night before your track day. Take more water with you. Use this list. Copy and paste into MS Word and just edit it as you like. Watch your fatigue level after lunch and late in the sessions. If you get tired or start making mental mistake, pit in. There's nothing wrong with saving it for the next session. Lastly, listen to the instructors and have fun.

Track Checklist


Before leaving for the track check off the following:

Track Items
__ Helmet with clear and tinted visor
__ Suit
__ Gloves
__ Boots
__ If cold: long johns, long sleeve shirt, hankerchief
__ T-Shirt
__ Swim trunks
__ Long socks
__ Sunglasses
__ Suntan lotion
__ Hat
__ Chairs
__ Cooler with drinks
__ Honda spray
__ Cell phone, charger(s)
__ EZ-Up
__ Extension Cord >= 50 ft
__ Electric Fan
__ Electrical splitter???
__ Flashlight
__ Extra Cleaning Rags

Motorcycle Items
__ Front stand
__ Rear stand
__ Gas Can
__ Tie down straps
__ Canyon Dancer
__ Bike Lock
__ Bungee Cords
__ Red Bike Cover
__ Tire pressure gauge
__ Battery charger
__ Tool Bag
__ Vinyl for lights

Tools/Other Items
__ Torque wrench and front and rear axle sockets
__ Metric sockets, allen head sockets
__ Assorted screwdrivers, pliers, hammer, etc
__ Velcro
__ Zip ties
__ Duct tape
__ ????????????????????????
__ $150.00
__ Directions/Phone numbers
__ Backpack
__ Service Manual
__ Camera
__ Extra batteries and charger

Before racing at the track do the following:

Bike prep
__ Set air pressure to 30 PSI on front and 32 rear tires
__ Check all important bolts for tightness (axles, rearsets, clipons)
__ Check chain slack
__ Inspect tires for damage
__ Fill up with gas
__ Check brakes
__ Check fluid levels
__ Remove fuses for all lights if applicable
__ Cover all lights with vinyl
__ Remove Mirrors and turn signals
LOL, yeah and might want to add Keys to that list.....

+ $5

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post #8 of 10 Old 06-13-2006, 06:44 AM Thread Starter
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Very good information. I appreciate your input. I was planning to haul the bike there in the back of my truck (don't have a trailer) but I'm hoping I don't "wad it up". I'll be taking it easy, this is my street bike! Maybe I'll find a cheap track bike by then but if not, then it's the 919.

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WATER, WATER, WATER.......and bananas are good for muscle cramps too. On my first track day i was done by 2:00. Most important DO NOT FORGET TO BREATHE.......i didn't take a breathe until turn 3. Have a great time and keep the rubber side down.

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I thought keys and a trailer would be given.

A truck is fine but if you're going by yourself take it easy. It sucks to try and load a bike and all your gear when your knee is the size of a watermelon. It's always safer to go with a friend or two.

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