Track Day Tips

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Useful things to have

If you're getting serious about track days these are a few items you may want to consider investing in and other things you will need to know, depending on how serious you are most of these things aren't necessary but still useful.

ESSENTIAL | USEFUL | SHOW OFF | NEED TO KNOW

  • Bike Keys - DON'T FORGET THEM
  • Basic Tool Kit - Incase you need to adjust, fix or remove any parts, some bikes come with them. Ideally this would include some sockets, spanners, allen keys, flat and cross head screwdrivers, pliers, cable ties and duct tape - £20
  • Engine Oil - Take some oil with you, you are likely to burn through it if you go hard, don't forget the funnel - £30
  • Chain Lube & WD40 - Nothing more to say - £20
  • Driving Licence - Most Track Day providers require both parts to enrol and take part
  • Helmet - Complying to British Standard, ideally ACU/FIM Gold Standard - price varies
  • Protective Gear - One piece or zip up suit, including gloves and boots - price varies
  • Compliant Exhaust - Check your exhaust doesn't exceed the tracks noise limit
  • Rags - Wipe up any mess or excess fluid - £1
  • Petrol & Funnel - Though not essential as you can usually buy trackside it would be far cheaper to take your own - £8
  • Tyre Warmers - If you want to get out on the track ready to go then a set of tyre warmers are for you - £110
  • Paddock Stand - For general repairs and working on your bike a set of paddock stands would help and for some repairs/modifications are essential - Front and Rear £50
  • Foot Pump & Tyre Pressure Gauge - You can set your tyres to the right pressure before leaving but to check and adjust you'll need a set of these - £30
  • Trailer / Van - You could always ride there, but remember to adjust your tyre pressure when you arrive - price varies
  • Bike Ramp - If transporting in a van or trailer this would make things alot easier, you could always make one out of timber though - £40
  • Spare Parts - Though not essential, if you do come off and something breaks you'll be thankful you brought a long a spare break lever, clip on, gear selector or footpeg - price varies
  • Waterproofs - Always handy knowing our unpredictable British weather - £30
  • Food - Most tracks have caterers on site, but food can be expensive and stodgy which can affect your concentration, some water and light snacks are always a good call - price varies
  • Ear Plugs - It can get very loud out there, inexpensive way to protect your ears - £2
  • Foldaway Chairs - You could be waiting an hour until your on track again, give those legs a rest - £10
  • Crash Bobbins - You would have to fit these on before hand and would help with damage limitation if you come off - £50
  • Baffle - Some sites enforce a noise level, a universal baffle with predrilled exhaust should do the trick - £10
  • Camera - GoPro seems to be the favoured - £200
  • Manual Tyre Changer & Balancer - Change your tyres track side if the weather turns, don't forget you'll need a torque wrench, compressor and tyre gauge too - £180
  • Compressor & Tyre Gauge - If you will be changing your own tyres - £200
  • Generator - Most sites do have power in the garages, but if not with this you can still warm your tyres and boil your kettle - £500
  • Weather Dependant Tyres - You could carry a set of slicks and wets depending on weather conditions, there usually is a tyre man on site too - price varies
  • Know Your Destination - Most days begin very early, make sure your prepare your journey to the track allowing extra time to get settled into a garage before having to register
  • Modify Bike for the Track - Remove or fold in your mirrors, tape up your head lights and remove or cover your number plate
  • Suspension - Adjusting your suspension for track will help tremendously, it will lower the risk of fishtailing when breaking hard and give you better wear on your tyres
  • Tyre Pressure - There is no magic rule to the correct tyre pressure, as a base 28psi (COLD) front and rear is a good starting point but you will need to consider a couple of things that may affect the pressure. Always check and adjust your pressure when the tyres are cold. If the temperature on track is cold then you will need more psi as the tyre will not heat up as much increasing the psi. Ultimately the rule is as temperature of your tyre increases so will the pressure and you will need to be aware of this to compensate accordingly