Going to the track for the first time can be daunting and normally ends up in you running around your garage trying to throw the kitchen sink in the back of a van “just in case”. After a few events you’ll soon figure out what are essentials, but this guide highlights our kit list. Download our free kit list below
Which ever company you use, your track day will be very well run. You must attend the morning briefing and sign on before you can roll down pit lane. Groups are called forward in advance and you’ll get information emailed to you before the event.
This is just our opinion....warmers aren’t needed, BUT you can tell that the tyres are “ready to go” sooner than without them. Road tyres are designed to heat up quickly, but all will be covered in this guide.
You don’t need the latest gold forks and shock to enjoy your track time. Standard suspension is perfectly fine, but you should do a few things to make sure that you’re going to get the right feedback from the bike...
We all love the different sounds bikes make. James' 675 sounds glorious on the pipe, but not everyone thinks the same way, unfortunately! All tracks have specific limits, unless its a “non silenced” day. Avoid the black flag with our recommendations....
Let’s repeat that, ITS NOT A RACE! No trophies are given out at the end of the day. What you have to always keep in the back of your mind is everyone’s abilities are different, especially in the novice group. When you move up the groups you’ll notice everyone’s turning in and braking points are consistent.
You pull up at the garages and instantly get that “first day at school feeling”, but remember, everyone came to the track for the first time. By the time I’d got to the back of the van 3 people had said good morning. One even offered to help get the bike out! You’ll find everyone talks to you and will give advice if you need it. It’s a great atmosphere!
We had to mention it....that horrible c word.
If you keep going to the track and keep going a bit quicker every time, the chance of the dreaded “heart in the mouth” moment will happen.
Take the first sessions easy, you don’t want to be the first person to go down in the first 20 minutes and brings out the red flags.