Granted, some of us are closer to it than others (like next weekend
) , but I wanted to remind all of you to check your bikes over real good and make sure you didn't miss anything while doing routine maintenance during the off-season. It only takes a few seconds of time to double check those caliper bolts/pins, drain bolts, axle and pinch bolts or even just take a look at your brake pad thickness or the condition of your chain and sprockets if you did zero maintenance all winter etc
. Make sure that the bike is ready to go when you get to the track so you aren't frantically trying to get stuff done just so you can pass tech first thing in the morning of your first day back to the track when you already have your mind a little clouded with anxiety about getting back on track anyway
If you had your suspension serviced over the break and I sincerely hope you did (or you have gained some weight from the holidays that never came back off) make sure you reset your sag properly again. Make sure your clickers are where they are supposed to be and not backed all the way off or all the way in. You would be amazed how many bikes I have seen in that condition at the start of a new season...
Lastly and on a more personal note: If you disregard all my advice above and you need to buy something at the track please don't be pissed at the trackside vendors when they want to charge you close to actual retail pricing for the brake pads or replacement clutch lever you need right then and there. They are not ripping you off just because they made the effort to spend thousands of dollars on inventory, pack it up and drive it hundreds of miles to the track in case you need it and in most states they have to charge you sales tax as well.
If you want super cheap online pricing without sales tax added from a store that likely waits until you buy something on their website and then they have it dropshipped from the distributor direct to you without them as so much as even seeing it then you obviously need to buy it online before you get to the track not expect that same pricing trackside.
This is a good time to be into Sportbikes. The bikes are unbelievable nowadays and the choices from the manufacturers are really starting to be both plentiful and diverse again. Let's go have some fun this season!