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I'm in the process of getting everything I need to attempt my first trackday. I just wanted to know if you season guys on the forum can advise me on the protective equipment I need other than a suit

So far I have SMX plus boots, A* one piece suit and gauntlet gloves
 

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head to toe- helmet, suit, gauntlet gloves, boots. Some places require a spine protector as well, sometimes a "hump" on the suit is good enough, sometimes they require a stand-alone armored version. I also wear earplugs, but that's up to you. A motor at 12,000 RPM and 140 mph wind blast gets pretty loud.

whatever track you're going to should have a website with a list of rider/bike requirements.

There's quite a bit of non safety equipment to consider as well.

-cooler (with food/water. LOTS of water)
-bike stands
-loading/unloading bike ramps
-basic tools
-tire pressure gauge
-spare gas
-EZ up/shade of some sort
-lawn chairs
-spare cash
-key for your bike (you wouldn't believe how many people forget it)
-camera if desired


I'm sure there's more that I'm forgetting, but that should cover most situations that could come up. Start off slow....lots of new guys go balls-out the first few sessions, and either crash out early, or get too tired by the end of the day. If someone with a single digit number on their bike gives you advice, you damn well better listen. Pace yourself, check your ego at the door (you WILL be passed, no matter how good you think you are) and have a good time!
 

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I would like to say to stay within your own limits... I saw too many crashes last week-end caused by riders that wanted to impress others or try to keep up with faster guys... one did a front flip crash bangning in another bike and landed on his helmet (head trauma)...

At my last session I exited the track 2 laps before the end cause I was mentaly tired....

Listen to you boddy and your head and you'll be good

and prepare yourself for the best bike ride you ever had :mrgreen:
 

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as stated, you might need a back protector as a requirement from the trackday organization you are going through. Also, make sure you adjust your tire pressures accordingly and do a good once over on your bike. The last thing you want to do is have a mechanical mishap and ruin everyone else's day. Letting some slack in your chain is also very advisable as well as lubing it a few times during the day.
 

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lots of water and or gatorade if your not on the track have a drink in your hand if you feel thirsty or not and dont forget to eat it is very easy to get into everything goin on and forget to eat ... me and a buddy just got back from tally where it was about 10 degrees hotter than hell and we figgered out right before you go out pour a little water down in the front and back of your suit will keep you cooler for atleast part of the session and remember to hydrate hydrate hydrate
 

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I'm in the process of getting everything I need to attempt my first trackday. I just wanted to know if you season guys on the forum can advise me on the protective equipment I need other than a suit

So far I have SMX plus boots, A* one piece suit and gauntlet gloves
What everyone else said, and sun block. A good 8 hours of sleep if you can helps big time. I know it was hard when i first started tracking to get sleep the night before cause of excitment. Hydration also should start the day before and continues through out the day. I have one of these on hand in the riders meeting before the track goes hot in the morning. I pick one up at GNC http://www.cytosport.com/products/cytomax/cytomax-performance-plus-ready-to-drink I also do some forearm workouts the day before to minimize wrist pump. Have fun man!
 

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I just did a trackday at Hallett this weekend. It was a blast, but here's a few things to add to the list I posted earlier....

-Rags- I strapped the bike down a little hard apparently, and now I have a weepy fork seal. Bummer. I guess it's time to replace the fork oil anyways. I didn't have any rags to keep it clean throughout the day, so my ratty tee-shirt i wore out there had to pull double duty.

-zip ties- Right up next to duct tape, these are possibly the most useful creation of all time. There are only a few jobs at the track that can't be solved with zip ties.

-small portable air compressor- Yes, they had air there, but when your bike doesn't have a kickstand, it's virtually impossible to fill up your tires away from your stands. One of those cheap walmart compressors that plugs into the cigarette lighter in your truck is a lifesaver.

-sunscreen- duh. can't believe I forgot that.

-Water- ya, it's already been said, but it's worth saying again. It's impossible to overestimate how much you can drink. I probably went through at least a gallon yesterday. I know it was 7 or 8 bottles minimum, and a couple were larger than the standard water bottle.
 

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Wow I didn't take in to consideration the food, water, shade, tools and supplies. I should probably wait until next season when I can afford to buy all the supplies needed and a designated track bike
 

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These are all good answers for you and youll be set to have a fun day.just one sugestion i make to anyone doing thier first trackday.get hooked up with an instructer.ask him to follow you and you follow him.they wont bother with you after the moning of learning lines and making sure youre ok to ride at somewhat a semi-fast.usually they baby sit in the afternoon sesions.use them as a learning tool.I did.youll learn alot and meet nice guys that ride well.my fist track day I used two intructers.they bumped me up to intermediate by afternoon.enjoy and have fun:helmet:
 

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Wow I didn't take in to consideration the food, water, shade, tools and supplies. I should probably wait until next season when I can afford to buy all the supplies needed and a designated track bike
No need to get scared off by the list of stuff....I certainly didn't have it all when I first started either.

The best way to do it is to pool your resources with a buddy. If you don't have a truck, find somebody who does and talk them into doing the trackday with you. It's not as hard as you think, I was amazed by the amount of friends I had that had never even heard of going to a track before. Many of them jumped at the chance as soon as they heard the idea. Maybe you have a buddy with an EZ up. You bring tools and gasoline, they drive the pickup and bring shade. Everybody wins, and you don't have to go out and buy all new stuff.

When I first started doing trackdays, I was in college, and rode a busted-ass bandit 1200 that I paid $1600 for. Lets just say that a $150 track day was a "major investment" for my budget. There are ways around it. If you don't have everything, don't worry about it. Just go anyways, and make friends while you're there. You'll probably find that track guys are a very good bunch of people, and are usually very eager to help out a new comer as long as you have a good attitude, and are willing to learn.

Just go. You won't regret it, even if you forget or don't have something.
 
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No need to get scared off by the list of stuff....I certainly didn't have it all when I first started either.

The best way to do it is to pool your resources with a buddy. If you don't have a truck, find somebody who does and talk them into doing the trackday with you. It's not as hard as you think, I was amazed by the amount of friends I had that had never even heard of going to a track before. Many of them jumped at the chance as soon as they heard the idea. Maybe you have a buddy with an EZ up. You bring tools and gasoline, they drive the pickup and bring shade. Everybody wins, and you don't have to go out and buy all new stuff.

When I first started doing trackdays, I was in college, and rode a busted-ass bandit 1200 that I paid $1600 for. Lets just say that a $150 track day was a "major investment" for my budget. There are ways around it. If you don't have everything, don't worry about it. Just go anyways, and make friends while you're there. You'll probably find that track guys are a very good bunch of people, and are usually very eager to help out a new comer as long as you have a good attitude, and are willing to learn.

Just go. You won't regret it, even if you forget or don't have something.
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Don't over think it.
Make sure your bike is good to go before you get to the track.
Bring a cooler full of water a chair and an umbrella to keep you out of the sun.

good luck getting the shit eating grin off your face at the end of the day.:helmet:
 

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I'm in the process of getting everything I need to attempt my first trackday. I just wanted to know if you season guys on the forum can advise me on the protective equipment I need other than a suit

So far I have SMX plus boots, A* one piece suit and gauntlet gloves
helmet :helmet: :wink: a back protector wouldn't be a bad idea, either

Barney-style list:
bike, gear, food, no ego


Make sure your bike is prep'ed per the trackday org
Pack a lunch, snacks and water (all orgs I rode with provided water)
Anything you want for 'comfort'

Find a control rider and ask for a tow
Pay attention to the riders' meeting
Get a couple laps in before pushing it
Passing is the passer's job - don't worry about anyone faster (stay smooth and on your line)


Prepare yourself for the worst thing about trackdays....... that last session :sad:
I didn't have all my gear unpacked after my first trackday before I was on the computer searching for the next one.

Keep a good head about you, don't be an idiot trying to prove something and you'll have a kick-ass day!!!!


As Fred said.... I too have exited early - did a 2-dayer and had to leave around noon the second day... couldn't hold a line, missed turn-ins - I was mentally done, so better to leave with a shinny bike :eek:ccasion1
 
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