Hello everyone VohrteFahrt here again! So besides the prep work. (all tracks are different so I am going to contact the track I'm heading to.. most likely Millville, NJ it is the closest for me (2 hours)) What is the best method for arriving? Book a hotel and go Friday night? What trailers are the best for renting to tow the bikes? Does anyone know if Pocono raceway has any motorcycle track days for beginners/novices? Any other tips?
Thanks again guys! looks like July 29th is the date I will be heading.
The best trailers are Enclosed Trailers. Better security if you're staying overnight somewhere.
If you have a few days at the track then arrive early, set-up camp and enjoy the convenience of living track side! I did three days recently and was camping 30m from my pit. It was the best, and it was great to meet all the other lifers and make new friends.
But when I do only one day, then I drive down that morning rather than stay overnight somewhere. I sleep better at home. And two hours in the car isn't as bad as it sounds. I put on a Ken Hill Coaching
podcast and think about the day ahead. On the drive home get yourself a chocolate bar because you'll feel a bit sleepy and the 2hr drive can bring on the Zzzzz's if you're not careful.
One of the little tricks that really helped me on track days was using a powdered electrolyte anti-cramp powder
, and have a heap of bottled water. I use Hydralyte Sports, and I felt great all the way to the last session of the day. No sore legs, no hydration issues. You'll drink more water than you think. A sports dietitian that was pitted next to me once, told me "don't drink soft drinks. You'll retain fluid, feel bloated, and it won't help you." Food for thought... Get a good Track Map.
A print out a few of them and scribble all your notes onto it. Where that bump is, where your braking marker is, etc. Its a great habit to get into. Here's a good article about it - Track Maps - Riding Skill Series
I use Skins compression garments
under my leathers. I wear a two piece suit and it's great to shake off the jacket in between sessions and the skins make that easy to do. Visor Cleaner
is something I always seem to forget. In Australia, the bugs in the late afternoon are from the Jurrasic period and can affect visibility, so I recommend bringing a microfibre cloth and some visor cleaner. Monitor your bikes fuel consumption in between sessions.
There was a heap of guys (and friends) at my last track day that never made it through the whole session, and got shuttled back in the Humble Truck. If you are looking for a good fuel container then check out Tuff Jugs
. Test your tyre warmers before the day.
Warmers are fickle things and if you have problems then you can source a replacement in time. Don't forget your Tyre Gauge and notebook.
Find the recommend HOT PSI settings for your tyres at the track, and continuously monitor them over the day for wear issues and that your hitting the right numbers when you get off track (means your tyres are up to temperature). And take notes of your day about your riding.
I hope this helps. Have a great day. Do a Ride Report on the forums after your day because they are always cool to read.