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post #1 of 55 Old 05-01-2017, 04:32 PM Thread Starter
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Hello everyone VohrteFahrt here again! So besides the prep work. (all tracks are different so I am going to contact the track im 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.
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If you have the time I think it's a lot less stressful to arrive the night before and camp or get a hotel. Bring lots of water, tire warmers, chain lube, extra levers and bar ends, foot pegs etc.. extra chain

Bring towels, sunscreen, some sort of lens cleaner and microfiber cloths, I also like to have a table and all my tools

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First trackday?? I'm the opposite of my buddy here Gawernator, show up night before either camp or get a hotel close by. Take all your gear water and food if no cafe is available at track. That's all you need. Don't stress over taking unnecessary shit. Maybe a tool bag, but that's still a maybe hahaha. After you see what trackdays are about think of the things you might need and take them on the next trip lol.

Oh Uhaul had a nice motorcycle specific trailer that rents out for like $15 a day that's damn near cheap!
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Welcome to the addiction.

Are you a morning person, yes then two hours isn't a game changer.
Your loaded up the night before then just leave out.
NOT a morning person, then anything over an hour is nuts.

I'm heading to Barber, it's 10 or so hours away. We are going down the day before.
Staying over the night of the track day and driving back next day.

Away trips cost, but compared to being tired. Making a mistake what costs more.
Needing a vacation from your fun, isn't fun. IMO..
What you take first into track days, is you, bike and gear. Don't sweat anything else.
My 5th year, the list is getting longer. LOL.

Tools, I can promise, someone will have what you need. Don't know of a more giving group of people than bikers doing track days.

Have fun, get some pictures and post them up with your ride report.
OH, if this is your first. Write down how you feel about your riding abilities.
After your track day, write down what you think about your abilities.
Post them up with your pictures. Look forward to your thoughts and experience.
NO editing of your prior report. LOL.
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NOTE* This is absolutely my FIRST track day. Is it worth it to just pay the 200 for the "Novice" package rather than taking the Free 2-3 20 minute sessions? Writing down my abilities is a great idea! I have come close to dragging knee on a fairly newly paved road but the turn was sharp enough and I was still not quite certain. I am going in JULY so I highly doubt I will need tire warmers for my dunlops. It just so happened my adjustable levers arrives so I will wait to throw them on until after my track day. Thank you everyone for your input I will talk with a few others that were interested in going and we will see what we can do as far as splitting money. IF that BIKE uhaul can haul 2+ bikes for just 15 a day that is great!
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NOTE* This is absolutely my FIRST track day. Is it worth it to just pay the 200 for the "Novice" package rather than taking the Free 2-3 20 minute sessions? Writing down my abilities is a great idea! I have come close to dragging knee on a fairly newly paved road but the turn was sharp enough and I was still not quite certain. I am going in JULY so I highly doubt I will need tire warmers for my dunlops. It just so happened my adjustable levers arrives so I will wait to throw them on until after my track day. Thank you everyone for your input I will talk with a few others that were interested in going and we will see what we can do as far as splitting money. IF that BIKE uhaul can haul 2+ bikes for just 15 a day that is great!
I know they have ones for like $25/day that will definitely haul 2 bikes. Not sure if the cheaper one is big enough.

I agree with felix...just go there the night before, get to the track quite a bit earlier to have enough time to unpack and figure out what's going on. Don't stress on bring all sorts of shit you don't need for your first track day. Since it is your first you'll likely have to do some sort of a track day school, so that will keep you busy in between sessions with some classroom time. Read all the requirements of your organization so you're familiar with all the rules ahead of time, and just enjoy the day.

And for fucks sake, do NOT forget your key!!
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Bike, gear, food/water (STAY HYDRATED!), and especially in NJ a red gas can. It is illegal in NJ for anyone other than a trained professional to pump gas (LOL) and it has to go into an approved (meaning red) container. Milleville gets very hot in July so you will need some sort of shade so either pay to rent one of the garages or bring an ez-up shelter. Folding chair is also a great idea.

My advice would be to pay the $200 for the novice session. You are making a long trip for a few free sessions? I guarantee that at least one if not two of those will be guided 'follow the leader' sessions to acclimate yourself to the track and how it flows. I suppose it is possible that you could be the one out of several million that does not like it and will not want to continue but the odds are greatly stacked against you here. Pay the money, or regret that you diddn't.

Who is running the track day?
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Who run's it is huge..

All but one group first novice session is to show you the lines. Inside, outside and race line.
First session is slow.
That leaves 2 open, that will most likely slower than end of day.
If your not peeing at least ever other session your dehydrated.

Yep,, write your ideas about your riding experience.
Summery of mine would have been, before = riding 30 + years very experienced. After I have one year experience 30 + times.

There is forcing your knee down, and then there is getting it down correctly. LOL..
Have fun.

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First trackday?? I'm the opposite of my buddy here Gawernator, show up night before either camp or get a hotel close by. Take all your gear water and food if no cafe is available at track. That's all you need. Don't stress over taking unnecessary shit. Maybe a tool bag, but that's still a maybe hahaha. After you see what trackdays are about think of the things you might need and take them on the next trip lol.

Oh Uhaul had a nice motorcycle specific trailer that rents out for like $15 a day that's damn near cheap!
How are you the opposite if I said the same thing ... except for not taking anything o_o

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How are you the opposite if I said the same thing ... except for not taking anything o_o
That's the biggest thing
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Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it. Like guns. OP bring a gun to your track day
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He definitely can't do that in NJ. NHMS on the other hand..
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The event is sponsored by N2. Anyone have experience with them? The specific group is based off YCRS. Also as much as I enjoy my metal companions. I dare not bring them to NJ. 1 hollow point alone is like a $2000 fine or something ridiculous.
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IT does say they have a "Demo" that day. so... maybe I can try the new r6!
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hey dude, I'm also located around the same distance from NJMP so it's one of the tracks I ride. Which track day org are you going to ride with? I would highly recommend Evolve GT if you haven't decided yet, I'd be happy to help you out with some info and getting signed up with them - just PM me and we can chat. They have a first timer program where they show you the ropes both in the classroom between sessions and on the track itself. It's a solid way to start...that's how I got into it. Nice thing is that the first timer program is no additional cost on top of the regular track day fee.

The easiest way to get there is to rent a U-Haul trailer, pick up the trailer the day before and load up your car and bike, and then go down to Millville early the morning of the track day. Tech inspection generally starts at 7 and runs till 8, with the rider's meeting around 8/8:30 a.m. so you'll want to arrive at the track around 7 so you can get set up and take care of tech-ing in.

Things to bring: lots of water, some basic tools you may need, bike pump, tire pressure gauge, snacks to eat throughout the day and some form of shade to sit under plus a chair. A folding table helps a bunch also. You can buy lunch at the track so if you don't want to pack lunch, that's an option.

Let me know what other questions you have, I will probably be there on 7/29 as well.
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