Originally Posted by Captain Morgan
Make sure you get enough miles on the new tires before going to the track. I'm sure you know that you want to break tires in gradually, no hard turns immediately.
That is only if you are using street tires. Race tires you can hit the track and after one or two hot laps (depending on how brave you are) there is adeqate enough heat generated in them. Pirelli has a great tire out right now that is a track day tire. It's a compound that is between a race tire and a street tire, and that's what we put on our customer's track day bikes (those that don't want race tires). They are excellent.
A must have for track days: leathers, helmet, back protector, gloves, boots. Do not skimp on safety gear just so you can do stuff to your bike. Make sure you are ready to do it right. Although I personally feel the track is much safer than the street, your speeds are generally higher and crashing is NOT fun...believe me. You will be glad you spent the extra $$$ when a crash happens.
Safety wire: most track day orgs have minimal safety wire requirements, and it's very easy to do yourself. We personally safety wire everything, because stupid stuff happens that people don't think about. When running at higher speeds for lap after lap, you'd be amazed what will wiggle it's way off your bike.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at [email protected]
. Getting ready for your first track day can be nerve racking and we track prep tons of bikes and would love to help answer any questions you might have. It's great to see more people trying the track.