Bring your buddy: it’s always a good idea to have a friend with you at the track. Your friend should be licensed and able to drive your vehicle if required. It’s also nice to have another set of eyes, ears and hands to help you out with the logistics involved throughout the day.
Drinks: water and sports drinks are your best bet. It’s important to stay hydrated throughout the day, and we strongly encourage you to hydrate a few days in advance during our warmer-weather events. The snack bar at the track is typically available, but you should come prepared just in case.
Food: you should bring plenty of snacks, and also consider bringing a lunch with you. Remember: TrackDaz rides through lunch, so it’s up to you to make sure you’re refueling your body throughout the day. The snack bar at the track is typically available, but you should come prepared just in case.
Fuel: don’t be ‘that guy’! Bring plenty of gas, and make sure you’re checking your bike’s fuel level between sessions. Your bike isn’t going to get the same MPG that it gets on the street, so never assume that you have enough gas! Fuel pumps are typically available and operational at the track, but you should come prepared just in case.
Canopy: most places that we ride at don’t provide shade. It’s a great idea to bring a canopy or shelter to help get out of the sun. Make sure you tie your canopy down to account for the wind. Even if it isn’t windy in the morning, the desert climate has a way of changing quickly. You can use a tool box, fuel jugs (not empty ones), and/or any other heavy and stationary object to tie your canopy to.
Chairs: well, you’re gonna have to sit down somewhere! Despite what all of our non-riding friends might think, you don’t just “sit on the bike and twist the throttle”. Riding a bike is a lot of work, and you’re going to want somewhere to relax between sessions.
Tools: you don’t need to bring your entire collection, but some basic hand tools are highly recommended. 8mm and 10mm sockets will handle most of the fasteners on your bike, and you might consider bringing a few larger ones specific to your bike (e.g. front and rear axle nuts, oil drain bolt). We also suggest a set of Allen keys or hex keys, some screwdrivers, an adjustable wrench, and anything else that you might commonly use on your motorcycle. If you forget something that you end up needing, you’ll have a full paddock of riders at your disposal that probably have what you need. Of course, you can always approach TrackDaz staff with questions and needs as well!
Cash: it’s always a good idea to have a little bit of cash on you. You might find that you need it for gate fees, food at the track, raffle tickets, track merchandise and souvenirs, etc. It’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.
Bike Key: no, seriously. You’d be surprised how many times we have seen a rider make the multi-hour haul to the track, and they left their motorcycle’s key back in the garage! Double-check that you have your key when you leave, and then check again after that.
Positive Attitude and a Goal: we’ll finish off the list with an intangible, but it’s one of the most important things. Make sure you’re ready to have a good time! A little bit of nervousness and stress is normal, but you shouldn’t get yourself too worked up before your event. TrackDaz doesn’t give out trophies at the end of the day, so don’t allow your competitive spirit to force you to make poor decisions. Set a simple goal: work on your lines and consistency, experiment with body position, establish good visual markers on the track for braking and turn-in… these are all great things to help you improve as a rider. Your goal might simply be to keep the rubber side down and enjoy the day. Whatever it is, an attainable and simple goal at every track day is a great habit that will keep you focused and feeling accomplished at the end of the day while making you a better rider. Can’t think of a goal? Ask a TrackDaz staff member to follow you around for a few laps, and we’d be happy to give you some advice.