With a few minor snags in the preparations for a track day coming up on Sunday in College Station, TX, we finally got everything loaded up and ready late tonight. It’s gonna be a hot day out there on the track come Sunday (if it doesn’t rain) but who cares because after all, IT’S A TRACK DAY!
We plan to come back and put together a complete list of items to bring to your track day because 1. there are a few items you don’t want to leave home without so having this list will make it quick and easy to get everything packed up, and 2. we lost our old list so we need to do a new one anyway. Since we just got in from getting things packed up, here is a preliminary list of things you should consider taking to your track day. Check back later as we will upload a word doc or excel sheet with all the items you should bring to the race track.
List of what to bring to a track day:
Cooler with bottled water (or like the Water Boy says, “High quality H2O”) and Gatorade or other sports drinks with electrolytes – a good idea is to start getting hydrated several days before you plan to hit the track
Folding chairs for resting and hanging out in-between riding sessions
Fan for cooling off and drying off
Extension cord(s) and power strips
Long sleeve top by Starter brand – go with Starter brand top to save a bit of cash as it works just as well as Under Armour and can be picked up at your local Wal-Mart
Under Armour – full leggings (bottoms) – these will also serve as your undies so you don’t need to wear both (Starter didn’t have the leggins that we could find so we got these from Amazon)
Leathers (1 piece suit recommended but may or may not be mandatory – check with the track day organizers)
Helmet – DOT and SNELL approved highly recommended – don’t bring a $50 lid that was made in a sweat shop by a machine as there really is a difference in top quality, hand-made helmets. We both went with Arai from the professional lid makers in Japan.
Gloves with gauntlets (that cover the wrists) go with leather and get a good quality glove – we chose AlpineStars GP Pro
Spine protector to wear under leathers – some folks go with a chest protector also
Tall socks – we went with AlpineStars socks that come up to the knee
Painters tape or duct tape (to cover your headlights, taillights, flush-mounted blinkers and to put the track decal on top)
Gas can(s) with gas – we brought 1 each (also good idea to remember to fill up the bike itself before you load them up in the trailer)
Snacks, beef jerky, power bars and other energy packed foods (trail mix, nuts, etc)
Bring your driver license
Go with a buddy (if you crash, he can pack and bring your stuff and call your family in an emergency)
Bike – some folks have actually forgotten their bikes – no clue how this could happen, but I guess it still does
And for Pete’s sake – DON’T FORGET YOUR MOTORCYCLE KEY!! This happens quite a bit from what I hear.
Better list with more info coming eventually, but this will get you started. Ride safe and have a blast! After all, on the track you can’t get busted by the POlice or Johnny Law or them law dogs, or the hate, or PoPo’s, or the 5-0, or… you get the idea!
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