oh man youre going to love it!
- inspect your bike way before the track day, oil, chain, tire thread, brakes etc
- on track day find recommended tire pressures for that track and temperature
- get your suspension adjusted at the track, each track requires a different setup
- bring, chair, drinks, tools
- set a fork zip tie to make sure youre not bottoming out
- after every session check all fluids for leaks, tire pressure (hot)
- bring a gopro
- study the track before hand... learn the turn numbers and the lines by watching youtube of riders on that track
- DONT FORGET YOUR KEY... happens so often!
- at the track you should find mechanics with tools, parts etc... so dont stress too much unless you have a bunch of custom stuff on
- read twist of the wrist 2 for riding advice... stay away from bro science!
- ear plugs
- visor cleaner
- Always taper off the gas and taper on the break and taper off the break. Justen mentions that 5% at the end.
- right turn, sit butt out more. People tend to be stiffer on right hand turns
- Left turn. Brake with left arm relaxed. If it's stiff it won't turn left. Opposite for right.
- Brake with body off the bike not centered on bike
- Always squeeze the bike with your heels and dig your foot to the inside of the peg hard so it doesn't scrape on the floor.
and a bunch more notes that ive collected over the years in randomness... they might help
Don't need whole track. Don't turn in way off track
Slide body over where you're holding on with inside of knee. Bike will lean less
Push inside of bar to lean more (counter steer)
Lean body out and look out into the turn not forward
corner braking - brake and downshift before corner - blip throttle - attention on constant braking
- foot position, left turn, left foot on toes, right foot heel locked onto peg
- gradual changes in everything to transfer weight smoothly
- look in one direction with a wide field of view
- light on the bars all times
- disconnect your body from the bike. Be loose. Let the bike work
- set a turn in point
- don't charge turn
- look into the turn before the turn in point
- lean butt off before braking
- brake hard until the turn in point
- trail brake into the corner. Keep tire contact patch. Suspension compressed.
- smooth off the brake, smooth on the gas
- quick initial turn in at the point by pushing on the inside bar and outside peg
- leg weight on outside peg
- steering limit is way after knee touches down
- soft hands to allow wobble to sort itself out
- instincts **** you up
- don't roll off the throttle. Lean harder
- In every corner open the gas as soon as possible; light acceleration thru the middle.
- Nothing will work if the rider runs into a corner hard, off the gas
- once the throttle is cracked on, it is rolled on smoothly, evenly, and constantly throughout the remainder of the turn
- insurance against more sliding or a highside is simply to stop rolling on the gas.
- If you come off the gas mid-turn, you lose cornering ground-clearance* at both ends, instantly.
- get on the gas as early as possible to stabilize the bike.
- brake in a straight line. Roll on the throttle before the apex gently. And get on the gas gradually keeping weight on the rear
- ideal tire stress is 40/60
- don't charge into turns. Brake earlier and focus on flying out of corners with gas throughout
- transfer weight from front to rear gently since you don't want to overload the tires.
- focus less on hard braking and focus more on gentle gas through corners. Will be faster
- good riding reduces too many confusing forces. If you experience too many forces look for a solution.
- don't hand to drag a knee and steer at the same time.
- don't adjust body when braking or turning
- position body before braking
- stay planted on bike during braking and turning
- light on handlebars. Tense hands? Doing it wrong.
- soft on handlebars allows head shake to stay in front and not transfer to body or rest of bike. Lean forward and give arms room to wobble
- Dampers are necessary on modern day motorcycles which have steep steering-head* angles, relatively* short wheelbases and lots of power
- steering dampers should not stop a shake but reduce it. Stopping it moves it to the bike.
- Too tight on the bars is the most common source of motorcycle handling problems
- Holding too tight onto the bars also makes the bike run wide in turns
- right turns are harder for newbies because they hold on too tight on the wrong side
- rear wheel slides, don't panic. Bike is working correctly. Chopping gas creates a high side.
- if sliding is caught quick (tc) it's ok and just a little shake.
- most riders go pretty stiff when they get on the brakes and thus transfer more weight onto the front than is needed
- braking with stiff arms will put you in a turn with stiff arms
- keep your weight off the seat except on the straights and mid-turn
- use your legs to hold weight up.
- disconnect your body from the bike. Be loose. Let the bike work
- don't get on the gas hard too early or you run wide and can't stand the bike up fast to full gas
- stand on the pegs to reduce seat weight. Your weight is lower on the bike and she is more settled
- can't counter steer if braking with both arms stiff
- once stable in a turn the (gas) rear wheel steers.
- some riders try to fix the suspension when they are not on the gas or too stiff on the bike.
- goal of steering is to get around a turn with as little lean as possible
- quicker initial turn in reduces lean needed in a turn
- the faster the corner the slower the turn in
- sit off the bike before the turn. Before the braking zone
- sport bikes safe turning max is way after your knee is down
- the quicker you turn in the faster you can take the turn
- you won't lose the front from a fast flick if not braking or slippery
- quick turn in. Forearms parallel with floor and push as hard as you can to turn in
- brake first then focus on turning hard.
- choose a turn in point on the track for consistency
- slow down and choose your points. Be more consistent to work on flaws
- a bad turn in point is better than no point
- stand on the pegs to lighten the bike. When turning push on the outside peg
- eyes... don't move them around too much or you'll get dizzy... use peripheral vision as much as possible
- hold your eye attention wide at all times... scares narrow it down and its dangerous
- practice wide vision while cycling or walking to not forget
- find reference point and don't stare at it. Look into the turn before the turn in point
- turn in point. Find it. Look into the turn. Stop braking at point. Turn in. Get on the gas. Smile