For go-fast enthusiasts, few experiences provide the thrill of riding on a racetrack.
The ability to ride the same corners over and over, without worrying about left-turning cars or speed limits, is very liberating. Here’s how to do it right.
Pick an experience. Track schools (usually a few hundred dollars, minimum) provide instructors who’ll often alternate track time with classroom sessions and drills. Track days (starting around $120) usually focus on giving you maximum track time, with riders divided into groups by skill level, but no formal instruction is offered.
Find a school or track day. Search with your favorite search engine online to find a school that appeals to you. We like using Google.
Prep your bike. Find out what you need to do beforehand. Some track days require only that you tape over your lights and turn signals. Others require bolts to be safety-wired and coolant to be replaced with plain water. Make sure your tires and brake pads are new (or nearly so).
Prep yourself. Most track experiences require at least two-piece leathers that zip together, boots, gloves and, of course, a helmet. Arrive well-rested and focused.
Ramp up at your own pace. Keep your head. If you’ve never been on a track, start in the novice class, and stay in your comfort zone. Take breaks often through the day, and keep yourself hydrated and fed.