Trackdays are becoming more and more popular. The fun you can have while driving fast in a safe enviroment, without the fear of speed cameras, is tremendous. This is available also for the riders of all kind of bikes, not just for the riders of supersport motorcycles.

That's why in this post we'll cover the most important things you should check before a trackday. Because if you're sure that your bike is in good shape then you can concentrate on riding and you’ll enjoy your time on the track.

Check 1: Tires

On the racetrack you move in a different area than on the road: Speed and wear. Therefore, you should definitely take a look at your tires.

Most riders who use their street bike on the track will not consider slicks or racing tires. That's fine, as long as you do not go over the possibilities of the tires. Good sporty road tires such as (e.g.) a Bridgestone S21 are definitely also suitable for the occasional race track visit. There should still be enough rubber on the tire. Because how bad would it be to end the day early because the tire is ready? Even worse: to fall of the bike because of bad tires. This is much more expensive than a new set of tires;)

Check 2: Brakes

Do I have to explain a lot? Nobody wants to reach into emptiness at 200+ kph ... I speak from experience. Therefore, check your brakes meticulously. On the racetrack, significantly more heat is being pumped into the brake system than on the road.

Still enough brake pad available? There should be at least 3-4mm on the pads. If not, bring new ones. Optimally not the cheapest, but reasonable brake pads will do a decent job.
Brake fluid - How old is it? Few know that you should replace the brake fluid at least once a year. Because it attracts water over time and loses its stability at high temperatures. And we do not want that on the race track.
Brake system seals – Are they in good shape ? Check your brake calipers, lines and brake pump for any leaks! Again, the consequences are massive.
Small side tip: brake lines made of steel fabric are a valuable upgrade for your system. The pressure point is more stable and you get more feeling in contrast to the original rubber lines. And that not only benefits on the racetrack, but is also good to have good brakes on the road.

Check 3: Powertrain system

Of course, your chain and pinions should be in good condition. A broken chain is not only dangerous for yourself, but also for other riders on the track. Ensure even during the day for a good lubrication of the chain with matching chain spray.

Check 4: Everything else

Let's get to the many other little things. Ensure that your motorcycle does not lose any parts while riding and all screws are tight. The throttle should come all by itself back to its original position. Disassemble the mirrors and glue all lights with foil or tape. This prevents splintering of the glass in case of a fall. See if you have minor oil or water leaks and fix them if they are.
Generally: Attention and meticulousness are more effective than healing. After all, what is more annoying than not to be on the track because you didn’t put enough effort into the preparation

Ride safe - have fun! ;)