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Old 20-04-06, 12:02 PM   #1
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Having passed my DAS nearly a year ago and ridden my SV nearly every day, Iíve decided it time to do a track day so Iím going to book myself in for a day at Brands Hatch (nearest track too me)in June/July sometime when hopefully the weathers a bit better. Iím sure Iíll be one of the slowest out there, but I suppose you have to start somewhere. Iíve only got a leather jacket at the moment, so I will need to get some jeans too, do they have to have knee sliders as well? Any advice would be much appreciated, as Iíve never done a track day before and I donít know anybody who has!
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Old 20-04-06, 12:06 PM   #2
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Check with the organisers, but I think all of them require you to have leathers that zip together. Knee sliders? Dunno.
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Old 20-04-06, 12:07 PM   #3
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Knee sliders aren't compulsory at any trackday I've heard of- apart form the knee-down schools of course! But they might not be a bad idea.
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Old 20-04-06, 12:08 PM   #4
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Hi mate. I think most trackday organisers insist that you have one or two peice leathers, they will not allow you to go on track with jeans. Sliders are not a pre-requisite either but if you want to get your kneedown then you will need them. Hanging off the bike also means you can corner much faster but this maybe something to think about after some practice. Anyway, enjoy.

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Yep, two-piece leathers need a long zip to join them, not just the short tail one. No boots with laces. Sliders are up to you but a lot of people go for several track days without getting their knees down at all. Helmet usually needs an ACU gold star. No scrutineering for the bike, but they can pull you if it looks dodgy - you sign a for to say that everything is your fault. Urban myths about insurance companies taking photos of number plates, most people remove them. Tape up lights etc, remove or tape back mirrors. Your insurance won't cover you either for any spills - has anyone taken track day insurance? Any ideas of cost?

Eat lots, get plenty of sleep, and above all enjoy yourself.

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Old 20-04-06, 12:19 PM   #6
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Yep, two-piece leathers need a long zip to join them, not just the short tail one. No boots with laces. Sliders are up to you but a lot of people go for several track days without getting their knees down at all. Helmet usually needs an ACU gold star. No scrutineering for the bike, but they can pull you if it looks dodgy - you sign a for to say that everything is your fault. Urban myths about insurance companies taking photos of number plates, most people remove them. Tape up lights etc, remove or tape back mirrors. Your insurance won't cover you either for any spills - has anyone taken track day insurance? Any ideas of cost?

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echo everything said here. summed up perfectly

and drink lots too

Brands is fairly expensive for food and drink, but not the nightmare i was expecting, if you can take a rucksack full of refreshment to save a few bob

enjoy! let us know how it goes

ps you'll LOVE paddock hill ! just awesome
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Old 20-04-06, 12:43 PM   #7
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and drink lots too

a couple of bottles of wine should do?
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and drink lots too

a couple of bottles of wine should do?


hmmm maybe more along the lines of water for the fluid intake!
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Having passed my DAS nearly a year ago and ridden my SV nearly every day, Iíve decided it time to do a track day so Iím going to book myself in for a day at Brands Hatch (nearest track too me)in June/July sometime when hopefully the weathers a bit better. Iím sure Iíll be one of the slowest out there, but I suppose you have to start somewhere. Iíve only got a leather jacket at the moment, so I will need to get some jeans too, do they have to have knee sliders as well? Any advice would be much appreciated, as Iíve never done a track day before and I donít know anybody who has!
Whats the pricing like fella? While mines naked and needing repairs, it seems the obvious time to get out on track. And seeing that Brands is aobut 15 min away (used to be about 3 minutes lol) it again makes sense.
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What will happen on the day? just turn up and get on the track or are there briefings, etc? How long does the day last for?
I understand that there are often 3 groups, novice, intermediate and advanced, How is it all arranged, does each group go out separately, or is everyone on there together?
Sorry about all the questions but I dont really know what to expect, but would like to turn up prepared, cheers
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