If you have a question that is not answered on this page or on one of the TRACK DAY LINKS on the left, please email me.

QUESTION:  What riding skill do I need to attend a track day?
ANSWER:
If you are comfortable riding around corners on the street, then there is no reason why you can't do a track day. We recommend that riders have at least a few months under their belt before signing up, but that varies with the individual. Some new riders are ready for their first track day only a couple of weeks after taking their MSF beginner course, while others need a bit more time to gain the control skills that will allow them to feel comfortable riding at speed on a racetrack. Some other track day organizations frown on new riders, but we welcome them. You don't have to be an aggressive or fast rider to attend one of our track days.

QUESTION:  I don't have a sport bike. Is my standard bike okay for a track day?
ANSWER:
Yes. You'll see all sorts of bikes at our days: Sport tourers, standard bikes, even Gold Wings. We had a woman bring her Honda 250 Nighthawk to one of our NH days last season and she had a great time! Just be sure your brakes and tires are like new and be sure to ride within the limits of your motorcycle's capabilities. You may have to ride a bit slower than you would like to be safe, but you'll still have a good time.

QUESTION: Can I use a credit card to register for an event?
ANSWER: Absolutely. When ordering, simply choose the Paypal option.  Paypal is our credit card processor (you do not need a Paypal account to use that option).   Please go to our Registration FAQ Page for answers specific to registering for our track days.

QUESTION:  Do I have to attend BOTH days?
ANSWER:
  No.  We try to group our events whenever possible to help reduce travelling expenses.  However, we do recommend doing two days in a row, since it allows you to start off on the second day at a much higher level... and you are better able to build off what you learned on the first day.

 

QUESTION:  What should I bring?

ESSENTIAL ITEMS:
Helmet
Leathers/Riding Gear
Back Protector
Boots
Gloves
Bike
Bike Key
Earplugs
 

SUGGESTED ITEMS:
Extra Fuel (assuming you're not riding to the track) 
Basic Tools
Extra Shirts
Extra Socks  
Safety Wire
Zip Ties
Duct Tape 
Chair
Watch or Cell phone (in case you're not near our clock)
Extra Cash (ATM's are not always nearby)

QUESTION:  What happens if it rains?
ANSWER:
   While no one likes to ride in the rain, it's all part of motorcycling.  Our Track Days run RAIN or SHINE.  We have been very lucky over the years to have great weather for most of our dates.   And on the days it did rain, it was only for a portion of the day so everyone still got in dry laps.  My recommendation is to bring your wet weather riding gear and try to have fun!  Even a day of riding in the rain is better than a day of work! 

If there are weather conditions that make it unsafe to ride (lightning, extreme wind, etc) then the track will shut down and refunds will be done according to time, etc.

QUESTION:  Can I sleep at track the night before?
ANSWER:
   Usually.  Check the EVENT DETAILS for specifics, but generally you can come in the night before your trackdays.

Check the registration page for each trackday, as well as the TRACK INFORMATION pages,  for any additional info.

QUESTION:  What do I do when I arrive?
ANSWER:
  Each track is a little different, but in general, you will sign a waiver at the front gate for the track.  Read it carefully... you're agreeing that you understand the track is a potentially dangerous area and you will not sue anyone if you fall off your bike or get hurt in any way while at the track.  Once you sign the waiver, you'll get an armband that is good for the duration of the event. 

You'll then proceed into the track area and over to the garage area where you can unload your bike and get through tech.  Lots of staff members (and other riders) will be floating around  if you have any questions or need assistance unloading.

QUESTION:  How do I know if I'm definitely registered?
ANSWER:
  If you paid, and your name is on the website under the appropriate date... you should be all set.   I do sometimes mix up names or dates on the website, but this all gets double-checked just before I leave for the event, so you should always double-check the website a couple of days before the event.

QUESTION:  Does anyone take photos?
ANSWER:
  Yes.  We have a professional photographer on site.  You can purchase photos on the spot, or you can purchase from their websites.

Use the PHOTOGRAPHER INFO link for more info.

Photo by John Owens- www.owensracingphotos.com
 

QUESTION:  Can I use a Bike Camera to take on board video?
ANSWER:
  Yes, but it must be securely tethered to the motorcycle - usually with multiple tethers.  Please review the BIKE PREPARATION page for details on securing a camera.

QUESTION:  Can I bring guests to watch?
ANSWER:
  YES, and we highly encourage it.  It is completely FREE for your guests to come in and watch and hang out with you.  However, there are a couple of guidelines to consider.
   
1 - If there is a fence anywhere near the track, do not go past it (even if there is an open gate)

 We have to leave some of the gates open so that cornerworkers and other staff can go on and off the track at different places.  

2 - Children under 16 need to be supervised at ALL TIMES and should not be on any wheeled vehicle (bicycle, mini bikes, rollerblades, skateboards)

QUESTION:  Can I bring my dog to the track?
ANSWER:
  We don't recommend it, but it is allowed if you have no other option.   The dog must ALWAYS be on a short leash.  If the dog barks a lot, please remove the pet from the garage area.

Also, please remember that the track is a very noisy place with lots of fast paced action.  Some animals get frightened in this environment.

I am a dog lover, but my first concern is for the safety and enjoyment of the track day participants. 

Also, please remember that the track is a very noisy place with lots of fast paced action.  Some animals get frightened in this environment.

QUESTION:  Can I ride in my friends group to help them?
ANSWER:
    If you and your friend are of the same caliber rider, then you can certainly ride in the same group, but it is risky to try and ride as a pair around the track.  We have instructors that are trained to do this... I suggest you approach one of them and ask for assistance.

QUESTION:  Can I ride in more than one group?
ANSWER:
   Only if the other group is not sold out.  It costs $25 per session to ride in additional groups and you MUST OBEY the rules of that group.  Also, you can only move one group level.  In other words, you can do RED and YELLOW, or YELLOW and BLUE.  You cannot do RED and BLUE groups.

QUESTION:  Can my friend and I share a bike?
ANSWER:
    YES,  as long as BOTH of you have signed up.   Obviously, you will ride in different groups.  If two people are caught sharing a bike and only one has paid, you will both be banned from all future Track Days.

QUESTION:  Will the gas pumps be open?
ANSWER:
    Gas is available at Thompson, CT track.  It is NOT available at the Palmer MA and NY Safety Track.   A full tank of fuel and a couple of gallons extra should be fine.  If you are riding your motorcycle to the track, just fill it up before you get to the track.  Lots of people in the garage will have extra gas and you can usually buy a couple of gallons from someone. 

QUESTION:  Do you provide Health Insurance Coverage?
ANSWER:
    NO.   Do NOT attend our events unless you have Health Insurance.   Any medical treatment you receive while at the track is included in your fee.  If you are transported to the hospital, however, the ambulance ride and costs at the hospital are your responsibility.

QUESTION:  Will my bike insurance cover my bike if I crash?
ANSWER:
    Maybe.  The key element that lets them cover you is that our track days are NOT competitive and are NOT Race Practice.  Therefore, it is considered more like rider training.  In the past, just directing your insurance company to this website has been enough to prove your case.  Ultimately, however... this is between you and your insurance company.  The key is to make them understand that controlled track days like ours are going to improve safety and lower claims by putting more qualified riders on the road.  Having said all this, however, our experience has been that it is cheaper to pay for the repairs yourself in the long run.  Your insurance company may pay, but then raise your rates or decline you future coverage.