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?
Extra Fuel (assuming you're not riding to the track)
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: We will get wet. :-)
Seriously, we run our events rain or shine, unless there is a serious weather event that will impact our safety. Please check the specific event page on our website, the Facebook group or join our email list to find out if an event is postponed. This has happened 3 times in 25 years so it is not common.
While everyone prefers a dry trackday, the main purpose of our Track Days is to teach you how to handle your motorcycle better. If you're out riding on the street and it rains, do you park your bike and walk home? Of course not.
When it rains on the street, you don't see cars and motorcycles crashing all over the place. This is because roads still have plenty of traction even when they are wet. A huge part of what we teach at TTD is how to manage the available traction. Whether it's wet or dry, there is only so much traction available. This means the exact same riding techniques work wet or dry.
A wet trackday, or even a few wet sessions, can teach you a great deal about handling your motorcycle in wet conditions. Once you get the hang of it, you'll be amazed at just how much traction is still available.
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 the track deems the weather conditions make it unsafe to ride (lightning, extreme wind, etc) then the track will shut down and refunds will be done according to how much track time was forfeited.
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: When sign up online, you will receive a confirmation email. If you pay for a future date at the track, we will email you a confirmation within 3 days after the end of the event.
QUESTION: Does anyone take photos?
ANSWER: Yes. We have 2 professional photographers. www.otmpix.com and https://studio546.zenfolio.com/ Listen at the riders meeting for details on photography for your days.
QUESTION: Can I use a Bike Camera to take on board video?
ANSWER: Yes, but it must be securely tethered to the 2 separate places on your motorcycle. 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: Yes. 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.
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 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 all day and at certain times of the day at Palmer. It is not available at NY Safety Track, but there is a Gas Station about 3 miles outside the track.
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.