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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-02-2019, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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Hi Everyone, I'm doing my first track day at Sonoma Raceway on 8/13 on my 959 Corse. I've got the following:

  • Pitbull Paddock Stands
  • Moto-D Tire Warmers
  • Extension Cords with power surge
  • T-Rex Frame Protection
  • Taking off bar end mirrors
  • Taping up rear lights
  • Full race leathers, gloves, helmets, boots

Am I missing anything? Do you all have any tips? Again, this will be my first time and we did rent a garage.

Thanks!
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-04-2019, 06:04 AM
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Probably do a search on the site, It's been covered plenty of times.

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Take your time and learn the race lines. Have fun. No need for tire warmers on street tires.
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Take your time and learn the race lines. Have fun. No need for tire warmers on street tires.
I'm gonna be "That Guy," I think warmers are very important but not mandatory.
Here's why: 15 minute session will be about 10 laps. The first 3 laps your tires will be heating up and they will feel different each lap until hot and stable. So about 1/3 of your track day will be spent on "cold" tires. Financially tire warmers make sense

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Turn 3 first lap with cold tyres and track no warmers (I don't need warmers)

Just waiting for the rest of my parts to come in
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Warmers are a benefit for slicks and race DOTs'. Not so much for non-race DOT tires. Switched back from slicks to DOTs' for a season awhile back on my 749 (Pilot Powers). I used warmers because I already had them, but I did not notice any benefit in terms of tire wear or traction. I always take about three laps to get up to pace whether it be on slicks / warmers, or DOTs' anyway. If you run slicks without warmers you will most likely experience cold-tearing at some point.
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Turn 3 first lap with cold tyres and track no warmers (I don't need warmers)



Just waiting for the rest of my parts to come in


Good thing I got tire warmers. This is the last thing I need in my life!


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I'm gonna be "That Guy," I think warmers are very important but not mandatory.

Here's why: 15 minute session will be about 10 laps. The first 3 laps your tires will be heating up and they will feel different each lap until hot and stable. So about 1/3 of your track day will be spent on "cold" tires. Financially tire warmers make sense



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I agree. If it gives me more confidence, I think it makes sense.


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Donít let tire warmers give you a false sense of security
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Tank grips for your knees to lock you on to the bike if you don`t have them. Have fun on the carousel and ses
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