Stay cool, ride fast, have fun.
Motorcycle trackdays are a great way to push yourself (and your bike) to new limits. They can prove demanding too. On gear, on time, and on your body. Here are five trackside amenities that will help keep you focused on the task at hand.
1) Your bike can be damaged if improperly secured for travel, so quality tie-downs are essential. Powertye Big Daddy 2-inch Tie-down Straps ($105) are double stitched for security and feature sheepskin sleeves that keep your ride from getting scratched. 2) It’s always best to bring gas with you. The 4-gallon Matrix Concepts MZ1 Industrial Can ($45) is made from heavy-duty HDPE plastic. Two handles and an available hose attachment for easy pouring will help keep your refueling spill-free. 3) Keeping hydrated is critical, and while warm water works, having a cooler improves track life substantially. Whether it’s a dime-store styrofoam unit or this expedition-grade Otterbox Venture 65 ($400), having drinks and snacks on ice is the ticket, especially when it comes time to drive home. 4) A chair is a welcome sight for any track-worn body. When your movement is restricted by leathers, however, a low-slung camp chair means wriggling for escape. We prefer an upright and dignified seat like Picnic at Ascot’s Director’s Chair ($76). The included side table is a staff favorite.
5) Hide from the sun with an E-Z UP canopy. This full-zoot version with our logo on it goes for $900, but cheaper models of the ubiquitous shelters can be set up just as quickly.