Motorcycle trackdays require dedication and focus if you hope to make the most of the handful of sessions you get on any given event. For that reason, we have put together a list of essential items that will not only make your time on track more entertaining, but these items will also help make you more efficient while preparing your bike and gear during the downtime.

Remember, these are the things we have found that make our day run smoothly so use this list as a base to build from and, most of all, remember to be safe and have fun.

MJ Moto Gear Digital Motorcycle Tire Warmers

Digital Motorcycle Tire Warmers
Keep your sticky tires warm while in the pit.Amazon

As any tire technician will tell you, the key to getting the most of your tires is minimizing how many heat cycles they are put through. By keeping your tires on warmers between sessions it keeps them up to temperature and grippy from the first lap and will help them last longer if you plan to use them for multiple trackdays. Not everyone shreds a complete set of tires in six sessions on a track.

Vortex Race Rear Stand

Vortex Race Bike Stand Race

Pay close attention to which stands you choose. Some simply slot under the back of the swingarm while others require you to install spools on both sides. Others can be used either way. Front stands typically lift from the bottom of your fork legs but others will insert into the bottom of the triple clamp. I like the bottom-of-the-fork style because it is easier to manipulate with one person.

Honda EU1000i 1000-Watt Generator

Honda Power Source
Don’t rely on the track to provide you with power—bring your own.Honda

Honda makes excellent generators that are more than capable of running a pair of tire warmers. Make sure to bring an extension cord and even a power strip to help make the job easier.

Motion Pro Ball-End Allen Set, Metric

Motion Pro 08-0185 Ball End Allen Set Metric
Swap or tighten up parts on your bike with the aid of these Allen wrenches.Motion Pro

A good metric Allen wrench set is essential to have in owning a motorcycle. If you are taking your bike to the track, these wrenches should be the first tool you throw in your bag. Made of chrome vanadium steel, the Motion Pro wrenches resist rounding and fit bolt heads well. The unique design of the ball end allows you to torque those hard-to-reach bolts, even at awkward angles.

Plexus Plastic Cleaner

Plexus Plastic Cleaner
Keep the bugs off and your bike looking new.Plexus

Plexus has long been the industry standard when it comes to cleaning these little buggers off your visor and your bike. Paper towels are an acceptable option in a pinch, but a good chamois-quality cloth or microfiber towel is even better. They are less abrasive to your costly helmet visor.

TapePlus Gaffer’s Tape

Gaffers Tape
No mess to clean up on your covered lights and mirrors.Tape Plus

Now we are all aware of the merits of tape that doesn't leave behind a bunch of sticky glue all over our beloved bikes. Many, many moons have passed since the era where duct tape was our only option for covering up lights and mirrors. Gaffer's tape doesn't leave behind any residue to clean off your bike after your trackday.

Pelican Elite 45-Quart Wheeled Cooler

Pelican Elite 45 Quart Wheeled Cooler
It’s like taking a portable refrigerator to the track.Pelican

Make sure to keep an ice chest full of water on hand at all times. I've been using a Pelican cooler lately on my rafting trips and they are tough, durable, and keep stuff cold for days on end. Nothing beats a few gulps of high-quality H2O after winning your first A-group session of the year, so don't leave home without it.

E-Z UP Sierra II, 12 Feet by 12 Feet

EZ - Up Sierra II
Up in seconds, keep yourself and your bike out of the hot sun.EZ - Up

Plop down in your favorite lawn chair and grab a cold bottle of water while you watch the other groups on track.

GoPro Hero5 Session

GoPro Hero Session
Small enough to be mounted anywhere, you can record any riding angle you want with the Hero5 Session.GoPro

The most popular option is the venerable GoPro, but there are many other compact cameras on the market these days. The Hero Session is fast becoming our camera of choice because it is so small and easy to stick in weird places so you can get new, unique angles for your footage. One thing we have learned over the years is that the more options you have to mount your camera, the better your videos will be.

Spares Kit

Everyone is bound to go down. So bring spare gear including gloves, boots, helmet, even a second suit (if you can swing it), just in case you get knocked down. Make sure the bike can keep rolling too by bringing spare levers, footpegs, handlebars, even a set of spare take-off tires (what if you get a flat?), duct tape, oil, etc. Spares can be the difference between losing your entire day or just a few sessions.

By no means is this the definitive guide to a trackday, but it is intended to give you some ideas on how to make your trackday go smoother. We will continue to offer up tips and ideas on what exactly you can bring in the spares kit, how to prep your bike, and other useful tidbits in the next few weeks. Until then, ride safe and have fun.