The holidays are already here, so it is past time to find the perfect gift for that person in your life who wants nothing more than to take their motorcycle on the track all day. Whether it’s racing or track-days, I have put together a small list of track essentials that every racer or track-day enthusiast would want.
Not sure what to get them? Suffering from limited funds?
From tools, to the gear, to lessons on how to ride like a champ, there is something for every aspiring racer out there.
When I go to the track I always try to buy the best safety gear there is and the first thing that comes to mind is a helmet. That old saying goes, “Got a $5 head? Buy a $5 helmet.” I recommend the best helmet that you can afford. Recently I purchased an Arai from Rider’s Discount. TJ (866-931-6644 x817) at Rider’s Discount will beat about anyone’s advertised price on almost any motorcycle related component so it’s always good to head over there and see what they have. Helmets I recommend are Arai, AGV, & Suomy for higher end helmets. For middle of the road I would recommend Bell Powersports, Scorpion, HJC, & Icon.To go along with the helmet, a skull cap is always a good little gift that you can buy your racer; it’s one of those unexpected gifts. It’s the best way to keep sweat out of your eyes and help keep you cool on those hot summer days. You can buy one of those here. Sportbike Track Gear is another one of those precious sources of racer/rider gear that everyone needs to know about. The people that work there are racers and have tested most of the stuff they use on the race track to insure it really works.
A related item to the one above is an undersuit. This article of clothing makes sliding wet, stinky leathers on and off your body like butter. There are several companies that sell them. Buy your racer one or two sets. They’ll thank you for them. PsycleSkins set the standard for suits a few years ago. You can pick one up for about $50 here. Or head over to Riders Discount for a different set here.
When I am racing I will easily go through at least two pair of socks a day. What better than to have some socks designed for the abuse and sticky-ness of riding on the racetrack? Alpinestars, in my opinion make some of the best socks. They’re on the pricey side but they are durable and will handle the rigors of racing. Get them here or here.
If you’re like me you’ll have almost two of everything. When you go to the track you can’t afford to go without because it costs a lot to get on the track! I will usually subscribe to the two is one, one is none theory of supply. An example is that I will always have a spare helmet shield in my bag. Can’t just go throwing $40-$50 helmet shields around in the bed of your truck so when my wife bought me this, I was hooked. A helmet shield holder. It’s silky inside will make you want to rub your face on it. lol
Believe it or not, this may seem like a weird gift but when your boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife/signifcant other/friend smells like gas after they dumped on themselves at third call they will thank you because they will never do this to themselves again. A good funnel such as the one here will save them from those moments of apprehension. Matrix Concepts Racing Products also happens to make all sorts of cool stuff like this for the pits or garage. Head over there and see what other surprises they may have.
Klucky Pucks seem like something that you would buy at some off the wall fried chicken restaurant but they happen to be some of the best knee sliders out there. they come in all kinds of cool colors and can only be found at Woodcraft Technologies, a maker of high quality motorcycle parts.
Someday I will get to go to this but I have so many good things about it I just have to let everyone know about it. Cornerspin — Is billed as “Dirt Training For Road Riding.” All I know is everyone that I know that has gone to this course has come away a lot faster with more confidence. Anyway you can watch more right here:
One day I hope to make it to this Colin Edward’s Texas Tornado Boot Camp. A little on the expensive side but I’m sure a blast.
One thing that I liked that I got was a suit dryer. Now there are $100 suit dryers out there but I have found the price tag doesn’t mean they will dry your suit any faster nor will they give you a hand massage for the higher price. My wife bought me this for Christmas about 5 years ago and it has been a life saver at those hot track weekends that were temps were in the upper 90s low 100s. The HangAir is ingenious, but really very simple. Basically it’s just an over-sized plastic hanger with a built-in motorized fan that forces air through your leathers, drying it out in a fraction of the time it would take to air-dry.
The Tipke 2100 Marine Fold-It Utility Cart is one treasure that not everyone has at the track. What is it? It’s a lightweight nullity cart that carries leathers, tires, gas, and whatever else you want to put in it that you don’t want to or have to carry. Face it, you’re at the track and there’s a lot going on. You’re tired and just want to get back to your pits and out of the sun. This pit cart will help you do just that. It lightens your load and makes carrying tires back from the vendors a lot less painful. P.S. They keep their resale value.
Finally, I bring up one-piece race suits. Why? Because this is the first thing that meets the pavement when your loved one crashes. If and when they crash why not do it in one of the safest suits available: AGV Sport. You can buy them at Motonation for a steal and with it, comes the best service in the industry. Plus they have a suit for almost every budget.
Other gifts that are on the list to buy are:
There are tons of things to buy someone that goes the track. I hope this short guide helps in your decision. Most of these are things I use and personally have.
Can you think of anything that should be on this list? Let me know in the comments.