Re: How to track prep a bike...
First, push it over on the right side. Pick it up, rise the side stand, and push it over on the left side. There. All ready. Now you don't have to worry about the pretty paint job, and you're all set to have fun.
Just kidding! I've done many track days without dropping it. Your mileage may vary. I've seen others drop it in the very first session. Ride your own ride. Use your own good judgement just like you do on the street.
You track club will have a web site that should give you the specific details of what they want you to do.
A common list would include:
The bike must be in sound shape, nothing falling off or broken.
Good near new tires.
Plenty of brake pad material left and a firm feeling brake lever.
Remove or tape over signals.
Tape over tail light and headlight - Use 3m blue painters tape and remove fuses or bulbs so the tape won't bake on.
Some want you to tape over the speedo.
Chain and sprockets must be in good shape and in proper adjustment.
Depending on the club and which group you ride in, the following items may be required.
Safety wire your oil drain plug, oil filter and oil filler.
Replace coolent with water, optionally adding Water Wetter.
That's about it for the bike.
Bring it with the tank full, plus a 6 gallon gas can. That is enough to make it though the day.
Bring shade, snacks, drink, chairs. I like to bring extra chairs for people that drop by.
Eat and drink as much as possible so you have enough energy to keep up your concentration.
Get as much sleep as you can. Get there early on your first day, so you are not in a rush. They will need to tech your bike.
Say "Hi" to everyone, be friendly, and have a great time.
Focus on riding smooth and relax on the bike. Not only is this the easiest way ride well and fast and safe, but it helps to conserve energy. The first times you go our, most of your energy is spent on the pure excitement of being there. It can be surprisingly draining to ride on the track, so try to rest up as much as you can before the track day and between sessions. If you get too tired and find yourself making significant errors, play it safe and rest for a session. It is so much fun that it is easy to deny how tired you are at the end of the day. Be aware of how you are feeling, and ride accordingly.
Yes, I am a track addict. I just signed up for 12 days this year. That will put me up to 42 track days on my trusty 929, if all goes well. It may be a bit pricey, but the memories will definately last a lifetime.