Getting into Motorcycle Racing

Motorcycle racing.If you have a competitive nature and a need for speed, then you may want to join an amateur motorcycle racing league. Before you sign-up to join a league, read through the following information to see whether this fast-paced sport would be right for you.

Track Days

Before you commit to joining a league, it is a good idea to try to get some motorcycle racing experience by signing up to a number of track days. Racing around a track is very different from riding quickly on a public road, in part because a track is squeezed into a far more compact space. You are likely to encounter twists and turns that are far tighter than any that you are likely to meet on a normal road. Do a few track days; once you are consistently riding in the top half of the pack, you will be ready to consider joining a racing league.

Get a Licence

In order to take part in a formally organised race in the UK, you need to get a race licence, and details can be found on the Auto Cycle Union (ACU) website. At present, a new licence costs £48. In order to get your first racing license you should also attend a Pre-license Qualification Course. This course is available at an additional cost, but it will help you to get race ready. These courses provide important health and safety information for riders, and help motorcycle riders to understand why track rules are so important. Potential track riders are also required to undergo an eyesight test before they can be issued with their new licence.

Novice licence holders are required to wear a special orange bib for their first few races. This acts in a similar way to L-plates on the car of a learner driver. Other racers will know that you are still learning how track races work and they should adjust their behaviour accordingly. The bib is designed for the safety of all riders on the track. Once you have received your licence, you can sign up to a race club of your choosing. This will allow you to race in appropriate race events.

Personal Protective Equipment

Before you ride in any race, it is important that you know that your personal protective equipment is up to scratch. Most track riders end up coming off of their bike at some point during their racing season, so you need to know that your PPE will protect you. It may not come cheap but to best stay as protected as possible you might want to buy a top-quality helmet, race leathers, race boots, gloves and a back protector. Your PPE should be comfortable and allow you to move adequately. Badly fitting equipment can reduce your ability to ride well and will put you at risk.

Identity Tag

Race meets normally require participants to wear an identity tag. This should include your full name and date of birth. Most riders also think that it is pertinent to include their blood group and any vital medical information. It is easy to get a tag engraved at a pet shop or similar.

Scrutineers

Before every race, you bike will be scrutinised by a team of scrutineers to make sure that it is race-worthy and meets race rules. If it does not meet these rules then you will not be allowed to ride in the race. Those who are unable to do their own bike repairs are advised to contract in the services of a race mechanic who will be able to fix up the bike and check for problems before the scrutineers pull you up. It is not normally possible to ride a race-ready bike to the meet, so you may also have to hire a bike trailer to get your bike to the event in race-worthy condition.