The main purpose for this post is to help assist those that were seriously thinking about taking their bike to the track and to learn as I learn so possibly the process of getting there might be a little easier for those interested.
First I have to admit before "seriously" looking into getting to the track I thought "show up, pay your money, and ride". Although it's not to say that it can't happen that way chances are you won't be able to set one wheel on the track and if you lucked out and did, by being unprepared your experience might not be as desirable as you had hoped.
Here are some links to track organizers to get you started. I will probably be using Nesba, since they seem pretty well organized and have the most tracks in my area. So first things first, find a track thatís the closest to you.
This handbook by Nesba is probably the best that I've come across to get ready for the track.
Most of what is required here in the US is pretty consistent with all the organizations, rather than repeat everything that's in the book I'll just summarize a few the main topics.
For the bike you won't have to do much in the "b" group, tape all your lights and disconnect them by pulling the fuse or the wire so they don't melt the tape to your plastic covers. Tape your number on your bike.
A leather riding suit. You can use a textile one piece or two piece riding suit but it's not recommended. Your regular textile riding jacket and pants won't do it, they have zip together ALL the way around. You can rent a suit from some of the organizations.
The willingness to learn.
Other things you will need not mentioned on the websites.
Money - Depending on what organization or track you use it can add up. The one I'm looking at will cost $170 for one day at the track plus $75 for a one year membership. The cost of your riding suit, rental, buy used or new, a new riding suit will cost you around $400 for one that's on closeout. If you live too far away from the track you will need to camp or get a hotel. Hotels near the track are generally expensive.
A way to transport your bike to the track, trailer, truck, etc - Riding your bike to the track can be done, but it seems most don't. Having the bike all prepped, being able to bring tools, extra gas, lunch, drink, extra gear etc can make the day go a lot smoother. Tiring yourself out riding the bike before you get to the track and having to ride the bike home for hours after a BIG day at the track I don't know about you but I'd rather sit back in my air conditioned car after such a day. They say it can be extremely exhausting. And lastly if you wreck your bike you will need some way to get you and your bike home.
That's all I know so far, most of what you need to know is in that handbook by Nesba.
I'm looking at possibly at the earliest Aug 15 at the Beaver Run race track here in PA.
Any questions just ask, I'll try to answer what I can.
Oh and BTW Nesba has an intro ride that won't cost you anything but maybe the cost of renting a suit. You get to ride the first two sessions, after that if want to continue you just pay the fee, if it's not your thing you'll just be out your time and effort.
I'll try and keep you guys updated.
Hope this helps