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Old 01-29-2010, 03:55 PM
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So after i get some minor work done to my bike im lookin into going to some tracks.

what has to be done to the bike in order to be able to race on a track?
 
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Old 01-29-2010, 05:28 PM
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For the beginner sections, not a whole lot. When you get to more advanced then you need to start safety wiring stuff.

I'll let someone who has actually done a day explain more thoroughly. But for your first couple, you shouldn't need to do much other than make sure it's in good riding condition, tape up lights, etc.
 
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i wish i had a track around me...
 
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Old 01-29-2010, 09:04 PM
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Originally Posted by njdpb22 View Post
So after i get some minor work done to my bike im lookin into going to some tracks.

what has to be done to the bike in order to be able to race on a track?
If you're talking ROAD RACE tracks and not drag race, my answers are valid. If you want to DRAG RACE, hopefully someone else will chime in, 'cause I don't do drag strips.

If you want to RACE on a track, lots needs to be done. I'm assuming you aren't wanting to actually race yet.

If you want to attend a TRACKDAY, depends on the particular trackday provider. For the "First Timer" to a trackday, most providers require you tape headlight, taillight, turn signals (and sometimes disconnect), remove and/or tape license and mirrors, some require you to cover the speedometer. No leaks, good brakes, chain tension correct, good tires, throttle return works, kill switch works. This might be all you need for some providers. You'll need full suit (either one piece or zipped together two piece, leather or cordura), boots, gloves, full helmet.

That's the nutshell answer. Post up where abouts you are for maybe more detailed answers.

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i wish i had a track around me...
Where are you?
 

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russellville, arkansas
 
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Dude, you're right....closest one I can think of is Hallett, in Oklahoma. For you, it's only 240 miles or so, it's 300 for me, I've raced there a few times. Drive down the night before, camp out, drive back after the track day.

Hallett Motor Racing Circuit

They do their own track days, called "Motorcycle Lapping Days" and their school is called HART. Track is really nice, kinda technical, but loads of fun. There's some neat turns, "The Bus Stop", "Everybody's Favorite", and "The B1tch" just to name a few. They run the track CW and CCW, so it's like two different tracks.
 
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no safty wire?
 
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Originally Posted by njdpb22 View Post
no safty wire?
For trackdays, none of the providers I've ever done a trackday with or now teach with require safety wire in the Beginner/Novice or Intermediate level groups. Most don't require fluid changes either, though a few do (water vs. anti-freeze/coolant). Sure, there might be some out there that want you to wire your oil plug or drain, but definately not full-blown race prep wiring.

For a trackday, they want to get you out there the easiest way possible. I've seen folks ride up on their street bike, tape everything up, and get on the track. Your average rider who wanted to do a simple trackday to see if they liked it wouldn't spend the time, money, or effort required to prep a bike if it required the same preparation as for racing.
 
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Yeah. I was afraid hallet was the closest. It's a nice track for sure. I've driven by a couple times. I had a buddy build an rx7 just to race out there
 
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While Randyjoy hit most of the points I don't know if I'd consider that "a lot" needing to be done. Most sportbikes are pretty much track ready minus taping up lights, etc.

Here's what I go over before each track day for my '04 F4i:

All glass, headlight, turn signals, and plastic lenses -taped over or removed. (I never un-tape mine inbetween events)
Mirrors removed
License Plates removed
Passenger foot pegs zip-tied or removed
Remove all lighting fuses (may or may not be required)
Removal of coolant and replaced with water & water wetter - may or may not be required
Tire weights taped - recommended
tires in good condition - I would have a stickier street tire.

That's it for most clubs.

Here are things I check in addition.

check brake fluid level and condition
check radiator fluid level
check oil level
check oil drain nut and filter tightness
check over fairings for loose nuts
check chain slack and condition
check throttle return
check kill switch

Things I bring to the track:
tent
chairs
table
tools
stand
extra oil
extra coolant
several cans of gas
towels
cleaners
food
water - lots of it
electric air compressor with tire gauge

I think that's about it.
 
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