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What is needed for track days

Posted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 4:36 pm
by manveru
If you plan on doing a track day you'll need to have the following

-Helmet (snell rating might be required)
-Leather gloves that cover the wrist
-Riding boots
-1 piece suit, or 2 piece suit with 360* zipper
-Back Protector

-Replace coolant with water, Red Line Water Wetter, Royal Purple Ice (NOT Engine Ice or Evans coolant), or Silkolene Pro CCA coolant additives are allowed in liquid cooled motorcycles. Glycol based substances are prohibited.
-Check bike for leaks(engine, transmission, forks etc.)
-Lights taped or removed
-Signals taped or removed
-mirrors removed

SAFETY WIRE(check your track rules, it may or may not be required, most likely not)
-Any bolt, or cap that has fluid behind it (ALL brake Banjos, Rad cap, Oil filler cap, Oil drain plug, Oil Filter (attache hose clamp and wire the clamp to the bike) Coolant drain bolt
-Anything that holds wheels on.... Pinch bolts, Axle bolts (front and rear)
-Anything that holds brakes on: Caliper bolts (F and R), brake pins in front and rear calipers, the pivot bolt on your front brake lever (Must be wired or siliconed) If you have Brembo master you need to wire the pivot location as well....
-Last one is simply a tip. There is nothing against the rules to be wired... so if you are in doubt or its an imporant part you dont want coming loose.... Safety wire it.Nothing like racing in 3rd gear cause your shift lever came undone and is dangling beneath you the entire race Things like shift arms, shift levers, front sprocket nuts, etc.......
-You may also want to safety wire your key, so you don't lose/forget it

-Don’t over twist your safety wire! The standard is 8 - 12 twists per inch for .032 diameter
safety wire. Any more than that weakens the wire and could cause it to break under
stress. Note that wire should always be applied so that tension is in the tightening
directions. If you are unsure how to safety wire your motorcycle, try to get help from someone
who has been doing it for a while. Anyone who has worked with mechanical aircraft
preparation is probably an expert at safety wiring.

Check your local track rules too, to be certain as all tracks are not the same

Re: What is needed for track days

Posted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 6:07 pm
by ragedigital
There are probably different rules everywhere, but "Water Wetter" is usually acceptable as a coolant additive.

In St. Louis, they have a great thing they just started - "Test the Track". They'll take just about any street bike in very good shape and allow you to run it for 2 - 20 minute sessions. They also don't require leathers, but they definitely recommend them.

Do you know the proper gauge of safety wire by chance and where to get it?

Re: What is needed for track days

Posted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 11:15 am
by manveru

I couldn't find a required gauge of safety wire, i doubt that they'd measure it, but the standard seems to be .032 ... &sc=WFROOG

Re: What is needed for track days

Posted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:05 am
by China_Racer_1
you only need money.......lots and lots of money.

Re: What is needed for track days

Posted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 2:26 am
by ragedigital
China_Racer_1 wrote:you only need money.......lots and lots of money.
Oh, come now. Track Days are relatively cheap here. For a whole day, $135-$150 isn't that bad. The only real costs would be if you wreck or don't already own the proper gear to ride in. Traveling to another state to do a Track Day can raise the cost, since there might be hotel costs involved.

Overall, if you've never been to a Track Day - this is your year! Get out there and run that thing!