Track prep - convenience tips
I started doing track days last year and of course, I'm hooked. 2011 GSX-R750. Not being a guy who's penny-wise and pound-foolish, I've done all I can to protect my bike should I go down.
I refuse to put my $$$$$$ stock bodywork at risk so I invested in some race glass. Also did case savers and frame sliders.
I also came across a good deal on some take-off slicks, which are not only awesome, they allow me to preserve my street tires.
What all this means is that every time I go to the track, I have to spend a day transforming the bike into a track toy. Then I have to do the whole thing in reverse to get the bike back to street trim. This is not that hard, but it gets old.
In hopes that it helps someone out, here are a few shortcuts I've come up with over time. If you have any, please share. Always looking to make life easier:
- Only undo what you actually need to. Instead of moving your windshield over to the track glass, buy a used one and leave it mounted.
- Dedicate a cardboard box to tail bodywork. There are LOTS of pieces... keep 'em all in one place. Keep all your factory body fasteners in a jar for the same reason.
- Unbolt the rear cross brace from the subframe and turn it over. Your tail will fit better. Mark the piece (this side up, this end forward) so you don't have to remember which way it goes back on.
- Use zipties to fasten bodywork wherever possible instead of factory hardware.
- Mark which screws you need to undo with a spot of white paint.
- On my bike you have to undo 11 nail-breaking electrical connectors just to get the effin' front fairing off. Hit up ebay and buy a set of ram air tubes, along with a front wiring harness. Mount these permanently to the race fairing. That way you can leave the harness plugged into the factory fairing... just undo the dash, turn signals and steering damper.
- If you have track tires, buy a second set of wheels (with discs). They cost, but you won't have to pay for tire mounting or do it yourself. It also gives you the ability to take your street tires with you if the weather forecast is iffy.
- Write down the torque specs for wheel nuts/fork pinch bolts/brake caliper bolts and tape it to your track stands so you don't have to look anything up.
I'm old and I'm slow and I don't care.
Last edited by adouglas; 07-28-2015 at 05:03 PM.