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Excellent list!

Case covers (optional, but recommended; 65.00 – 300.00).
A general word to based on recent experience:

These are extremely valuable. On my 04 GSX-R600 the stator cover makes contact in a crash, even with frame sliders installed. When I low-sided at ThunderHill the stator cover cracked creating a scoop that allowed large amounts of dirt into my engine. I'm going to spend this weekend inspecting my bike to find out if I need a bottom end job or not.

Remember that in order to replace your stator cover, you're going to need new gaskets.

Other valuable items:

- Frame Sliders ($50, optional but recommended. May cause frame or engine mount damage if you drop or high side. Will significantly reduce the damage caused by a low-side.)
- After-market rear-sets ($300-$500, optional but recommended. Good ones are significantly stronger than stock and replacement parts are much cheaper. They also improve your riding position for the track.)

Avoid Vortex parts if possible. All the Vortex stuff I've dealt with felt cheap and in some cases, fit poorly (I briefly had Vortex fairing stay.) There are much better options for the same money.
 

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Well thats not as bad as I thought. Maybe I will save up and try to do one season.
 

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great insight guys. This weekend is my 1st trackday. I have a k7 600 and I have one question: I've never looked into taking off the mirrors, but is it just merely unbolting it and detaching the wires for the turn signals?
That's what I hate about these mirrors, they're not that track friendly.
 

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Good thread.. Second thread I've read like this. A+++++

I'm going to start getting into this. I'll start out easy with just removing the mirrors, tape off everything needed. Get full leathers, proper gear etc.

Then if I really get into it, i'll start buying more stuff for the bike. Gilles rear set, pazzo shortie levers, yoshimura r55 full system, power commander, etc..

Hopefully I can get my leathers soon and catch a track day local?

How often do they have track days in Texas? If someone don't mind telling me.
 

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Trackday prep!!! great info, MOTOYARD #1

Hey guys trackday for monday 4/26 with motoyard, the last couple of trackdays have been great, chk them out, best service, support, great guys at MOTOYARD!!!
 

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Trackdays info

wuzup guys, Trackday info....MOTOYARD TRACKDAY, june 18 streets of willow, chk out the web site, motoyard.com, conplete trackday info, great organization, best trackdays!!:thumbup::D
 

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wuzup guys, Trackday info....MOTOYARD TRACKDAY, june 18 streets of willow, chk out the web site, motoyard.com, conplete trackday info, great organization, best trackdays!!:thumbup::D
So can we assume youll be on every 2 months to spam about how great they are? Im assuming you work there?
 

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Excellent list!



A general word to based on recent experience:

These are extremely valuable. On my 04 GSX-R600 the stator cover makes contact in a crash, even with frame sliders installed. When I low-sided at ThunderHill the stator cover cracked creating a scoop that allowed large amounts of dirt into my engine. I'm going to spend this weekend inspecting my bike to find out if I need a bottom end job or not.

Remember that in order to replace your stator cover, you're going to need new gaskets.

Other valuable items:

- Frame Sliders ($50, optional but recommended. May cause frame or engine mount damage if you drop or high side. Will significantly reduce the damage caused by a low-side.)
- After-market rear-sets ($300-$500, optional but recommended. Good ones are significantly stronger than stock and replacement parts are much cheaper. They also improve your riding position for the track.)

Avoid Vortex parts if possible. All the Vortex stuff I've dealt with felt cheap and in some cases, fit poorly (I briefly had Vortex fairing stay.) There are much better options for the same money.
dont avoid vortex rearsets they have phenomenal grip and more mounting points then any other.
 

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In recent years, sportbike enthusiasts have taken trackday riding to new levels. We all have questions, we all have concerns, we all have budgets, but we all share a common goal - to get our bikes in the arena they are meant for; The track!

A friend of mine created the list below and I have modified it. I feel there is ample information on here for trackday enthusiasts - beginner and advanced alike. By the way, I have seen riders show up wearing their gear, riding their bike, remove a couple of fuses, tape the turn signals, head and taillights, remove the mirrors and hit the track. This is what and all you need to do. This list is here in case you want to take it to the next level and beyond.

In red, you will see commentary on price and other notables. The prices are obviously from a low range to a high range. This is meant to offer the beginner an idea of what expenses the rest of us have paid to maintain our obsession.

If any of you have any other suggestions, please post them and I will update the list accordingly. Otherwise, print this out and keep it in your gear bag as a reminder on what you need or should do prior to and after a trackday. Safe riding :thumbup:

Items to check before a track day

Lower:

Front axle bolt tight.
Fork pinch bolts tight.
Brake caliper bolts tights.
Brake pads not worn to depth indicators.
Brake pistons clean and no leaking fluid.
Fork seals good and no leaks (inspect the legs for bug debris and rock dings, keep clean).
Tires have sufficient tread and in good wear condition (no cracks from winter storage or dry rot 230.00 – 350.00 set).
Wheel weights present and taped in place.
Valve caps present (Use metal valve stems and caps 8.00pair).
Oil filter tight and not leaking (safety wired if necessary).
Oil level is good.
No oil leaking from drain plug (safety wired if necessary).
Coolant levels are correct (Filled with distilled water or Water Wetter instead of antifreeze if you can).
Frame sliders are in good condition and tight.

Upper:
Verify the front brake lever retainer nut is present (safety wire).
Brake fluid is clean and level is correct.
Adjust brake and clutch levers for your riding style / position.
Ensure bolts for clip-ons and control levers are tight.
Be sure the entire range of brake lever travel is clear of throttle cables.
Make sure brake lever is not spongy and does not contact the throttle grip, if so, bleed brakes.
Check throttle cable nuts.
Ensure throttle rotates freely without binding and SNAPS back to idle position when released.
Recommended to safety wire grips (they do get loose when wet).
Squeeze and hold the brake lever tight for a minute, then inspect all brake line joints and bolts for fluid leaks.
Windscreen clean.
Engine kill switch is working correctly.
Turn front forks to full stop both directions. Feel for steering stem bearing play.
Ensure that when turned to full stop, there is enough room for your hand or thumbs to pull clear of the grips and the tank or fairings.
Check to ensure that clip-ons are tight.

Rear:
Brake fluid clean and level is correct.
Rear brake pads are not worn to indicators.
Hold rear brake lever and inspect lines and joints for leaks.
Shifter and brake levers adjusted for your boots and riding style.
Brake lever is not bent or obstructed.
Shift lever is not bent or obstructed. Linkage bolts tight.
Shift shaft seal is not leaking (where it enters the engine or transmission)
Front sprocket bolt tight and teeth are not worn or cupped.

Other:
Chain has sufficient free play, 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 in (Even with a load on the rear. Have a friend sit on the bike).
Chain is lubed and master link is intact.
Pull on chain at the rear sprocket straight out the back of the bike; You should not be able to see the dish of the sprocket teeth.
Rearsets are adjusted for comfort and riding style.
Rearset bolts are all tight and control mounting bolts are tight.
Exhaust bolts and springs are intact and tight.
Make sure safety pin, keeper, or cotter pin is through rear axle nut (if necessary).
Recommended to drill and safety pin the rear axle bolt.
Check frame sliders to ensure tightly mounted.

When your event is over, clean your bike! Visually inspect everything and keep it clean. Look for leaks and keep an eye on seals and shafts for build up.

Riding Gear:
Helmet (175.00 / 575.00).
Visor clean, not loose and flip mechanism operates smoothly.
No scratches or cracks from previous crashes. When in doubt, get it tested or replaced. If it hit the pavement or is older than five years, buy new.
Chin straps tight not frayed and clips are good.
Glasses (if applicable).
Spine protector (100.00+).
Boots (175.00+).
Toe sliders – replace if needed.
Soles aren't worn through from pegs.
Gloves (75.00+).
No holes and stitching isn't loose.
Jacket / pants or suits (175.00 up to $$$$$ – eBay is your friend here).
No holes and stitching isn't loose.
Armor installed and secured where applicable.
Zippers operate smoothly and properly.
Knee sliders installed and have material on them (30.00 pair).
Foul weather gear.

Spares and Equipment:
Any backup or spare gear listed above.
Make a list with the torque values of items commonly changed.
ie. caliper bolts, axle bolts, pinch bolts etc.
Bodywork is secure (350.00 – 650.00 set, did I mention eBay).
Tools (whatever your tool kit consists of – Harbor Freight).
Tire gauge (buy a good one – 15.00+).
Spare bike parts or crash replacement parts, subframes, clipons, windscreens sliders.
Case covers (optional, but recommended; 65.00 – 300.00).
Spare bolts and nuts (if you replace items on your bike, keep ALL bolts).
Engine oil for top off (8.00qt +).
Brake fluid for top off (5.00 pint +).
Coolant or water/water wetter for top off.
Gas cans and additional fuel (5gal cans 7.50 – 29.99).
Lap timer (150.00+).
Front and rear pit stands or chocks (125.00 – 300.00 pair).
Tire warmers (150.00 – 500.00).
Generator (150.00+++ depending on wattage and model).
Ignition key.
Chain lube (8.00+).
Control cable lube (7.00+).
Cleaners for bike, windscreen and helmet visor (sales at autoparts store).
Clean rags or cloths for cleaning and wiping (buy in bulk).
Waterless hand cleaner or handy rags (buy in bulk).
Extra safety pins or safety wire (pocket change for additional safety).
Air compressor or tire pump (99.00+).
Spare brake pads (If you upgraded for track, keep OEM pads for back-ups).
Spare tires, wheels or rain tires (Once again, eBay is your friend $ - $$$$$$).
Extra chains or sprockets (different gearing for different tracks).
Pen and paper to note suspension changes and other notes.
Duct tape / Zip Ties.
Spare fuses.
Directions to the track and track maps if you like.
Hotel reservations or camping / sleeping gear.
Canopy (99.00 – 250.00).
Folding Chairs (9.99+).
Cooler for lunch and water/power aide supply.

Transportation to the track (if you do not ride your bike)
Trailer: Open or Enclosed ($$ - $$$$$$$$).
Tire pressures for car and trailer.
Brake lights.
Tie-Down Straps (personally I recommend Ancra Straps 26.00+pair).
Wheel Chock (110.00 +).
Ensure all trailer connections are connected and secured.
Make sure everything on your list is loaded!

Yearly Service:
Forks – seals, oil, valves.
Shock – knuckle, seals, valves.
Plugs.
Synchronize Fuel Injectors or Adjust Carbs.
Clean air filter (K&N, BMC 75.00+)
(Make friends with local mechanic or buy/download service manual)
Battery – voltage (battery tender is your friend $35.00+).
Keep tires off concrete for extended periods of time – especially if you reside in areas where there is cold weather and an off-season.

Go out – have a great day! Come back home, and work on budget for next weekend : )[/QUOTE

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Good thread.. Second thread I've read like this. A+++++

I'm going to start getting into this. I'll start out easy with just removing the mirrors, tape off everything needed. Get full leathers, proper gear etc.

Then if I really get into it, i'll start buying more stuff for the bike. Gilles rear set, pazzo shortie levers, yoshimura r55 full system, power commander, etc..

Hopefully I can get my leathers soon and catch a track day local?

How often do they have track days in Texas? If someone don't mind telling me.
Where at in Texas?
 

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Great post Dean! I didn't know you were on this forum as well!

I miss seein ya at the track!
 

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back from le mans france

hi, I just got back from a great track day at Le Mans. as it was my first ever I did consult your list and use it to make my weekend easier and it helped tremendously

cheers from Jersey uk:thumbup:
 
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