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Old 05-10-2011, 07:34 PM   #1
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Share your mistakes...

I was out messing with my motorcycle this evening and thought to myself, "if I knew then what I know now, I could have saved myself a lot or money and unnecessary stress". Sometimes, if you're like me, you learn the hard way. It's almost as if I can't be warned, I have to experience it myself. What's the saying? A smart man learns from his mistakes, a wise man learns from others mistakes.

Here's a thread dedicated to the wise men. Post your mistakes so that those that will listen, might not experience the same.

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Case Cover Armor

I got the bare minimum because it was required by CMRA to compete. As you can see, they have served their purpose well. Without them, surely I would have oiled the track a time or three, possibly put others in danger and definitely ruined my case covers.

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If you are riding the track regularly, get case covers. Eventually, you will crash and if your bike spends enough time sliding across the pavement, you'll grind through your covers, spill oil and subject yourself to the expense of new covers.

I mentioned I did the bare minimum and decided against an idle gear cover. I crashed and this happened a couple of weeks ago.

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$75 and I would have saved myself the trouble. But check this, had my clutch lever and rear sets not been broken, I would have tried to finish the race and who knows what would have happened. When you get case armor, add the additional protection if your model of bike needs it.

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Old 05-10-2011, 08:05 PM   #2
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Old 05-10-2011, 08:41 PM   #3
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Don't skimp on gear. Dress for crash, not the ride. After two major concussions I have upgraded to upper tier helmets. Hopefully I do not have to test them again.
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Get someone to walk you through the whatever track your going to ride. Ask where the spots are that people typically go down and how to avoid it. I learned about "Wheelie Hill" the hard way at TWS (Texas World Speedway). I have learned to ask about wet spots/seapage in corners from water pushing up through the track.

Get somebody to teach lines/body position then follow you around track to make sure you've got. Listen when someone with experience says back it down and get on the line or your going to crash.
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When I start to ride just that little bit over my head, I can be fast, but I can quickly find myself sliding across the pavement watching my bike either tumbling in midair or grinding along the pavement thinking "what a dumb**** move." This is becoming expensive, as the ruined paintjobs, crappy DIY fiberglass repair jobs, and snapped rearsets and levers begin to add up.

I'm trying to be more patient and ride within myself. My goal right now is to ride at about 75% of my potential, smooth it out, and find a more controlled way to be fast.
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When I start to ride just that little bit over my head, I can be fast, but I can quickly find myself sliding across the pavement watching my bike either tumbling in midair or grinding along the pavement thinking "what a dumb**** move." This is becoming expensive, as the ruined paintjobs, crappy DIY fiberglass repair jobs, and snapped rearsets and levers begin to add up.

I'm trying to be more patient and ride within myself. My goal right now is to ride at about 75% of my potential, smooth it out, and find a more controlled way to be fast.
I'm just starting trackdays myself. Have you gotten lessons from LMS trackdays or RideSmart. It's helped me a bunch.
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Old 05-10-2011, 09:17 PM   #9
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safety wire the master link clip if u have one....not zip-tie..
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safety wire the master link clip if u have one....not zip-tie..
i lost my master clip during a 6hr endurance. been riding and racing w/o it ever since, but i did silicone the out of it. good news though! i just put a new clip (and silicone) on this past saturday. oh i got another one, safety wire or peen back the washer over the front sprocket nut...
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Suspension suspension suspension

I assumed that my CBR was sprung from the factory for an average rider weight close to my own. Paid my $30 for adjustments and off I went. My entire first TD season was almost a complete waste as a result.

$200 for all new springs front and rear to match my narrow and it's a completely different bike.

Take the time to at least learn the basics of how motorcycle suspensions work and the primary steps in getting right for you. I didn't at first and got some painful lessons to remind me that I'm not as smart as I think I am.
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Don't skimp on gear. Dress for crash, not the ride. After two major concussions I have upgraded to upper tier helmets. Hopefully I do not have to test them again.
Another good one. I skimped on my first set of leathers. The first little crash I had, they busted open and I got rashed pretty good. I caught some flack for raggin' the leathers and the local guy that I overpaid for them. But now that I have fallen 10+ times in my Arlen Ness Kangaroo suit and never suffered so much as a scratch on my skin, I stand by my original comments that they suck.
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The little fan your motorcycle comes with doesn't work well when there's only a pint of coolant in the bike.

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1. Don't do an oil change over 2 days.


Back in '09 I went to Denver to do STAR, and in the third session the seal for the oil filter squeezed out ending my day. That night I dropped the belly pan of my bike on the trailer (I didnt' really have anywhere else to work) and pulled the drain plug to see if there was any oil left in the motor. The next morning I went and got some oil, and proceeded to pour 2 quarts of oil straight through the motor into the belly pan. The worst part: I couldn't get the belly pan out from under the bike as it was on the trailer. It was a mess.


2. Don't rush fluid changes.

My tard is not like most bikes: the engine and tranny are seperate, and therefore have seperate fluids. However, the drains for both are right next to each other, and are identical. In a rush, I did an oil change.......but instead of draining the oil, I drained the tranny( all the oil drained from the filter hole). I rode a full track session with a completely EMPTY tranny before the clutch started making awful noises. I'm lucky that it didn't seize and pitch me off.
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never use armor all on the seat...
This is true, you may use it in your tires though


Edit.- This was a sarcastic post, do not put Armor All in your tires.
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