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Old 12-25-2006, 11:08 PM   #1
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What all do I need??

So after some thought and all the crazy drivers in Houston I've decided to call it a day on street ridding and set my bike up for the track.. What all would I need? I bought some fairings off eBay but that's about it. I'm really talking about, tires, suspension, brakes etc.. What do I really need to have a good time out at the track.. Also I have no clue of what tracks to go to. Anybody wanna point me in the right direction... Thanks and hope to see some of ya out at the track... I have a 2005 GSXR 750.

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The sky is the limit. Well not really but some good gear(leathers,boots,gloves,helmet) A good set of tires and some gasoline. If you wanna take it further you can pep up the suspension, hh brakes, lines and all thoses goodies.

Check out www.lstd.com for trackdays... ridesmart too
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well, to get ON the track, you need a helmet, leathers(one or two peice) gloves and boots.

you can find all of those on ebay on the CHEAP.... I did. Also, I bought my first stuff used cept for my helmet... If you get them used , make sure they are in good shape. Most of the time, used means broken in but in good shape.

Id also invest in a set of stands for the bike.....but its not nesssisary.

Get your suspension set to you .... there are sponsors on motohouston that can do an EXCELLENT job for you.... I took my 900rr to Patrick at Motorcycles Unlimited and the diff was VERY noticable....and its only likr 25-35 bux....everyone will tell you its the best bang for your buck..


also here is a guide to help out.... you might not need EVERYTHING...but its a good guide.

Track Checklist
Before leaving for the track check off the following:

Track Items
__ Helmet with clear and tinted visors
__ Suit
__ Gloves
__ Boots
__ If cold: long johns, long sleeve shirt, hankerchief
__ T-Shirt
__ Swim trunks (for the Hotel)
__ Long socks
__ Sunglasses
__ Sun Block
__ Hat
__ Chairs
__ Cooler with water/gatorade
__ Honda spray & fresh terry towels
__ Cell phone, charger(s)
__ EZ-Up or your favorite tent
__ Extension Cord >= 50 ft minimum
__ Electric Fan
__ Electrical splitter???
__ Flashlight
__ Pain Pills/Anti Inflamatories of some kind


Motorcycle Items
__ Front stand
__ Rear stand
__ Gas Cans (Filled, see below)
__ Extra tie down straps
__ Ramp
__ Bike Lock
__ Bungee Cords
__ Lap Timer, transmitter, battery, tripod, container
__ Tire pressure gauge
__ Vinyl
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Tools/Other Items
__ Breaker bar and front and rear axle sockets
__ Metric sockets, allen head sockets
__ Assorted screwdrivers, pliers, hammer, etc
__ Velcro
__ Zip ties
__ Duct tape
__ $150.00 or more in misc cash
__ Directions/Phone numbers
__

To do
__ Change front and rear air pressure to 35 PSI
__ Inspect front and rear tires for damage
__ Check fluid levels
__ Remove fuses for all lights if applicable
__ Cover all lights with vinyl
__


Before racing at the track do the following:

Bike prep
__ Set air pressure to 30 PSI on front and rear tires
__ Check all important bolts for tightness (axles, rearsets, clipons)
__ Check chain slack
__ Inspect tires for damage
__ Fill up with gas
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Old 12-25-2006, 11:20 PM   #4
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Ridesmart and LSTD are good schools, also Check out Buck from Longhorn Motorcycle School, he holds "noob days" .Ill be attending the next one.
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Ridesmart and LSTD are good schools, also Check out Buck from Longhorn Motorcycle School, he holds "noob days" .Ill be attending the next one.
Thats sounds good. When is the next Noob day??
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march I think....
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Well, itll be too cold for me to ride at the track until then anyhow! lol
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Change front and rear air pressure to 35 PSI
Set air pressure to 30 PSI on front and rear tires
dude your a little off.

what ever brand of tire your running go talk to the guy at the track that sells them. ask em what the tire pressure should be, they should know.

but for a good average run 28 in the back and 32 in the front. dont go out there with old or cupped tires.
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What kind of tire, wheres Motorcycles Unlimited at, what should I do about breaks, lines etc...
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Old 12-26-2006, 02:07 AM   #11
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Tires will be a personal choice.
For your first track day any of the major SS tires out there will suffice.
After that you'll need to evaluate how fast you are vs how much traction you need.

Bodywork:
Unless you want to scuff up all of the pretty street stuff, take it off and replace it with race bodywork. You can find decent to good quality kits from $450.00 to $600.00.

Brakes:
Steel braided lines in the front, some good quality fluid like Motul RBF and some pads will make a huge difference.

Suspension:
Initially, your stock suspension, set up for your weight will be fine.
As time passes and you get faster you'll need to upgrade to keep pace with your skills.

Gearing:
I'd recommend getting a few different sprockets so you can optimize your gearing from track to track.

Engine performance:
Note I left this till last. It's not really necessary to have a lot of engine performance to go fast around the track, so I'd spend my money on it last, after you've reached a plateau in your track times.

Check the beginning of the Racers Section, there's a guide I wrote a long time ago stickied to the top. There's some tips in there that may be useful.

Welcome to an addiction that can get expensive.

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Expensive is an understatement. :laughing6 But most things only have to be bought once or rarely replaced. But it is an addiction and you will find the clock creeping by even slower on Fridays, or finally wishing the weekend would end so Monday could arrive.
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Tires are a personal choice, and always ask the tire vendor that sales your brand of choice about tire pressure. I've always got air at the track as well as a gauge I can lend you.

Tire warmers are a good thing to think about. Maybe not for the first trackday or two, but soon. If your going to dedicate your bike to track duty, then a race tire(again brand of choice) will give you the best consistent wear. Tire warmers will optimize the life of the tires and actually pay for themselves in time with longer tire life and better feel throughout there use.

One thing I noticed that was missing from the list....FRAME SLIDERS. Just a heads up, you will wreck, eventually. I did, the people before me have & the people after me will. If you use the track as a riding tool, to hone your skill & improve (get faster) then yes...you will eventually wreck. Frame sliders and swingarm sliders have saved me more money than I care to think about.

Oh yea welcome to the club...now take a hit from the track pipe BABY

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One thing I noticed that was missing from the list....FRAME SLIDERS. Just a heads up, you will wreck, eventually. I did, the people before me have & the people after me will. If you use the track as a riding tool, to hone your skill & improve (get faster) then yes...you will eventually wreck. Frame sliders and swingarm sliders have saved me more money than I care to think about.

club...now take a hit from the track pipe BABY

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don't get those metal chromy kind of frame sliders either they will catch on the concrete and don't slide well. get the hard plastic kind they slide good.
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Love the list... i think im gonna print that out and put it in my wallet next to that condom that never gets used.. haha
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Love the list... i think im gonna print that out and put it in my wallet next to that condom that never gets used.. haha
Why not just replace it with the list?
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Old 12-26-2006, 12:42 PM   #18
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Love the list... i think im gonna print that out and put it in my wallet next to that condom that never gets used.. haha

LOL at that post!!! Well the list is very good and I'm gonna start buying all the needed things at the beginning of 07! I'm sure its gonna be expensive but just being at the track will remind me how bad it really is.. I've ridden motocross and just loved it.. So if this is somewhat the same other then jumping I wouldnt care how much money I spend. I guess I'll be heading to Motorcycles Unlimited in Jan for some upgrades.. Thanks and hope to see some of you guys out. I'll be the guy in front of the noOb class... Hahahah Yeah right I'll be in the back of the pack till I get somewhat use to it..
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If you have never been to a trackday, go to one, hang out and talk to people.

I'd suggest corner working to see how everything works but you won't have time to hang out much. Unless you corner work only half a day, which gives you half a trackday free whenever you chose.
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