I am not a mechanic or a representative of any motorcycle or tool manufacturer or anything else official. This page is only my notes on doing this procedure myself. Although I believe what I have documented here is correct, I make no promises and you do this at your own risk.
Taking your bike to the track is great fun, and a great way to practice and improve your riding. Many clubs and dealers organize track days, and all organizers have rules about how your bike must be prepared to take on the track. Rules vary with the club and track, but generally involve ensuring that your bike is safe for yourself and others: that it doesn’t drip fluids or drop glass in an accident, and that it doesn’t distract other riders with brake lights and reflections.
A typical set of rules would be:
- Replace antifreeze in liquid-cooled engines with pure water;
- Secure oil drain bolt with safety wire or silicone sealant;
- Remove mirrors;
- Disconnect power to all lights and signals;
- Cover all glass (lights and signals) with tape;
- Display a unique number on the front and sides of the bike.
In this set of photos, we prep the bike for a track day with Pro 6 Cycle.
- Rear stand (recommended)
- 4mm hex wrench (Allen key)
- 10mm socket or nut driver
- Thin-blade slot screwdriver
- Small flashlight or inspection lamp
- Small divided parts container
- Several 3- to 4- liter plastic pails or containers
- Clean tap water (for flushing antifreeze)
- Distilled water
- Water Wetter (if track day rules permit it)
Difficulties & Warnings
Except for the work involved in getting the fairings off to drain the coolant, this is a very straight-forward project.
Then replace the fairings on the bike for the remainder of these steps.
Some track days allow you to merely tape over your mirrors, but many require that they be removed.
Remove the 4 mounting screws (circled in red here) and set the mirrors aside.
Next we disable all the lights. Just taping them over isn’t good enough — they can be seen shining through the tape (and the heat cooks the tape onto the glass). Track rules require that they be electrically disconnected.
We could disconnect each light (head, tail, signal, and running lights) with the individual connectors, but it is easier to just pull the fuses.
Remove the seat to expose the fuse box (circled in red here).
The cover of the fuse box has a printed map saying which fuses do what. 3 are marked as being for headlight, tail light, and signals, so we open the box and remove those.
After confirming which ones they were the first time, I marked the appropriate spots with a silver felt pen.
Most track days require that you have a number on your bike, at least on the rear sides and the front.
For a casual track day you can do this very informally by just cutting strips of duct tape or black electrical tape.
I made these numbers by printing a template on my computer then tracing onto a sheet of peel-and-stick vinyl. This let me customize the size to just fit in the available space. I have them permanently stuck to a second seat cowl for easy change-over. Of course you can stick them to the original cowl and remove them after (or leave them on the bike, for a cool appearance).