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Old 03-06-2007, 11:09 AM Thread Starter
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Ok I need help!

Since i rarely ever ride street anymore I'd like to turn my 500 into a track bike for myself. What are basic things I will need to do/buy for it? One of my goals this year is to get as many track days in as I can. So far i'm behind by three months.

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If you are only going to the track say once every two months, is there any thing i need to do to the bike since it will just be sitting there?

Do i HAVE to safety wire it if i'm going to do frequesnt track days?

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Old 03-06-2007, 12:14 PM
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Turning into a little track junkie huh?!!? Its addictive.

Anyway, here is a short little list for ya:

1. Get race bodywork. It crashes better than the stock stuff and you can always go back to the street if you want.

2. Change your coolant out so it is just distilled water and water wetter. Glycol based coolants are nasty stuff on the track when spilled and most track days require you change it anyway.

3. Tires, get a good set of tires to use since you can use the added traction on the track.

4. Remove the kick stand/center stand. No need for these things on the track. Plus, it save you weight.

5. Safety wire at least your oil drain plug, oil filter, and oil fil cap. Otherwise I think its overkill for the rest of the safety wire just for track days. Racing on the other hand, safety wire everything.

6. Get a battery tender. It sucks showing up at the track only to find out your battery is dead and you have to try to bump start it.


Plenty more but this is the cheap stuff that should be done at minimum.

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Turning into a little track junkie huh?!!? Its addictive.

Anyway, here is a short little list for ya:

1. Get race bodywork. It crashes better than the stock stuff and you can always go back to the street if you want.

2. Change your coolant out so it is just distilled water and water wetter. Glycol based coolants are nasty stuff on the track when spilled and most track days require you change it anyway.

3. Tires, get a good set of tires to use since you can use the added traction on the track.

4. Remove the kick stand/center stand. No need for these things on the track. Plus, it save you weight.

5. Safety wire at least your oil drain plug, oil filter, and oil fil cap. Otherwise I think its overkill for the rest of the safety wire just for track days. Racing on the other hand, safety wire everything.

6. Get a battery tender. It sucks showing up at the track only to find out your battery is dead and you have to try to bump start it.


Plenty more but this is the cheap stuff that should be done at minimum.

Thanks!! What aboaut when the bike is just sitting for a time without running it. Anything special I should do or no?


oooo, ooooo ,oooo and if i'm mostly going to be on the track should i start using race gas? I don't think i need to since its only a 500 but what do I know?

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Thanks!! What aboaut when the bike is just sitting for a time without running it. Anything special I should do or no?


oooo, ooooo ,oooo and if i'm mostly going to be on the track should i start using race gas? I don't think i need to since its only a 500 but what do I know?
Thats what the battery tender is for, to keep it from going dead.

Race gas? No, way to expensive and a lot of it you need to drain afterwards. I race and don't even use race gas.

Speaking of gas, if it does sit for long periods, 3 months or more, us Stabil fuel additive to keep it fresh. Any time shorter than that and you are fine.

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It also wouldn't hurt to keep it up on stands. Wouldn't want to create flat spots in the tires now, would ya?

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Old 03-07-2007, 06:04 AM Thread Starter
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Thats what the battery tender is for, to keep it from going dead.

Race gas? No, way to expensive and a lot of it you need to drain afterwards. I race and don't even use race gas.

Speaking of gas, if it does sit for long periods, 3 months or more, us Stabil fuel additive to keep it fresh. Any time shorter than that and you are fine.
Hey thanks alot for the info!

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It also wouldn't hurt to keep it up on stands. Wouldn't want to create flat spots in the tires now, would ya?
If I take off the center stand and kick stand like i'm supposed to then i can't get her up on stands. No where to install spools on a 500.

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Inexpensive but decent set of stands would do the job. Spools are not needed.
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Old 03-07-2007, 06:24 AM Thread Starter
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Inexpensive but decent set of stands would do the job. Spools are not needed.
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Thanks!! Very cool. But how do they hold on to your bike?

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Your pit helper; Hector!!!

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Old 03-07-2007, 06:33 AM Thread Starter
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Your pit helper; Hector!!!
LOL!! Yeah he's my bitch. But if the stands don't grab onto the bike by the spools what they heck do they attach to?

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LOL!! Yeah he's my bitch. But if the stands don't grab onto the bike by the spools what they heck do they attach to?
Friction is a wonderful thing, as you and Hector surely are aware. You don't need to attach to something, you just have to have enough static friction to hold things in place. I'm not sure how Handy Stands front stand is set up, but I know the rear just uses rubberized pads to hold up the swingarm.

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Maybe not what you're looking for but why don't you get rid of the Ninja 500 and look for a used SV650? No plastics to deal with, V-Twin power and better handling components compared to the Ninja 500.

You don't have to break the bank to get it Track ready... Just a thought!

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Old 03-07-2007, 08:36 AM
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LOL!! Yeah he's my bitch. But if the stands don't grab onto the bike by the spools what they heck do they attach to?
Rear stand has adjustable (width) rubber pads that fit under swingarm.
Front stand has pins that go into holes on bottom of forks.

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Since you're at it, another good idea is to have a few spares.

Little things like pegs or brake/clutch levers are nice to have around. I've seen people miss out on lots of expensive track time because their bike tipped over on the stand or they had a little get-off.

It's also nice to have a fresh set of tires with you just in case you burn up a set, decide to do an extra day, whatever......

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Since you're at it, another good idea is to have a few spares.

Little things like pegs or brake/clutch levers are nice to have around. I've seen people miss out on lots of expensive track time because their bike tipped over on the stand or they had a little get-off.

It's also nice to have a fresh set of tires with you just in case you burn up a set, decide to do an extra day, whatever......
hey thanks!! I never thought of those things. I doubt i'll ever tear up a set of tires but i guess its good to have a spare set anyway.

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LOL!! Yeah he's my bitch. But if the stands don't grab onto the bike by the spools what they heck do they attach to?
Yeah i'm your bitch but your my BIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATCHHHHHHH !

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Yeah i'm your bitch but your my BIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATCHHHHHHH !
Oh oh... someone's going to miss the Anal Vortex for that remark!!!

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Yeah i'm your bitch but your my BIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATCHHHHHHH !
Yep, no kitchen table for you tonight.

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Yep, no kitchen table for you tonight.
Tonight???? Tonight he better sleep with one eye open. :chris: He better watch his ass for the next 2 weeks cuz he sure as hell won't be watchin mine! BITCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm lying like hell.....i'd give it up to him in a heart beat

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Tonight???? Tonight he better sleep with one eye open. :chris: He better watch his ass for the next 2 weeks cuz he sure as hell won't be watchin mine! BITCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm lying like hell.....i'd give it up to him in a heart beat
That's right babe,.. nobody loves you like the president of anal vortex inc. Himself ............... Me

 

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