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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-11-2006, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
 
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The Race Bike Look

Just curious, why do bikes that you take to the track or race with always look so different? As in, the headlights are usually covered with some material and the bikes seem to have a bland look to them. I know the sponsors are there for the money, but do the other cosmetic changes serve any purpose? Are there rules to racing that your bike must follow? Thanks.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-11-2006, 05:08 PM
 
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The reason for no lights, is you can't have any glass, headlights, tailights, blinkers exposed so if you crash, glass doesn't shatter everywhere. That's why even on track days people tape up the lights.
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-11-2006, 05:20 PM
 
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the "bland" look, as you put it, is because you do tend to crash from time to time at the track. Custom paint jobs are EXPENSIVE. Most guys just rattle can (spray paint) their track body work to keep the costs down. Even if you don't crash, track bodywork tends to take a beating. This is also why they don't run stock bodywork on the bikes; its too fragile. Also, everything that is not ESSENTIAL for the operation of the bike is extra weight. So everything that isn't crucial is removed.
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Ok, a lot of that stuff makes sense.

I didn't mean that the bikes looked ugly when I said "bland" I was just using that statement because it is true that they aren't as flashy as a street sportbike. Are the race bikes suppose to be flashy? Of course not, I don't think that at all. I was just curious about why they looked the way they do.

I'm really eager to go to the track and I want to know what I need to do when I get there.
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Whatever trackday organization you go with should have a pretty comprehensive list of things you should bring, and things you should do to your bike for the trackday. Have good tires, good brakes, and good suspension (no leaks, etc..). You can tape over your mirrors, but I would suggest removing them. Also remove your turn signals if you can. Unplug your headlights and tailights, and tape them over.

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I know the track near my area for bikes have certain rules you must follow before doing a track day.

If you have any glass, they must be taped up. Mirrors and tail sections must be removed. You must have MotoGP rated protection gear with back protector (leather is prefered). Your bike must have a bottom faring covering the engine (usually they are one piece). Also, the place requires you (the rider) to attend their class about bike racing and to be qualified to race. I'm not sure if they check your bike to see if its safe to ride, but I think they also do that. This is just for an open track day.
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Also, the place requires you (the rider) to attend their class about bike racing and to be qualified to race.
That sounds like blatant commercialism to mooch off more money. In FL, (At least in Moroso I think) the bike just needs to be taped up, rider in full gear, and newbs must attend training session (same day) and ride with novice group (all part of what you pay for 1 track day).
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He said race, not ride in the trackday. BIG difference!
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Sweet, I'm pretty pumped.

On a side note, it seems most of you guys have gone to the track. Where did you learn to hit the right apex and lean so far? Practice or did you attend classes or read books or what? Thanks
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Then you have to take in the dirt forms of competition like flat tracking, dirt hill climbing, Moto Cross, Cross Country, Enduro, Desert Racing & Observed Trials. So another form of m/cing, but like REAL road racing said bikes are not used on the roads or hwys, but brought to the specific events on trailers or in some cases trucked.

Mind you a chance the large enduro to the rallie events of two days or more will have to be street legal with LP & insurance though said bigger events mean far, far more costly bikes that the average rider cannot afford to enter.
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