Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: NW Burbs
Location: NW Burbs
Sportbike: SV 650, FZR 400, RM 125
Years Riding: Since 1990
How you found us: Nesba!
Pre track day bike inspection
Items to check before loading your bike for a track day.
Lower part of bike:
Front axle bolt tight
Fork pinch bolts tight
Brake caliper bolts tights
Brake pads not worn to depth indicators
Brake pistons clean and no leaking fluid
Fork seals good and no leaks
(inspect the legs for bug debris and rock dings, clean with emery cloth as needed)
Tires have sufficient tread and in good wear condition (no cracks from winter storage or dry rot)
Wheel weights present and taped in place
Valve caps present. (Use metal valve caps)
Oil filter tight and not leaking (safety wired if necessary)
Oil level is good
No oil leaking from drain plug (safety wired if necessary)
Coolant levels are correct (Filled with distilled water or Water Wetter instead of antifreeze where needed)
Frame sliders are in good condition and tight
Upper front of bike:
*****Verify the front brake lever retainer nut is present (Safety wire!)******
Brake fluid is clean and level is correct
Adjust brake and clutch levers for your riding style / position
Ensure the that the bolts for clipons and control levers are tight
Be sure the entire range of brake lever travel is clear of throttle cables
Make sure brake lever is not spongy and does not contact the throttle grip, if so, bleed brakes
Check throttle cable nuts for looseness
Ensure throttle rotates freely without binding and SNAPS back to idle position when released
Recommended to safety wire grips (they do get loose when wet, don't they Wink)
Squeeze and hold the brake lever tight for a minute.
Then inspect all brake line joints and bolts for fluid leaks
Engine kill switch is working correctly
Steer bike to full lock both directions. Feel for steering stem bearing play.
Ensure that when turned to full lock, there is enough room for your hand or thumbs to pull clear of the grips and the tank or fairings.
Rear of bike:
Brake fluid clean and level is correct.
Rear brake pads are not worn to indicators
Hold rear brake lever and inspect lines and joints for leaks
Shifter and brake levers adjusted for your boots and riding style
Brake lever is not bent or obstructed (may be bent from crash)
Shift lever is not bent or obstructed. Linkage bolts tight.
Shift shaft seal is not leaking (where it enters the engine or transmission)
Front sprocket bolt tight and teeth are not worn or cupped
Chain has sufficient free play. 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 in.(Even with a load on the rear. Have a friend sit on the bike)
Chain is lubed and master link is entact.
Pull on chain at the rear sprocket, straight out the back of the bike. You should not be able to see the dish of the sprocket teeth.
Rearsets are adjusted for comfort and riding style
Rearset bolts are all tight and control mounting bolts are tight.
Exhaust bolts and springs are entact and tight
Recommended to drill and safety pin the rear axle bolt
Ride bike and apply brakes.
Feel any clicking or rocking? If so, inspect / tighten steering stem bearings and nuts.
Brakes still feel firm and not spongy?
When your event is over. Wash your bike! Visually inspect everything and keep it clean. Look for leaks and keep an eye on seals and shafts for build up.
Anything that was missed? Let me know and we'll edit the list.
Can we sticky this for everyone to find easily. Maybe we can mirror this thread to the wrenching section as well.
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Last edited by gkotlin; 10-06-2006 at 05:14 PM.