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Converting Street Bike to Track Bike

I just wanted to touch base with some of you experienced track riders out there to ask a few ?'s on converting a '98 ZX7R to track use.

1) Anybody got a good source for aftermarket skins?
2) What's the routine for unregistering the bike, and can it be re-registered for street use when I go to sell the bike later?
3) I only have a few track days under my belt and I was wondering who I should contact to get envolved in some weekends at Blackhawk or other tracks nearby...
4) Any suggestions for converting the bike in general. I know I have to do a few things (replace the coolant, lose the lights, and wire the body panels) but I'm not sure exactly what's envolved.
5) Where can I get my hands on an '04 schedule for Blackhawk and other tracks nearby.

Feel free to offer advise on any or all of these ?'s as well as any other items you feel I should know.

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1) Sharkskinz, hotbodies, cheetah race skinz, or check classifieds on the CCS forum, and WERA board.

2) Routine for unregistering it is just let your registration lapse, then don't renew. You can register it when you sell it as long as you don't ever turn an accident over to your insurance the title is still clean.

3) Nesba, STT, One of Ody's rented track days.

4) Depends on the organization you run with, but in general it's a good idea to drill and safety wire the oil drain plug, filler cap, radiator cap, oil filter (put a hose clamp around that one), caliper bolts, and cinch bolts for the front forks. Just drill them with a small drill bit through the center and get steel wire run it through the bolt twist it, then connect it to something that is stationary on the bike close to the bolt you are trying to safety wire.

5) There isn't a track specific schedule you have to just check the NESBA, and STT schedules to see which dates they have events at blackhawk.

Other than that have fun!
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Re: Converting Street Bike to Track Bike

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I just wanted to touch base with some of you experienced track riders out there to ask a few ?'s on converting a '98 ZX7R to track use.

1) Anybody got a good source for aftermarket skins?
2) What's the routine for unregistering the bike, and can it be re-registered for street use when I go to sell the bike later?
3) I only have a few track days under my belt and I was wondering who I should contact to get envolved in some weekends at Blackhawk or other tracks nearby...
4) Any suggestions for converting the bike in general. I know I have to do a few things (replace the coolant, lose the lights, and wire the body panels) but I'm not sure exactly what's envolved.
5) Where can I get my hands on an '04 schedule for Blackhawk and other tracks nearby.

Feel free to offer advise on any or all of these ?'s as well as any other items you feel I should know.

Thanks,
Troy
First off Nesba.com would be a great place to get a hand book, all the info needed for track days and what takes to get your bike ready.
Do you have to have race plastic for track days the answer is no, just need to more or least tape over the headlight and tail light assy and remove the mirrors.

Nesba has a great manual for bike prep in it's web site. 2004 track days from Nesba should be out very soon.

Thanks, and welcome to the track life.

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Like Jon said. Hook up with NESBA. They have an online manual that will tell you what you need to do with your bike. It isn't much. It takes me about an hour or two to make sure its track ready.

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2) What's the routine for unregistering the bike, and can it be re-registered for street use when I go to sell the bike later?
I am looking into the same things also and plan on hooking up with NESBA but can't you have a track bike that is registered and that be ridden on the street also? I was hoping to have the best of both worlds for the first year or so while learning to race on the track.
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or you can just sell your streetbike and buy a purpose built racebike.

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Plenty of people just tape theirs lights and such, to have dual purpose bikes. I'm considering doing that with my F4.

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I am looking into the same things also and plan on hooking up with NESBA but can't you have a track bike that is registered and that be ridden on the street also? I was hoping to have the best of both worlds for the first year or so while learning to race on the track.
Yes there are tons of people that just ride their street bike on the track.
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Thats great, I thought maybe I overlooked something in the NESBA manual. All in all I can't wait to ride on the track. I'll talk to you guys about it a lot more the closer it gets and learning all the basics of do's and don'ts.
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Just be sure to have a good pair of tires under you. Not brand new but close to it.

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For a good " how to " on wiring go here

I recommend that you sell the bike and buy a race prepped SV or Gixxer 600 if you want power. It will save you time and money, spend the rest on safety gear and tires. Are you going to race or do track days? You might want to take a riders school as well, Star school is supposed to be good, loads of track time. I've heard several negative reviews on Keith Codes school.

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Wow, there is a wealth of information here! Thanks a ton for all the insight and I'm sure I'll be talking more with some of you as the season nears...

A few of you mentioned selling the ZX7 to purchase a purpose built race bike like a gixxer. Where's a good place to hunt down a decent race bike?


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and of course the for sale here

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How are you using it? Racing or casual trackdays? my vote is for a "pre-converted" bike. I think purpose-built is a bit pricey for starting out.

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