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    Long time between track days , how to look after her ( bike storage)

    So after my last day at the track it had been some time , approx 8 months since i last rode her . I had problem on the 2nd session with not reving out on one lap around 9k revs , then came good . possibly the fuel ?
    Which prompted some talk in the garage as to what you do when you finish your last session and take her home .

    1 - Fuel - finish the last session with as little fuel in the tank and wait till your out next before filling her up therefore not much fuel to go off and will mix with the new stuff when you top it up
    or fill the tank up and reduce the amount of air in the tank to stop moisture and fuel going off . possibly drain it and refill it on the next track day .?

    2- Coolant / water - Drain her after the last race meet and use coolant until your racing next . ? or just leave the distilled water in and hope its ok replacing it yearly?

    3- Brakes - refreshing the fluid after xx months .

    4- Oil and filter - wait until your out next and do it just before or change it after the track day and leave her with fresh stuff in her.

    5- Anything else?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoB View Post
    So after my last day at the track it had been some time , approx 8 months since i last rode her . I had problem on the 2nd session with not reving out on one lap around 9k revs , then came good . possibly the fuel ?
    Which prompted some talk in the garage as to what you do when you finish your last session and take her home .

    1 - Fuel - finish the last session with as little fuel in the tank and wait till your out next before filling her up therefore not much fuel to go off and will mix with the new stuff when you top it up
    or fill the tank up and reduce the amount of air in the tank to stop moisture and fuel going off . possibly drain it and refill it on the next track day .?

    2- Coolant / water - Drain her after the last race meet and use coolant until your racing next . ? or just leave the distilled water in and hope its ok replacing it yearly?

    3- Brakes - refreshing the fluid after xx months .

    4- Oil and filter - wait until your out next and do it just before or change it after the track day and leave her with fresh stuff in her.

    5- Anything else?
    I don't usually have much fuel in the bike, but haven't had stale fuel issues when just topping up.

    Coolant I haven't done either as the distilled water always comes out good. The Suzuki suffered a corroded welsh plug but the bike is 18 years old I don't think that happened in the last couple of years. I would probably use coolant of it was going to be a long storage time.

    Brake bleeding is such a few minute job I do it most times pre track. So the fluid is always getting cycled and I do a proper full bleed and flush once a yearish.

    My preference is a change of fluids prior, as oil still degrades with time sitting in the bike.


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    Quote Originally Posted by senator8 View Post
    Leaving yourself wide open Mick
    hahaha It was somewhat introspective :P.... or you could have someone else ride it in the mean time... :/

    Ironically I found my gopro sim card in my lap top yesterday from the last time I was out on the track.... date of last Video is 6/12/13... 12 months exactly
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    I'm all for coolant

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    With so many green machines Wetty how do you leave the fuel tanks , just as they are from track day to track day . ?
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    depends which . injected or carby ? most have no fuel in em , it usually goes in the scooter or the mower or the car or the blower/vac or the gokart

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    Quote Originally Posted by WETTY View Post
    I'm all for coolant
    If you religiously use distilled/demineralised water, it's not so much of an issue. It'll not discolour after years in the bike, particularly when combined with the tiny splash of coolant still left in the system when you drain em and fill em for racing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marshy View Post
    If you religiously use distilled/demineralised water, it's not so much of an issue. It'll not discolour after years in the bike, particularly when combined with the tiny splash of coolant still left in the system when you drain em and fill em for racing.
    bit hard when it was in storage for 3 yrs

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    Good thread Rob, totally relevant to my next 3 months of London winter. I was thinking about all the things you mentioned couple weeks ago and decided on the following. If anyone knows for sure please inform!

    1 - Fuel - Im thinking if i fill tank to the brim it will reduce ability for condensation/ice to build up inside tank...? obviously drain before next outing.

    2- Coolant / water - definitely coolant for the cold

    3- Brakes - refreshing the fluid just before next outing

    4- Oil and filter - as above

    5- Anything else? Butt plug to stop oxidising of cylinder (?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by James_ View Post
    Good thread Rob, totally relevant to my next 3 months of London winter. I was thinking about all the things you mentioned couple weeks ago and decided on the following. If anyone knows for sure please inform!

    1 - Fuel - Im thinking if i fill tank to the brim it will reduce ability for condensation/ice to build up inside tank...? obviously drain before next outing.

    2- Coolant / water - definitely coolant for the cold

    3- Brakes - refreshing the fluid just before next outing

    4- Oil and filter - as above

    5- Anything else? Butt plug to stop oxidising of cylinder (?)
    Some good questions James ... hadn't considered ... google had some interesting answers ... I had not considered cardboard under the tyres.

    PS good to have you back!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phat3R View Post
    Did you sell your R6 on bikesales yet? Sweet ride.
    Nope... Still tucked up away under the covers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saturnalian View Post
    Nope... Still tucked up away under the covers
    I've almost run out of bikes to sell

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    Quote Originally Posted by WETTY View Post
    I've almost run out of bikes to sell
    You're stealing Jamie's customers!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marshy View Post
    You're stealing Jamie's customers!!
    i did get 1 of his , but he gave him up pretty quick once he did the numbers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saturnalian View Post
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    my shed is almost empty
    another just left the hill

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    Quote Originally Posted by WETTY View Post
    my shed is almost empty
    another just left the hill
    Gloat !!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Phat3R View Post
    Some good questions James ... hadn't considered ... google had some interesting answers ... I had not considered cardboard under the tyres.

    PS good to have you back!
    Good googling!

    Great to be back, cheers for your help.

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