Track day Q & A
Q. If I get lean crazy and lowside the bike, is there something I can do to protect the fairings?
A1. Either crash into a wall of pillows and marshmallows or take off the fairings, although they do protect the frame. If you crash, you're going to break parts, no matter what you do. That's why it's called a CRASH.
Remove the mirrors and turn signals. In the rear, you can undo the four bolts that hold the rear fender on, and the turn signals and tail light all come off together.
A2. Through the usual sources you should be able to find some used, not-in-the-greatest-shape fairings cheapish. Of course, they may be two different colors and have some other cosmetic issues, but if it is just for track days, who cares?
Q. Will the stock dunflops do okay for this sort of riding? I know they are okay tires but they are solid as a freaking rock and such a hard compound.
A1. Okay, so I've said that the stock Dunlops are pieces of crap for YEARS, and yet you ask this question? I should hunt you down and slap you silly.
A2. Don't know. I never used them on a track. (Standard answer from experienced 250 riders.)
Q. How often should you change the oil on a race/track bike?
A. I do 25-30 days at the track every year and average about 100 miles of riding each day. I change the oil about every 1000-1500 miles. I generally ride until the bike starts feeling a little sluggish and in need of a valve adjust. After I adjust the valves I change the oil, since I had the engine open.
My engines seem to be holding up just fine with this minimal maintenance. The one engine I lost was when I was using dinosaur oil and let the level get down near the low mark in the sight glass. Since changing to Rotella T synthetic and keeping the level full, I've run a full season (nearly 3000 track miles) on an old 15,000+ mile engine.
In short, my recommendation is to: 1) Use high quality synthetic oil such as Shell Rotella T. 2) Keep the oil level full at all times in the EX250. 3) Change the oil at least once a year.
Q. Are there any additions to the bike I should make to not harm anything, or will the little 250 handle 20 minutes of straight racing in stock form? I'd assume so...
A. Well, let's see... Once again comes the distinction between track days and racing. Sure, you can take your stock EX250 to the track, but after a couple sessions you will probably be wanting most, if not all, of the following:
Q. Am I more likely to crash at the track?
A1. I'd be willing to bet that even though you may be more likely to have a crash on the track, you're less likely for the injuries to be life-threatening. Just look at the differences between the two:
A2. One thing you can do to lessen the chances of crashing at the track: Don't be part of the very first group to blast off on the track once they unleash the masses in the morning.
A parting shot
Eventually you will just start to feel like you're in the "zone".
And, eventually, you will be ripping through a corner, and a smile will take over your face as you realize that they didn't charge you nearly enough money for this much fun.