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Post  Snowcat on Tue May 07 2013, 17:10

Just had the joining instructions for my upcoming track day which has got me a little excited and just wanted a little help/pointing in the right direction. I have to have my lights off and they suggest the simple method (switching off), unplugging the bulbs or taping them up. I can't switch them off and figured the easiest thing would be to pull the fuse or is there a particular reason that I shouldn't? I'd have thought that's safer than having loose wires flapping about and just pop the fuse back before I ride home.

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Post  YZFJohn on Tue May 07 2013, 18:40

U could do but if u remove them the they won't get broke. The ends of the wires should be on bullet connectors with rubber sleeves so should not short out.

I will tape the electrical ends when I remove mine.

At the end of the day it boils down to how confident u are in removing them.
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Post  Robcat on Tue May 07 2013, 21:00

Tape them up. Only takes a minute and same goes for your rear brake/tail light. It's great not knowing who's braking where/why on track as that let's you focus on your own riding.
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Post  bobh on Tue May 07 2013, 23:21

Yes, tape's easiest - but don't forget to take it off when you leave the track at the end of the day (or if you go out for fuel). If you tape your mirrors up as well it'll act as a reminder.

Otherwise just unplug the socket from the headlamp bulb, if it's easily accessible, and tie the wiring up so it's not flapping about.

Some people tape the speedo up as well, but, hey, a sneaky glance isn't going to hurt, is it?
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Post  stretchie_ on Tue May 07 2013, 23:49

As per Bob, just tape over your lights and mirrors to remind you.

Start out at comfortable speed and gets progressively faster, it's a track day not a race and the biggest thing is enjoy yourself dude you will be grinning like a loon I guarantee
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Post  Snowcat on Wed May 08 2013, 08:25

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Tape them up. Only takes a minute and same goes for your rear brake/tail light. It's great not knowing who's braking where/why on track as that let's you focus on your own riding.
So what would I use, insulation tape, gaffa tape?

I get what you're saying about the rear brake but its not really that kind of track day, it's a performance plus course and I think the instructors will want everyone knowing who's braking when.
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Post  stretchie_ on Wed May 08 2013, 10:19

I just use gaffer tape

This is going back a few years

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Post  bobh on Wed May 08 2013, 11:11

Gaffa tape's probably best - wider, easier to tear to length, leaves less mess when you take it off.

And you can use the rest of it to patch the bike up when you drop it Crying or Very sad
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Post  stretchie_ on Wed May 08 2013, 11:34

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:And you can use the rest of it to patch the bike up when you drop it Crying or Very sad

You mean
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Post  Snowcat on Wed May 08 2013, 13:10

Thanks or the info chaps, off to Halfords for black gaffa tape later
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Post  littlecat on Wed May 08 2013, 22:39

steve i thought you were doing performance plus? they usually leave the lights and mirrors alone... in fact they make you use mirrors and indicators for overtaking...its not like a normal trackday
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Re: 1st time track day newbie questions

Post  Snowcat on Wed May 08 2013, 23:09

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:steve i thought you were doing performance plus? they usually leave the lights and mirrors alone... in fact they make you use mirrors and indicators for overtaking...its not like a normal trackday
They've said leave mirrors and indicators but want the front light off/taped up
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