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    Re: Ninja 500r 2005 as track bike


    Tell me you've cleaned the carbs, done chain/sprockets, and gotten good tires before putting all these bullshit accessories on this thing, right?

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    Re: Ninja 500r 2005 as track bike

    Quote Originally Posted by breakdirt916 View Post
    dammit

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    I already talked to a mechanic that races the 250's and he is willing to get the 500R track ready...he said new chain/sprockets/carb clean/tires at a minimum. So I may consider hitting tracks once I burn my current wear items, then put fresh front/rear tires that are actually sticky (not shinkos)...then *just* use it for track days (no street in between) until those components wear out.
    For real: If it's not in good enough shape to ride at a track day, then it's prob not in good enough shape to put a ton of street miles on it.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheIglu View Post
    Tell me you've cleaned the carbs, done chain/sprockets, and gotten good tires before putting all these bullshit accessories on this thing, right?
    See my previous statement above...

    How much money have you dumped into this thing so far? What have you done for basic maintenance?

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    Re: Ninja 500r 2005 as track bike

    yes...here's what I've done so far:

    January 2019: new front/rear tires ($180 installed)
    April 2019: pulled carbs off, cleaned, ultrasonic cleaned (did at home)
    June 2019: new chain and sprockets (driven sprockets, RX GXW chain) - maybe $250? I forgot
    August 2019: fork seals - $200
    August 2019: Front/Rear rotors ($120) + brake pads ($60? I forgot)

    so yeah...I am into it $800 in maintenance

    the mechanic says I should have everything fresh before touching the track...so I was thinking:
    -for this spring/summer: just turn and burn the tires that are on there for local 200 ish mile rides (maybe 6k miles on it)
    -put fresh tires for touring (this fall - around Vegas area) - chain/sprockets only have 5k miles or so
    -then fresh tires/chain/sprockets/brakes/carb clean for track days (next year) - pirelli sport demons are $350 + install...I'm guessing a new set of chain/sprockets for track will run me another $250ish + install...and $200 for a mechanic carb clean, so budget another $800 before that happens

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    Re: Ninja 500r 2005 as track bike

    Maybe for optimum gearing he’s saying to replace the chain and sprockets before the track. Otherwise if they’re less than a year old with only 5k miles, you shouldn’t need to replace them. If you just cleaned the carbs last year and it’s still running great, why clean them again. Maybe brake pads with more bike come track time, but if they work well enough, just track them as is until they actually need replacing. Sounds like the mechanic is just trying to suck $800 out of you.

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    I feel the same way about the chain/sprockets and rotors quality set of chain/sprockets w' 5k street miles is aight on a 500

    but tires are a well known safety issue for an ex500 on the track...so at a minimum new pirelli sport demons

    carb clean is a maybe - I notice any borderline issue with carb tuning (ie. high idle) comes out when you're at the track when the motor's running super hot...so start fresh/clean...all stock exhaust/jetting so no fine tuning should be necessary, just clean general maintenance

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    Re: Ninja 500r 2005 as track bike

    I remember Pirelli Sport Demons were the hot shit when I put them on my EX500... back in 2006/2007. I’d imagine there’s better/stickier tire choices in the last 13 years.

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    Re: Ninja 500r 2005 as track bike

    A track day is just a really fun street ride.

    You can generally take the statement I made above ("If it's not in good enough shape to ride at a track day, then it's prob not in good enough shape to put a ton of street miles on it") and flip it around... If you're willing to put a bunch of street miles on it, it should be good enough to ride at a track day.

    I kind of agree w/ Matt, it sounds like your mechanic is trying to shove his fist up your ass.

    I beat the shit out of my EX500 race bike for two and a half seasons... When I finally sold it, it had the same chain, sprockets and yes, even TIRES that were on it when I got it.

    Make sure the bike is in good rideable condition and rip it.

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    Re: Ninja 500r 2005 as track bike

    Quote Originally Posted by OreoGaborio View Post
    I kind of agree w/ Matt, it sounds like your mechanic is trying to shove his fist up your ass.
    Inquiring the name of said mechanic...for a friend.

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    Re: Ninja 500r 2005 as track bike

    well, not exactly expecting a 50+ bike group ride through the mountains on Sunday

    parts arrived...going to add it to the bucket of stuff I've ordered and never installed dammit

    in the mean time:
    -install a new peel-and-stick mount for the cardo that leaves space
    -ProShotCam velcro for chin mount for the GoPro

    watching some YouTube moto content...and thankful if I can survive every shift at work which just gets worse and worse

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    Re: Ninja 500r 2005 as track bike

    so my helmet check boxes:
    -quality bluetooth/speaker setup - Cardo PackTalk Bold
    -Removable chin mount for GoPro Session - it's my favorite point of view, but most street bike helmets are not smooth at the chin for a mount, so I went with the proshotcam

    my current setup has the packtalk mount in a random location, but it interferes with the ProShot Cam mount:



    I figured heat was the right way to remove the glue...but I ended up melting the mount a little....if you get underneath at the rick angle, it will just peel off



    moved that back with a new sticky pad, then lined up the proshot cam, and added the sticky velcro mounts



    the odd thing is the proshot cam velcro is remarkably strong...I've ridden street bike rides with my dirt helmet and it stays put...since both helmets have the velcro, I can move the mount between helmets






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    meanwhile, the local moto groups:

    "I'm going to keep riding anyways"

    vs.

    "you guys are so irresponsible doing a group ride of 80 people...hugging each other at meet spots, carrying it, then transmitting it to someone who will come in contact w' someone who has a health condition"

    plus the idea of a wreck in a hospital that takes up a bed in this pandemic seems irresponsible....I had a friend on Friday "social distancing" w' a 1090 on pavement in the desert that's in the ICU

    so ya, street rides for me are postponed indefinitely...the risk vs. reward doesn't seem worth it to me. dirt rides on the other hand, I may consider

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    tested out the chin mount on the 2.4 mile ride to the storage unit



    looks good!

    sound is windy...but that's every mount on a street bike

    hopefully see you guys when this is all over!


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