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I bought my 2018 765RS a couple of weeks ago with the idea to mostly use it as a track bike. If it had been 100% for the track, I would have bought something cheaper but it goes to the track on Sunday for the first time and that's where it will get most of it's break in over the coming weeks.

I'm sure I'm not the only one who'll be using their 765's at the track and I thought a thread about track preparation might be useful.

This what I've done to mine so far:

  1. Changed the coolant for "Water Wetter" which is a requirement at most tracks.
  2. Installed Triumph case protectors on both sides.
  3. Added the Triumph frame sliders that attach to the top engine mounts.
  4. Had our local race bike suspension tuner set up the bike for me. Fortunately, I only weigh 185lbs with all my gear so the springs seem OK.

I'll remove the following items only for track days:
  1. Rear view mirrors
  2. Plastic side panels and front turn signals.
  3. Rear number plate hanger and turn signals.
  4. Tape up front and rear lights.
I'll add axle sliders and bar-end sliders at a later date.

I'd be interested to know what you guys have done and also how you disable the lights?

 

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I bought my 2018 765RS a couple of weeks ago with the idea to mostly use it as a track bike. If it had been 100% for the track, I would have bought something cheaper but it goes to the track on Sunday for the first time and that's where it will get most of it's break in over the coming weeks.



I'm sure I'm not the only one who'll be using their 765's at the track and I thought a thread about track preparation might be useful.



This what I've done to mine so far:



  1. Changed the coolant for "Water Wetter" which is a requirement at most tracks.
  2. Installed Triumph case protectors on both sides.
  3. Added the Triumph frame sliders that attach to the top engine mounts.
  4. Had our local race bike suspension tuner set up the bike for me. Fortunately, I only weigh 185lbs with all my gear so the springs seem OK.




I'll remove the following items only for track days:

  1. Rear view mirrors
  2. Plastic side panels and front turn signals.
  3. Rear number plate hanger and turn signals.
  4. Tape up front and rear lights.


I'll add axle sliders and bar-end sliders at a later date.



I'd be interested to know what you guys have done and also how you disable the lights?





I’m doing similar stuff with my bike. Adding clipons, new rearsets, etc. I’ll post pics once I have most of the stuff sorted out.
 

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I just took the headlights off for track day.
 

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Allan, that's basically what I did for my 765RS before a track day at COTA last November.

Everything except the suspension setup. You can see in this pic what I think is a need for less rebound damping. About a month after the track day, I went to see Roger Albert and his setup confirmed this. Sounds like you are ready.

Are you doing COTA in May?
 

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I just took the headlights off for track day.
That's was the best solution. I did that, found the rear light connectors, disconnected them and taped up the lens, removed indicators, number plate holder, rear peg brackets and the front side panel plastics and I think its ready to go.

Allan, that's basically what I did for my 765RS before a track day at COTA last November.

Everything except the suspension setup. You can see in this pic what I think is a need for less rebound damping. About a month after the track day, I went to see Roger Albert and his setup confirmed this. Sounds like you are ready.

Are you doing COTA in May?
You really gave that tire a work out!
It was Roger who set up my suspension. He increased rear pre-load, rebound and compression damping to balance the bike front to back. I did about 100 road miles on it yesterday and it steers beautifully although it was not a representative test. I'll be out of town in May sadly and miss COTA but I'll definitely get there at some point.

This is what it looks like now.....hope I remember how to put it all back together again :D

 

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I can understand using the RS on track, it has track pretensions after all, all the marketing guff told us so. Those tyres are track ready and it’s definitely tuned for track work, the quick shifter makes life easier on the back straights... I’ll take mine on track one day... but as a track bike it’s deeply flawed imho. The riding position is far too neutral and upright, it’s like the bike is ready but has forgotten that it needs to accommodate a rider at track speeds.... it can be cured by clip ons, rear sets and a fairing... or you could wait until the Daytona 765RS is released... or just buy a sportsbike for the track... it’s the one thing that I think doesn’t make sense with the RS.... oh look it’s track ready... well actually, no it’s not...
 

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I can understand using the RS on track, it has track pretensions after all, all the marketing guff told us so. Those tyres are track ready and it’s definitely tuned for track work, the quick shifter makes life easier on the back straights... I’ll take mine on track one day... but as a track bike it’s deeply flawed imho. The riding position is far too neutral and upright, it’s like the bike is ready but has forgotten that it needs to accommodate a rider at track speeds.... it can be cured by clip ons, rear sets and a fairing... or you could wait until the Daytona 765RS is released... or just buy a sportsbike for the track... it’s the one thing that I think doesn’t make sense with the RS.... oh look it’s track ready... well actually, no it’s not...
There is a reason that all road race bikes have tucked riding positions, fairings and narrow bars, they simply work better at speed. Racing isn't the only reason to go to the track however, and ANY bike can be fun on one. My own reasons for wanting to do track days are to have fun in a safer environment than the street and polish my riding skills on a bike with a riding position that resembles the bikes I prefer to ride on the street (upright). My main street bike has been a KTM Super Duke GT, I'll be renting a Versys 650 in Ireland in August and riding the RS on the street too.

Race bikes for races, but ANY bike you like to ride for track days :ride
 

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There is a reason that all road race bikes have tucked riding positions, fairings and narrow bars, they simply work better at speed. Racing isn't the only reason to go to the track however, and ANY bike can be fun on one. My own reasons for wanting to do track days are to have fun in a safer environment than the street and polish my riding skills on a bike with a riding position that resembles the bikes I prefer to ride on the street (upright). My main street bike has been a KTM Super Duke GT, I'll be renting a Versys 650 in Ireland in August and riding the RS on the street too.

Race bikes for races, but ANY bike you like to ride for track days :ride
I didn’t say the RS wouldn’t be fun on track, a track is a great place to have fun... I disagree that it’s a great place to hone your road riding skills though, unless you are at a specific riding school, a track day will do very little for your road skills, except show you what it’s like to hit the rev limiter... 😂

Look, I get wanting to take the RS to the track once or twice, if that’s all you do, then it makes sense, but as a bike to take to the track once a month... that’s what wouldn’t make sense to me... personally I’d like to see the KTM on track, now that would be fun!

Good luck....
 

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I didn’t say the RS wouldn’t be fun on track, a track is a great place to have fun... I disagree that it’s a great place to hone your road riding skills though, unless you are at a specific riding school, a track day will do very little for your road skills, except show you what it’s like to hit the rev limiter... 😂

Look, I get wanting to take the RS to the track once or twice, if that’s all you do, then it makes sense, but as a bike to take to the track once a month... that’s what wouldn’t make sense to me... personally I’d like to see the KTM on track, now that would be fun!

Good luck....
Part of the deal with the track I'll ride at is the possibility of guidance from instructors which I'm always glad of. It won't help with awareness of pedestrians and all the usual road hazards, but I do think it will help or perhaps preserve some bike handling skills.

My KTM is a 2016 Super Duke GT and its really interesting to ride it back-to-back with the RS. Apart from mediocre suspension, I thought the KTM handled OK for a sport touring bike but it really seems huge and clumsy compared with the RS. I expected this, but the extent of the difference was surprising. My first track day on the RS is on Sunday and thanks for the good wishes!
 

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Converting front street to track:
First, I remove the following: Headlights, front turn signals, seat, rear tail assy, rear side panels, passenger pegs, mirrors (I zip-tie brake reservoir to bar)
Second, I pull the abs fuse (675)
Third, I install my Daytona Sharkskinz superbike tail onto the rear subframe (replaces many expensive parts with one light, cheap part)
Fourth, I change shock and fork suspension settings to track setup (just a few clicks here and there, no ride height or preload changes)
Fifth, check fluids and important bolts (controls, suspension mostly).

The whole process takes me about an hour without hurrying. I put tape over all the open electrical connectors left on the bike, just to keep dirt out (low sides can put dirt everywhere).

I don't adjust tire pressures until the morning of the track day. Rear tire (cold) goes from 38 to 24 psi. Front from 35 to 31. That works well for Supercorsa SPs, which I like but I wish warmed up a little faster.

Hope this helps. Have fun. My track day goals are (in order): (1) Don't hurt myself or others (2) Don't hurt the bike (3) Have fun! (4) Learn something new about riding or setting up bike
 

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[*]Installed Triumph case protectors on both sides.

Do you happen to know the part # for the case protectors? I just got some official triumph ones on Ebay and they look exactly like yours with the newer triangle badge. The right sides line up, but the left side stator cover doesn't.
 

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Check the install instructions and ensure you are using the correct slider for the right and left sides.

I say this as I had the same 'issue' when I started to fit my set on my bike. I took a step back, looked at the diagram and wound up switching what I thought was the right one for the left side. Everything then worked. I'll bet that's what is going on.
 

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Do you happen to know the part # for the case protectors? I just got some official triumph ones on Ebay and they look exactly like yours with the newer triangle badge. The right sides line up, but the left side stator cover doesn't.
I just sent you a PM about this :smile2:
 

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These are a couple of shots of the left side of my bike that you were looking for. If you need others, let me know.



 

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Yeah - sorry, when you said case sliders, I was thinking frame sliders.

Not sure of the part number difference (or why you would have that offset).
 

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Mine must be for the older generation street triples. I thought they had the same cases, but I guess not. Oh well. It's close enough..
 

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Sad to say it, but getting clipons mounted on this machine seems to be near impossible.

Tried mounting Gilles clipons on the bike and discovered I’d pretty much need to remove both headlights and the display. A bit disappointed it didn’t work out...
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Sad to say it, but getting clipon's mounted on this machine seems to be near impossible.

Tried mounting Gilles clipons on the bike and discovered I’d pretty much need to remove both headlights and the display. A bit disappointed it didn’t work out...
I took a look at my bike after reading your post and can see the problem, the standard bars barely clear the gauge cluster/fairing. Even if you could make an adjustable pair of clipon's work like these Woodcraft units, they would still need to be adjusted to about the same height as the standard bars.

 
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