Preparing Your Bike

NOTE: the information on this site was accurate when written, but things change and you should always check the General Competition Rules (GCR’s) in the latest version of the Manual of Motorcycle Sport (MoMS) on the Motorcycle Australia website.

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The essential thing is safety, both for yourself and other riders, so ask questions and make sure your bike is ready before you get to the track. Most motorcycle shops will also assist you with race preparation.


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RIDE DAYS:

This is a non-competitive event and bikes do not have to be prepared to the same standard as for racing. Bikes must be checked for safety before you can go on the track and the Scrutineer will look at the following items.

  • Brake pads
  • Suspension and levers operate freely
  • Condition of tyres. Slicks, or road tyres with legal tread
  • Tape up all glass (e.g. lights and mirrors) or remove
  • No obvious fluid leaks.
  • No loose panels, bolts or clips.
  • Correct chain tension.
  • A good ADR approved full face helmet
  • Full leathers, or two piece that zip together
  • Gloves that cover all skin
  • Leather boots that cover all skin

P PLATE BIKE ELIGIBILITY (Bracket Races)

If you have not raced in the last five years, you may race in Brackets for up to two meetings with exemptions from several preparation rules. This will allow you to try the sport whilst developing your bike.   A P plate must be displayed at the rear of your bike as an indication to following riders. These are available with fittings from the Race Secretary at the event.

 The P Plate rules include temporary exemptions from the following Rules:
12.8.4.1 Center and side stands must be removed for all types of competition ……..
15.2.3.3 A chain guard made of a suitable material must be fitted in such a way to prevent trapping between the lower drive chain run and the final drive sprocket at the rear wheel.
15.2.3.4 Engine end case protectors mounted using at least 2 of the original bolt locations, and to protrude no more than 20mm. This will relate to all 4 stroke machines.
15.3.1.8 ……. must be fitted with an integral lower fairing dam or separate catch tray, which must be constructed to trap and hold engine oil and / or coolant ………

  • Tyres must be designed for highway use only. No slicks or wet weather race tyres.
  • Front brake calliper bolts to be lock wired in the tightened position.
  • Only water allowed in the cooling system.
  • Bike centre and/or side stands should be removed. If not removed must be securely fixed in the up-position by secure mechanical means (e.g. hose clamp or bracket). Wiring, taping or plastic “zip” ties are not considered to be an adequate mechanical method of securing.
  • Sump plugs, caps and filters which, if removed, permit the discharge of any lubricating, cooling or hydraulic fluids must be lock-wired. Where front fork drain plugs are recessed, taping is permitted to prevent loosening.
  • Front brake reservoirs with screw cap closures must be taped to prevent loosening.
  • Mirrors and indicators to be removed.
  • Head and tail lights must be removed or completely taped to prevent light from being seen and to fully contain broken glass in case of accident damage.
  • No gear racks, sacks or panniers.
  • Number / registration plates to be removed.
  • Rider Numbers to be placed on the front fairing, and both sides of the bike.

RACING:

The list below is a rough guide to prepare your bike for racing.  The full Rules are printed on the following pages.

  • A helmet bearing a current standards approval sticker
  • Full leathers, one or two piece. Two piece leathers must fasten together with either zips or studs
  • Calf length boots
  • Gloves long enough to overlap the sleeves of your leathers
  • A back protector
  • Handlebar ends must be plugged
  • Clutch and brake levers must have the ball ends intact
  • Front brake calliper bolts to be lock wired
  • Stands must be removed, check for a cut out switch on the side stand, you may have to tape it up or bypass it to get the bike to run
  • Mirrors and turn indicators removed
  • No gear racks, sacks or panniers
  • Lights should ideally be removed, if not then all glass (and plastic) lenses on the bike should be completely taped
  • Pillion pegs should be held in the up position or removed
  • Brake pads should have plenty of material
  • Apart from slicks, tyres must have good tread, they can wear very quickly during a day on the track.
  • Bearings should be in good condition (e.g. wheel bearings, steering and swing arm)
  • Valve caps should be metal or good quality plastic with seals
  • Chain should be properly adjusted and lubricated and sprockets should be in good condition
  • Only water is allowed in cooling systems
  • Drain plugs and filler caps must be secured in the closed position. These include radiator caps, oil fillers, sump plugs, radiator drain plugs, fork drain plugs and oil filters. With spin on type filters, a hose clamp around the filter tied back to the frame or engine works well. Drains and fillers should ideally be drilled and wired in place. Alternatively they may be wired around, or cleaned and siliconed in place.
  • Brake and clutch master cylinder caps also require secondary retention. Some bikes, such as RGV250s have a clip over the screw on cap. Otherwise taping is normal practice, use caution not to block any breather holes when taping as it can cause the brakes to self apply when the fluid heats up.
  • Horn must be disconnected.
  • Registration number plates removed
  • Drain hoses should be captured into a plastic bottle.
  • Protective engine covers fitted
  • Approved Race Numbers must be fitted (as specified in the Rules).

The following is an extract from the Manual of Motorcycle Sport (2016 edition)

10.17              FRAMES AND PARTS

10.17.1           General

10.17.1.1        Radiator protection guards may be fitted providing there is no modification to the radiators or bodywork.

10.17.1.2        Frame protection devices may be added providing they do not protrude more than 80mm from the bodywork and are no more than 80mm in diameter.

10.17.1.3        All lateral covers/engine cases containing oil and which could be in contact with the ground during a crash, must be protected by a second cover made from composite materials, type carbon or Kevlar, or be fitted with heavy duty crash resistant end cases made from solid metal. Plates and/or bars from aluminium or steel are also permitted. All these devices must be designed to be resistant against sudden shocks and must be fixed properly and securely. Bonding alone is not a suitable method of mounting.

10.17.1.5        A lanyard operated ignition cut-out switch, operating on the primary circuit, may be fitted.

10.17.1.6        Plugs or caps which, if removed, permit the discharge of any lubricating, cooling or hydraulic fluids, must be wire-locked or otherwise secured in the tightened position in a manner approved by the Scrutineer.

10.17.1.7        Where flexible oil lines other than those supplied as standard equipment by the original machine manufacturer are used, they must incorporate high pressure hose secured by high pressure connections. Worm drive hose clamps may not be used.

10.17.1.8        All hoses must be securely fitted and guarded to prevent contact with:

a) The ground,

b) Tyres or other moving parts over the full movement of the suspension.

10.17.1.9        4-stroke motorcycles must be equipped with an oil catch tank or sealed airbox:

a) With a minimum volume of 300cc,

b) Which is to be emptied after each event.

10.17.1.10       The only liquid coolant permitted is water.

10.17.1.11       Lubricating, cooling and hydraulic fluid levels must be maintained within manufacturers’ specifications.

10.17.1.12       With the exception of production-based machines without a lower fairing which have Australian Design Rule compliance, all machines, including sidecars, must be fitted with an integral lower fairing dam or separate catch tray, which must be constructed to trap and hold engine oil and/or coolant:

a) For 4-stroke machines, a capacity of at least 3 litres,

b) For 2-stroke machines, a capacity of at least 2.5 litres,

c) All air-cooled machines with lower fairing dams/fluid catchment areas are to hold a capacity of fluid greater than or equal to the oil capacity of the engine unit,

d) With no less than two holes, each of 25mm, which may only be opened in wet race conditions.

10.17.2           Streamlining

10.17.2.1        All streamlining fitted to motorcycles or sidecars must be free of any sharp edges on exposed extremities.

10.17.2.2        For fibreglass construction, edges must be rounded to their own thickness but need not be wired.

10.17.2.3        All forward streamlining attached to solo and sidecar machines must have a minimum of three attachment points:

  1. a) At least one supporting the forward section of the shell, and
  2. b) One on each side supporting the rear portion of the shell.

10.17.2.4        Identification plates must have corners and edges smoothed.

10.17.2.5        Streamlining must leave the front wheel and mudguard exposed.

10.17.3           Brakes

10.17.3.1        At least two efficient brakes must operate independently of each other on the front and rear wheels.

10.17.3.2        Front brake calliper mounting bolts to be lockwired in the tightened position. The use of R-clips, bowtie clips, and spring clips in conjunction with lockwiring is permitted.

10.17.3.3        Motorcycles may be equipped with commercially available brake lever protection, intended to protect the handlebar brake lever(s) from being accidentally activated in the case of a collision with another machine. Acceptable protection includes the fairing extending sufficiently to cover the brake lever, as viewed from the front. Such devices must be strong enough to function effectively and designed so that there is no risk for the rider to be injured or trapped by it, and must not present a danger to other competitors. In case the brake lever is attached to any part of the braking system (e.g. brake master cylinder), then the brake system manufacturer must officially confirm in writing to MA that the device does not interfere with proper brake operation.

10.17.3.4        Brake pad retainer pins may be replaced with aftermarket pins of similar material to OEM part with no modification to brake calliper.

10.17.4           Fuel Tanks

10.17.4.1        Fuel tanks may be constructed from any material that has been approved by the Australian Standards Association as a petrol or fuel container material.

10.17.5           Exhaust Systems

10.17.5.1        Exhaust systems must be fitted with silencers and terminate at a point not more than 25mm beyond the rear extremity of the rear tyre tread.

10.17.6           Centre and Side Stands

10.17.6.1        Centre and side stands must be removed for all types of competition.

10.17.7           Footrests

10.17.7.1        Footrests must be well rounded and designed so as to ensure that no dangerous edges are created due to wear.

10.17.8           Handlebars

10.17.8.1        The ends of the handlebars or twist grip sleeves must be securely plugged so as to present a flush or rounded end.

10.17.8.2        Handlebar levers must have ball ends with a minimum diameter of 16mm

10.17.8.3        Throttle controls must be self-closing.

10.17.9           Kick Start Levers

10.17.9.1        Kick start levers, other than transverse, must be folding.

10.17.10         Drive Chain Protection

10.17.10.1       Primary drives (the drive connecting engine to clutch) must be guarded so as to prevent direct access to the chain or sprockets with the fingers.

10.17.10.2       The guard must be constructed of:

a) Metal having a minimum thickness of 1.6mm, which may be mesh or expanded metal provided the openings do not exceed 10mm, or

b) Fibreglass having a minimum thickness of 3mm.

10.17.10.3       Projecting front/countershaft sprockets, which are not behind a clutch assembly or directly behind a frame member, must be guarded.

10.17.10.4       A chain guard made of suitable material must be fitted in a way to prevent trapping between the lower drive chain run and the final drive sprocket at the rear wheel.

10.17.11         Tyres

10.17.11.1       Tyres must comply with the following:

a) Treads on tyres must be at least 1mm deep on any part of the tyre that comes in contact with the ground.

b) The tread depth indicating holes on slick tyres must be clearly visible and at least 0.5mm deep.

10.17.12         Mudguards

10.17.12.1       Either a rear mudguard or a seat must be fitted which extends at least 20 degrees to the rear of a vertical line drawn through the rear wheel axle.

10.17.12.2       Mudguards must be made of a material, which is not liable to cause personal injury if deformed.

END