I have a 2001 R6 track bike and I have a question that I have searched for but can't seem to find a good answer for and was hoping you track guys that also are very technical minded could help. When I go out to ride in a session on the track I feel like it is very important to warm up the bike, not just the tires but also the engine/drivetrain. So for at least 2 laps I take it very easy and very slow yet I continue to see guys fire their bikes up at the pit head right to the start line and hammer the living $hit out of their bike from the get go. Am I being too cautious? How long does it take the engine/drivetrain to warm up? I assuming you need to be "moving" to warm up the tranny and obviously I wouldn't want to do any less than AT LEAST 1 lap to warm up the tires.
as most have stated, it is a VERY good idea to warm the engine well before you hit the track.
I if the engine has a good 20-30 min to heat soak as already described, the trans and clutch will all be good and warm. The key is to do it well ahead of time. Just starting the bike stone cold, watching the gauge go from "Lo" to 185F does not mean the entire engine and trans is 185f.. but that just the temp sensor screwed into the cylinder head is reading the passing coolant temp.
I like the idea posted earlier about feeling the clutch cover, but doing it 20-30 min ahead, then warming it up a bit before 3rd call, is a good way to go.
I can't tell you what to do about warmers.. other than GET some. To view links or images in this forum your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
A) they are not that expensive if you are already doing track days. Get good ones, resale is amazing on them..
B) you avoid wasting a lap or two "warming" them up. You paid a bunch for your track time, going fast is fun. slow is not.
C) less likely to have a cold tire crash (so how much did they cost ??)
D) the tires will work BETTER during the time they are on your bike due to fewer "heat cycles". Putting on warmers, riding, back on warmers, riding, back on warmers.. is like one heat cycle vs. multiple heat cycles. Heat cycles degrade tire performance if done enough times. This is NOT as big a deal on street only tires (or even street/sport tires), as they are a totally different composition of material that is designed for multiple heat cycles. Race rubber works best with fewer heat cycles, or one heat cycle.