With a few minor snags in the preparations for a track day coming up on Sunday in College Station, TX, we finally got everything loaded up and ready late tonight. It’s gonna be a hot day out there on the track come Sunday (if it doesn’t rain) but who cares because after all, IT’S A TRACK DAY!
We plan to come back and put together a complete list of items to bring to your track day because 1. there are a few items you don’t want to leave home without so having this list will make it quick and easy to get everything packed up, and 2. we lost our old list so we need to do a new one anyway. Since we just got in from getting things packed up, here is a preliminary list of things you should consider taking to your track day. Check back later as we will upload a word doc or excel sheet with all the items you should bring to the race track.
Better list with more info coming eventually, but this will get you started. Ride safe and have a blast! After all, on the track you can’t get busted by the POlice or Johnny Law or them law dogs, or the hate, or PoPo’s, or the 5-0, or… you get the idea!
We finally got our how to video “How To Change Spark Plugs” edited and loaded to YouTube. If you need to know how to remove the mid-fairings (since we started with them already removed), watch the “How To Flush Coolant System” video. You will find that video with all the others on our R1 Videos Page here.
So as you will see, we pull all the spark plugs out at the same time. This is because Todd’s R1 is always kept super clean. This is not really the best way to go about it if your bike isn’t immaculate. To be certain that no dirt or particles will fall down into the engine, it’s best to remove and replace each spark plug one by one. And of course, give your sportbike a good wash and let it fully dry before doing the job!
So you just switched brands and decided to go with a Yamaha R1. Great choice by the way. And you got it home for the first time and you’re in a rush to look under the seat and under the plastics. Not everyone immediately knows how to take off the seat so to save you the extra minutes of poking around, we went ahead and shot a quick video to show you how to take the seat off and put it back on the right way. For everyone else, we have other videos on our R1 Videos page you might like instead.
A new friend and fellow R1 Insider Brandon picked up his first R1 a couple days ago so we wanted to officially welcome him into the worldwide club of sportbike riding! He has already started the mods on his 2005 YZF-R1 with a killer reservoir sock and he tells us that several other changes will be underway soon. Check out his new bike and leave a comment if you have any advice for him. Congrats Brandon! Now get some protective gear and start learning how to hang on to her.
For several months we have been battling this finicky little punk of a video. First the sizing then the co/decs and aspect ratio, and on initial upload to YouTube – – an audio malfunction. Finally we are pleased to announced we’ve worked out the kinks, just to help YOU save money and have fun while doing your repairs on your own Yamaha R1.
In this video, we show you the best way to flush your coolant system in a 2004 2005 or 2006 R1. Put another way, this is how you service the radiator and change out old or bad fluids and antifreeze. Since we are in Texas, and the R1 already runs hot, we chose to remove the antifreeze and fill ‘er back up with Distilled water and a little helper product called “Water Wetter.” Careful here, as Distilled water and Water Wetter do not have any antifreeze qualities that we know of. However, you can always refer to your owners manuals (or see our Manuals Page here) to refill your R1 with antifreeze.
Here is the video, if you prefer to see only videos without our ramblings, just click on our R1 Videos page here.
See more of our How To Videos on our YouTube Channel here.