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    Suggested Hawk spares for racing

    A major sticking point in choosing a Hawk over something like an SV for a race bike is availability of parts at the track. Especially if you live in a region where there's usually a grand total of one other Hawk at most races. Here in the midwest the field for Ultra Lightweight is typically a whopping two or three bikes.

    You guys that have been doing this for a while, got any suggestions for what one would want to start collecting as far as commonly needed bits and pieces? Of course the things that will break will always be what you don't have a replacement for, but as a noob racer, what are the must haves?

    Thanks!
    '88 Hawk - Street '89 Hawk - Track '67 Fiat 500 - Luigi follow only the Ferraris

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    2 ea. clutch and brake levers
    1 fr. brake master cylinder
    1 clutch perch
    1 ea. shift and brake pedals
    1 shift rod
    2 ea. footpegs (get CFM rearsets, they will protect the rest of the bike)
    1 ea. clutch and throttle cables
    1 throttle tube
    1 throttle housing
    1 muffler
    fuses
    spark plugs
    oil filter/fuel filter
    clutch plates and gasket
    SPARE KEYS!!!
    battery (un-prepped, so it has long shelf life)
    1 complete set of clip-ons with bars
    Box o' 6mm/8mm hardware
    Duct tape/zip ties/McGyver stuff
    Knee sliders/toe sliders (often overlooked!)

    All the above stuff is pretty cheap if you shop around, it can be good/used.

    Get one of those cheap plastic tool chest/handcart things on wheels, or a tub, and pack it full of emergency stuff. Keep it separate from your "regular stuff." Trust me, you will always crash in the last practice and will be in the 1st race, and have little time to repair, so you need it handy. It always works that way.
    J.D. Hord
    Keeper of Engine Nomenclature, 9th Order

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      #3
      excellent! exactly what I was looking for. thanks Mr. Hord!

      was hoping to not have to bring along my street hawk to scavenge parts from. kidding, although I've had one hawk racer look at my bike when I rode it to the track like it was a rolling parts bin. :P
      '88 Hawk - Street '89 Hawk - Track '67 Fiat 500 - Luigi follow only the Ferraris

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        #4
        Hord took care of most of it, but never forget that spare pair of underwear for that moment that you suddenly necessitate those spare parts all at once.
        '88 Hawk GT - back in the saddle
        '99 Suzuki GZ250 - the first

        '87 Suzuki GSXR1100/1207cc - traded to get my Hawk back

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          #5
          I would suggest that you also carry a spare petcock (they always seem to spring leaks), BOTH JB Weld and JB Quick (20 minute) this stuff is awesome for lots of repairs (case covers, radiator, fuel tanks) remember to clean and scuff up repair area so it sticks. Also carry a spare mid-pipe since they seem to get crushed and wound up in crashes. Remember you can use just about any muffler (beg/borrow/steal) but the mid pipe is specific to the hawk.

          Also do not forget a spare clutch cable.

          Spare batteries for you temp gauge and stop watch.

          Oil, brake fluid, water wetter to refill whatever is dripping out of your bike.

          A couple cans of brake cleaner shop towels and a dish pan to clean and collect whatever is dripping out of your bike. It also serves as a place to put all those loose parts on disassembly. It is also a great place to put your carbs during jetting changes.

          Never forget your hand cleaner. Nothing sucks like trying to make repairs in a hurry when your hands are soaked in oil and you can't hold a wrench. For that matter bring purple nitrile gloves, beter grip than bare fingers and you just peel them off and toss em. Saves clean up time.
          Faster than your mother... She's what the pros use.

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            #6
            Re: Suggested Hawk spares for racing

            Originally Posted by sockmonkey
            Here in the midwest the field for Ultra Lightweight is typically a whopping two or three bikes.

            You owe it to yourself to make a trip to Loudon for a LRRS weekend. Our Ultralight Superbike grids are... um.. lil bigger.

            Novice - 10-15 bikes
            Amateur - 15-20
            Expert - 20-25 (33 entries during the Classic weekend!)

            That's roughly 40-50 Ultralight bikes a weekend.
            CVMA Expert 434
            LD Designs :: Pirelli :: Racer's Edge :: Woodcraft :: Chuckwalla Valley Raceway

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              #7
              Unfortunately that's not an option this year, between the boy and I, we've got every weekend from the end of April to the middle of October booked with midwest races and coaching for STT.

              The furthest East we're getting this year will be Mid-Ohio for a trackday in July.

              Getting out to Loudon is definitely on the list of things to do though.

              We need to transplant some of you guys to the midwest. Great Plains region doesn't even have an Ultralight class anymore, and I fear it dying here too.

              Then again, at the end of the day, I guess that really doesn't matter to me, since the only reason I'm racing is to ward off boredom on race weekends. I have no grand illusions about being a great racer, I just can't stand standing around all weekend watching everyone else ride.
              '88 Hawk - Street '89 Hawk - Track '67 Fiat 500 - Luigi follow only the Ferraris

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                #8
                Originally Posted by sockmonkey
                I just can't stand standing around all weekend watching everyone else ride.
                Good a reason as any
                CVMA Expert 434
                LD Designs :: Pirelli :: Racer's Edge :: Woodcraft :: Chuckwalla Valley Raceway

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