I was wondering if any of the WMRC "powers that be" could answer this for me...
Why must we remove our kickstands for Mission test-n-tunes? Everything else that you are required to do, I can understand: no anti-freeze, safety wiring the important bolts, taping/removing headlights, catch-pan for fluid, etc....
But I can't seem to figure out the reason behind the side-stand rule.
Maybe in the "olden days" it might have been a problem for ground-clearance...but I think most modern-day bikes scrape (stock) pegs or fairings before the kickstand touches the ground. The only exception I can think of is the TL1000...are there any other bikes that have a tendancy to bottom-out the kick-stand?
On that one (half) day I spent at Mission, I found that to be the most irritating thing about having a "race bike". It was so much nicer at other trackdays when I was able to keep my side-stand on...I could just roll into the pits and get off my bike.
It's not the removal process that bothers me...it's actually really easy on the ZX-6R, no clipping or anything. What I don't like is leaving / coming back to the pits. I'm a *small* person, so it's difficult for me to stop, dismount, reach around and put the bike on the rear-stand without any assistance. Usually there are people around to help...but not always.
So can any of you give me a GOOD reason for this rule? If not, I'm coming to the next meeting (Oct 6th?) and raising hell!