This bike survived a lot of events and racing this season, including being raced solo in the 6 Hours of Glen Helen and the 10 Hours of Glen Helen endurance races. In October it will be raced in the 24 Hours of Glen Helen endurance race, but this time as the primary bike on a two-bike team where it will probably see about 18-20 racing hours depending on if it holds up, blows up, or how much we stop for repairs/maintenance.
Normally in dirt bike racing we don't care much about OCIs. Just dump and replace after the race which could be anywhere between 45 minutes and 4 hours of use depending on the event/classes raced. But this bike is being used for endurance racing, and the competition is stiff, so stopping for maintenance is something some people do and others don't. We ran a minimum pit stop strategy at the 10 hour to eek out a few extra positions in pursuit of a trophy finish, and it really, really mattered. With an hour left and only a 40 second gap on the competitor behind, there was no room to stop at all and I peed myself twice for that silly trophy
So, needless to say it has been interesting to monitor the oil condition and engine wear in this case, working up to a 24 hour OCI, since we want to shoot for another minimal pit stop run at the 24 hour. When the competition is making that midnight stop for air filter and oil, we'll attempt to just chug past and run this baby into the ground
For your entertainment, here's how it looks so far. Enjoy!
Here's the motor oil report, using Mobil 1 10W-40 (auto oil)
Here's a strip of the 24 hour filter.
Here's the transmission report. This caused some headache this season. The clutch was not really happy with Mobil Delvac 15W-40. I won't get too into the weeds on it (but if you are extremely interested or need to kill time with free entertainment, there is a publication called Torture Test Magazine with more details) but the OEM Honda CRF250X friction disc compound just did not jive with Mobil Delvac 15W-40 for whatever reason. The clutch pack needed to be replaced mid-season and was a problem during the 6 hour race where it overheated. Switching to a different clutch friction disc compound (still Honda OEM, and no changes to our stack height or spring pressure, but just a different friction compound) made the clutch happy with Mobil Delvac 15W-40 so that was interesting. Mobil Delvac has been awesome on other clutches but this one specific compound wasn't a good fit at all. I know it's funny, switching out the actual clutch pack instead of just a switch to a more grabby oil, but because of constraints with the publication the bike is being used for, that's what had to happen. It will be interesting to see what changes on the next oil report with the clutch now using different friction discs that aren't causing a heat problem.
Clutch pack black and blue after the overheat, before switching to different friction discs.