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Old 10-26-2009, 06:58 PM   #1
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CMRA question for 2010 season

I have been kicking around the idea of getting my CMRA license next year, and racing a few sprint races here and there. I would not be chasing a championship because my work schedule will not allow me to be at all of the rounds (and I am slow!). I would however like to make a few rounds of sprint racing, and possibly even an endurance race or two.

My question to all you CMRA racers is on my choice of bike. I have an RC51, which it looks like I can run in HWT, superstock A and superstock B. Is this correct? SSA and SSB look like they had good grids at TWS (Texas World Speedway), are these classes pretty good to go racing in? I have heard HWT is pretty stiff competition, true?

I really don't want to buy another bike for racing, but would I be better off looking for a cheap SV or 600? As long as I can be competitive on my RC51 in the classes mentioned above, that should be more than enough fun for me. I just want to try this racing thing out.
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Unfortunately though it is a great bike, it's not competitive. Not to mention, unless it's already race prepped, you'd spend a ton of money on a bike that may be hard to find replacement parts for when you crash or the bike breaks.

An SV is definitely a better bike to break in to the racing arena with by far. You can also race "up" to HW Twins and still be reasonably competitive with a lot of the novice field in that category.

With any SV, you can race 5 classes (to which it's suited), and that's about 1 more race per day than most folks race...
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Old 10-26-2009, 09:19 PM   #3
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I agree that if everything were equal, I would probably try to get on an SV. My slant is that my RC51 is already converted to a track bike, and safety wired legal for CMRA.

Parts would be a little harder to come by, but I don't think it would be a major obsticle. The big reason I would rather run my RC51 is that I would not have to pony up the $3500 - $6000 for a race prepped SV or 600. That extra money in my pocket can buy a fair amount of spares and replacement parts.
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I agree that if everything were equal, I would probably try to get on an SV. My slant is that my RC51 is already converted to a track bike, and safety wired legal for CMRA.

Parts would be a little harder to come by, but I don't think it would be a major obsticle. The big reason I would rather run my RC51 is that I would not have to pony up the $3500 - $6000 for a race prepped SV or 600. That extra money in my pocket can buy a fair amount of spares and replacement parts.
Sounds like you've already made up your mind.

Personally, I'd sell the RC and get another bike, I've been there when it comes to a race bike that has parts that are hard to find (VFR). For a entry level racer, that's something that could kill your racing effort.
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