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Old 06-29-2012, 11:10 PM   #1
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What is complete cost of Track Days?

I've been trying to get to a td to watch and see about trying it. I believe I would like it and then sell my bike for a track only bike. Streets worry me more and more plus I like to go too fast to be safe on roads. So the question I have is what does it cost to do track days? Not the fee for the day but all the other stuff. Anyone really put it on paper before? How many days on tires and how much to replace? Gear wear and tear? Bike maintenance?

Do I even want to know?
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Transporting your bike to the track.

If you don't have a trailer or truck, you can rent one from U-haul.
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You prob don't even want to add it up. There's never really a set number. Depends on you. Some take chances and wreck there bikes quite often, other not so much.
The faster you get, the more expensive it is. Just go try it out at least once before you decide to just sell the bike right off hand. If you enjoy it well enough to do so, then have a blast til you become bankrupt! Haha.
Can always corner for free track time- I did that for a while. It kinda sucks, but it's the best seat in the house, and free track time..
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I alaways like to inject this thought...

What if you approached track days as just riding a twisty road in more controlled conditions?
Instead of feeling like you have to push to go faster and faster, just think of the track as a cool road that goes around and around, and you're gonna ride it with some buddies that like to ride fast too.
I'm not saying, dont go fast, I'm saying find a level you are comfortable with and just enjoy the ride.
Like the others have said, it not only is more expensive to go ever faster but it also increases the chances of unfortunate things happening.
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I alaways like to inject this thought...

What if you approached track days as just riding a twisty road in more controlled conditions?
Instead of feeling like you have to push to go faster and faster, just think of the track as a cool road that goes around and around, and you're gonna ride it with some buddies that like to ride fast too.
I'm not saying, dont go fast, I'm saying find a level you are comfortable with and just enjoy the ride.
Like the others have said, it not only is more expensive to go ever faster but it also increases the chances of unfortunate things happening.
Now that's great advice
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:52 AM   #9
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In the beginning, track days are inexpensive. Ridesmart has a program for free leather rentals for first time riders. You should be able to get your bike to the track with someone on the board, if you don't have a truck. Many people are willing to help.

Costs should be:
The track day admittance fee
Transportation fuel & one tank of gas for the bike
Hotel stay, if not near your home. Neither TWS (Texas World Speedway) nor MSRH requires a hotel if you live in Houston.
Food, water, snacks


You don't need special tires or other equipment on the bike. Tires with more than 50% tread remaining and similar wear on brakes.

You could easily do your first track day for 250.00.

As many people will attest, it's a great way to learn how to ride your bike more safely on the street. Money very well spent.
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I alaways like to inject this thought...

What if you approached track days as just riding a twisty road in more controlled conditions?
Instead of feeling like you have to push to go faster and faster, just think of the track as a cool road that goes around and around, and you're gonna ride it with some buddies that like to ride fast too.
I'm not saying, dont go fast, I'm saying find a level you are comfortable with and just enjoy the ride.
Like the others have said, it not only is more expensive to go ever faster but it also increases the chances of unfortunate things happening.
Ding ding ding ding....Bingo!

That is exactly how I approach them. There are days I may push myself due to a buddy (or five ) giving me grief, but mainly I go for fun to relax.

I'm about to be 42, I have NO chance of actually being a "fast" guy out there and I am completely cool with it. It does seem that days I do not leave work behind, I am slower. Days I am laughing in my helmet, I seem to carry a fine pace.

You may have no racing plans, but it could lead to that.

Just for grins, I am considering taking the CMRA license class over the July 7-8 TWS (Texas World Speedway) weekend. If I do, I'll respectfully keep in mind others may there to race, but even then, I'll be there for fun. Last time I did this was TMGP and we ended up with a top three finish that year.

Go do it, relax, have fun, and make yourself a better rider.
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"I alaways like to inject this thought...

What if you approached track days as just riding a twisty road in more controlled conditions?
Instead of feeling like you have to push to go faster and faster, just think of the track as a cool road that goes around and around, and you're gonna ride it with some buddies that like to ride fast too.
I'm not saying, dont go fast, I'm saying find a level you are comfortable with and just enjoy the ride.
Like the others have said, it not only is more expensive to go ever faster but it also increases the chances of unfortunate things happening."

Well Put!

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This is what I am looking at after a typical trackday: Registration, gate fee, gas, tastey snacks and supplies, tires, umbrella girls, medical staff, sports psychologist, happy ending massage, bike rebuild after lowside

somewhere between a lot and a ton
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Highly recommend doing one to a few TDs just to get the knowledge, practice and quality seat time. By quality, I mean no having to worry about everything you do on the street, ie. hazards, animals, cars, etc. Saying goes.. You'll learn more in 1 day at the track than you will in 6 months of street riding.

The numbers above are pretty straight on. There are ways to make it as cheap as possible, but it does get addicting, and does get more expensive the more you get into it. Don't even start on racing and how much that costs! Haha...
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I alaways like to inject this thought...

What if you approached track days as just riding a twisty road in more controlled conditions?
Instead of feeling like you have to push to go faster and faster, just think of the track as a cool road that goes around and around, and you're gonna ride it with some buddies that like to ride fast too.
I'm not saying, dont go fast, I'm saying find a level you are comfortable with and just enjoy the ride.
Like the others have said, it not only is more expensive to go ever faster but it also increases the chances of unfortunate things happening.
This guy knows what he's talking about!
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for me trackdays are not about going fast....they are about relaxing and doing something i enjoy with like minded folks...
i have not spent tons of money on stuff that i would only use on trackdays, but have spent some....
i would have a bike and helmet and gloves and riding jacket if i were not on the track, so i do not include the cost of the helmet in what i have spent... though i did buy a set of leathers and boots and i bought a much better set of gloves than i would have for the street...
i did upgrade my tires but did not go a full race tire, i am not that fast....and i figure i would have upgraded tires from oem tires anyway....
so i figure the true cost of trackdays for me is the trackday fee, and diesel for the truck, i do not really even count the cost of gas as i would likely be riding the bike anyway.... i would eat lunch if i were not at the track and most trackday groups include some kind of lunch in the deal... so there is just the ice and water and sportsdrink... and maybe some fruit....
all in all i figure the trackday cost me less than one ticket.
not to mention that i feel so much safer on the track... if i go down i do not have to lay on the side of the road and wait for someone to see me and call emergency services and then wait another half hour for a medic to get there....
we are blessed here in the Houston area to have tracks close by and so many trackday organizations to ride with....the benefits far out weigh the costs
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The first few months are pricey buying everything you need but after that you just load up and go, gas drinks and registration are usually about it, tires like said before every 4-5-6-7 th trackday depending on your speed.

Oil change about the same as tires, you'll need some stands and warmers, you can get both really cheap from ebay.


But the satisfaction is priceless.
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for me trackdays are not about going fast....they are about relaxing and doing something i enjoy with like minded folks...
i have not spent tons of money on stuff that i would only use on trackdays, but have spent some....
i would have a bike and helmet and gloves and riding jacket if i were not on the track, so i do not include the cost of the helmet in what i have spent... though i did buy a set of leathers and boots and i bought a much better set of gloves than i would have for the street...
i did upgrade my tires but did not go a full race tire, i am not that fast....and i figure i would have upgraded tires from oem tires anyway....
so i figure the true cost of trackdays for me is the trackday fee, and diesel for the truck, i do not really even count the cost of gas as i would likely be riding the bike anyway.... i would eat lunch if i were not at the track and most trackday groups include some kind of lunch in the deal... so there is just the ice and water and sportsdrink... and maybe some fruit....
all in all i figure the trackday cost me less than one ticket.
not to mention that i feel so much safer on the track... if i go down i do not have to lay on the side of the road and wait for someone to see me and call emergency services and then wait another half hour for a medic to get there....
we are blessed here in the Houston area to have tracks close by and so many trackday organizations to ride with....the benefits far out weigh the costs
true that!! Obed when is your next TD?
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if you get gear, i recommend used gear. there's lots of it either locally or on other boards like wera's. you'll save a ton of money that way. i get used stuff all the time for pennies on the dollar. many people sell stuff like new or barely used, you just have to keep your eyes open. this can make track riding much cheaper.

i also recommend a few track days before you fully commit. get the minimum, borrow what you can and see how you feel about it. gives you a better idea as to what you need and what you can do without.

most importantly, have fun.
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for me trackdays are not about going fast....they are about relaxing and doing something i enjoy with like minded folks...
i have not spent tons of money on stuff that i would only use on trackdays, but have spent some....
i would have a bike and helmet and gloves and riding jacket if i were not on the track, so i do not include the cost of the helmet in what i have spent... though i did buy a set of leathers and boots and i bought a much better set of gloves than i would have for the street...
i did upgrade my tires but did not go a full race tire, i am not that fast....and i figure i would have upgraded tires from oem tires anyway....
so i figure the true cost of trackdays for me is the trackday fee, and diesel for the truck, i do not really even count the cost of gas as i would likely be riding the bike anyway.... i would eat lunch if i were not at the track and most trackday groups include some kind of lunch in the deal... so there is just the ice and water and sportsdrink... and maybe some fruit....
all in all i figure the trackday cost me less than one ticket.
not to mention that i feel so much safer on the track... if i go down i do not have to lay on the side of the road and wait for someone to see me and call emergency services and then wait another half hour for a medic to get there....
we are blessed here in the Houston area to have tracks close by and so many trackday organizations to ride with....the benefits far out weigh the costs
Here it is, couldn't be put on words in no better way, thank you obed
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