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Old 09-04-2012, 05:26 PM   #1
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I was wondering what the startup cost for getting out on the track is? All i have is a bike that is street legal and helmet, any input would be appreciated.
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Old 09-04-2012, 06:35 PM   #2
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tape for your lights, and the proper gear..

that's all you really need in order to get your street bike on the track for a track day.
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you can rent gear at most of the track days the sponsors put on. Unless that has changed.

I got into the game with a used $100 suit, $200 boots, $70 gauntlet gloves and the cost of a track day oh and some painters tape. sure the suit wasn't pretty by any means and didnt match the bike (omg) but whatever. It was enough to get me in and hooked.

don't be fooled into thinking you need tire warmers, front/rear stands, and all this other bs I've seen people show up with at their first track day .
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we are blessed here in the Houston area to have several great track day organizations to ride with and several tracks to ride on with in a short driving distance...
as far as your very first track days is concerned, the cheapest will be ridesmart as they provide gear at no cost to you....each of us have our favorite track day organizations for reasons that fit us, but if price alone is your primary concern Ride smart is the one you need to contact... cdill35 can answer your questions...you can PM him or post up in the ridesmart section of the sponsors listings...if you decide to get your own gear then your options as far as cost for the trackday itself improve....
when you get your own gear or rent gear from someone like motorcycles unlimited you will be sure of having gear that actually fits you and not just what they have available on the truck at trackday... cheapest and best... might not be the same thing, but Ride Smart will be cheaper for the first day....after your first day the gear is no longer free and the costs even out... most sponsors trackday prices will vary from track to track, but their prices are listed on their websites...which track have you been thinking of going to first?
what bike will you be riding...
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Thanks for the info, im not sure what track ill be trying. Im looking to try it out 1st and see how i like it. From what i have read and the videos on this site im sure ill want to attend more frequently. I have a 04 gsxr 750
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I was wondering what the startup cost for getting out on the track is? All i have is a bike that is street legal and helmet, any input would be appreciated.
By far, the cheapest way to get your first track day done is with Ridesmart. (www.ridesmart.info) Free leather and boot rentals for first time track riders and I'm sure we can get you set up with a 50% off.

So, you'll need a roll of painters tape ($4), 4 gallons of gas in your tank and 5 gallons on the side ($35). Lunch is free if you don't do the track day at TWS (Texas World Speedway) (they don't allow Ride Smart to cook). And around $70 for the track day fee. Everything after that is a luxury (fans, snacks, drinks, etc)

Then you just have to get yourself there.

Otherwise, you can go to any of the other 648936458230 track day orgs for a bit more and you'll have to figure out your gear (borrow or rent).

After the first one, the start up cost goes through the roof. So go wherever your schedule permits.
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Any bike would do, though you probably won't get the most out of your TD with a laid back cruiser or full-on dresser.

Gear-wise, if you don't mind generic brand, you can get a 1-piece leather suit, racing boots, and gauntlet gloves brand new for $300.

Don't forget transportation. You can ride your track bike to and from the track, but it's really not a good idea for a variety of reasons, including the inevitable "modification" to the bike... or you. A trailer and tow vehicle is best. Most riders like to bring supplies (cooler, water, food, EZ up, etc) that make a full dayatthe track more enjoyable - especially on a hot summer day.
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Thanks for the info, im not sure what track ill be trying. Im looking to try it out 1st and see how i like it. From what i have read and the videos on this site im sure ill want to attend more frequently. I have a 04 gsxr 750
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there are a lot of people who are willing to help to get you there! I normally do my best to just get you loaded and ready to go.. with work I haven't been able to go lately but hope to get out there soon!!

Like Cdill said.. we get you with the half off and free leathers and boots.
after that... you're out of luck because you're going to want to go every freaking track day!!!!

you can spend anywhere from 100.00 bucks to 150.00 just depend on what you need.

Let us know if you need anything.
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By far, the cheapest way to get your first track day done is with Ridesmart. (www.ridesmart.info) Free leather and boot rentals for first time track riders and I'm sure we can get you set up with a 50% off.

So, you'll need a roll of painters tape ($4), 4 gallons of gas in your tank and 5 gallons on the side ($35). Lunch is free if you don't do the track day at TWS (Texas World Speedway) (they don't allow Ride Smart to cook). And around $70 for the track day fee. Everything after that is a luxury (fans, snacks, drinks, etc)

Then you just have to get yourself there.

Otherwise, you can go to any of the other 648936458230 track day orgs for a bit more and you'll have to figure out your gear (borrow or rent).

After the first one, the start up cost goes through the roof. So go wherever your schedule permits.
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The first time isn't that expensive. Its all the ones after that that really get into your wallet. I'd suggest riding with RideSmart you're first time since they offer free leather and boot rentals for first timers. All you need to buy is gauntlet gloves and the price of the track day. Most of the time RideSmart will offer 50% of for first timers which comes out to $60-$75 depending on which track you go to. After is when you start buying leathers and boots and tires and more tds, that's when it adds up. Hope to see you out at the track soon, its a blast and worth every penny!
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Whats a good beginner leather suit? Or one in general.
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The basics have been mentioned. To add, I would try to hitch a ride or at the very least pit with a buddy who's been a few times. They will help you make sense of everything going on. During the first few outings, it's best to try to not get overwhelmed with everything else and be able to concentrate on the ridingg itself.

the first few days are cheap, if you don't crash, the ones after that get expensive bc you all of a sudden want to upgrade everything on your bike.

Get out there and have fun. It's the most fun you'll have with your clothes one.
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By far, the cheapest way to get your first track day done is with Ridesmart.

4 gallons of gas in your tank and 5 gallons on the side ($35). Lunch is free.
Not completely true.

You could corner work and ride at any of the other orgs. They provide free lunch.

You could post up if you needed a ride and someone going the same way with some extra room could pick you up.

You could also post up that you are looking to borrow some gear to get on the track. Most people would let you borrow to get your first one out of the way.

If you really suck you could just show up to the trackday and moch water, shade and gas off of everyone there. But dont do that. I have that area covered and we dont need two of us out there.
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John, not sure about that corner working thing for credit to do a first time track day....I hope no one is allowing corner working by folks with zero track experience.... to me corner working is too important a job to have someone out there who does not have a clue what is happening.... corner working should be taken seriously and only have folks out there who know what to do if goes south... and do it quickly. corner working for trackday credit is great, but should be done by folks who have been to trackdays and know what it is about....
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John, not sure about that corner working thing for credit to do a first time track day....I hope no one is allowing corner working by folks with zero track experience.... to me corner working is too important a job to have someone out there who does not have a clue what is happening.... corner working should be taken seriously and only have folks out there who know what to do if goes south... and do it quickly. corner working for trackday credit is great, but should be done by folks who have been to trackdays and know what it is about....

Very good point. It is not something that is hard to do but requires a person with common sense and you know how people are now a days. Most lack.
That is how I got started with trackdays. Sometimes they put people that have never corner worked with someone that has. Corner working is very serious business.
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