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Old 03-07-2013, 04:41 PM   #41
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dbuck, I will ride my clapped out bike with cheap or free take offs and no warmers. I am not the slowest person out there. I think it is about how much money you want to spend. You can go fast on skill. Money wont buy you everything. You can have all the nicest and new stuff and still get passed buy people that spend less. Just saying.
This is true. Still going to spend $500-$600 a month to go a couple times and that is if you don't wreck. That's equivalent to a big car note or the mortgage on a small condo on the beach. $600 a month is chunk of change even for someone who makes a pretty penny.
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This is true. Still going to spend $500-$600 a month to go a couple times and that is if you don't wreck. That's equivalent to a big car note or the mortgage on a small condo on the beach. $600 a month is chunk of change even for someone who makes a pretty penny.
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This is true. Still going to spend $500-$600 a month to go a couple times and that is if you don't wreck. That's equivalent to a big car note or the mortgage on a small condo on the beach. $600 a month is chunk of change even for someone who makes a pretty penny.
I ride once a month. So....
50 to fill up my truck
40 bucks to fill up my bike so 90 bucks total. Any unused fuel from the bike goes in the truck too.
So less than 90 unless I finaly decide to buy a tire to replace the one I have used for longer than I should. I instruct in novice so the pace is always slower. I eat what lunch Fastline has and raid peoples water. I need a tire bad. I will spoon on my own tires. I might have to buy a set of tires from John at the next track day.
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I ride once a month. So....
50 to fill up my truck
40 bucks to fill up my bike so 90 bucks total. Any unused fuel from the bike goes in the truck too.
So less than 90 unless I finaly decide to buy a tire to replace the one I have used for longer than I should. I instruct in novice so the pace is always slower. I eat what lunch Fastline has and raid peoples water. I need a tire bad. I will spoon on my own tires. I might have to buy a set of tires from John at the next track day.
correct, but you spend you're day going slow in Novice instructing or working grid/corner to waive the TD fee. $120 td credit for volunteering my whole day (+ I have to pay for my gas there and back) is not worth my time (nor a bunch of others). So, if you're paying for the TD plan on at least $150 or more like I said....start getting faster and eating up tires and it becomes worse. I'm not saying you can't mooch off others, volunteer loads of time and ride on sketchy tires and do it cheap....what I AM SAYING is that don't expect trackday fun to be a liesurely $100 funday....it's much more than that.
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Kinda like he said lol......
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Old 03-07-2013, 11:26 PM   #48
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...work 2 days and get 2 days free.

Or work 4 days and get 4 days free.

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No, really, for first track day should be cheap.
If your bike does not leak, had decent tires (say 50% or better):
- painters tape (5 bucks)
- zip ties (5 bucks - just in case)
- track day price depends, but if go with Ride Smart, they will surely get you set up (contact Dave directly)
- leathers (if have your own, great. If not, first time rental is free at Ride Smart)
- Boots - if have own, great. If not, first time boot rental free @Ride Smart
- Gloves - well, you gotta have something of your own here
- Helmet - ditto
- Recommend driving bike there not ride (will be tired as heck), but riding in is done many times by novice riders
- Tire gauge (50 bucks - get a good one to be accurate - very important)
- gas (20 bucks)
I think that is all. TOTAL: $80 max if gauge cheap - less than $180 in all including track day cost + all above).


Subsequent track days:

- tires (in L1, prolly once every few track days, get take offs at track, $150 split into 3...to last for 3 track days IMO...many last longer)
- leathers (can get used for $300 easy) to last all track days
- Boots (can get used $80 easy) to last all track days
- gas - 20 bucks

Nothing really else here.
Initial cost (before subsequent days): $500 that money will not have to be spent again. Chances are you have leathers/boots/gloves/helmet so this will likely be smaller amt.

TOTAL for subsequent track day: average $130 per day. if get discount, then cut 20% off that each time.


After that, you are looking at price of track day + tires every few events
Cost will increase as you get better (will want more stuff...trust me - want, as many will not NEED until much later but get things anyway).

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rent leathers
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work 1/2 day corner marshal, ride free 1/2 day

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You don't need DOT race tires and warmers for novice class. Q2, S20, BT016, PP, etc. are plenty good to start out. Unless you are plain talented and progress quickly, a set of those tires should last many TD's. The rest of the incidental cost do add up, though. TD's not cheap, but neither is motorcycling in general.
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Its worth whatever it does cost you... I don't think anyone will tell you different on that!
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Old 03-08-2013, 01:40 AM   #52
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A few?!?

more like the whole rest of the season
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I was a novice TD guy when I was in the game....I'd say on average, every trackday ran me about $300-350. This ain't a fluff number. it includes gas back/forth to the track, drinks and food, td entry fee + gas for bike + a new rear tire every 3rd td and a front every 5th or so and oil/filter change every other TD. This is without warmers and all the fancy stuff. If someone tells you they can get you on the track for near nothing....they might be right....for your first one anyhow and then the second one gets a little more expensive, by the time you really start showing some speed be prepared to take out your wallet. If I was single, I'd still be in the game and probably living paycheck to paycheck as well.
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