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Old 04-20-2007, 09:20 AM   #1
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Old 04-20-2007, 09:39 AM   #10
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From what I've been reading it seems like its a cycle most people go through, its lasts longer for some more than others. I can see how racing can get old very quickly, especially if you get serious and want too run a full season. $500+ per weekend isn't sounding fun like it used to. I guess you could do it cheaper on a MW bike and only doing the closer tracks buts its still a lot of money.

Sitting here nursing my ankle back to health has given me plenty of time to think about this hobby and how much time and money I've invested into it. I'm easily at the 4k mark since the beginning of the year, and it aint getting better. I would love to race but unless I can recoup a few dollars with contingency payouts then its not financially worth it to me. And I guess that would mean top 5 finishes in a class?

For what its worth, riding on the street scares me more than the track anyday.
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From what I've been reading it seems like its a cycle most people go through, its lasts longer for some more than others. I can see how racing can get old very quickly, especially if you get serious and want too run a full season. $500+ per weekend isn't sounding fun like it used to. I guess you could do it cheaper on a MW bike and only doing the closer tracks buts its still a lot of money.

Sitting here nursing my ankle back to health has given me plenty of time to think about this hobby and how much time and money I've invested into it. I'm easily at the 4k mark since the beginning of the year, and it aint getting better. I would love to race but unless I can recoup a few dollars with contingency payouts then its not financially worth it to me. And I guess that would mean top 5 finishes in a class?

For what its worth, riding on the street scares me more than the track anyday.
There are plenty of ways to get on the track for a fraction of the cost that some people spend but, everything is based on your budget, involvement and how hard you want to push it out there. Cut back on all the rider schools, corner work and team up with the local fast paced guys for tips and help will get that number down real quick.
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Old 04-20-2007, 09:51 AM   #13
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I know quite a few people that don't ride on the street and only do track, Tom A, Gordon (a CMRA guy), Larry Meyers ...
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There are plenty of ways to get on the track for a fraction of the cost that some people spend but, everything is based on your budget, involvement and how hard you want to push it out there. Cut back on all the rider schools, corner work and team up with the local fast paced guys for tips and help will get that number down real quick.

I agree that trackdays can be kept manageable. But racing would be a whole different story, if especially if you want to be competitive.
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I agree that trackdays can be kept manageable. But racing would be a whole different story, if especially if you want to be competitive.
Very true... I doubt if I will ever be competitive. It is just for fun. If I just make sure the back of the pack looks good then so be it. I will still be the happiest guy out there just having fun.
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Old 04-20-2007, 10:02 AM   #16
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I hear you on the race costs Andre. I ran three years as a novice, never actually won a race(close but no cigar). Being moved to expert has made me reevaluate why I race. To be competitive in the expert ranks on big bikes you need to spend WAY too much money on motor in addition to the 12-1800.00 per weekend I spent to be competitive in the novice ranks. Super stock is anything but stock these days. I have track only bikes, and for the street I have the Aprilia and a Vespa. Vespa gets the most use on the street for trips to blockbuster, dinner etc. Street riding on a big bike is just no fun until you are breaking the law.
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Old 04-20-2007, 10:15 AM   #17
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i have a track only bike as well as a streetbike......and i've been pondering about the street thang.....not because i don't want to ride the street, or because i feel it's dangerous. riding on the track is dangerous in itself as well. it's just i can't find the time to ride street, working twice as hard to feed my track needs has it's downs. i would like to get into racing later, but it would only be for fun, not to win. getting podium even in a novice race, would make everything worth it. and if i never get that fast, oh well, at least i tried.
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Old 04-20-2007, 10:26 AM   #18
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Lets say you're a track junkie and do 10 days per year:

Avg Trackday Fee: 155.00 x 10 days = $1550.00
Tires: $275.00 x 3 sets p/yr = $825.00 (more if pay for m&b)
Fuel: $10.00 (fillup) x 10 = $100.00
Oil Changes: 20.00 x 3 = $60.00 (rotella syn & mobil 1 filter)

Total = $2535 per year / 253.50 per TD

This is assuming you don't crash, no new add-ons for the bike (warmers, timers, tricked out whatever), no new gear, and no mechanical problems, and also assumes you do all your own maintenance. All these numbers were on the extreme low side.

Compared to racing this is pretty cheap. But may be pretty expensive for some folks on a budget. This is the first time I really added it up. Can anyone add to this?
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Lets say you're a track junkie and do 10 days per year:

Avg Trackday Fee: 155.00 x 10 days = $1550.00
Tires: $275.00 x 3 sets p/yr = $825.00 (more if pay for m&b)
Fuel: $10.00 (fillup) x 10 = $100.00
Oil Changes: 20.00 x 3 = $60.00 (rotella syn & mobil 1 filter)

Total = $2535 per year / 253.50 per TD

This is assuming you don't crash, no new add-ons for the bike (warmers, timers, tricked out whatever), no new gear, and no mechanical problems, and also assumes you do all your own maintenance. All these numbers were on the extreme low side.

Compared to racing this is pretty cheap. But may be pretty expensive for some folks on a budget. This is the first time I really added it up. Can anyone add to this?
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Old 04-20-2007, 10:47 AM   #20
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Dedicated track bike.

Daily commute on street bike.

It's an expensive hobby. You can look at it like this though - some people spend more than $2500 per year on Golfing, season tickets to sporting events, even boat owners can easily spend this much in a year.
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