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Old 04-21-2007, 04:51 PM   #41
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Track and street, just love to ride whenever. The way I see it life is dangerous so why give up something you love and then get run over by some drunk while walking across the street. And what about other sports and hobbies there are built in dangers in almost everything one likes to do such as snow skiing, scuba diving etc. etc.etc. Just my o2
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Old 04-21-2007, 04:52 PM   #42
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newbie here

i would really like to taste track one of these days

but i dont think i will ever give up riding the streets
yes is dangerous. but dangers are everywere

is just me
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Old 04-21-2007, 04:54 PM   #43
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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?
3 sets of tires per year more likely than not more like per race weekend if you can use them right
fuel is 75 bucks for 5 gallons and that usually one day
oil changes depending on how hard you riding the machine
but almost after every race/ track day its about 60 per oil change
well so far that is my tab
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Old 04-21-2007, 11:46 PM   #44
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i like to live on the edge, life is too short to not enyjoy every moment. if we are going to die then we are going to die. i feel has our paths chosen for us. just riding on the streets seems to be jsut as dangerous as the track in houston. i am just getting started with the track addiction and i have done 3 trackdays this year and spent close to 6000 so far. i am more then willing to give up some things to have one days fun at the track.
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Old 04-22-2007, 01:50 AM   #45
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After taping up and untaping my R1 countless times
I realized a track bike was in my not too distant future.
Since I discovered track days riding on the street was
like showering with a raincoat. I rarely rode between
track days so I bought the Beasley Express and the rest
is history. I don't know about everyone else but a track day
is the 2nd best method of stress relief there is. The drive home
from a track day is great. I'm mentally and physically tired and
every ounce of stress is gone.
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sometimes it make you wonder why we take the risk to ride on the street, when there are so many more dangers with riding on the street vs the track....
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Old 04-22-2007, 09:27 PM   #47
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I hear you Rob. I took a street ride today for the first time in about 6 months. It was fun (fun guys to ride with also help). But it is dangerous. Very little is controlled when you ride on the street. At least at the track your main factors of concern are basically yourself doing something stupid and someone around you doing something stupid and you can't avoid them. On the street, there are many more factors (like the turtle in the road we went past today).

Both are fun. Both are rewarding. If you're smart, they both can be relatively safe. Both are still dangerous. Everyone just has to choose what they are comfortable with or what they enjoy doing more. For me personally, I enjoy pushing myself on the track more than I enjoy dodging turtles, cars, debris, etc on the street. That's why I decided to make my bike track only. To each his own.
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You dodged a turtle today to, lol same here.....as far as riding within my limits I can do its just the other dumba$$ that stop in the middle of the road for no reason or pull out right infront of you that getting just a little to old.. I very much enjoy riding in group rides on the weekends, meeting new people eating good food, but always wondering where did that cop come from or why the are they driving that tractor in the middle of the road or grandpa did you not see me.
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I've been racing almost 28 years off and on, retired a few years back.
I've also always ridden on the street.
the street CAN be fun, you just have to approach it with a diffferent mindset.

These days I ride well within my limits, don't use my brakes much, and carry alot of corner speed. The rush from pure acceleration still tempts me sometimes, but the risk vs reward outweighs it nowadays.

The best of both worlds is to have a track bike and a street bike.
You can ride the track bike and explore your limits on the track, where the risks are more controlled, and that experience can help you become a more disciplined street rider and ride fun yet reasonably sane / safe.
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You dodged a turtle today to, lol same here.....as far as riding within my limits I can do its just the other dumba$$ that stop in the middle of the road for no reason or pull out right infront of you that getting just a little to old.. I very much enjoy riding in group rides on the weekends, meeting new people eating good food, but always wondering where did that cop come from or why the are they driving that tractor in the middle of the road or grandpa did you not see me.
Keep in mind, on the steet we SHARE the road with others. People heading to church, dinner, work etc.
They're not wired on adrenaline and anticipating a bike coming at them at a buck twenty in a 40 mph zone. Ride not just within your limits, but the limits of the road you are on as well.
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Keep in mind, on the steet we SHARE the road with others. People heading to church, dinner, work etc.
They're not wired on adrenaline and anticipating a bike coming at them at a buck twenty in a 40 mph zone. Ride not just within your limits, but the limits of the road you are on as well.

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