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Old 07-10-2014, 07:27 AM   #1
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Question for Track riders

So been out of riding for about 2 years now - itching to get back in.

Would like to really get in to tracks... even if its just a few times a year.
I know I wont be doing much street riding. But i am not sure if i want to completely take that option off the table in case I feel like going out for a ride.

So here is the question.

Should I get a regular bike and with lights and all - and tape them up for the track days. I have seen people post pictures of them on a track with blue tapes on their headlights and all. That is allowed right? should have no problems doing as many track days as i want?

That way - if i want to go out on a street ride - i can just take the tape off and be street ready in no time?

What do you think?

Or do i need to get a bike set for tracks with the fairings and everything?


Another reason I ask this is because - There are guys selling track bikes with no titles that are a lot cheaper ... so that would help. If i get a regular bike to tape - then i have to pay more, buy insurance and all that as well.

Opinions?
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Old 07-10-2014, 07:54 AM   #2
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But i am not sure if i want to completely take that option off the table in case I feel like going out for a ride.
It comes down to that ^^^^^, how badly you want to go out for a street ride, and do so legally.

Like you said, If you get a track only bike, you're kinda stuck only doing track riding, with a street bike you can do either, yeah, you'll pay insurance, but when I was looking I was able to configure a plan through progressive that was $300/year which is nominal compared to what you'll be spending to ride track. (full disclosure: I've never ridden track, but this is my understanding after talking to several riders.)

If you start with a street bike, you can slowly convert it to track if you decide you want to go exclusively that route, and if you wanted, still have the parts to make it street legal should you want to ride street (or sell as street legal bike). I imagine the flip side, converting track bike with no title into a street ride, not so easy.

Also, I take it you haven't done track yet, maybe before you buy a straight up track bike you put in a track day or two, you may find that it's not for you. And in that case, you're obviously better off with a street bike.

Decisions, decisions.. best of luck, and welcome back to the scene.
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Old 07-10-2014, 08:14 AM   #3
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Youre right, but just remember crashing a street bike can be more expensive. But you should be fine with just a street bike
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Old 07-10-2014, 08:16 AM   #4
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You don't want a motorcycle that just sits for 360 days out of the year then gets pushed hard the other 5 days either.

I generally say, to try out a few track days you're ok using your street bike. But if you get into it and start pushing you eventually WILL crash so the question is, "Are you ok with trashing your street bike?" Now, I've seen then get trashed the first time out (sheepishly raises hand...) but I probably still wouldn't go straight to a dedicated track bike without testing the waters first.
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If you are 100% sure you will never want to ride on the street, get a 'track bike'.

If you think you might want to street it, get a street legal bike. You can pull fuses and tape lights for track days.

If you want the best of both worlds, you can:
a. get track fairings and swap them out on your streetable bike. Better to rash up your track fairings.
b. buy two bikes
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If you want to ride the street at all you will be better off with a street bike. All it takes to get it track ready is tape up any plastic lenses and remove the mirrors. If it is in good working order then that's all you really need. Changing out for better brake fluid and pads won't be a bad idea either.

The reasons for a track specific bike is you can modify it for performance with no sacrifices for comfort or street riding. You also don't have to keep taping up lights or changing things around.

It sounds like you would be better off with a street bike, you can ride street and give track days a try without getting a track only bike.

Go to ridesmart.info or ridefastline.com to look at bike and rider requirements. Both companies offer great beginner classes and are very helpful with everything. If you're still unsure then just head to a track day as a Spector and see what's up.
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Old 07-10-2014, 08:34 AM   #7
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excellent advice you guys - Appreciate you all.

Got a gentleman who just messaged me about a bike with a conversion kit - gonna check that out.

Just to update -
I have no track days experience - but have ridden on a streets for 3-4 years (collectively).

Thanks again.
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Old 07-10-2014, 08:37 AM   #8
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decisions decisions

I havent ridden the street in 2 yrs , scares the out of me because I cant control myself when I get the throttle in my hand
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Old 07-10-2014, 08:54 AM   #9
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I'd suggest taping your bike up, and checking out a beginner level/street goup at one of the track day vendors.

Fastline, Lone Star Track Days, or Ridesmart.

They all offer their own take on what they offer. Some are cheaper options, some are more quality oriented.

See if you like being in the track.

If so, it's your call on what to do based on your comfort level.

Crashing a fairly new, modern 10K retail bike will result in possibly thousands in repairs.

If you think you'll like and your new to it, I highly recommend a "starter" track day bike. I would also make sure you get a title. Just my experience, but it is easier to sell a bike with a title versus one without it.

You can get a decent, older track day bike for around 2K, less if you are ok with smaller displacement.

My take is get a cheap, somewhat sorted bike and focus on getting comfortable on the track and work on basics. When you get a bit quicker, you can sell the starter bike and work your way up.
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^^ understood... that sounds like a great plan.
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just take it to the track
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^^ understood... that sounds like a great plan.
If you need help getting to the track there are plenty who will help trailer your bike. If I am going to a track day or race I always try to find someone to fill the other spot in the trailer. No sense in leaving it empty when someone could use it.
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My bike is street Purdy and track ready in less than 5 minutes. It can be done.

But yes wrecking it would cost me much more than a dedicated track bike.
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I havent ridden the street in 2 yrs , scares the out of me because I cant control myself when I get the throttle in my hand
Kirk and I have been getting the band back together. You should come ride.
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Get a street legal supermoto. Best of both worlds. They look better after you throw them down a few times.
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Just go track man it's so much safer without people on cell phones. Plus, once i went track, i just lost interest in the street.
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Here is what I do.

Track only bike that is also registered for the street. I keep full coverage on it as well.

When time to ride, I have quick connect led tail/stop light. I mount a fog light on front for visibility at night.

Done. Leave the horn on if you want to pass inspection. Or you can buy a squeeze horn (not you) and mount that.
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A possible option.

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