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Old 02-13-2008, 11:21 PM   #1
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Can someone give me a rundown of what I should expect to spend doing a bi-weekly or so trackday?

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Designated Track Bike-$3000


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Bi-weekly? Every other week? (just asking to clarify)

Transport vehicle fuel- depends on distance traveled
Fuel for bike- 8-10 gallons per day @ ~$3/ gal
Tires- ~$300 (depends on tire, could last 2-4 track days per set)
Trackday cost- ~$180/ per event
Food- $10/ day
Bike maintenance- oil change, suspension tuning, chains/ I change oil after every track day, suspension gets "freshened" every 6th track day, new chain/ sprockets every 8th track day, depending on sprocket wear.
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Old 02-13-2008, 11:32 PM   #3
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depends on you

you could go cheap like me, or expensive......

I bought leathers before I ever thought about track riding.
got a set used on another board for $200

Had gloves

had helmet

bought a pair of used alpine stars for $75 on ebay

Im not fast enought for race tires, and my 2CT's lasted me 4 trackdays at TWS (Texas World Speedway) and alot of street time, and STILL look good.

work for half a day, ride the other half free.

When I go to TWS (Texas World Speedway), I normally stay with a good friend at a hotel, or camp at track.


If you get down to it, track riding can be done one the cheap.
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generally, food, gas, transportation, water, water, and more water.
tires every few trackdays, depending on your riding style. a brand new set of 2cts lasted me 8 trackdays last year at msrh, but i wasn't pushing very hard on them.
basic maintenance on the bike and oil changes every trackday or at least every other trackday.
i'd take the vfr out there just to see if you like the environment before investing in a dedicated trackbike.

edit: tom and chris pretty much covered everything
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Awesome, thanks for all the info guys. That "average joe racer" thread got me scared looking at the $1000+ pricing
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Racing is a whole 'nuther animal dude. Trackdays are much more affordable. Besides, I would be surprised if you'd want to do bi-weekly track days, that's a lot of track time... but it'd be fun fo sho.
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RACING aint cheap.....infact, its not REALLY affordable to most at all.

alot of guys spend all of their money on racing, and dont have much else to show for their hard work....
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Racing is a whole 'nuther animal dude. Trackdays are much more affordable. Besides, I would be surprised if you'd want to do bi-weekly track days, that's a lot of track time... but it'd be fun fo sho.
Well if I enjoy it as much as everyone says they do I may lay off the street riding(or get another cruiser again) and stick with that to minimize risk.
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Well if I enjoy it as much as everyone says they do I may lay off the street riding(or get another cruiser again) and stick with that to minimize risk.
Come on out to one of our events and see for yourself. You're in a good spot, not too far from GSS, Angleton, OHR, or TWS (Texas World Speedway) comparatively.

I'll get you the hookup on cornerworking if you want.
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Well if I enjoy it as much as everyone says they do I may lay off the street riding(or get another cruiser again) and stick with that to minimize risk.
That's a good way of thinking, imo. I'm a noob to the track as well, but there's a reason I got a 919 instead of a pure sport bike. Street riding is what I do, and once I realized what it really comes down to (regarding street riding), I realized a more comfortable bike is where it's at.

Now that I got a small taste of what the track is like, I really want to get a dedicated track bike, then keep the 919 as a dedicated street ride. Like you, I may also want to get a cruiser, since that's even better suited for leisurely riding. Then I'll get my speed fix at the track, where it's safer than the street to do so.

I'll never give up street riding, though. I love being a motorcyclist.
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Now that I got a small taste of what the track is like, I really want to get a dedicated track bike, then keep the 919 as a dedicated street ride.
The 919 should be pretty fun on the track, but I always preach that you shouldn't use your street bike on the track if you have the means. There are lots of older track bikes out there for sale that are great for those making the first step in to track days and racing.

Dedicated track hoes is the best way to go, yo.
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I raced for 2 years, but stopped when I noticed that fun for $$ factor was too low. I stick to track days now. Costs listed are pretty much right on the money. Getting initial gear can be expensive, but after that it's not too bad.

I agree with Tom - Get a track bike, or if you have more than one, then use the cheaper one on the track.
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Bi-weekly? Every other week? (just asking to clarify)

Transport vehicle fuel- depends on distance traveled
Fuel for bike- 8-10 gallons per day @ ~$3/ gal
Tires- ~$300 (depends on tire, could last 2-4 track days per set)
Trackday cost- ~$180/ per event
Food- $10/ day
Bike maintenance- oil change, suspension tuning, chains/ I change oil after every track day, suspension gets "freshened" every 6th track day, new chain/ sprockets every 8th track day, depending on sprocket wear.

You can cut alot of costs by hooking up with someone and splitting costs of transport/fuel to and from the track.
It's nice to have a buddy at the track also incase something tragic is to happen
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You can cut alot of costs by hooking up with someone and splitting costs of transport/fuel to and from the track.
It's nice to have a buddy at the track also incase something tragic is to happen
That should be a requirement IMHO.
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Buy the best safety gear you can first.
No kidding- good advice Jason. Even before you buy your track bike, get some really good leathers, gloves, boots, helmet. You'll drop $2k on that stuff if you do it right (and you should). You might just do the rental thing first to make sure you want to even do it!
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Back Protector, Back Protector, Back Protector!
Yeah, forgot that one.

Of course, those custom Syed's have a built in back protector!
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