I would personally wait till you find a decent track bike...
I could have bought a 2005 Yamaha R6, was a full track bike with a built motor.. Would have cost me $3000. I didnt step up and buy it sadly.
Any of the 600s will be pretty good bikes. I have heard tons of praise for the 05 R6 from many people.
it's an 03 600rr, race bodywork, gearing suitable for our track, all safety wired etc as needed for local regulations. he's asking $1900, there's tonnes of guaranteed motors on ebay for < $1k shipped, and i'd be doing the work myself.
SOO tempting, but i think i've pretty much decided. i still have money to put towards safety(have a new snell 2010 helmet as required this year, one piece leathers, leather gauntlet style gloves already), i still need boots, back protector(what are you guys using/would recommend by the way?) i'm pretty interested in the A*'s track vest, and i shoulddddd probably get new tires, in the name of safety of course
, looking at the dunlop sportmax Q2's.
plus i still owe about $15k on my truck
, open loan so would like to pay that off early to avoid paying all of the interest! hey! just thought why not look at it like this!- the money i'll save on not paying all of the interest will be nearly the cost of a track bike!
I'm a big fan of racing what you ride, especially when you're learning.
With the cost and availablity of track time it's an advantage if you are completely familiar with the bike so you can just concentrate on the riding. My racebikes always remained registered and I rode them on the road between races.
Depending on how you're riding I wouldn't consider the track being any greater risk of crashing than you already have on the road. And on the track, the damage is likely to be considerably less as well.
Of course, on the road the bike may be covered by insurance if you have it.
Some basic precautions like non-folding footpegs, crash knobs on the engine mounts and axles, heavy-duty stator cover, short levers and removing anything that isn't required can significantly reduce the costs of crashing.
i can't see there being a huge difference in feel between a 02 954rr and a 03 600rr, but two of the exact same bikes could even feel different so you never know
depending on how i'm riding? as in slow on the track, or fast on the street? i'm very conservative on the street, it's a very love-hate thing for me. i love riding, hate public roads, other drivers, and hate getting in trouble
. that's part of why i'm considering this, i was honestly thinking about getting a trackbike and possibly even getting rid of my streetbike. not to mention insurance is >$2k for ~6 months on our crappy roads!
i think i'm pretty decided on just riding my bike until i see how into roadracing i get and can then buy a race bike if i want to down the road when i'm more comfortable financially.
as far as precautions, i plan on swapping to my spare beat up bodywork and removing all lights in the process for track weekends. i bought the bike with aluminum frame sliders but am going to order some delrin material sliders.
i have some decently sized swingarm spools/sliders, would you recommend getting axle sliders as well?
do you mean to say solid footpegs > folding as far as minimizing crash damage? i would have thought they'd tend to grab more than slide and potentially cause more damage by flipping/tumbling the bike? remember i plan on running different bodywork that i wouldn't care too much if they got rashed. the nose and tail i got with the bike, the sides i got for like $80 shipped i think with all tabs intact!
stator cover seem to be a big one! but i am unable to find any aftermarket covers with a slider plate which i'd like(like the woodcraft covers). do the 954 and 929 run the same stator cover? what are you running?
as far as levers, my bike already has aftermarket clip on so the bar could easily be replaced, and i have standard levers and would have no problem with them getting broken. (excuse to get shortys!
i am probably going to pick up a track capable street tire as my rear is getting pretty worn, as mentioned above i'm looking at the dunlop sportmax Q2's. would you recommend just running street tires until i start dropping my lap times? or should i pick up a spare set of rims to mount some track DOT's like the dunlop 209's or 211's?
as far as modifications go, would you recommend gearing down my bike at all? or would the additional torque to the ground hinder more than help a new rider on a big bike? the track is a pretty slow, techical track.
thanks for the input guys, this kept me up all night(literally