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i've been riding for a year and a half and i want to get a track bike. any tips on where to find a salvage bike (i.e. websites, auctions, or forums) that i can rebuild for track use. thanks guys
 

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have you done any trackdays....

before you go buying all the toys, try them out. doing trackdays are ALOT cheaper than racing.

but before you go jumping off the edge, just try out a couple local trackdays with your bike now, see if they are for you and if you can financially support it.
 

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WERA board is where I got my bike. If you want a salvage bike so you can put it together yourself, try ebay. But if youre gonna buy a salvaged bike and spend $3000-$4000 on one, and then spend up to $2000 in repairs and race parts, just get a used bike allready prepped.
 

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hey guys, thanks for the input! i'm really excited to build a bike...probably a little more than actually hittin the track right now. so, i'm kinda lookin to spend about $2500 on somethin that has been down/salvage or something... just to get started. I've been checkin out e-bay, but i was really surprised to see how many stupid people will pay a ton of money for crap.
 

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This is a great time of the year to be buying an older '01-03' race bike (i would suggest the racing websites normally have classifieds)
With all the new models coming out now there is a great devaluation on a bike after only a couple of years racing.

Buying Raced is WAY better than wrecked. You never know what is bent inside a bike thats been down. If it has been raced it is likely to have been fasticiously maintained by a guy trying to squease every last tenth out (and you get some really cool bits and pieces that you normally cant affoard).

Prices are similar between wreck and race as there seems (in my opinion) to be a stigma attached to raced bikes however i change my oil every 2 hours, Rings every 6 and pistons every 12. If you buy a wreck, you are buying an unknown.

If buying a race bike check for things like loose bolts around engine casings as usually the soft alloy gets stripped out with all the "on-offing" of the cases (They can be fixed with a helicoil pretty easily) and look for attention to detail for brackets that have been made etc. Generally good clean bracket work seems to be a sign of a well prepaired and maintained bike (so i have found)

Good luck and don't listen to anyone who tells you not to race. It is easier to dust sand off your leathers after a fall then it is to remove you off the back of a truck.
 

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I agree. Get a race bike. You'll get one at a good price all ready for the track, and you won't have to worry about what the bike has ACTUALLY been through. Plus with a race bike, you'll more than likely get a butt-load of goodies like suspentions, and other mods. I would definently start with some trackdays. Hit is hard this coming season, and race in 2008. I'm racing for the the first time this coming season... I am going to get slaughtered! I just don't want to ruin anyone elses race.
 

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I agree. Get a race bike. You'll get one at a good price all ready for the track, and you won't have to worry about what the bike has ACTUALLY been through. Plus with a race bike, you'll more than likely get a butt-load of goodies like suspentions, and other mods. I would definently start with some trackdays. Hit is hard this coming season, and race in 2008. I'm racing for the the first time this coming season... I am going to get slaughtered! I just don't want to ruin anyone elses race.
Ah Nicky, my buddy, my friend..... you are going to do so damn good... I have faith in you :thumb:
 

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:plus1: on buying a race bike with all the goodies. Much cheaper than buying all the parts new or separately.

Then if you want, take it all apart this winter, make sure it is the way you want it and put it all back together. This way you get to build a bike and get everything you need. :thumb:
 

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How many race bikes you know of that have not been down? I think to find a race bike that has not been down at least once is going to be difficult. I bought a used race bike in August. Although I have had to put money into it, it was a good decision and will save me money in the long run. Don't buy the first thing that comes your way, if you are patient you will find something amazing. Traumattic on this site sold his 2003 CBR600RR race bike for $4300 a couple of weeks ago. It had less than 4500 miles, Ohlins shock, DK forks, lines, pads, rearsets, full system, PCIIIUSB w/ custom map, clip-ons, quick shifter, ignition advancer, etc...A steal to say the least.
 

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hey thanks guys. i picked up a 2004 cbr 600rr that is already track ready. i'm stoked, because it has low miles and it's got a ton of good stuff on it. :thumb:
 

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Congratulations, I'm sure you'll be very happy with it. Just be sure to go through all of the suspension settings to make sure they are right for your weight.
 

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the suspension is stock so i'll have to look into what to set it at for my weight (~165-170). any suggestions would be great.
 

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i was looking at a track bike hard, and was intending on getting it from a fello org member, but the track is 3 hours away, and i dont have the funds to support the habit, so i guess i will settle for taking my baby to the track and getting some track time that way.
 
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