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Oct 08

Posts: 13

gavinwalsh says:

Buy a track bike or rent a track bike?

Hi all,

Posted this in the trackday section, but I wasn't getting any response...

I've just got back from doing a track day at Cadwell Park.  I took my FZ6 up there and had a blast.  I even managed to get my knee down for the first time, so I was well chuffed.

Anyway, I wanted to get your advice.  I like the idea of getting a track bike, obviously just for track use but I wanted to know about costs and whether it would be worth it in the long run?  I've seen track bikes go on ebay from £2000 upwards and some of them don't look half bad.  But I'm not the most gifted when it comes to the mechanical side of things, is there a lot of work that goes into maintaining a track bike? I know you have to change the oil, air filters and tyres - could this be done at the local dealers or will I get robbed everytime?

On the other hand, would it be easier for me just to rent a bike each time and not have to worry about tyres, oil, etc?

I don't imagine I'll be doing a massive amount of track days over the next few years, maybe 3-4 a year before my missus wants to have a kid!

Any advice would be great!



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David Haydock


Dec 02

Posts: 463

Track Bike

Plenty to choose from on this link.

Go for something that has as standard an engine as possible, that way with only 3 or 4 track days a year you will have sod all maintenance to do.  And don't forget it is suspension set up and your ability that makes you go fast, NOT bhp.

Don't overlook the lesser powered bikes such as 400s and MiniTwins (SV650s) because they are likely to have well set up suspension which means you will learn more, go around corners quickly, and embarrass the litre boys:tongue:

David love the whole race scene and it is a great environment for them.  My daughter grew up around the race paddocks and loves her weekends with her 'race' buddies.

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Oct 08

Posts: 13

gavinwalsh says:


Congrats Lucas, hope you're looking forward to all those sleepless nights! :wacko:

Cheers for all the advice fellas!  I'll keep looking and letting know what I get.




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