Sup guys, I'm sure this topic has been covered at some point but I want my own thread and don't feel like necro'ing the archives.
So I've started giving some serious thought to picking up a dedicated track bike. I don't have the funds yet but I'm window shopping. I'd appreciate any advice you track whores have to offer (
maybe calling you whores isn't the best way to get advice).
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Initially I wanted to pick up a modern 600 because it's what I'm accustomed to both on the street and my very limited track experience. This would also be the justification I need to replace my RR with a more comfortable machine for commuting/touring. But I'll try not to digress here.
I started looking at used track bikes. All the ads that matched my criteria were out of my budget (basically not a whole lot cheaper than buying their street legal counterparts). I could look at much older bikes to save some money but don't want to deal with the potential problems of an older bike.
So... I started considering smaller
bikes instead. At first, I thought it might not be as satisfying. After all, part of the reason I want to hit the track is to feel the rush. But the more I think about it the more I feel it's the right way to go. Here's my rationale...
a) Being a track day noob, a smaller bike will be more conducive to learning proper technique
b) A smaller bike will allow me to progressively explore the [my] limits of speed/traction in the corners without overwhelming myself
c) It's cheap. The bike is cheap. Parts are cheap. Tires are cheap. Gas is cheap. Cheap, cheap, cheap
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If a fantastic deal on a 600 track bike falls in my lap I will probably jump on it. Otherwise, I'm currently leaning toward a 250 or similar displacement.
Questions that come to mind now are:
- Tires. Is it wise to size up from the skinnies to something somewhat less skinny? Or will the OE dimensions give me plenty of room to lean into?
- Brakes. Immediate upgrade recommended or stockers ok for now?
That's all. I really just felt like chatting about it because I'm bored at work. Would love to hear your experiences if you track a smaller machine!