I would like to ask some of you AMA Supersport ( the 600cc class ) racers some questions. First of all I am going to get a bike and start getting involved in the AMA. I am 19 years old and weigh 140lbs. However, my big question is this; Should I buy a bike with very low miles that is a few years old, a bike that is already a race bike that is still in decent condition, or should I go for brand new off the showroom floor? I want a bike that will allow me to be not too far behind everyone as far as technology goes. Oh and yes I want a Honda (: Any info will be greatly appreciated!
If you want to start racing (off the top of my head):
*By a used race bike. You will save a lot of time and money over building the bike yourself. When you get to the point where you are fast enough to try pro or semi pro racing then consider upgrading to building your own bike.
*Enter a series where you can afford the budget. Don't try to start out in AMA, you'll just be wasting your time. Do some club racing where you can afford the travel, fuel, entry and tire bills and work on winning there. You might want to try one of the 250cc series or SV650 cup to start out.
*Get professional instruction. Do California Superbike School, Freddie Spencer's School, and/or Kevin Schwantz's school. You may also want to try American Supercamp. Do not spend money on upgrading the bike until you've spent money on upgrading your skills. When you are at the point where you are getting close to everything you can out of the bike, then upgrade the performance of the bike.
*Track time, track time, track time. Get as much experience racing as possible and if that's not enough do some track days.
*Before you do an AMA pro race make sure you can post competitive lap times at the same track you intend to race. No point in spending the time, energy, and money to do an AMA pro race only to find that you can't make the qualifying cutoff or that you'll be racing for last place.