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Feb 20th 2017, 12:33 PM   #1
 ChopperDr's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  '98 HD FXD, '19 636 track
Track bike advice

My garage is pretty empty as I just sold off my 2002 ZX6R. I don't want to ride the R1100s on the track again. I'm looking for a track bike.

A few years ago an ex racer gave me some simple advice. "Stock, think stock" I had asked him his opinion on a few bikes with extensive motor work done on them. Makes sense to me. I know the suspension needs to be dialed in for my weight.

Other than having a mechanically sound bike, what do the experts here recommend in a track bike?

Feb 20th 2017, 11:24 PM   #2
 bumblebeetuna's Avatar
  Feb 2016

Do you have goals?

Going for fun, trying to develop skill to race etc etc?

How many times do you plan to go a year?

Are you asking about a street bike to take to the track or a dedicated track only bike?

Have a budget?

The thing to ask yourself or realize "You may total this bike in turn 1 or 2 of the first session of the day" I've seen this, many a time...

That stuff aside. I'd go with any modern bike made within the last 4-5 years that has some form of rider aid(abs, traction control etc etc). It would just boil down to what I could afford or liked... Most likely a big bike though.

A used R3/Rc390 is a good move. I'd add ohlins front and rear suspension, quick shifter, brake upgrade, and yer set for track days and racing. Oh n maybe an exhaust after I crashed at least once...

Having a variety of bikes and ones you don't care about totaling is a nice option...
Feb 21st 2017, 04:16 AM   #3
 ChopperDr's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  '98 HD FXD, '19 636 track
I go to the track for fun. I would like to continue to develop skills, no racing.

I did a few days on a Ninja 250. Could be sketchy at times in group 2 riding with faster bikes.

I like riding my R1100s Boxer Cup, but I'd like to keep it off the track. The idea of having a bike that I don,t care about totaling is high on the list.

I'd like to keep the budget as low as possible to have funds frequent track days.

Feb 21st 2017, 06:10 AM   #4
 Wrench's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  West Richland, WA

What track would you frequent?

Supermoto is generally much less expensive overall compared to roadracing, and the bikes are much less prone to severe breakage when you crash.
Feb 21st 2017, 06:20 AM   #5
 ChopperDr's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  '98 HD FXD, '19 636 track
I have been to Pacific Raceway and The Ridge. Hoping to travel to more tracks in the future.

Feb 21st 2017, 10:12 AM   #6
 mgfchapin's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Bellevue, WA

  Daytona 675R
250's/300's are fun for the occasional laugh, but I agree with you - they're a little sketchy as your only track bike on our local tracks. Our straights are too long.

What's your budget? $5k would get you a nice, current generation 600 or an immaculate, fully tricked out second gen SV650. You want to look for bikes that are already track-ready. The more go-fast bits the bike already has, the fewer you'll have to buy when you get faster. The exception, as your racer friend mentioned, is the engine. You want as stock a motor as possible for reliability and low maintenance.

Don't be afraid of a salvage title or "bill of sale only" race bikes. That's pretty common. If you find the right deal out of state, don't be afraid of having a bike shipped to you either.

Not a ton of nice track bikes on C-list right now but here are some decent examples:
Feb 21st 2017, 12:40 PM   #7
 equinity's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  2018 Tuono V4 1100 (street), 2020 ZX6R (race)
That CBR is a pretty good deal.

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Feb 21st 2017, 04:00 PM   #8
 mgfchapin's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Bellevue, WA

  Daytona 675R
Originally Posted by equinity
That CBR is a pretty good deal.
Yeah, it's alright. It's just a stock bike with beat-up track bodywork, but for the price I could justify adding some rear sets and better suspension.
Feb 24th 2017, 03:06 PM   #9
 Sentinel's Avatar
  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2019 Nada

Edited by Sentinel on Feb 27th 2017 at 08:44 AM
Feb 24th 2017, 03:44 PM   #10
 KNanthrup's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Snoqualmie, WA

  '09 Honda CBR1000RR (race), '04 RSV1000R (road), '97 KTM 380EXC (Dirt & SM), '11 Street Glide CVO
A relatively modern stock Japanese bike with proper suspension is perfect. Buy one that is already dialed in for track and save yourself a ton of money. For ~$4500 give or take, you should be able to find one that checks all of the boxes.
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Feb 24th 2017, 05:05 PM   #11
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  Jan 2016
  Used to be WA

  900SS SP, 690 SMC R, XR650R, M1200S, & GSXR750
I second looking for a track ready bike! I'm positive I've saved myself a lot of mod money (because I would have modded the hell out of a stock bike) by waiting for a track ready bike to come around. I put the word out that I was looking for one and one of the mods on here actually helped me to find what I was looking for.

I got a bike with all this for $4k:

2007 GSXR 750 (w/title)
-tuned for pump or race gas
-Bazzaz fuel controller/quick shifter/traction control
-Brembo master brake cylinder
-Galfer rotors front and back
-steel brake lines
-quick throttle tube
-rear Penske 8987 triple click shock
-Ohlins steering damper
-Leo Vince full exhaust
-rear aluminum subframe
-vortex clipons and rearsets
-adjustable levers
-fast access gas tank
-frame sliders
-engine case guard
-mini lithium battery

All I had to do was re-do the springs for my weight and show up at the track. I just wish I could ride it on the streets sometimes because it's so damn fun to ride!
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Edited by paradox206 on Feb 24th 2017 at 05:07 PM
Feb 25th 2017, 03:29 AM   #12
 ChopperDr's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  '98 HD FXD, '19 636 track
Originally Posted by KNanthrup
A relatively modern stock Japanese bike with proper suspension is perfect. Buy one that is already dialed in for track and save yourself a ton of money. For ~$4500 give or take, you should be able to find one that checks all of the boxes.
That's kind of the route I'm looking to take. 2006 or newer R6 or GSXR i'm thinking.


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