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I'd really love to go and do a track day sometime. But I hear you can easily spend close to $1k in just that one day. Fees, tires, swag, trailer, etc..

Anyone got advice on how much I'd need to save up for one of these?
 

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I'd really love to go and do a track day sometime. But I hear you can easily spend close to $1k in just that one day. Fees, tires, swag, trailer, etc..

Anyone got advice on how much I'd need to save up for one of these?
Here is the deal - track days can be very affordable or they can become somewhat expensive.


For an occasional track day - you really don't need to do a lot. You can usually remove your mirrors, license plate bracket - tape up the lights and be good to go at many track day events. So that cost you nothing.


Many 1 day events cost around $150.00 to $200.00. If you have good tires and trust me you want good tires going to the track - if they are not good you will not pass tech inspection and you will not get a refund.


The R3 is really easy on tires and unless you are riding in the advanced group you will come away from a track day with plenty of life left in your tires.


You will need good gear - must have a full face helmet - depending on the organization you may need 1 piece racing suit with a back protector. Other orgs may let you ride with a 2 piece suit but typically it must zip together.


You want good gauntlet gloves - good riding boots.


Everything else is stuff you want for making the day that much better. Many times I've been at the track and a new rider shows up he/she rode their bike their so they basically have nothing with them. I invite them to pit with me and kind of introduce them into the track day world if you will.


Now on the other hand if you really like track days - get ready to spend some money - next thing you know you will be spending all kinds of money on your bike up to getting a track only bike. Then comes trailers, equipment and more gear.


I do about 30 track days a year and if I include my travel and lodging when I don't stay in my trailer it can get in the range of $1,000.00 a day. But that is factoring in everything from all the tires and parts and bikes. Last year I spent just under $5K on tires - my S1000RR went through 9 sets of Superbike Pirelli's.
 

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Depends...

Do you already have full leathers (or at least a jacket and pants that zip together)?
Do you already have over the ankle boots?
Do you already have gauntlet style gloves?
Do you have a truck or access to one?

Standard everyday costs:
Trackday $100-$400 per day depending on the race track. I forget what COTA goes for but we have a day at Laguna Seca this year and its $350.
Gate entrance / Parking $10-$20
Gas to get to the race track as well as a 5 gallon jug of gas for your bike (assuming you have a full tank in your bike)
Breakfast / Lunch for yourself
Water / Beverages for yourself

If you've never been to the race track before I just recommend having tires that don't have a **** ton of commuter miles on them. You don't want a tire thats flat in the middle. Other than that... any street tire will due for your very first trackday.

Once the addiction sets in and you start picking up the pace you'll start buying all sorts of random ****... My current list includes...

14 Tacoma daily driver
2 ramps (one to walk on, one for the bike)
Front / Rear Stands
2 Gas Jugs (i'm out there for 3 days)
Generator
Toolbox
Bicycle Pump
2 Folding Chairs
Cooler with Water/Beer
Random snacks
Box o random shite (battery tender, chain lube, towels, sprockets, chain, etc. etc.)
Tire warmers
Sleeping bag
Cot

Hmm...
 

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Assuming you're not buying anything extra (gear, tires, etc) a trackday here in PH can cost as cheap as $60/day. That includes track fee ($20-$30), gas(~$20), toll way fees (~$12), and food. Mind you that we sometimes ride all the way to the track which is around 120kms. :)

But yeah, once you start adding in extras like a truck, trailer, bike upgrades.. it can get costly pretty fast. :D
 

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For the first time track day rider - I would really concentrate on making sure my bike is in proper working condition. This should not be too hard - because it should be there already. Certainly have new or almost new tires - purchase a good sport tire - don't get race tires.

As far as gear is concerned if you don't have something - check on the local forums for the track organization - many riders will let you borrow what you need or the track org has gear for rent.

Check with the organizer in regard to what is available for drinks and food - if they have all that - and you are riding there - don't bother bringing anything.

Bring the tools you need to remove mirrors and license plate bracket - bring a roll of painters tape to cover all lights.

Again even if you show up without this stuff almost always someone will lend you a hand.

We never want to think about this - but it can become extremely important. Make sure you write up an emergency contact list - also list your full name - address any medical conditions - then hand it over to the person pitted next to you.

And in the unfortunate event you crash and the bike can't be ridden home - always better to have that contingency plan in place as well.

I know these items are really a mood breaker - but way better to have a plan in place in case - hope we never need to use it - but I've seen times when no one knows who the heck the rider is.
 

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Go watch one first if you have the chance.
Even volunteer as a flaggie.
Dont over think it,
But ask questions of those you meet,
You never know who will go out of their way to help.
 

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We never want to think about this - but it can become extremely important. Make sure you write up an emergency contact list - also list your full name - address any medical conditions - then hand it over to the person pitted next to you.
We always ask at the riders meeting if you're at the track by yourself. If you are, we take additional information from you so we know what to do with your stuff "just in case"
 

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Thanks for all the replies guys. Looks like I may have to move this down on my to-do list. I think I'll stick with going to an IRC first, and waiting until I can afford another bike lol. Since this is my daily driver, I can't risk anything happening to it. I really don't want to be forced back into a cage and a 1.5-2 hour commute. Plus, I can see myself going crazy on mods, so better for me to just wait.

So far all I've got as far as gear is some A* SP-2 gloves and A* Faster shoes (which I'm not sure qualify as "over the ankle"). I've got leather pants but it doesn't zip to my jacket, which is mesh. So gear alone is prolly gonna cost me $500-800 for just the jacket/pants/one-piece, then another $200 for proper boots. Yeah, TD just isn't in the budget right now. Really appreciate all the input. Maybe in a year or two I'll be able to go to one.
 

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Thanks for all the replies guys. Looks like I may have to move this down on my to-do list. I think I'll stick with going to an IRC first, and waiting until I can afford another bike lol. Since this is my daily driver, I can't risk anything happening to it. I really don't want to be forced back into a cage and a 1.5-2 hour commute. Plus, I can see myself going crazy on mods, so better for me to just wait.

So far all I've got as far as gear is some A* SP-2 gloves and A* Faster shoes (which I'm not sure qualify as "over the ankle"). I've got leather pants but it doesn't zip to my jacket, which is mesh. So gear alone is prolly gonna cost me $500-800 for just the jacket/pants/one-piece, then another $200 for proper boots. Yeah, TD just isn't in the budget right now. Really appreciate all the input. Maybe in a year or two I'll be able to go to one.
I can't say that you will not have an accident at the track - but I will say as a beginner and you use your head - the likelihood of you crashing is very low. Heck I think you are at more risk of having an accident on your commute than at the track.


Again don't get caught up about the gear - check with the org you are considering - they may rent the gear.


What would really work for you - as stated already - go spend an afternoon at the track observing - talk to riders - trust me most will be happy to talk with you. You may be surprised someone will invite you to pit with them next time out and just may have gear for you to borrow.


Heck I keep a complete extra set of everything in my trailer as far as gear goes - many riders do - the one thing I don't want stopping my day is a gear issue - from a glove problem to race suit problem. Actually I have more problems with boots than anything.
 

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Thanks, it's not just the risk of crashing that makes me want to postpone a TD. It's more of a budget-based decision. My bike is due for a brake fluid change, so I want to upgrade the lines/pads since I'll have to do anyway. And then I want to save up for a new rear shock, take the IRC class, get some better gear (not just for track days). It's for sure still on my radar, but I just have other priorities. I'm sure it'll be fun as **** once I do go, but there's other things that I feel I would get more use out of.

If anything, I may do as you said and just visit a track and observe. I'm always open to any opportunity to learn how to become a better rider. Are people allowed entry without actually riding the track?
 

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Thanks, it's not just the risk of crashing that makes me want to postpone a TD. It's more of a budget-based decision. My bike is due for a brake fluid change, so I want to upgrade the lines/pads since I'll have to do anyway. And then I want to save up for a new rear shock, take the IRC class, get some better gear (not just for track days). It's for sure still on my radar, but I just have other priorities. I'm sure it'll be fun as **** once I do go, but there's other things that I feel I would get more use out of.

If anything, I may do as you said and just visit a track and observe. I'm always open to any opportunity to learn how to become a better rider. Are people allowed entry without actually riding the track?
It depends on the org, but I watched a trackday before riding at one.

Everything varies by org. Some require leather, some will allow textile (if it zips together at least) in the Novice groups. Just shoot the org and email if you can't find the info on their website.
Also, I got my leathers, track boots, and gloves second hand from folks in a state riders group. Alpinestars race suit, Sidi boots, and Joe rocket gloves altogether ran $280ish. Not in minty condition or anything, but still meet safety spec and got me riding way sooner than I would have otherwise. Same folks help with parking at the track, tips, food, mount tires, whatever. I even had someone pick me and my bike up for my first one since he had room on his trailer. So see if there's a local type group out there for your area, you might be surprised what you can buy/borrow!
Cortech has good suits if you want new, I think the Latigo is around $700.
If you can tow a trailer, Uhaul rents motorcycle trailers for about $15 a day. (US, not sure where you are)

So sure, it ain't the cheapest, but you might be able to make it way cheaper if you look for it.
 

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My first track day cost me about $100. I believe I paid $75 for leather suit rental, and $25 for trailer rental. Track day itself was free.

Since then I've spent probably around $30,000 though....that's how they get you man. Great marketing! I wonder if drug dealers do the same. "Here, first bag of coke is on me"....if they don't, they're definitely losing on some potential customers lol
 

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My first track day cost me about $100. I believe I paid $75 for leather suit rental, and $25 for trailer rental. Track day itself was free.

Since then I've spent probably around $30,000 though....that's how they get you man. Great marketing! I wonder if drug dealers do the same. "Here, first bag of coke is on me"....if they don't, they're definitely losing on some potential customers lol
There's the answer I was looking for lol. Man I really want to go, but I know I will get addicted...
 

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There's the answer I was looking for lol. Man I really want to go, but I know I will get addicted...
Keep in mind that's over the course of like 6 years though. I did not count cost of the 3 bikes I've bought and sold since then because I sold them for about as much as I paid for them. Probably should count the cost of my current R3 though. There are people that do much more though. A friend of mine spend like $6000 in a weekend at Daytona (including travel of course).

The point is you can spend about as much as you want. I've ran into several guys who were doing track days while in college, working a low-paying part-time job. So it is definitely possible to do it on a low budget. Sure you won't be at the track every weekend, but you should still be able to do at least a few in a year, which is much better than none in my opinion. Don't be afraid to use your daily rider. Just don't do anything stupid. You don't need a dedicated track bike to do a few track days. Most of us started on our one and only street bikes. You say you don't want to risk anything happening to it, but yet you're commuting an hour each way or something like that, every day?? You're taking WAY more risk doing that than riding on the track.
 

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That's true. It really comes down to money though. I just need to find a better-paying job. I'll go polish up my resume now. You know of any biotech companies in the Bay Area that need an automation engineer? Haha.

EDIT: added a word
 

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You spoke of buying brake lines ($125au for both in HEL and only needed if you want to get rid of abs), pads ($100), and a Shock ($60au for a Ninja 650)
^There is your first track day with coaching, gear hire and transport right there all paid for.
 

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I actually just want to upgrade the front, since the rear is fine for me. So it'd be ~$140-160 for SS line and vesrah pads. The 650 shock is tempting, but I'd prefer something with adjustable rebound. I've been getting by with just shifting my weight to the balls of my feet when I go over bumps, but that only helps so much. There's just too many things I want to do with this bike.

I tend to change my mind a lot, so who knows, I may end up going to a TD sooner than later.
 
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