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Join Date: Dec 2011
Bike: 07 gsxr 600, 06 r6, 3 f2s
Re: Track Bike Purchasing Tips?
I ditto the carb bike comment above. I own 3 cbr 600's and they do eat up time cleaning out the carbs, replacing parts ect, but i will say that it helped me learn my bike by having to take parts on and off frequently. If your that type of guy you may enjoy it. here are my tips:
If you have no budget: 5000+ ish
Go for something newer like 05+ r6 fully prepped. I would get the bells and whistles, ttx, bodywork, cartridge kit ect. just because you can.
If you have a moderate budget: 3000-5k
I would buy someones used 04-07 gsxr or r6 depending on title or not, and buy rearsets, and a bodykit (pending the old fairings arent already rashed, if they are save your money and use the stock bodywork until it explodes. I would also invest in a decent set of tires, like pures, powers corsa ect.
If your budget it limited:
Buy a carb bike, something that has millions of cheap parts lying on fleabay or wera. When you go down, you wont be out a season trying to find a new frame or forks. My cbr's in all cost about 3k for all of them and i have a 10X10 room filled with extras enough to almost build another 2 bikes if i had the wiring. I also built them from ground up so that saved me some serious money. I will add though, after 2 seasons the carbed f2's it didnt make me competitive enough to fully enjoy myself and also put me at risk of injury because i was pushing the bike way beyond its stock abilites (trailbreaking) I also was pegging the speedo with 500m left in the front straight as people with FI bikes walked past me. So i bought a 07 gsxr 600 no title for 3k.
Once you move up in skill be prepared for your budget to have to increase, with aftermarket suspension ranging from 500 used to - sometime 2k. tires from 300-600 ect.
I would advise you to buy a non titled bike (unless you want to race) as long as it does have a vin, because you can get great deals. When im looking for a bike, dealbreakers are uneven wheel alignment significant to be caused by fork frame or swingarm damage, and a blown engine. Unless the price was really good, i wouldnt touch them. So bring your string along and measure that girl up, have fun and i hope this helps
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Last edited by 50thkarl; 12-21-2011 at 06:51 PM.