A pre made bike can be an awesome deal, for the same cost you can get some amazing aftermarket parts way below what it would cost you to put it together yourself.
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+1......that is one of the bennefits of buying a track prepped bike. You can usually get a few more tid bits on the bike for less than it would cost you to do it yourself by going out and building a track bike.
Time = money
I would gladly buy someones track bike if it had all the components on it/work done I want. I have $5k in my bike just converting it to race ready. Street bikes see far more abuse (lots of idling, heat cycling, inclement weather, cold starts, etc) than race bikes. Plus race bikes are routinely inspected/teched at every event. Plus the fact that race/track bikes have to consider the 1-50 other riders that will be ontrack with them.
wouldn't most bikes that are track bikes fall into this category.....menaing, at one point, they were once street bikes that became track / race bikes? Out of the 20+ people i know who track ride and or race, only about 5 of them bought their bikes brand spankin new.....the rest have all purchased used bikes ( some street and some track ready ). My point is, every track bike is riden hard, very hard and redlined......all day long. Most guys i know who ride the street, dont go to redline as much as we do on the track.....and if they do, its not nearly as often. Seems like most riders ( track or street ) baby their bikes. If not, its pretty easy to tell when you go to purchase one. That being said, buying a used bike could be a crap shoot, i just feel that a used street bike, with low miles and that is in mint condition ( visually and mechanically ) is a safer bet than a well used track bike. I guess if the track bike has receipts to accompany the engine refreshes, rebuilds, never been down and so on would leave one at ease in terms of mechanical condition.
I guess in my eyes, if you buy a low milage, mint condition street bike and convert it.......you have a better chance of getting a "pre-beaten on" machine.