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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 11-17-2004, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
 
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Track Days for the budget minded...

If you wouldn't mind, how much do you track guys usually spend on a typical track event?

(poor college student looking to have some fun this summer... )
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Anywhere between $75 and $165 for a track day.

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On average per day...$200 all inclusive.

If you make a weekend out of it, two maybe three days, it will obviously cost more but the price per lap goes down.

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What they quoted is the rock bottom of what you'll pay for doing a track day, and I view 200 as a rock bottom price. If you have never done one, it will be at least twice that. Have a brain fart during the day, it can get quite expensive.

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avg track day fee $160. Gas $50(includes gas for tow vehicle) food and water $25
so id say close to $250, 400 for a weekend

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What Jim said. It also depends on the track. A weekend at Blackhawk is a lot cheaper than a weekend at Barber (OOH I can't wait until March... assuming NESBA will have another one).

Typical BHF weekend:
Trackday: $330 (for two days)
Fuel: $40 for the truck
$10 for the bike
Food/water/gatorade: $20 for two days for two people (my umbrella girl comes along)

Total: $400 That's assuming you don't need tires, oil change, new brake pads, or anything else. Also, that's with me sleeping in my tent at the track.

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I tried to convince myself, another poor college student, I could afford to do a couple trackdays this year. Honestly, don't even bother, wait until you can afford to wreck. There is no such thing as a budget-oriented track day.
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not to mention race fuel at 50.00 for a 5 gallon can, running slicks which are more costly, the list goes on an on spending THOUSANDS!


but to simple term it up, you can start off like we all did, slap some tape on your bike, and have some decent tires, and join nesba for a FREE INTRO 2 sessions, and have cash on hand if you want to do the rest of the day, as your skills increase so WILL the need to increase everything else with your bike, and access toys of the trade.

so be ready, track day/ racing isnt cheap.



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How does one become a member of Nesba? I wanna hit the track next year, maybe 3-4 times, doesn't matter what track. I'm sick of the off ramps.

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Thanks. Ok, now that i am signed up, what do i do next? (I'm at work and it's hard to read everything) Thanks

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Thanks. What about that free tracktime for the new guys? Do we get to pick and choose what track?

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WELL if your a member now "signed up and paid your membership due"

pick a track you wanna go to around the USA and go have some fun.

ALSO too hopfully they resign with us next year and I can raffle off a free track day per event they have in the midwest, to new and old nesba members like we did this year.



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WELL if your a member now "signed up and paid your membership due"

pick a track you wanna go to around the USA and go have some fun.

ALSO too hopfully they resign with us next year and I can raffle off a free track day per event they have in the midwest, to new and old nesba members like we did this year.
I'm not a full/paid member yet, first what i have to figure out to see if it is worth it.

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then sign up, and then register for an any event you want to go to and pick the intro session.



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Keep in mind that the Intro deal is for TWO sessions. You will be sick when your second session is done and everyone else is just warming up. Take you checkbook just in case you get the bug and want the full day. Take it from someone whose been there, you get hooked real quick!
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Sigh... anyway thanks for the contributions so far. This is the kind of wake-up slap in the face that I needed.
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If you include tracktime, gas, tires, travel costs...it's aveages around $300-400 for regional tracks. over $500 if you add an overnight stay for a further destination.
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I've said it before, I'll say it again...."Mainlining heroin is cheaper than track days" and I wish I was joking!

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I would say around $200 plus tires if you need them.
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How much are race practice days in CCS at Blackhawk, Gingerman and Grattan. When I got into track riding I join a race organization and focused on practice days and only ran a race or 2 on the weekend. Practice days were $40-$60. Then race entry was like $50.

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$75 or $80 at Blackhawk... catch is, you must hold a current CCS license.

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Attending the race practice sessions is not a good idea unless you have some solid experience; it is NOT for the 1st, 2nd, even 5th timer in most cases.

You should be up to an advanced pace if you plan to mix it up out in open practice sessions.
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I've said it before, I'll say it again...."Mainlining heroin is cheaper than track days" and I wish I was joking!


Man, Rick, quit painting such a rosey picture

There's a reason people mainline heroin.... it's fun

Seriously, JAfred, the intro sessions are free. You won't crash, 'cause you'll be going too slow. And you'll have a great time. If you still are unsure, just come to a Nesba or CLSB day and get a feel for what goes on.



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Seriously, JAfred, the intro sessions are free. You won't crash, 'cause you'll be going too slow. And you'll have a great time. If you still are unsure, just come to a Nesba or CLSB day and get a feel for what goes on.
Don't get me wrong, I'd love to. It's just that I have a limited amount of money to play around with and it looks like whatever I decide to do I'm putting all of my eggs in one basket. I don't want to pick up a bike for track riding only to find out I have no money left to ride it, you know?
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are the track days free to attend as a spectator? also are nesba ones free to attend as a spectator if anyone knows so I dont have to post this there too?
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