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1st time at track-swap out stock fairings?

Hey guys, I'm really interested in taking my bike to the track for the 1st time, either Nesba-intro/beginner or STT-Novice...Just wondering if I should replace my stock fairings w/ (1)race bodywork, (2)rashed fairings off ebay, or (3)just leave it for now-until I move into a faster class?

I'm just worried about crashing my street stuff but after reading the NESBA manual it says that the intro class is pretty safe. I have a feeling I will like trackdays and will wanna move into beginner class. I'm kinda strapped for cash and I understand that if I got race bodywork(godfather, sharkskin, cheetah, etc) it might cost upwards of $500+ plus the brackets. Also, how hard is it to keep switching back from track mode to street mode? If there is race bodywork out there that is easy to put on and take off, it might be worth the cost to me.
Also just wondering how all of you guys started out?

ps. cant afford a separate track bike either

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There is no easy way to keep swaping between race and street body work. You might as well leave the race stuff on and cut a hole out for the light. Then again, if you crash with that set-up, you will still have rashed bodywork for the street. I say forget about it and stick with what you have, chances of crashing unless you are an idiot are slim.

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Hey guys, I'm really interested in taking my bike to the track for the 1st time, either Nesba-intro/beginner or STT-Novice...Just wondering if I should replace my stock fairings w/ (1)race bodywork, (2)rashed fairings off ebay, or (3)just leave it for now-until I move into a faster class?

I'm just worried about crashing my street stuff but after reading the NESBA manual it says that the intro class is pretty safe. I have a feeling I will like trackdays and will wanna move into beginner class. I'm kinda strapped for cash and I understand that if I got race bodywork(godfather, sharkskin, cheetah, etc) it might cost upwards of $500+ plus the brackets. Also, how hard is it to keep switching back from track mode to street mode? If there is race bodywork out there that is easy to put on and take off, it might be worth the cost to me.
Also just wondering how all of you guys started out?

to ride it stock and if it crashes bad I have a new track bike.

ps. cant afford a separate track bike either
I'm sort of in the same boat as you. I went to one track day last year and totaled my SV650S 7 sessions in. After that I was really warry of taking a nice street bike to the track the rest of the year. I continued to just ride the street on the new '04 R6 I replaced the SV with. This year I'm once again wondering if I should get race plastics. I rode Grattan w/o crashing two weekends ago and in a few days I'll be doing BHF. From the looks of it going back and forth would take some work b/c most race plastics don't have room for headlights or a lot of street stuff. They bolt on and come off easy enough, it's just taking off and putting back on the stock stuff that looks like it'll take time. For right now I'm just going to ride it stock and if I crash I have a new track bike.

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There is no easy way to keep swaping between race and street body work. You might as well leave the race stuff on and cut a hole out for the light. Then again, if you crash with that set-up, you will still have rashed bodywork for the street. I say forget about it and stick with what you have, chances of crashing unless you are an idiot are slim.
ditto, specially for the intro.
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Its a gamble that you need to decide on. Swapping back and forth is a PITA.

The question you must answer...is it worth risking factory plastics/lights that will run you $1000-$2000 to replac for $500-600 in race skins?

I risked it a few years back and rashed my factory skins, but it was after a year or trackdays. Luckily, it was a grass landing so damage was minimal. I sold them soon after and bought race skins to make a trackbike.

The intro/beginner pace is pretty safe and slow, but you are out there with others that you cannot contol.
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kool, thanks guys for the advice!

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you will crash at some point in time, even on the track.



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you will crash at some point in time, even on the track.
Yeh I did already on the street last summer ....so I already have 1 side of rashed fairings I could use ...thats why I might juss get the rest of them on ebay

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you will crash at some point in time, even on the track.
wow that slider really did it's job
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wow that slider really did it's job
Yup, saved the frame.

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it sure did save the frame.



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wow that slider really did it's job
Sliders are supposed to protect the frame, not the bodywork. While frame sliders can protect the bodywork in some bikes, on others it's almost impossible without having 8 inch sliders.

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for what ots worth after the bike slammed into the ground on the right side, then went over the rumble strip, it did a great job of holding up, versus just snaping off.


champ91 makes a darn good slider.



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I crashed my brand new CBR back in '99 at Blackhawk. . . with my stock bodywork on. I was so excited to get it out for its first CCS weekend that I threw it together with duct tape and some luck so that it would pass tech.

What I learned was just how expensive stock plastic is. I could have had bodywork, a nice paint job, stickers and even my Scott's steering damper for what I ruined.

Do it right and get some cheep/used bodywork or some pre-rashed junk off of eBay.

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Sliders are supposed to protect the frame, not the bodywork. While frame sliders can protect the bodywork in some bikes, on others it's almost impossible without having 8 inch sliders.
Then I guess the sliders on my SVS didn't do there job cause my frame was all f*ckd up.

of course maybe that's cause I cartwheeled it..

update:
I got some sharkskins for a good price from a WERA racer via FedEx today. They already were painted once and it looks like someone tried to strip the paint off of them. What would it cost to get these repainted and looking nice?
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Actually, you don't need bodywork at all to run the "B" group.

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Actually, you don't need bodywork at all to run the "B" group.
Ahhh, this is true. I believe Vcook was doing this for a while. Hell I don't know why I didn't mention this, I don't run any bodywork either, I'm in Intermediate.

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