Call me Jake
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Quakertown PA
Motorcycle: 2013 ZX10R & 2008 GSXR600
Re: TrackBike time - Opinions wanted
Well, I don't want to tell you that it's a great idea to track a 1000 without a lot of experience, because it usually isn't. I've done exactly that and it worked out fine for me.
I did my first four track days on my GSXR600, I only took my ZX10 to the track initially so that my brother could do his first track day on my 600. That was this past fall. I really liked the ZX10 on the track. Since then, I got bumped up to the advanced group, I've acquired my race license and did my first CCS race weekend this past week. My goals for this past weekend was to finish every race, not do anything stupid and not finish dead last. I finished in the upper half of every race I entered, wound up with a 4th, 7th and a 9th place in the three races I entered, all on my ZX10. Like I said, I wanted to finish every race, so I was riding conservatively. My fastest lap this past weekend is still nearly two seconds off my best lap ever on this same track on the same bike.
I still have the 600 and I'm actually taking it to the track this Sunday. I've only ridden it once since I let my brother use it last year. The ZX10 eats tires very quickly, and it's now my race bike so I don't want to use it for a casual track day. My plan is to ride the 600 at track days to work on technique and learn the layout of tracks that I don't know, and just race the ZX10.
I don't think I would like doing track days on anything smaller than a 600. An SV650 might be fun now that I'm in the quicker end of the advanced group and allowed pass pretty much anywhere, but if I had to adhere to the rules in a beginner/novice group I think I'd lose my damn mind. For a starter race-bike, where you'd only be riding with or racing similar bikes then yeah, a slow bike like the KTM would be fantastic. The thought of a track day, getting passed by novices on literbikes at 150+ mph while I'm on a 390 would scare the shit out of me. I really do think that a 600 is the best beginner track bike if you've got experience with a 600 already.
My 600 was a retired race bike when I got it. Everything was safety-wired, it had race bodywork already installed and it was already set up for the track. I'm glad I bought the one I did. Other than a battery I've had no mechanical problems with the bike. I crashed it once and had to straighten the shifter and wash the dirt off it to get it back on the track. A stock bike with street fairings would have likely been totaled.
After hanging around the tech garage at tracks days, you tend to notice trends. Most bikes that are raced have some battle scars, but usually their brakes work, their chain is clean and adjusted, the bike doesn't leak fluids, tires are usually good. Many street ridden bikes are neglected piles of shit that get sent back to the pits to fix some stuff before they get their tech sticker. Most 600s are ridden hard regardless of where they were ridden. At least track bikes are maintained pretty well most times. There are always exceptions, but I have definitely noticed patterns.
That blue 06 GSXR that Anthony posted looks like a smoking deal and the seller sounds fairly motivated.