This very much comes down to what you can afford.
People take bikes of all ages on track so don’t think that you need the latest 2020 RRRRR bike with adjustable traction control. I’ve seen an R1 at Cadwell being overtaken by a Vespa scooter race bike. ...
Converting your bike by putting race fairings or second hand eBay standard body panels is a very good option. You have to consider if you’re riding to the track though, that the bike remains road legal and insured. You also have to be confident that you’ll keep your bike in one piece for the ride home.
We both quickly decided to purchase a “track day only bike” based on the getting home bit...
Personally folk around me will remind me of my OCD tendencies and the thought of damaging my pride and joy was keeping me up at night.
James purchased a Triumph Daytona 675 track ready bike off a friend who had slightly damaged it after a small get off at Cadwell, and I took the route of finding a cheap but capable road bike to convert. Mainly so I cold break the spanner’s out!
The advantage of buying a completed track bike is they are cheaper than buying a road bike to convert, and extra spares may be available, but in the back of your head you have to ask yourself “why is this bike for sale” Is the chassis damaged? Could it be stolen (do a HPI check as its likely the bike would have had a registration plate. In James case he knew the history of the bike and so it was a safe decision.
After searching EBay for a while and considering what I wanted, I decided to get a Fireblade 929RR. Yes I’m a Honda man. I wanted no electronics and something that I could take apart fully, understand what it does, and how to get the best out of it, such as standard suspension. Suspension settings really baffled me, but I now understand what each part does, getting the setting right is half the fun! I'm yet to achieve this, but the target is there!
To see what we’ve done to both bikes click the links above.