We asked ourselves this question. We aren’t racers, we’ve only watched racing on the TV, and at the trackside. We both Marshall at the Isle of Man TT, and at the Manx, and have seen the dangers. But obviously, this is the safest environment to enjoy the performance of all motorcycles.
Ultimately you have you make up your own decision about taking to the track. The costs, the potential to injury and impact on family life when things get really serious all have to be taken into consideration.
James had been doing the odd track day on his Honda NC30 road bike and kept asking me to come along. I didn’t want to throw my road bike down the track so for me, there was only one option, a dedicated track bike. I also wanted to go though the process of converting a road bike to a specific track bike.
James on the other hand used his road bike for a couple of years and then purchased a ready to use track bike from a friend, so between us, we’ve covered both ways of getting down pit lane.
This site is intended as a general guide for people wanting to start doing track days, if you’ve already won Novices and know your way around the paddock, we might be teaching you to suck eggs...