I know that I titled this with a question but it's more for information for those that are looking at trying for some track time.
First of there's the bike. OK you'll get most of the money back later assuming it's running and looks as good as you got it.... We won't include that.
I ran 4 days last year and this is what I figure it cost.
- One set of plugs per season. $40 per set = $10 per day.
- 1/2 a set of sprockets and chain $150 per year (I figure it'll last 2 years for sure and perhaps 3) that's $35 per day figure
- Oil and filter $30 per day ( I've been cheating a little and doing this only every two track days)
- Brake pads. Mine look like new after 4 track days so I'll say I'm going to get 2 years out of them. That's $50 per season = $12 per day.
- Tires. My Dunlop 207's from last year still have lots of tread but they've been heated a lot and I'm not planning on trusting them on the track this year. So last year was basically $400 for 4 days. That's $100 per day. This year I've got new racing tires and I'm planning on them lasting for 7 or 8 days (hopefully) But at almost $700 after mounting and taxes I'm still looking at $100 per day.
So I make it out to be 10+35+30+12+100= $187. Factor in other stuff like air filters, safety wire, zipties, etc let's call it $200 even.
Then there's the track fees. That's $100 for Mission and more for other tracks south of the border thanks to our terrible exchange rate. Let's say an average of $150 per US day.
So we are looking at $300 or more per local day and $350 or more per day down south. Of course this doesn't take into account the travel costs and accomodation.
Does this sound about right? But it's all forgotten when you're in the saddle and that corner is rushing up towards your oh so wide eyeballs....