I paid somewhere around $170 for a full trackday entrance fee. I got lucky and got a bunch of parts and gear lent to me, but from looking around online a good set of leathers will set you back 750-1000. For the bike at a minimum i'd say fairings (ebay set for $500-700), stainless lines and new pads (2-250?) and a set of good sticky tires (350ish mounted). Then you need boots, gloves, spine protector, safety wire the bike, tape, sprockets/chain, etc.
Shit aint cheap..at all. I got rid of my streetbike yesterday, and am thinking hard about selling all the stunt parts on my 636 and making it a dedicated track bike.
Also if you don't have health insurance, most events will require you pick up a 1-month policy that is current during the event. That was the case for me at least.
Sounds like I'll soon be getting better at golf. lol
What sucks is I could sell the truck to subsidize all those up-front incidentals now, but then I've got no tow vehicle. What's crazy is that I really do enjoy golf, but I can justify a grand on leathers a helluva lot quicker than spending it on a new set of clubs. A bad day at the track would be exhilerating, a bad day at the golf course is damn frustrating.
I'm sure it would vary, but what is your experience with the minimum requirements?
For example just to get started, what if I tape the bike (lenses and what not), it's already 1 down up-front and 2 up out-back on the sprocket (I see myself on an R1 soon if I do this), wear a mesh jacket (it has a spine protector), jeans with knee-down protection, and ankle high "street" boots. Would I at least be able to get on the track to run a few slow laps?
From what I've heard, the "racers" are intolerant, but fuck, I've got to start somewhere. I don't wanna spen 5g's on fairngs and gear to find out that my forearms/lowerback won't handle my weight, or that I plain suck enough that it's not fun. I absolutely don't wanna go "cheap" in this, and have no problem investing in a hobby that I enjoy (looks at the assload I wasted on that Mustang), but I'd like to have a taste first. I have not and will not push that hard on the street, I like my limbs and skin to be in tact (learned the hard way).