Originally Posted by Back _Marker
very expensive... tires, tires, and more tires... i think my tire budget was $25k per season.
but well worth it. it's for adrenaline junkies.
It sounds like Alex was (is) running in a fairly competitive category, on a larger bike, and running towards the front of the pack. Would that be a fair guess, Alex? Like any form of motorsport, the higher up in class you get, the more expensive it's going to be!
Again, I don't know what is available in the States, BUT........
Post Classic Racing Assoc (NSW Australia) runs classes for all time period from Period 1 (1960- '69) through to New Era 2 ('91 - '96). New Era is further divided into GP and Production. Basically, If you've modified your bike, GP! You can run road tyres, or slicks. and a set will last you a few race days. The smaller the bike, the better your tyres last. My Moriwaki 80 will run 2 sets in a season!
You can buy a '94 ZXR750 for about $4000AS. Go for something like a '94 FZR250, RGV 250, etc, and you can at least halve that.
No need for race glass. Remove lights etc, lockwire etc as required by local regs, and you're away.
As an example
'91 Cagiva Mito $1600AS.
2 hours work to track prep.
$200 for a set of second hand fairings (NSR150 front bikini, R6 ducktail)
Another 2 hours with an angle grinder and a spare fairing bracket ($30 ebay) to fit
about $50 worth of paint (Yamaha Blue, in the garage, Crap job)
about $50 worth of oil (drained old stuff, as no idea how long since last change)
New tyres $350
Keihin PWK 35mm carb $300ish
Club Membership $44 ($55 for new members)
Day licence for club meeting $50
Entry fee $140 (up to $200 for two day event)
Fuel/ oil $200 worth will last me 2 meetings running two bikes (80 and 125)
Check out www.postclassicracing.com.au
If you can find something like this near you, you're laughing!