I'm planning to start racing next season in CCS. I live in San Francisco so the local race organization is AFM. The problem I have with them is they run the novices and experts in the same grid. And for some classes (like the 600 class) they also line up the 750's at the same time. So you have a grid of new 600 riders, expert 600 riders, and all the 750 riders, all competing at the same time. As you can imagine it's pretty chaotic, and fairly intimidating.
I was told CCS grids their amateurs separately from the experts. How many bikes usually line up for a CCS novice race, say in the middleweight (600 fours) class?
I've been advised to start on anything from Ninja 250's, Ninja 500's, SV 650's, to 600 fours. I've been doing lots of track riding on my 600 F3 and am very comfortable with that size bike, but don't want to get in over my head when I start racing. I don't mind racing a 600 with 10 other guys, but wouldn't want to do it with 50 others!