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Numbers of racers on the grid goes up and down in cycles. Then the lawyers took over a bit more, and track days for cars and bikes drove up the prices for track rentals through increased demand. Simply put, racing isn't inexpensive, and it probably shouldn't be. Something less expensive is a track day. Tires can live for a long time when they don't have to perform at a higher limit, and there's no need for a new bike for contingency or for the personal feeling that a new bike will make one more competitive.
I see the LP Dealer book, and I wasn't born yesterday...The Vendors of this sport is what kills the sport, not CCS or WERA or CRA...
The reason Racing is so expensive is not becuase of CCS IMO...Or the lawyers...Entry Fees are the cheapest part of this sport...$325 for a set of tires is plain rip off...There is so much VAR in this business, between Tires, $12+ for a gallon of Gas, $1K for exhaust systems that do not cost $200 to make, $400 rearsets here and there...Everyone fees it is necessary to mark everything up 150%...I see the LP Dealer book, and I wasn't born yesterday...The Vendors of this sport is what kills the sport, not CCS or WERA or CRA...The RACING part is the cheap part...Sure, Lawyers may have made Entry Fees go up, but I can race a Good amount of races in one weekend, and still not spend as much on all those entry fees as one set of tires...This whole business is based on Maximum Price for the smallest quantinty...That is why this business suffers on all fronts...Just all IMO's...
Point is, the tracks are there. There are orgs that run them. If you're really bummed, get another license and run a few weekends with another org at the track you love. It might do you some good!
It is nice that Dean will let you buy a race license per event. I was looking at doing some WERA but after everything I would have to buy or rent I gave up on that idea.
Guys, look as mentioned, racing is not cheap. Can it be cheap? Absolutely. However, the amount which you CAN spend is virtually unlimited. I know guys who run an entire season for a couple thousand bucks. They run take-offs, pump gas, stock everything and only a couple races. They aren't winning anything, but they're having fun and being happy.
I have switched to racing a 125.Why? It is the most fun I have had racing. It is the cheapest bike I have ever raced. Cheaper than (a properly cared for) SV.
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