Considering a Track Bike
In July of '05 I found a perfect race-prepped SV650. I made the owner an offer, he accepted.
It's March 1 and the bike is almost ready for the track.
Why a Dedicated Track Bike?
My primary goal was to reduce track prep time. It takes me a few hours to prep my MZ for the track. In addition to removing turn signals, bag mounts, headlight and taillight I also needed to make sure it had relatively new tires. This bike serves as a commuted and a tourer and wears sport tires so it tends to get squared tires. I went through a few track days where I would mount track tires, ride a track day and unmount them for a tour the following weekend.
Why an SV650?
I wanted to say small. If you ride a small bike you learn to ride fast in turns to keep up with big bikes. I didn't want to be one of those people that are fast because they know how to use the throttle.
I wanted a bike that did not have ground clearance issues.
I did not want an inline 4. 600s are a little bit powerful and bulky for my tastes. Also, as a rider of singles and twins I am used to engines that produce power lower in the rev range. I'm just not used to revving and engine to get power out of it.
Now, an sv650 is a terrible track bike stock. The suspension is poor, the cheaper naked version had handle bars. At the very least you need to install clip-ons and upgrade the suspension if you want a decent track bike. The ideal is to have full race bodywork.
You are better off looking for an already converted bike.
I happened upon a full-on race bike. It has fully set up suspension, worked motor making 90hp at the rear wheel, race carbs, fully bodywork. It's raw, beautiful and lovely.