This is a record of how much I have spent in order to start racing in 2002
FZR400rrsp, road legal, MOT'd, taxed and insured, cost £1674.30
(see here for details).
Braided Steel Racing Brake Hoses. Everyone says to fit steel brake hoses, but it's not a technical
requirement (at the moment). These were a gift, but I think it all came in at about £75 and
I fitted them myself. For more details try the
EBC Pro-lite brake discs and EBC HH pads. The discs were warped. Standard Yamaha discs were £115 each, second
hand discs were around £50 each (try Seastars). Luckily
Zoom Products have a racer discount scheme for ACU licence holders
which meant that I could get the discs for £85 each and pads for £13 per caliper. An added bonus is that when I need
replacement discs I'll only need to buy the rotors which are £50 each. These racer discount prices include vat
and postage is free for orders over £100. Total spent was £196
Crash Bungs. Got these from Rhencullen.
They were really helpful on the 'phone and the bungs were only £40
Fluid catch tray. A requirement. I got mine for £35 from
Race Products . As it's a universal tray it comes quite big, I had to cut it down and then
fibre-glass it to fit the bike. If I was doing it again I would probably buy a complete race fairing with
the catch tray built in. You live and learn.
I gave the bike a general service before taking it to Darren. Oil and filter, NGK Cr9 plugs, lockwired the sump plug,
oil filter and oil filler cap and I changed the fuel filter and grips. Cost roughly £60 at a guess.
I wanted to make sure that the engine was okay before the season started, just to be on the safe side. Darren Hill runs
his own garage and specialises in service and repair. He doesn't sell bikes or accessories but if it's decent
repairs at an affordable price that you're after then he's your man. He used to race a CBR600 and this years is on a
Ducati in the classic series, so he knows a bit about preparing a race bike. Darren checked the valves and adjusted
the 7 that were out as well as giving the bike a decent look over. Worth every penny of the £140 bill.
Darren Hill Motorcycles
Parnell Rd Garage
Parnell Rd, Clevedon
Tel: 01275 343025
K&N air filter. The original paper element was looking tired so I was advised (by Darren Hill) to replace it.
The standard Yamaha part was £38 so I gave Kirsty at 400cc spares specialist Elliotts
a call. K&N filter, cleanable and alledgedly good for 1,000,000 miles, not to mention freer flowing for
more power - £32. The bike sounds better now too, not quite so timid.
I decided (for one reason or another) to replace the sprockets and
found B and C Express to be the people to talk to. I bought 15 and 16 teeth fronts
and a 44 rear, to go with the 45 rear I've already got. I junked the 16 I had as it was slightly loose on the
gearbox shaft. I think it all cost about £55.
Hein Gericke 'Track' one-piece leathers. This suit had a good write up in both Ride magazine and MCN.
It also came recommended from a couple of Bemsee racers, who have crash tested HG leathers and were okay.
Usually £550, I got them for £319 in a sale. For more info try
the HG website.
Axo RR5 Helmet. Good enough for Neil Hodgson in 2000, good enough for me. £199.99 from Riders of Bridgewater
Shoei Interceptor Ukawa replica helmet. My AXO lid protected me well when I fell off at
Llandow (see my race reports page). Unfortunately, the
impact and slide wrote it off. J & S were having a sale and I couldn't resist, down from £389.99 to
Knox KC2000 back protector. Everyone I asked said to buy Knox. It fits perfectly under my leathers
which surprised me because it looks so big. Got it in the January sale at Motorcycle City for £79.99.
Oxtar TCS Boots. Alledgedly one of the best pairs of race boots you can buy,
I got them in a sale at Hein Gericke, down from £150 to £100.
Just Bikers Racing Gloves. Not sure of the product name, but they look the part and seem to have
the stitching and padding in all the right places. £39.99 . Bargain.
Pro-Slide Sliders. These were a gift, match my bash hat and were £20. I'll get
Wiz ones next time
though, rumour has it they are the business.
Licence Fees etc: ACU licence £27, Novice jacket £5, NGMCC Club membership £16,
Dog tags (with name, dob and blood group on) from the local pet shop £5
Fire Extinguisher: From Screwfix Direct,
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