Bored and overseas, thinking about bikes and stuff. When I get back next summer and I’m in the market for a bike to get back into racing, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about downsizing from the 1000 class bikes both for reducing the speed and associated risk for a guy that does this very occasionally and works for a living while raising two little kids, and also for reducing cost. How much cheaper is it really to race a ULW bike like a Ninja 400 or R3? With tire prices being the biggest recurrent expense I glanced at tire prices, and a set of Pirelli Superbikes is slightly cheaper by maybe 10% than a set for the big bikes, but then I’ve heard a lot of little bike racers can get more than a race weekend out of a single set. Anyone race(d) both and can directly compare the total race program cost for a big bike versus little? And is racing an R6 really any cheaper than racing a 1000? Plus side is they are ubiquitous and you can find a well prepped one for cheap. But the tires are very nearly the same cost as the 200 set for 1000s, and aren’t most middleweight riders going through tires on race weekends at about the same rate as bigger bikes? I know there is no such thing as cheap racing, tires are just one aspect of the expenses, and plenty of people still get plenty injured racing little bikes, so I’ll just put that out there as a flame disclaimer.