A track bike is for life, not just for Christ­mas, but there re­ally is no bet­ter time to treat your­self to a new toy.

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Tons of you out there will have done a track­day and thought there’s no greater thrill than jump­ing on your pride-and-joy road bike and fly­ing around the likes of Brands Hatch or Sil­ver­stone at what­ever speed you want/can.

You would be nearly right; there is one thing that’s bet­ter and that’s fly­ing around any of this fine isle’s mul­ti­tude of cir­cuits on some­thing that doesn’t have thou­sands of pounds worth of lights, mir­rors, body­work, paint, pil­lion pegs and all that malarkey to worry about. If any­thing is go­ing to de­tract from the fun to be had on the cir­cuit it’s the thought of tak­ing home your beau­ti­ful road bike in nu­mer­ous boxes or bin bags, be­cause bin bags aren’t cheap you know (not if you’re in­vest­ing in the de­cent ones), and nor are new bike parts. Jok­ing aside, we’re mas­sive track­day ad­vo­cates and we know first-hand the ben­e­fits of own­ing a pur­pose equipped track weapon – which can be had in all shapes, sizes and prices.

A track bike has never been so easy to buy and there are so many avail­able that should you set out to find one you will soon dis­cover that you are spoiled for choice. Bet­ter still, buy­ing one in these bleak win­ter months is likely to save you hun­dreds, even thou­sands of pounds as peo­ple are look­ing to up­grade for the new sea­son, or flog theirs to fund this year’s Christ­mas prezzies. It’s a mer­ci­less world that we live in, but you may as well take ad­van­tage of that. To give you some idea of the ready-made track bikes on the mar­ket right now, we’ve cob­bled to­gether a bunch of our very own track hacks. In the red cor­ner is my old man’s Aprilia RS250, which is cool if you like smelling of two-stroke and per­form­ing reg­u­lar re­pairs.

In the other red cor­ner is my mate Clive’s Suzuki SV650, which is great for track­day novices and those with am­bi­tions to start rac­ing. In an­other cor­ner (pick a colour) is my old British Su­per­stock Kawasaki ZX-10R, and last but not least is young Brod’s (Dan­ger­ous Bruce’s brother’s) Tri­umph Day­tona 675R.

Among this select mix there’s some­thing for every­one, and bet­ter still noth­ing here’s go­ing to set you back more than £7,000. That’s about a month’s wage for me…

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