ATV Racing On A Budget
Getting involved in ATV racing can be very expensive. However, if you want to try it and you do not have the budget to go with your big dreams, there are cheaper ways to go about getting a good ATV that is race ready without taking out a second mortgage on your home.
However, before we discuss your options. You need to know what your ATV needs in order to start racing. To set your ATV up for racing you will need to add Nerf bars and a tether kill switch. Nerf bars are to help keep your feet and legs protected. A kill switch and tether will stop the engine if you come off of your ATV. You will also need to invest in front and rear number plates for you ATV.
Some experts will tell you that you need aftermarket tires, handlebars, and suspension upgrades to make your ATV race ready. However, riders have been known to start racing without these upgrades. There are other ATV aftermarket options that you can upgrade your ATV with. However, since you are on a budget it is better to save this money and really decide if ATV racing is something you will enjoy first.
If you are at all mechanically inclined, one place to consider going to for parts that you can use to upgrade your ATV to make it race ready is an ATV salvage yard. ATVs are becoming more and more popular and stores based with salvage yards will sell you used parts - stock and aftermarket - for very low prices. Sometimes they will even be willing to accept trade-ins on parts to reduce your costs. You can considering buying a used ATV and build it up to race standard with parts you are able to obtain from a salvage yard.
If you cannot find a salvage yard that specializes in ATVs, go to your local car salvage yard. They will probably be able to tell you where the specialist salvage yards are located.
Of course, inspect any parts that you are considering buying from a salvage yard before you buy them. However, usually you do not need to be worried that the parts from the salvage yard stores are of very low quality. These stores have reputations to keep. Since the used ATV parts market is relatively small when compared to cars, stores that are offering poor quality parts will not stay in business long.
Also, do not be afraid to haggle at the salvage yard. Often you can get a part cheaper than you originally expected by negotiating with the store.
Another place to consider getting cheap parts from to finish your racing ATV is from other racers and enthusiast clubs. ATV racing is a very close community. Often racers have multiple projects that they are involved in with different machines. They also often use specially designed components such as frames for their racers. You may be able to buy stock components or frames that are race quality but are just not wanted by the racers anymore if you get into the right conversation, at the right time, with the right person.
Other places to search for used quality parts are classified ads, garage sales, and of course, eBay. You would be surprised how cheap people are will to sell components for hobbies that they are no longer interested in just to recover some of their initial costs.
Now that you have your ATV ready, all that is left is for you to find a track to ride on. When looking for a track, make sure that they allow ATVs. Despite the popularity of ATV racing, some tracks still only allow dirt bikes. When you get to the track, start off slowly. Do not try to imitate others. Just go at your own pace until you are completely comfortable. Also learn from the other riders that are there. Riders usually like to share their experiences, and you may be able to learn some tips for saving money from the more experienced racers.
Owning an ATV can be an expensive hobby. Getting involved in racing an ATV can be even more expensive. However, as with anything there are cheaper ways to get involved. If you are interested in getting involved in racing ATVs but you are on a limited budget, you do not need to be discouraged. There are cheaper ways, such as specialist ATV salvage yards, to get race level components without having to buying new. You will need some mechanical knowledge and some patience. However, with a little bit of work, your ATV can be ready for your first racing experience in no time.