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Some pretty damn good responses for both sides of the fence. Thanks for all the contributions thus far!
Cost of a down can be the bigggest factor in bringing a bike to the track. I think altogether for the OEM pieces I wrecked on my 848 @ BIR the MSRP price would be in the $2200 range (nose, right side upper, & tail). CRG RR rearset adjuster plate was $40. So, for that crash, had it been wearing Sharkskinz, cost would have significantly been reduced to the CRG part and a can of spraypaint. Lesson learned. From now on I'll have the Sharkskinz for track work, and a street fairing setup for everything else.
The heartbreaker would be to throw a total yard sale, but I honestly didn't build this bike to merely live a life of bike nights and street rides....so such is the risk. Best we can do is make our bikes as 'crash-friendly' as we can: track bodywork, frame/fork/rear axle/bar end sliders, swingarm covers/spools, easily and inexpensive repairable/replaceable parts, etc.
Like many orgs say during the rider meetings, no one comes TO crash at a trackday, but if one is prepared for it than it lessens the grief if it does happen.
Never stop learning.