Originally Posted by Motorfiets
Is one chase vehicle enough? Bike is prepped...
For what it's worth...I've done the 500 with 1 chase vehicle before, it was fairly easy with the exception of making prerunning more challenging. It was me and one teamate, his buddy came along to drive. We had a decent amount of luck and both of us had a good amount of experience racing in Baja. We won our class (easy class to win) and did it on a bone stock bike that was pulled out of the crate a week before we left. At the time there wasn't an aftermarket tank available for the model so we raced with the stock sx-f tank (1.9 gallon).
It wouldn't be my choice now, but it is possible, and it was fairly cheap.
We got the race bike for free, and gave it back to the dealership after the race.
Entry was around $1000
Pit lease was around $500
Hotels were around $500
Gas ~ $500
One thing we didn't skimp on was tires, wheels, and bibs (or in this case we used tireballs installed in the hotel parking lot, iirc)