Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Camarillo, CA, USA
Trackdays are a must... Cheaper than a speeding ticket!
Actually, the Showa Stuff on the non S models is VERY close in performance to the Ohlins stuff. the ohlins has no mid-valve, and needs a good rework to be really good suspension.
I instruct at about 20 trackdays a year, for various organizations, and attend another 20 or so. I have logged about 2500 track miles on the SF since I got it last year, and it has become one of my favorite track weapons. Having to do 200 plus miles in a given day, at the pace of all three groups, it is far easier to do, for me, sitting upright. There is a slight drawback to the 10/10ths pace, as its a bit hard to keep your weight foreward, and down, but you just stand up a bit more.
Other track bikes? Wow - 1994 900ss, 1993 Monster, 1995 916, 1997 GSXR750, 1998 CBR900, 2000 996, 2000 F4I, 2001 996, 2003 ZX6RR, 2004 CBR1000, 2005 CBR1000,2005 gsxr600, 2006 ZX10R, 2007 GSXR1000, 2007 zx10, 2009 1098, 2010 SF, 2011 1198. I get bored easily. But I also test and sort out all of our project bikes on the track.
Mods I recommend for the track - Slightly narrower bars. You dont hav TC, so you dont have to turn that off. I have become a HUGE fan of the Dunlop Q2 tires, the grip is really good, but they last like no other... its pretty amazing.
All and all, have fun, get some training, and work on breaking bad habits, LONG before you try to go fast.
Will Kenefick's Retro Superbike - Building the sickest shit since 1994
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