I switched out the tires witha friends set of Metzler M1. He's got a '99 Duc 996 he tracks once in a while. He threw on some race compunds and I used his street tires. With air pressure around 31-32 ish they felt great. I didn't get a chance to adjust sag like the shop owner had told me to, but he was positive I should have the pre-load in the front at 4 lines showing and to adjust rebound at the track. I cranked in the preload in the ront, leaving everything else alone for the time being.
First session I get accustomed to the track. I was in the beginners group since I had no track experience. In my group I had a gixxer 1k, duc 900 SS, sv650, gs500, and a 929 switched back and forth between my run group and the one right above mine, and maybe another. Start pushing harder. Wow, these tires are nice. They're sized 180/55 instead of the 190's I'm used to. and this m1 tire is notorious for being a hair small, so it was more like 174-176 wide. front end felt nice. The course was a 2 mile left hander with 3 high speed turns, a dogleg, chicane and double apex. It's a motorcycle only track, no shifter carts, no nothing.
Second session. Had to switch toe sliders from right to left because the left one was already distroyed. Threw a knee down once of twice. Peg feelers non existent. Lapped the sv650 twice and the rest of the field once in our 20 minute session. me and the gixxer fairly evenly matched.
Third session. Clicked one more compression in the rear. came alive a bit more. threw knee down more often. almost gave it a big highside on the second right in the chicane. I thought my peg was too far on the ground and caused the rear end to lift. the rear caught again and stood the bike right back up. a chilling experience to say the least. yesterday, the day after the track, I am cleaning the bike, when I realize "oh shit". it was not the peg but the exhaust that caught the track and send the rear end sliding a bit. now today my akrapovic race came in. damnit
it's late, so I will continue another time. Thanks for the suspension help, I will be sure to get the sag right this week so I will have the settings right. Now I have to throw back on my clunky old d204's. bah.