Best we compare to Superstock1000 bikes where qualifying normative is usually 107% to 110% of the winner of qualifying time. 110% makes only +5s in Brands Hatch, but in Brno +12s!
Three years back my pace was at 112% and I could not make any difference between running Gen4 stock forks and Ktech cart. At 110% started a little to feel what front end is doing. Now my pace is 107% and I'm just starting to understand what the term "front end feel" maybe really means, while my corner entry and trail braking still sucks.
I think gen5 stock forks are easily sufficent unil some 109% pace.
Thanks...Yes I always thought a percentage was a better way to represent that.
My style has been to run into a corner and try to carry a lot of speed through it. This worked fine for me just doing track days for 10 years especially with Bridgestone R10s that promote this style of riding.
However, I learned within the last 3 years from Simon Crafar that to use the full potential of a superbike, you need to maximise drive out of corners using a more square line out of turns. And I have been trying to ride like this ever since, but found the limit on my GSXR 1000 K5 a few years ago, when I fired myself into the air using too much 'drive', funnily enough trying to catch a guy on a gen 4 ZX10R with full TC :D
Whilst I had my G4 I found it was a harder bike to steer, but never got to try it on track before it was stolen.
The G5 will be track only and I'm on a budget, but I hear there is more to get the bike working right with the stock equipment than previous models.
I still have my Bitubo shock which I likely will have to change the valving in to work with the G5, then the next step will be Bitubo gas cartridge kit.
Got to start saving ££££
Btw, how are you liking your adjustable yokes (triple clamps)?