That's basically how my track build went. Only other things I'd do in addition to that is make the bike more crash-resistant. Clip-ons, rearsets, engine covers, etc. Won't help lap times, but it'll be a heck of a lot cheaper to fix if it does tumble.
My ZX10 was on the track one time before I had the suspension done. The damn thing would fight me getting it turned in, then it would run wide if I even thought about picking up the throttle before the bike was pointed. The rear would pump up and down when I finally did whack the throttle open and the back tire would be skating all over the place. I was still king of the intermediate group at that particular track day but I never had to work that hard to go slow.
It's amazing. I never had a moments trouble with the brakes or suspension on my ZX10 until I took it to a track day. Just shows how much harder one can push their bike in a controlled environment versus squidding around on the street thinking you're King Dingaling...
Ohlins shock and 30mm cartridges first, done by a local shop that normally builds R6s. Still using the OEM linkage for now, I'll probably explore other options in the off season.
The suspension was a huge improvement. Huge. After two days of seat time I was running midpack in the advanced group, but then the front brakes began to fade.
LDH to the rescue! Hooked me up with a 19x18 Brembo master and CL C60 brake pads. My fade problems disappeared and the increased level of control had me pushing my brake markers back and trailbraking through corners with ease. This alone gave me the confidence to say "fuck it" and start racing with CCS. I can only imagine how much better they could be with billet calipers and bigger floating rotors, but then I would be restricted to superbike classes.
My first race is this weekend. Wish me luck.
First of all, Good Luck with your race !! Tell us how it was :)
Second, I'm surprised you had problems with the Gen4 stock suspensions...we didn't. We are riding with the fast group and the bike is amazing.
My friends rode 4 or 5 days during our last event and the bike was rock solid. It never went out of line and gave him any problems, not once. He was going like 4 seconds off the track record and the bike was superb.
I tried it for 4 laps and immediately felt a huge difference, especially with the front comparing to my Gen3, and I have Ohlins front and rear.
The bike was so easy to ride, trailbrake into corners and doing everything I wanted with calm and confidence.
I was actually set on buying a CBR1000RR for the track. I rode one and it was so good I fell in love...and then I rode my friend's Gen4 and now I'm in trouble :)
I just got an offer for 2014 CBR1000RR track bike, with everything on it, for a great price and I don't know what to do. Every Gen4 I found was like 1500EUR more and they are all stock (maybe with slipon) and are all 2011/12...So now I'm in a lost :)
BTW, regarding the brake pads, are you familiar with Vesrah brand? If you don't, try them out, they will blow you away !
I had them on my ZX636R track bike, with stock M/C, stock calipers and braided lines, and the braking power was sooo awesome. They also last forever. I had them for 2 or 3 racing events and 2 free practice and when we replaced them my mechanic told me they still had life !
I have them on my ZX10R track bike as well, only with braided lines and I have nothing but good things to say about them. They are expensive but worth every penny.
I actually read about Carbon Lorraine pads and I found a comparison online stating that the Vesra are a step up from all the other brands, like they are in a different level. Second place were the CL59/60.
Anyway, just thought I'll share my experience with them :)
Now I'm going back online, searching for a comparison between a Gen4 and a CBR to see what everybody say. The lack of power of the Honda in high RPM is one of the big drawbacks I have so I'm looking for a flashed ECU one to see what it does to it :)
Have a great weekend guys !