Well...i'm tired! :)
Trackday @ Firebird East, Arizona
First trackday on the new 06. Here are pics of the bike from the other thread...
First of all, I'm normally in the intermediate group, but today was a special event put on with a local sbk group here and BMW. 30 minute sessions for each group.
My whole intention today was to get the bike out there...get the sag/suspension worked out, learn the bike and get rid of them chicken strips :). I'm not fast, but I can hold my own. So I basically took my time out there....getting the tires scrubbed in and getting the feel of the new 10.
Once everything got dialed in...I picked up the speed a little and the bike is awesome!! The bike definitely pulls harder than my previous 04...but at a much smoother rate...this is with a Akra Evo and no PCIII. The bike turns really good and is real stable throughout the turns--kinda reminds me of my 00 7R. Coming out of turns I was able to get on the gas and not really worry about it doing anything crazy, the only thing holding me up or giving me the willies were the stock Qualifiers (more on that later). Now the one thing that I did notice is it seems a little slower/harder in the transition stuff...but on the real tight stuff. Nothing major but the 04 was a little more flickable.
As with the 04, I believe the 06 needs some gearing done. This mostly due to the tracks in AZ...they are short and tight...plus the pavement ain't the best and can get sketchy/bumpy in a bunch of places...which brings me to the qualifiers. While they seem like good tires for the street and maybe some easy going trackdays...I will definitely be going back to Michelin Power Races when they are available in the 190/55 size. I was never a Dunlop guy and these tires had the normal Dunlop slide action going...again, something I'm not used to and dont' feel comfortable with. I got into a couple of turns pretty hot and had the tires slide out--both of them like I was "washing out"...but they did hold...just don't like the feeling! What worries me even more is that I was not even pushing it....just taking my time...
The other issue is the brakes....at first, they were good to go...but as the laps went on...they would fade...one time I hit my fingers (2 finger braking). Even with some fade I could handle...but it seemed to not be consistent...one time it would fade, the other it wouldn't be as bad...then back to the "holy crap, I'm not slowing down enough...." feeling. Again, this was a similar feeling I got with the 04, so....new brake lines will be order ASAP. :)
Overall, I'm stoked about the bike...it handles well, holds it's line and allows for mid turn changes if you need them, it's a missile and I got rid of them chicken strips :)
Is it better than the 04 on the track? I believe so....mainly because of the power delivery, the stability in the corners and the easier turn-in/exit. The 04 transitions quicker...but not with as much control.
Again, this is just my opinion and I haven't opened her up all the way yet on the track....but I do know I will have the confidence to do it because of this bike.