1/4 Mile First Timer
I got my 08 back from the dyno about a week ago and decided I would take it to the local 1/4 mile Friday night to see what it would do. This was my first time ever at a drag strip and pretty much the most seat time I've had on the bike this year (put about 20 miles on it after getting it back from the dyno). The bike has under 2k miles total (picked up as a holdover at the end of last year) so I'm still learning the bike and getting a feel for it.
Track was New England Dragway (90 ft. above sea level, all concrete). Temps were in the low 60's and it wasn't very humid on Friday night.
I made 7 passes total, and my best runs were the first three.
1/8: 7.461 @ 107.52
1/4: 11.036 @ 136.62
1/8: 7.105 @ 114.50
1/4: 10.578 @ 139.08
1/8: 7.167 @ 114.23
1/4: 10.624 @ 141.21
The remainder of the runs were in the 11's @ 130-somethings with traction becoming a huge issue. First three passes were made back to back at the beginning of the night. I took a break and when I cam back the track had started to go away rapidly, and continued to decline throughout the night. It is their street night there so everyone comes out with anything and everything off the street, usually won't do a burnout to clean the tires, and drag all kinds of crap onto the track. My final run I trapped 134 and I was spinning when I crossed the line in 4th, so I decided that was enough for one night. I will go back on a Wednesday night next time as I hear the track conditions are usually better (less street car/truck traffic).
The bike is definitely capable of a LOT better, I just need the seat time. Bike is a 3rd Gen putting down 171 hp and 80 ft. lbs. at the rear wheel, and is geared -1/+2. I am still running the stock Bridgestone BT016 tires, and I had the rear set to about 20 psi cold for Friday night. Suspension settings weren't changed from street setup, but I did strap the front and drop a hole in the rear link for the strip. As for weight, I'm not sure. Bike hasn't really had any weight reduction done and I didn't remove any mirrors, plate braket, etc. I weigh about 165 without gear, and I figure my Cortech suit, boots, gloves helmet must weigh at least 15 or 20 lb.