I was hoping for a better ET ... BUT ...
Although I'm used to launching my roadrace FZR400, I've never done it in earnest on the big bike ... And I'm not used to the christmas tree, I didn't figure out the bit about leaving on the last yellow instead of the green until talking to others afterward, that would take some getting used to.
I can't believe I couldn't figure out how to adjust the RPM that the shift light comes on. Time to dig out the owner's book. The stock tach is useless (as all gen 1 owners know).
It was a hot day, which probably didn't help (approx 30 C and high humidity)
On the other hand, the +2 rear sprocket and 4 links longer chain to push the axle far back was a good thing to do. I have the front preload dialed back in the interest of getting proper sag ... I think this helped, too. I had some wheelies but they were not hard to control, easier than I thought it was going to be.
And, aside from the gearing and a steering damper, my bike is bog standard in terms of performance. Stock exhaust, stock catalytic converter ... The people watching said my bike was practically silent going down the track compared to everything else
How do the clutches stand up on these? I admit to taking it a bit easy on the launches in the interest of still having a bike that still works at the end of the day.
I wanna do this again! It's a different feeling from roadracing, but ... burnouts that nobody yells at you about, hard launches, violent acceleration, what's not to like? (and is it wrong to be wanting still more power
Somehow, everything fun about motorcycles (to me) involves wrecking tires in some way shape or form, but at least this way I can take a pre-wrecked tire from a roadrace bike and finish it off at the drag strip LOL
comments and constructive criticism welcome ...