I took my 2020 to MidOhio on 1 July and ran in around track in the Intermediate Group. It's been over a year since I did my last track day (also at MidOhio on my 2010) so much of the day was knocking off the riding cobwebs and getting to grips with the new bike.
- I was able to consistently run similar laptimes as my 2010 (for sale) which has professional tuned Ohlins and I know inside and out. My fastest ever lap on the 2010 is a 1:46. That was during two days on track with perfect weather, lots of chances to push a little with clear track on a bike I know very well. On the 2020, a bike I barely know, while knocking the riding rust off, on a very hot day, I was only a second slower.
- 2020 bike is very easy to ride fast. Biggest difference from the 2010 was how easy it was to ride, turn, and hold lines. The 2010 is plenty fast, but it's a heck of a workout. 2020 is fast and easy, I was much less fatigued at the end of the day.
- Engine: Smooth and strong. The dip at 6k is irrelevant on the track. I could eat earlier model S1000s for lunch on the straights and the carboned out HP4 was equal until we hit about 150mph, then I closed the gap but that may have been rider more than bike. Most laps I indicated mid 160s on the back straight but hit high 170s (177mph as reported by the lap timer) a time or two.
- Brakes are awesome. Smooth and progressive. I always liked the hard bite of the Brembos but the Hayes calipers do not lack power. Lots of rear in the air antics without drama when I missed a brake marker or two. No fade, but MidOhio only has a few hard braking zones with a little time between them. I'll get a better feel for fade at Putnam Park or NCM later this year. The ABS did fault during the last two sessions, don't know what that is all about yet, but I'll get the mirrors back on it soon and shoot over the dealership for evaluation.
- Suspension: I'm only 135lbs so I left the pre-load on the lightest setting and it was plenty stiff. Played around a bit with the dampening Front and Rear. 6/6 was way too stiff. 3/3 was pretty good and I finished the day set to 2/2. I'm not fast enough to out-ride the stock suspension yet.
- Lap Timer is amazing. Electronics caused no drama. I played around with DTC using everything from a +5 to a -2 setting. Next time out I will start at 0 and progressively reduce until something happens that I am not comfortable with.
I shot a little bit of video that I'll get posted in the next day or so.
Next track day is Putnam Park on Jul 27-28. I might bring the 2010 (unless you buy it first) and ride them back to back for a better comparison.