Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Lionville SE PA
Did CSS yesterday at NJMP. The bike feels very small compared to my '15. In the pits I did notice how hard the seat was but on the track it was a non-issue.
Steering, turn-in and grip are astounding. The front end is hugely confidence inspiring. Turn 10 at NJMP is a decreasing radius right-hander that starts at about 80-100 mph and ends in a hairpin. The new bike felt amazing in this turn. I never once went wide.
During the initial CSS sessions where you're riding slower, I did feel the lack of power in the lower rev range. But once the pace picked up I never thought of it again.
I would NOT get the carbon fiber wheels if I were to get the new bike. One bike there had a cracked front wheel from a simple off-track excursion. As much as they may contribute to the steering feel that I liked, if they can't handle a race track environment, I can't see how they'd survive Pennsylvania's lousy roads.
I liked the bike and am glad I rode it. But I'm more comfortable on my '15. And I'm only 5'7". One of my buddies is 6'2" and he felt too big for the bike.
When the time comes to replace my bike, I'll consider the 2021 or 2022, but yesterday didn't make me want to ditch my '15 and drop $20k right NOW.