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Thumbs up track day on the versys

I did my first track day at Grand Sport Speedway with Fastline Motorcycle School.

Once the instructors got my ass off my nice big seat and started working the body position I didn't grind the pegs at all, it felt great, the bike felt great with me, it was a timeless moment, like flying. I didn't think about work once. Perfect!!!

see www.fastlinemcs.com if your interested

I really thought I knew how to ride too....if you have never done a track day you should

Also, I earned my track time by corner working for the motorcycle school for a day

I'm running Michilin Pilot Road 2ct's, love them on the road, and they were plenty sticky on the track for me. It's my second set and I will buy them again. The tire guy at the track suggested about 31psi for both front and rear (for the track only). The tires did get much warmer than they ever did on the street. I never measured the "warm" pressure but they told me it should be about 4psi more than what it is "cold."

Everything else is stock. I had the suspension adjusted by a pro at the track. It cost me $30 but was well worth it. I don't know what all he changed, but if sure felt better in the corners afterwords.

Breaks were fine. Most of the breaking was engine breaking anyway.

the versys is a fun track bike
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I've only done track days on my CBR600 (doing another one tomorrow actually) but I bet the versys would be pretty damn fun even if its not so fast. It's so easy to throw it around.
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Sounds like a real blast! I wish there was a track somewhere reasonably close to me.

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I just had my local dealership install a pair of Pilot Road 2CT's on my '08 Versys. When they delivered it to my house afterward, I checked the tire pressure with my highly accurate digital pressure gauge and found both tires to be inflated to 40 psi.

Thinking this just might be a tad high, I set the rear to 33 psi and the front to 31. Am I in the ballpark with these pressures? Should I go a little higher on both ends?

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Thanks on sharing your track day with us.

BTW

OEM Pressure for Versys- 32 F: 36 R.
correct me if wrong here.

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Thanks on sharing your track day with us.

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OEM Pressure for Versys- 32 F: 36 R.
correct me if wrong here.

Yep that is correct fasto, have been running mine 2 psi above oem, recomendation from my mechanic.
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I just had my local dealership install a pair of Pilot Road 2CT's on my '08 Versys. When they delivered it to my house afterward, I checked the tire pressure with my highly accurate digital pressure gauge and found both tires to be inflated to 40 psi.

Thinking this just might be a tad high, I set the rear to 33 psi and the front to 31. Am I in the ballpark with these pressures? Should I go a little higher on both ends?
For street use I think closer to 40 works best but for the track running at around 30psi is what most people run when running road tires at the track. I run 29-30 on my pilot powers on my CBR on the track.
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The tire guy at the track suggested about 31psi for both front and rear (for the track only). The tires did get much warmer than they ever did on the street. I never measured the "warm" pressure but they told me it should be about 4psi more than what it is "cold."
A general rule of thumb is 10% difference between cold and warm pressures. If the tires heat up more than that you need to add a bit of pressure. If it's not heating up enough reduce. Getting advice from a tire vendor at the track at the start of the day is a good way to go.
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