Track Visit/Miller Motorsports Park
I'm always way slow in sharing. I took my Versys to Miller Motorsports Park last June for a day on the East track. I wanted to be riding my Hawk GT, but my work on it has been painfully slow. I'd borrowed my old Ninja race bike back in April from the friend I sold it to because my Hawk wasn't rideable in April either (bike in my Avatar when I was racing). I couldn't borrow the Ninja again for June because he was planning to ride, and was hoping I'd be riding with him to tutor him some more. Since the East Track is more technical than horsepower, I figured what the heck. Why not the Versys? The Versys would keep me from getting too crazy and help keep me focused on training some intermediate riders. Its almost the Ninja anyway, something I kept having to point out to other riders when they'd come up and tried to figure out what the heck I was riding.
I don't like a bunch of extra stuff on the bike that I don't need, so I pulled all I could. Passenger peg mounts, signals, rear fender, etc. I even took a block of Styrofoam and shaped it into a plug for the headlight. I had some extra dirtbike bars that were flatter than the Banshee bend bars I street with, and flatter and wider than stock bars. I mounted some Michelin Power 3s. My suspension is stock fork springs with personally modified compression valving and R1 shock with custom spring and personally modified valving.
The V was a kick in the pants of course. The midrange allowed for nice corner exits, but the lacking top end ran out earlier than I thought, even on the short straights of Miller's East Track. Corner speed was achievable, but it took some really swoopy lines to deal with the huge lack of lean angle. I blew through a set of Sidi toe sliders. Stock brakes were adequate since I wasn't getting much in the top speed department.
My impression of the Michelin Power 3s. This of course is subjective. More traction than the Versys needed. I ran out of lean angle clearance before my first lap was completed and the tires were brand new and barely scuffed and heated up. Probably would have done fine with a more street oriented tire like a plain Pilot Power. I do have a lot of time at Miller as well as a lot of track and racing time, so I don't mind claiming I am very smooth. I also have a very good suspension set up which helps traction. If you want piece of mind that you will be guarded from abrupt inputs and nervousness, the Power 3s will get you through. If there were a Versys spec class, I'd likely race on the things. You probably could race a CBR500R on Power 3s. Looking forward to how much I can push them on my hopped up Hawk GT (Crossing my fingers for end of September.)