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Did my first track day with the F4 1k yesterday at Willow Springs. We were on the “big” track, which is 2.5 miles with 9 turns. The big track is great for big power bikes. There are two really fast right-handers that take huge cajones to get through quickly.

The 1k bike is deal for this track.

I will admit that I was more worried about this track day than I’ve been before any other track day, except for maybe my first. My concerns were several. First, this bike is 1000cc. It’s the biggest, most powerful machine I’ve ever thrown a leg over on the track. That kind of power worries me because it's so easy to abuse it and get in trouble. My other concern was the cost and beauty of this machine. Who wants to wad up such a work of art? Not me!

Fortunately, I brought it back home in one piece.

In terms of the track experience with the F4, it truly is an amazing machine. It’s a race bike. PERIOD. Street riding only give you a hint, a glimpse, a waft of what this machine is capable of. If you never take the F4 to the track, you are missing out.

There is only one thing that I give this bike poor marks on, and we’ve all heard it before, the brakes. In one session, I thought I had lost the front brakes and was headed for the desert. The lever had come back so far to the grip that I was crushing my two little fingers against the bar trying to get the bike slowed down for turn 1

As for the rest, it’s a big thumbs up. The suspension – awesome. It soaks up the bumps and keeps right on-line. There’s plenty of adjustment range to tune it if you feel that something is not working right. It works very well.

The most beautiful thing about the F4 – the MOTOR! Unreal. Awesome. Fabulous. It was pure joy. The power band on this bike is so nice. Smooth, flat, and constant. I was riding it between 8k and 11.5k, with my straightaway shifting at the redline. Throttle control with the bike on its side in a fast sweeper is paramount to good cornering speed, and the power delivery of the F4 makes it so easy to rip on through.

As for myself, I feel much better about riding this bike on the track now. It was not nearly as much of a handful as I expected. Much more useable, really. A downright pleasure.

I’m SO looking forward to going again!

Alex
 

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Thanks for the report. I love Big Willow. I was curious if the brakes would feel any better at the track and I am really anxious to get my MV out there. If I don't get the R1 back together soon, I might just have to since I am already signed up for Aug 12.
 

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Nevermore said:
Thanks for the report. I love Big Willow. I was curious if the brakes would feel any better at the track and I am really anxious to get my MV out there. If I don't get the R1 back together soon, I might just have to since I am already signed up for Aug 12.
Aug 12? Have you got a link for that date? I can't seem to find any reference to it.

BTW, I use this for most of my track day scheduling:
http://www.biketweakers.com/trackcalendar_2006.html
 

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I signed up here for Aug 12 with a lot of local guys:

http://www.dialitintracktime.com/index.asp

My collarbone is all healed, so I just want a fun, easy track day prior to returning to WSMC the following weekend. I'm just not sure which bike to take, so maybe the MV? :smoking:

BTW, thanks for the link, there are some opportunities on there I wasn't aware of. I'm looking to do another track school soon as well.
 

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Thats awesome :yo:

I have a date coming on tuesday, I wanted to get my brembo on before though and I think your review makes it a must have.
 

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Iam glad everything went well at WSIR Alex, I see you came to the same conclusoin as I stated, I love everything about this bike except for the brakes!.. They get soft to fast!.. I even added viagra in my brake fluid and it didnt work ;) .. actually I think Iam going to replace the master cylinder 1st and see if that helps.. before going for the caliper change...

so what lap times did you put out with the MV at WSIR this time out. Slower or Faster then your R6 ?

I'll be at WISR on aug12th with nevermore trying to catch up to him :p .. so come on down I hope its not sold out..
 

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^^^ i got into the 34's, which isn't really much faster than what i did on the R6. but i was much more consistent - lots of laps in the 35-36 range.

it was easier to stay at that speed on the MV. i had to work for it on the R6.

i think something in the 31-32 range should be within my reach. just need to get more time on the track.
 
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