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Old Apr 11th 2018, 01:56 PM   #41
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1st track day today, way different than my R1M, struggling with the front end, struggling with the vivacity of the bike, but man this is an engine... I'm stunned by the power and how it's available, I need a couple more days and the times will drop!

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Enjoy! It's definitely different than the R1M. If you get the suspension dialed in for the track/condition it should work quite well in my experience.

So far, I've been sticking with the dynamic setup and it has been working surprisingly well. The overall electronics package on this bike is a good leap forward.
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Old Apr 11th 2018, 03:08 PM   #42
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Also curious about how it compares to R1M. I am a little skeptical about going to electronic suspension. It seems like some of the faster riders I talk too ditch the electronic suspension and replace with standard.
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Old Apr 11th 2018, 03:29 PM   #43
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Also curious about how it compares to R1M. I am a little skeptical about going to electronic suspension. It seems like some of the faster riders I talk too ditch the electronic suspension and replace with standard.
They do it because the electronic suspension isn't fast enough to react to the input demands of racers (something along that line of reasoning). Suspension experts pls chime in.
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Old Apr 12th 2018, 09:38 AM   #44
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First, I'm not that fast.

After 3 sessions of 20mn each, i felt way behind, especially at braking (my r1m had brembo discs and z04 pads) the panigale moves a lot and i'm not confident in engaging fast and hard in a corner as I was with the yam. I'd say the r1m feels that 1 strong entity while the duc can move, give you more freedom on trajectory change, etc...

Also the power makes the bike more physical to ride, it's violent and you must work all the time while the yam gave "rest" when accelerating.

I started with standard dynamic setup. And I changed with harder front (2 up), less wheelie control (1 down) and smooth throttle instead of full.

After this I'm a little bit more confident on the front end and braking, and the bike is more friendly when accelerating.

Honestly I felt slow everywhere all day, and I didn't check my times. And the evening I checked and I'm half a second behind my best with the R1M...

In conclusion, the engine is so powerful that I'm making up my corner's mistakes in the straight, and with more practice and the good setup, I will increase my times a lot.

I'll be at Spa in 4 weeks, the times will drop for sure as this track is quite fast.

I will switch the oem tyres for a pair of Pirelli slicks (didn't had the time) and I will put Z04 pads as well, I prefer the feeling a lot.
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Old Apr 12th 2018, 09:50 AM   #45
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0.5s off the best time on the bike you knew well is pretty darn good. It's not like R1M is a slouch.

Have you tried brake support at 3 but front fork at zero? I think that is default RACE mode setting. Having firm front end when braking but neutral front end when cornering may help that "front end feel" issue. Just a thought, as that is what I ran and to me bike felt great. But I am also far from fast, so my suggestion maybe completely wrong for u.
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Found this review on YouTube hope is ok to share.
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Old Apr 14th 2018, 05:09 AM   #47
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Did my first Trackday on my V4 at eastern creek last Saturday. Hadnít been on the track for over 2 years so a bit nervous but it was just like riding a bike and all came back within reason. I could not have been more inconsistent with everything but all in all I had an epic day. Iím far from a racer but have done 50 odd track days over the years and this bike in 100% stock trim was a blast to ride.

I did run 1 full second faster than I have ever been around the GP circuit so pretty stoked with that as I can see soooo many places I can improve. Sorry I canít be more technical than that but maybe once I have been out a couple more times.




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