to be honest i feel faster. but i should say this, this season is my first season back on the track since the end of 05 so i had 4 years off the track. my last race bike was an 03gsxr1000 with full suspension etc... but i could never get the geometry right on that bike and although i loved the power i couldnt get it to handle properly. so going to my bike prior to that, i was racing an 02gsxr600 with full suspension,etc... and that bike handled great. currently i have the rc half prepped for the track. i still have stock rearsets and bone stock suspension (ugh). im 6' tall and between 215/220lbs without gear. i am running dunlop 209gpA's, i have the front forks set at 2mm's of tube showing above the triples and i have 4mms of shim on the top of the rear clevis. the stock shock has an eye to eye measurement of 326mm's so im running 330mms this way. its not optimal (it should be a few more mm's if i remember correctly). as for the brakes they are outstanding and better than any of my old bikes and im still running the same pads which are vesrah srjl 17's (vesrah was a good sponsor of mine when i was racing) with spiegler ss lines up front. as for handling, i definitely need to have the forks built, and i do need an aftermarket rear shock, but i feel more connected to this bike than any other bike i have ever raced, tracked, or rode. i get more feedback even with the crappy front suspension than any of my previous bikes with fully built suspension. i attribute this to the chassis/swingarm design. i enjoy this bike on the track as it sits now even more than any of my other bikes. i love not having to shift like crazy as you would on a 600 (but then again i had the same thing on my 03 1k due to the tq). the sound is amazing and its funny to run up on someone in the turns because the sound is loud and it does get their attention. i dont regret it one bit. i could have bought a race prepped 05/06 gsxr1k for the same $ i have in the rc and it would have been a far faster, lighter bike (and fully prepped with suspension etc..) but i decided on the rc because it has character and sound that cant be matched. i also love the fact that the rc is relatively bullet proof and will run forever (and the gear driven cams sound great too).
2004 RC51: akra slipons,soft-rev,depaired, deflapped, 126rwhp/72ft.lbs.tq (uncorrected)
Red Zone racing
CCS/LRRS/WERA Ex. #96
(currently on hiatus)
Moto Mummy,dyno-solutions, mavirykdesign, Ron Ayers Motorsports, Vesrah, carbonparts