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First time on the track with the Duke, at a track I never rode before. CMP in Kershaw, SC. Nice layout. Newly repaved.

Wasn't too sure about this, in the middle of the first session. Was pretty happy by the middle of the second! Definitely going back there.

Was losing a lot of time on the straights compared to the bigger bikes. Was the smallest bike in my group, so I am not surprised. All of my previous track experiences were on soprtbikes, so getting comfortable with my body position took some time. Some head-shake at 100+ MPH on the straights. Had to put a lot of my weight forward to minimize. I got a comment on another thread that this might be caused by the balancing beads I am using. I will check, but I never had this issue using balancing beads before (even on bigger bikes at higher speeds).

In general, pretty impressed with what the bike can do. High cornering speed, light handling. I like the results of the changes I have made to the braking system. Was able to break later and harder than a lot of the other bikes in the group. It felt really stable and planted.

Wish I had more pictures, but I don't. Better luck next time.

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Looks like a lot of fun!
It was. Every time I finish a track day I wonder why I don't do it more often. And then life happens...

I think this might be different, though. Track is an hour away and it is really good.
 

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Hey!
I had the same problem last weekend when i switched over to Dunlops.
Good news, it is a pretty easy fix, Just add some compression to the rear shock. It will keep the bike from squatting on the strait and lifting the front lifts.

Be Safe
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Hey!
I had the same problem last weekend when i switched over to Dunlops.
Good news, it is a pretty easy fix, Just add some compression to the rear shock. It will keep the bike from squatting on the strait and lifting the front lifts.

Be Safe
Be Fast

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Did think about this. Truth be told, I was so long off the track, that I just wanted to get the day right and figure it out later. I will definitely try more rear compression damping and possibly changing the oil in the steering damper. Need to get more track time for testing all of these changes...

I t seems to happen more and more as you get older too. :(
You bet.

Edit: Nice discs ;).
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Hope you don't mind me jumping into this thread. I also did my first Duke track day last weekend! Short 1000 meter track just North of Tokyo. I haven't been on a track in 18 years so I took it nice and slow and didn't ride over my head. I shot some insta360 video and tossed it on YouTube. The handling and S22 tires are amazing. Sure I lost out on the short straightaway, but that's not the fun part to me anyways.
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Maybe time you fellas grab some Woodcraft clip-ons. They improved the front end feel for me just on the road...haven't tracked my 790 yet.
I was looking at the clip-on thread today and thinking exactly that...
 
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I like the results of the changes I have made to the braking system. Was able to break later and harder than a lot of the other bikes in the group. It felt really stable and planted.
What did you change to the braking system?

Maybe time you fellas grab some Woodcraft clip-ons. They improved the front end feel for me just on the road...haven't tracked my 790 yet.
When i use the option to find MODEL SPECIFIC CLIPONS there are no for the 790 Duke. Which one's do you use?

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What did you change to the braking system?
There is a lot about this in the braking section. To make a long story short: 300 to 320 mm rotor conversion; RCS 19 MC install; Pad change.
 
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There is a lot about this in the braking section. To make a long story short: 300 to 320 mm rotor conversion; RCS 19 MC install; Pad change.
Ok, thanks! i already did the pads. I will change the MC to RCS 19 this winter (y):)
 

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Hey!
I had the same problem last weekend when i switched over to Dunlops.
Good news, it is a pretty easy fix, Just add some compression to the rear shock. It will keep the bike from squatting on the strait and lifting the front lifts.

Be Safe
Be Fast

-fp
Another Track day. Same track.A bit faster this time around. Added a couple of clicks to the rear slow compression damping and then one more. Felt a little better, but still a lot of head-shake with max acceleration and at high speed (90+ MPH). The instructors riding behind me asked if I felt that. I said I did, but it didn't make me go any slower... LOL...

At any rate, the steering stabilizer oil change proved to work very well on the 1290 SA. Going to perform the same on the 790 this weekend.
 

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Changed the damper oil to 20 wt.

Will go out for a test ride and report back.
 
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