I may have ridden on the street a handful of times, since selling my bike before starting college in '07. When I actually got the bike running early spring, with some fresh tires, I had to take it for a spin around the block for a quick shakedown. I needed to know if I was dumping money into a bike that doesn't run right! Slowly putted around the block a few times, for many reasons. Cold tires, snow on the ground, not being on a bike for many years and no plates.
Bike handled fine, engine sounded fine, but still wanted the added confidence that engine was mechanically sound. So, I brought the bike to a local shop for some dyno runs. HP/Torque numbers were in line with what I've seen on other forums, so that made me more at ease.
Funny thing is, fastest I've been on a bike since selling my bike was maybe 25 mph. Even in novice group down the straight, we were probably hitting well over 120 down the straight at Grattan (I haven't really looked down at speedo).
Overall, I'm happy with this project. I'm the type of person that has too many hobbies, I don't really become GREAT at any single one, but I'd be happy if I were at least good at every one. Told myself (and the gf), that I'd be happy if I went the the track 4 times a season. I'm going on 8 or so and don't see myself stopping anytime soon!
We'll see, maybe next year I'll get into something else, or not.....and get married....who knows?
Check out link below, first time riding Grattan in I group. (absolute rollercoaster, might I add)
thanks for reading =)