Summer Trackday!

Hampton Downs track, New Zealand.
blistering hot today (25C – 26C i think), running Pirelli Supercorsa SC1 front and SC2 rear, with tyre warmers.
pressure set at 25 psi front and rear warm (in warmers, before track).
Five medium pace sessions, tyre wear was perfect.
Best lap was 1:14.07. heavy traffic in medium group.

Here are few photos from last Hampton Down trackday (Dec 2014).


Ducati 1199S panigale chinese cheap fairing review

I ordered this set of cheap panigale fairing set fro China three weeks ago. today it arrived!

After seeing my brother crashed at the track last month due to a single seater spilling oil and not telling anyone, I’ve made up my mind that the original Panigale fairing set is too precious/expensive to be wasted on track. But since I have to ride the bike to the track (no trailer), race fairing is not a feasible solution.

so I ordered a set of cheap fairing set from eBay seller Neverland-USA (link below). I have heard some good stories about this seller, so after finding a very good deal, I hit the Buy Now button for a set of Tricolore fairing; they wanted xtra for plain red :(

Took me five hours today to take the old fairings off, wash them, wrap them for storage, and install the new one. the biggest job was removing the metal clips (which the screws fasten into) from the original fairing pieces and installing them to the new one. Almost all holes where the clips go to needed to be enlarged.

The paint is immaculate, and the red hue perfectly matches the original. Huge bonus point to Neverland!

Installing it was not too bad, but it takes a bit of pushing and pulling to make sure the screws went in properly. A lot more effort compared to the original, but it is not a big pain at all. The fit was actually almost flawless.
the only one point where I could not get the screw to work was the big screw on the chin, under the headlight.

Neverland also provided a tall windscreen for free, but I did not put it on since it is black (and I like to use Go Pro on the upper triple clamp).

i’ve also installed the tank cover/protector from Flamino Corsa (fibreglass item). surprisingly, the white somewhat goes well with the Tri colours.

Too bad after a half hour ride n heavy traffic, the bottom right fairing softened up due to heat.
I heard even some original fairings also had the same melting issue due to heat?

Neverland-USA: http://www.ebay.com/itm/271520175016
Flamingo Corsa tank cover: http://www.ebay.it/itm/121101218867

Pirelli Supercorsa SP V2 + Lean Angle

I am officially impressed. Pirelli Supercorsa SP V2 is officially the best tyres I’ve ever tried.

This is a capture from last weekend’s video, showing 55 degrees lean angle, lol!

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That’s on a cold winter day. Running cold pressure 25psi front 23psi rear.

Disclaimer:
No, I’ve never tried pure slicks yet. I’ve always wanted to try SC compound (SC2) but I don’t have tyre warmers and I have to ride my bike to and from the track, about 70km from home.