My first outing on the new machine was an interesting experience, the pouring rain and cold track temperatures didn't help admittedly, but the handling of the bike felt worryingly unstable to me and I had several rear end slides in the first session - not a good start and time to look a bit deeper. We measured the front and rear suspension sag and found the front sag probably a little low and the rear extremely high. Having spoken to the suspension expert at the circuit the suggestion was to increase the pre-load on the rear to try and balance the suspension sag up a little and then re-try on circuit, (lots to learn on the set-up front with this chassis). After whipping the tank off I found the pre-load adjustment on the shock had a knackered thread and could not be altered, Oh dear.
I decided to go out for another session after lunch but still had the same handling issue's as expected and so no improvements made. Upon coming off the circuit a quick feel of the tyres points towards the fact that the front is getting some heat into the tyre but the rear is not at all! Admittedly the poor conditions don't help as obviously when the rear slides once, you back off into corners and compound the cold tyre issue further. So a disappointing day overall, but glad I've picked up the issue with the shock sooner rather than later...!