I've been steadily tweaking on my bike, and today I felt confident enough that I rode to Draper Lake, some 30 miles away. Draper has the only curves around here...
First, I did a quick blast up and down the road to make sure it was running okay.
(Please excuse the sucky video quality.)
Then to the curves!
This thing really, really loves to go around corners, yet I can let go of the handlebars at 40 mph and it tracks straight & true with no headshake or nastiness. It's pretty neutral with regards to cornering, it accepts inputs readily enough, holds whatever line you give it, goes where you aim it. I haven't started working on the chicken strips yet, still getting to know the bike before I push it very hard. So far, though, I'm extremely pleased.
I've geared it for top end, so at 70 mph the engine is only turning about 4800 rpm. By that logic, I should be able to do at least 140, right?
Last few miles, I started hearing some odd noises from the top end, got home and found that my header nuts were loose, and that one had fallen off! I got 'em tightened back down, I'll have to remember to check those over the next few heat cycles.
Did I mention that the seat is on the firm side? Yeah, well, my ass hurts!