------Originally posted by 636Hooligan
The bike runs AWESOME! In just 3 sessions at the track I was running 1:30-1:31. My best lap time was a 1:29 on a 999S. With an S2 front I hope to get down a few more seconds. Greg is going to race the bike at Daytona because that is a high horsepower track. He is leading the Amateur Middleweight class in points and even though he absolutely flies on his 2000 Honda F4, he would probably get gobbled up by the newer bikes out on the banking. The 636 is legal in CCS racing against the other "600"'s so for this year there is a big 37cc advantage. In my opinion, since there will no longer be a 750 class next year, ALL 600's will move up to a new "650" class. So this is probably the only year, that the 636 Kawasaki will have an advantage. THe 636 pulls like a 750 down the straights, very fast and good mid range torque coming out of the corners. I did notice a slight headshake a few times powering out of the corners, but since I was running the Scott's Damper on full soft, I put in one full turn of damping and that seemed to do the trick. I know there has been a lot of talk about headshake on the 636, but it really is not that bad. I think you do need a damper, but keep it on a lighter setting. The stock brakes with Galfer lines are great and really haul the bike down fast, although there is not as much "feel" as the brakes on the 999S. I am sure different pad compounds will help this. I made a few small (1 or 2 click) changes on the suspension from the "stock" settings supplied by Ohlins and Traxxion. I also lowered the front ride height 6mm. I have not changed the rear ride height yet, it still has the stock shim. I will hold off on changing this for now. Free sag set at 5mm rear and 25 mm front. If anyone get's an Ohlins rear or has there forks reworked by Traxxion, I can give you the exact settings. Traxxion changed the springs to a .90, revalved compression, revalved rebound, changed the fork oil, and did the race rebuild to the forks. The bike was very stable in the corners, although it did require a little extra effort on turn in. But overall, straight away it was very easy and comfortable to go fast on, and I never felt any unusual movements from the chassis. Definitley get yourself a set of solid mount rearsets, they kept damage to the frame and fairing to a minimum. I have not yet installed frame sliders. The lap timer works great, and much better than the one on the 999S. Having the button on the left clip on is much easier than thumbing the starter button on the 999S. Just be sure each time you go out to hit the lap timer start button on the right side. It will hold up to 19-20 laps I think. The fuel injection was glitch free, with very little on-off transition. Because I am running the Yosh map until an Akro map is ready from DynoJet, there was a little stumble below 5000 rpm, but on the track I was never below 7000-8000 rpm. Kawasaki did a great job designing the bike for track use, the mirrors, lights, fuses, turn signals, and rear brake switch, all came off clean and easy. If anyone knows the EASY mod for the sidestand, please let me know. For now I just removed the sidestand itself, and left the switch. Well, that's about all the impressions I have for now, since I only had a limited amount of time on the bike. Going back in a few weeks. I sure do envy the guy who won the "Dude For A Day" contest last night on Speed!!! The BASTID!!!