Friday afternoon the Strom was loaded with my track gear and other necessities for a weekend away from home.
From my home I had a 550km (340miles) ride in front of me to reach the track, located in neighboring Sweden.
To avoid arriving too late at night, I took the highway most of the way keeping the cruising speed at around 150km/h (93mph). The bike handled the speed well but got a bit thirsty - 16-17km/l (37-40mpg).
Last pitstop before arriving at the track:
After a pleasant 5 hours ride (including 2 fuel stops and dinner) I could park the bike in a pit garage at Mantorp Park, unpack it and make it ready for the next two days of track riding.
The Strom in bad company:
Besides one Speed Triple my Strom was the only bike (out of 120-150) at the track that was not a RR machine so my arrival attracted bit of attention :biggrinjester:
The next day was warm and sunny - perfect conditions for some track day fun.
Out on the track the Strom handled surprisingly well.
With a top speed at around 190km/h (118mph) most of the other rides blasted past me on the straits, but by braking late and pushing the Strom in the corners I managed to set faster lap times than several of the other riders.
There was especially two things that impressed me with the Strom:
1. The brakes provided really good feedback and never faded.
2. It was boths agile and stable in the corners - even when pushed to the tires grip limit.
Mantorp Park is a track that is especially hard on the right hand side of the tires - this is what the rear looked like after the first day of riding:
There was a lot of crashes the first day - luckily I was not involved in any of them. One of my friends was not that lucky.
What was left of his R6 after a +200km/h (125mph) crash:
The evening was spend drinking beer and watching MotoGP from Assen on a big screen.
The next day the weather was still warm, but with an overcast sky and occasionally light showers.
As I was running PR3 street tires, these conditions hardly affected my lap times contrary to the majority of the other rides who ran on slicks.
Ready for the second day on the track:
Me and some of the other riders in my groupe (which consisted of a total of about 30) just before going out on track:
When I was riding on the track I kept the rpm between 6 and 9.000 most of the time - accelerating and braking hard.
Under these conditions the Strom was doing 15-16km/l (35-37mpg).
After 2 days and about 320km (200miles) of track riding, it was time to pack the bike and head home.
Just as I left the track the sun broke through the clouds and I had a very nice ride home in perfect weather.
My track time on the Strom has left me even more impressed with the bike than I already was. This is a versatile and fun "do it all" bike - it's the kind of bike, where it's really the rider and not the bike that sets the limits for what can be done.
If you ever get the chance to take your Strom for a track day don't hesitate - the bike won't let you down.