2012 Triumph Street Triple R Buttonwillow Raceway Keigwins @ the Track March 3, 2012

I ran my brand new ~1200 mi Triumph Street Triple R on the track for the 1st time with Keigwins. Dave Moss of Catalyst Reaction setup my suspension after the first session and the bike handled like a dream. Riding in the B- group I was pulling mid 2:20 laps, but came no where near the bikes capabilities. Next time I'll have to stone up and carry more speed through "Riverside" and "The Sweeper" corners. What a great day to be at the track!

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