On a personal note, the most exciting time of the weekend was the 15 minutes I FINALLY got to spend with the supermono. It works! It still needs work, but the 8-9 laps I got in showed me it stops and turns to an acceptable standard, for now. My one worry, the engine temps, was unfounded as it never got higher than 68 degrees throughout. I still have lots of tweaking to do with the bike, but its nice to know that fundamentally, as a starting point, it works. Again, its no rocket, but I built it (or finished it, anyway) and it is a reflection of me as a mechanic, engineer, and rider. Rob Bye did get a shot of me exiting turn 5. I promise you I did have the bike leaned over much farther than in this pic, but you'll have to take my word for it. I shared the track with 2 other riders and an instructor on new 600s. I got out ahead of them, and then actually came aound and "lapped" them, although I couldn't pass them. This bike will be all about momentum. Until I purchase the rights to the photo from Rob, here is a link to a proof.
I immediately began to strip the bike down for the finishing over the winter. As well, for the sake of engine durability, the valve and springs are a weak point for sustained high RPM. The heads are going off to Sinceros Speed Works for some hi-end valves and springs, and will be mated to a HotCams Intake and exhaust cam kit. That will be it for engine mods for now. As much as I want to do a big-bore, upon investigation the stock cylinder and piston are in great shape. I do a quick ball hone of the cylinder, install some new rings and an "E" base gasket (for a bit more compression) and leave it alone. Suspension and handling is the objective for next season.
As for the Ducati, the last few days of decent weather are coming. This winter is a "big" job -- the valve check and adjust. There are some other engine-related things I want to clean up while I am at it, so I plan to drop the engine out of the frame -- which, with the swingarm through the engine case design of the Ducati, means a creative way of suspending the frame while I drop out the engine. I have some ideas... I want to take the engine inside (a la my 900ss) and do it in the warmth of the office. I need to build a platform to do it inside (the woodshop at school will come in handy), so the pre-service work will be needed too.