Kawasaki did enough testing on the tri-oval to make sure any reasonably sane person would actually live to tell about it, but the motorcycle press corps has never been tainted with an overabundance of sanity. So no radar guns. No racing. Everyone goes one at a time and pulls in after five laps. We're rolling on stock Bridgestone BT014 radials. This thing only goes 186 mph, so what could go wrong? Our own Barry Burke doesn't scare easily, but this place has his full, undivided attention. "When I first got on the bike, I thought, `this is a lot of motorcycle.' I was nervous at first, thinking about vague steering, soft suspension and stock tires. But the bike's tires and aerodynamics are fantastic. There was some crosswind and generally weird air out there, but even with the speedometer pegged on the other side of 180 mph, this thing cut right through it and stuck firmly."