With that outcome, some things should be clear. One, if you can slap slicks on it and get within a couple of seconds of the lap record, it makes sense that people complain about the R1 being too stiff as a street bike! Hell, my coworker Ari even said he thought it was too stiff as a race bike when he tried it. And two, this proves once and for all that the R1 is a showroom-ready track weapon. The V02 slicks ($400/set; bridgestone.com) are not cheap, and it's an investment in time and money to race-prep any bike. But, it also means my research is complete. I need not explore the boundaries of the R1's track potential any more. Ehhh, actually, one more weekend won't hurt, right?