It got just one run on the Lightning today, my first. Word is out that the salt is good, and the place is filling up fast. More last-last-minute preparations meant that we weren’t ready to ride until 11 am, and by that time the staging line was already a half-mile long. We were forced to wait five hours before the starter finally gave us the nod. The Lightning launches with all the drama of a GSX-R1000 stuck in sixth gear, but once you’re over 50 mph the acceleration is robust. We opted to run the short, three-mile course for this first shakedown run. I spent the first mile familiarizing myself with the bike, and the second mile building speed in preparation for the mile-long speed trap located between mile markers two and three. I entered the trap at 149 mph and it was all down hill from there—as soon as I tucked in, the bike began to drift left. Unable to steer, I had to roll out of the throttle to regain course, killing my momentum and exiting the back door at 141 mph.