Take the fairies off and narrow it down to tires or set-up.
I agree with you Bill. Strip her down for a naked run, and get a baseline first. I disagree with Jon's statement-"if it dont feel good at 200 it isnt going to get any better at 280+..." According to Joe himself, last year it was a bit of a handful, until he got over 240+, then he said it "hunkered down, and went straight as an arrow." I suspect there was a transitional range for that bike/body/suspension/tire combo, and once he got up to that speed, the body began to "work." Just a layman's take on things, but I suspect Joe knows what he was talking about! In addition, most racers know that you should only change one thing at a time to KNOW if it made a difference. Joe changed a number of things since last year, and any one, or combination of them could be affecting his handling. Best of luck to you Joe! We're pulling for you back here in SD!
To Bill: Congrats on your fantastic 272+ runs!!
Please explain to me when a violent tank slapper can get better over 200?
Joe's statements about a handfull last year and got better at speed is a totally different issue then what he was experiencing now. he has always had some uneasy feeling and been able to drive thru them but this is different.
Joe and i talked alot obout taking body off the bike, and he came to conclusion he can not solve nor learn anything from it.
First off now you have induced a totally different air stream which might cause other problems and get away from root cause.
Then there is the packaging issues when you take body off, that have to be delt with, there is alot of stuff under the body.
Actually I am really sorry I said anything about what was going on with it. I just wanted to let people know the status on him.