Those hopes were almost immediately dashed in Thursday's promoter practice, as the Triumph-fine at Fontana and Buttonwillow-was, according to Chad, unrideable at undulating Infineon. No amount of juggling ride heights, springs or damping got us any closer to a workable setup. We even went so far as to use the stock rear wheel and a DOT-race tire to eliminate the big-tire variable, and while we made steady improvement over the first day, the 675 was still a handful. Other Triumph racers and teams we talked to all use offset triple clamps, adjustable swingarm pivot inserts or both to widen the bike's setup window, and in hindsight those parts should have been high on our list of modifications. Unfortunately, pivot inserts for the 675 are not readily available, and having a set custom-made is an expensive proposition. Ironically, the '08 bike's stock pivot inserts are offset, but they won't fit in the '07 frame. Still, we were making steady progress with lap times and looked to be within the qualifying cutoff based on the previous year's times.