RACE SPEC

One of the best and most pop­u­lar track bikes ever just got even big­ger, bad­der and bet­ter...

Fast Bikes - - RACE SPEC - WORDS: CARL‘ PRETTY BOY’ STEVENS PI CS: PRETTY BOY

From BSB weapons to club rac­ing steeds, we’ve been cov­er­ing just about every­thing we can to give you guys an idea of what goes into build­ing a race bike – and show­ing you what sweet bits and pieces you can bolt on to your own ma­chines! But what does the owner of a per­for­mance cen­tre spank his money on?

Well, Dan at dmp­mo­tor­cy­cles.co.uk has cho­sen the bul­let­proof Suzuki GSX-R750 K7 as his track weapon, and says it’s more than enough to not look too silly against all us yobs on track. This is mainly be­cause of the im­pres­sive han­dling – the most im­por­tant weapon in the GSX-R’s ar­moury due to that sweet stan­dard chas­sis. But things get sweeter! In or­der to max­imise that beau­ti­ful nim­ble­ness he has gifted the Suzuki with a set of beau­ti­ful March­esini light­weight mag­ne­sium wheels, as although they may be worth as much as the stan­dard bike they make a ma­hoosive dif­fer­ence sav­ing pre­cious ki­los, giv­ing the K7 even more pre­ci­sion to throw about.

This is then fed through a set of Max­ton GP7 Fork in­ter­nals and a Max­ton GP7 rear shock which of­fers a wealth of feel­ing and ad­justa­bil­ity for the money – even though they are get­ting a lit­tle bit an­cient con­sid­er­ing the orig­i­nal model was launched in 2007! On top of this (or be­low de­pend­ing on how you look at it), the K7’s an­chor­age comes in the form of the ever pop­u­lar Brembo brand, with a set of 320 discs and Z04 pads. These pro­vide an ab­so­lutely mon­strous amount of stop­ping power com­bined with a pretty ex­cel­lent life-span; mean­ing they are a clever man’s (or woman’s) choice when it comes to up­grad­ing your brake sys­tems.

These are fed straight through the no­to­ri­ously re­li­able and heavy duty Hel brake lines, lead­ing into the Brembo 19/20 mas­ter cylin­der kit – an un­der­rated bit of gear which gives a whole new de­gree of feel­ing on the brakes com­pared to the stan­dard piece. It also of­fers a hell of a lot more on the fly ad­justa­bil­ity with the ad­di­tional span ad­juster. A com­fort­able rider is a fast rider, after all, and who says you need to spank tens of thou­sands of pounds on parts to make a bike go fast? Okay, okay, some­times!

A fast bike does help a fast rider go even, erm, faster, after all. This is why even though that creamy smooth GSX-R750 en­gine is es­sen­tially stan­dard, it does have a few lit­tle nuggets bolted in to en­sure it’s still got enough fire­power against the big­ger bikes.

The stan­dard clutch has been ditched in favour of a Sigma slip­per clutch with Bar­nett plates; a big im­prove­ment with ad­justa­bil­ity on the smooth down­shifts, while go­ing up the box is taken care of by an HM quick­shifter – a bit of kit which is piv­otal on track for sav­ing tenths here and there. In or­der to get the gas down as hard as pos­si­ble the K7 has also been gifted an NCY quick ac­tion throt­tle for eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble power de­liv­ery – but this will be ditched soon in favour of some­thing a lit­tle more ver­sa­tile as time goes on, as it’s not as good as some of the other ex­am­ples on the mar­ket (cough, Domino, cough…). Only the best will do, aye?

If that isn’t enough to tickle your fancy the Gucci slant comes ex­ter­nally in the form of a Yoshimura R11 full sys­tem, which not only gives the old Suzuki a few horses but gives you bet­ter per­for­mance through­out the rev range – along­side a beau­ti­ful lit­tle note from the end can. Don’t worry though, the old girl is still pretty quiet so it can keep in line with the ever tight­en­ing noise lim­its suf­fo­cat­ing the tracks we know and love.

When this is all bolted to­gether, the GSX-R750 gets given the ever pop­u­lar Dyno­jet power com­man­der and a full re-map to make sure she’s run­ning at her op­ti­mum per­for­mance, be­fore be­ing equipped with a Ren­thal race chain kit to min­imise fric­tion and gain that ex­tra lit­tle one per cent. She’s now al­most ready to take on the litre brigade, and ev­ery lit­tle helps!

Now of course, no race bike is com­plete with­out look­ing the part. There’s a lot of Gix­ers that flood tracks around the world, so this one has been given dash­ing at­tire in the form of a fancy Dream Ma­chine paint job. Top this off with full Cres­cent rac­ing crash pro­tec­tion and the Suzuki looks trick as; set­ting aside from the usual ex­am­ples you’ll find through­out the pit garages.

For added per­son­al­i­sa­tion Dan has opted for a set of Ren­thal Clip-ons and some Dan­moto rear sets – although the lat­ter will soon be ditched in favour of some more ex­pen­sive and ad­justable pieces (pos­si­bly Ri­zoma). Even though these bits are ex­pen­sive it re­ally makes all the dif­fer­ence in find­ing the per­fect rid­ing po­si­tion, and whether on track or on road a few mil­lime­tres here and there can lit­er­ally change the whole feel­ing of a bike.

An­other lit­tle nugget on this ma­chine is the RSC light­weight clutch lever: it re­ally is light as a feather and makes any­thing from a down­shift to a wheelie a piece of piss. Now, come on, who needs a lot of money for a de­cent, fast track bike? Es­pe­cially when he bought the road bike for un­der a grand, so what's stop­ping you from grab­bing a sneaky track bike for sum­mer?

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