One of the best and most popular track bikes ever just got even bigger, badder and better...
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?
Beefed up braking.
Exactly what it says on the screen.