BMW S1000RR race bike build

Neevesy’s new BMW be­gins its trans­for­ma­tion from road bike to racer

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No sooner had than the dust (OK, tor­ren­tial rain) set­tled on the 2016 Thun­der­sport GP1 Elite sea­son at Cadwell, than my 2015 BMW S1000RR race bike was shuf­fled into the back of a van, driven to our work­shop in Kent and taken to bits, ready to be turned back into a road bike.

We’ve got a new S1000RR to race in GP1 next year. It’s ex­actly the same 2015/16 model, but two years… and two big crashes fresher. But my old bike never missed a beat and we even ran the same clutch and chain the whole time, which are still in per­fect.

This will be my fifth rac­ing Beemer – I’ve raced ev­ery gen­er­a­tion S1000RR in­clud­ing an HP4 and will again be sup­ported by Prime Fac­tors Mo­tor­cy­cles.

My new steed is start­ing life as a zero-mile road bike and we’re strip­ping all the good­ies from my cur­rent BMW and fit­ting them on the new one (see right). I say ‘we’, it’s more my mate Bob Stock­ley from Icom UK, Prime Fac­tors Mo­tor­cy­cles and my good friend and top BMW me­chanic Paul Cooper.

The spec will be loosely the same as I’ve run for the past few years, which is ba­si­cally Su­per­stock 1000, but with slicks (Pirelli Di­ablo Su­per­bike) and a BMW HP Power Kit ECU. In­ter­est­ingly this spec falls into line with the rules set in IDM (Ger­man) and World En­durance su­per­stock.

These up­graded elec­tron­ics al­low smoother fu­elling and racier trac­tion con­trol.

We’ve also got a BMW HP Cal­i­bra­tion Kit III and that lets you into the ECU to fine tune ev­ery­thing from cus­tomis­ing the fu­elling to trac­tion con­trol, quick­shifter tim­ing, en­gine brak­ing, anti-wheelie and ev­ery­thing in be­tween. I’m keep­ing the rac­ing ABS sys­tem, which is a god­send in wet races.

Off with the road parts, ready for ac­tion

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