BMW S1000RR race bike build
Neevesy’s new BMW begins its transformation from road bike to racer
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.