Turn­ing a rev­o­lu­tion­ary road bike into su­per­bike chal­lenger

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Buying & Selling -

Build­ing a race bike is never a small task, es­pe­cially when you’re start­ing off with a brand new ma­chine like Suzuki’s GSX-R1000. MCN sat down with Ben­netts Suzuki boss Steve Hicken to find out what they’ve been do­ing to turn it into a po­ten­tial BSB ti­tle chal­lenger.

No. 1 on the list

“We took de­liv­ery of our first bike in Novem­ber, Suzuki had only just re­vealed the GSX-R in Mi­lan so we were one of the first teams in the world to take de­liv­ery of the pre­pro­duc­tion model.”

Be­lieve the hype

“The first thing we did was dyno it in stock trim as we wanted to make sure that the power Suzuki were claim­ing was there, and it is, which was a relief as we’ve all heard the hype be­fore but the fig­ures back it up with this bike.”

Elec­tron­ics are the pri­or­ity

“Our main pri­or­ity was get­ting a wiring loom made for the MOTEC elec­tron­ics. At the same time we set about de­sign­ing the triple clamps, get­ting some swingarms mod­i­fied and other bits like that.”

500 dyno runs and count­ing

“When the loom was made we set about the su­per­bike devel­op­ment. The bike went straight to MOTEC so they could set up the firmware - we couldn’t even start the thing un­til this was com­pleted! Now we’re 500 dyno runs later af­ter work­ing on the new blip­per, throt­tle con­nec­tions, torque map­ping – you name it we’ve done it.”

Un­prece­dented fac­tory sup­port

“We’ve been in­volved with a cou­ple of man­u­fac­tur­ers in the past but we’ve never had sup­port like this. I don’t think there’s an­other team in BSB with the same level of fac­tory sup­port we have.”

Swingarm op­tion

“We’ve got two swingarm op­tions at the mo­ment. It’s re­ally nice to have the full fac­tory op­tion from Yoshimura, but in the past we’ve proven that a Har­ris mod­i­fied stan­dard arm can work re­ally well. We’ll work hard in test­ing to get the max­i­mum out of the Har­ris arm be­fore see­ing if we can bet­ter that with the Yoshimura op­tion.”

De­liv­ery from Ja­pan

“Yoshimura have also sent us a car­bon-fi­bre sub-frame, seat unit and cus­tom made tank. It’s an amaz­ing piece of kit, we just need to assess what will work well for us and what our rid­ers are hap­pi­est with.”

Big power, mas­sive torque

“The engine is pro­duc­ing big power, mas­sive torque and what shocked us is just how lin­ear it is, it’s prac­ti­cally a straight line! I think the rid­ers will get a false sense that it al­most feels slow but it’s def­i­nitely not. That’s all down to the vari­able valve tim­ing, which should be great for tyre wear so hope­fully we can get the softer Pirelli SC0 tyre op­tion to work at most of the BSB cir­cuits.”

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