THE POWER BEHIND THE GLORY
Under the skin of the leading TT superbikes
These bikes are almost proof that you can have too much of a good thing. With huge swathes of barely-tamed power, lightweight chassis that border on the edge of stability and the best suspension, brakes and electronics that money can buy, they wouldn’t be out of place on a WSB grid.
Despite all the kit, there is a knack to making them fast – and often it confounds the team – to the point where a production superstock bike can be faster. So, to see what the top guys do to make their superbikes the best they can be, we grilled their crew chiefs.
Swingarm “We used a custom swingarm from Suter last year, and we’ve an option to run a revised version of that but we are also considering using a modified standard version.” Suspension “We’ve worked with K-tech to produce a whole new fork this year and we’ve also got a revised rear shock setting which we’ve found to be working really well.” Engine “We have several versions of engine produced by BMW, all of which are available to any BMW customer team/rider. We do most of the engine service work in-house at TAS.” Tank & subframe “We use BMW’S standard subframe on the roads, and our in-house modified tank, expanded to fit the fuel needed to complete the races at the TT.” Rightfoot gearshift “After Hutchy’s leg break, he runs a right-hand gearshift – a system we designed in-house. We went through several versions to get it right.”
The BMW’S dash itself is a standard fitment
Controls for selectable engine maps