Originally Posted by Nigel
Why does Lee have no bits on the website? It is a strange URL for sure.
Well, it's just a small shop. It just happens that for whatever reason they have an amazing engine program going on there. One of the best in the world as a matter of fact.
Here's how the team works: It's a confluence of San Diego BMW & Locust (my company) as the main sponsors with Brock's (BST), RRW and Yoshimura as minority sponsors. Lee's Cycle performs all the technical work as it's the shop where Jeremy Toye is based out of.
When the team went to Macau we went up against some of the best international teams in the world including the BMW teams like Penzkofer (With Rico and Mark Miller), Lumi Nox (Buckley), Iron Horse/ESP (Peris) and DMR (Storrar etc...), there was no doubt as to which was the best BMW on the grid, which was really exciting as a sponsor because you feel like you put your team in a position to win.
Winning for us was beating all of the other BMW teams and putting the bike on the podium, which we did for the first time with an American on the podium in around 10 years. Actually winning the race would be impossible without sorting out the electronics and chassis issues. Which would be possible by next year I think.
Anyway, back to the engines. I think at this point the world is going to agree that Lee's Cycle is now building the most advanced BMW S1000RR engines in the world *outside of the factory*. I know for a fact the factory engines are better because they have the valve train we want to go to and we're still running stock con rods for AMA rules, but I don't think it's much better at all.