I thought I'd post up some pics of my work in progress.
Short background - I'm an avid track *****, relatively quick on 2 wheels who took a season off to recover from back and foot/leg injuries. I picked an S1000RR up last fall (used) and am wrapping up prep work for this season.
The bike came with an Ohlins 30mm kit, PCV, TTX shock, Armour Bodies bodywork, Akrapovic stainless/carbon exhaust, Woodcraft covers and rearsets. I rode it once before buying, a quick 4 laps at NJMP. Not pushing - I was in a walking cast before changing into my leathers and other gear.
Initial observations were that the front felt a little numb and the brakes were less precise than what I was used to. My favorite bike of the prior season was a Chuck Giachetto-built 2010 R6 that weighed in at a nimble 354lbs with about half a tank of fuel. I decided to rework the S1000RR over the winter to get it lighter, more agile and closer to what I was used to.
I swapped out the internals for a set of forks sprung for my weight sourced from Dan Kyle. He was instrumental in the suspension setup on my 1098R and 848; also had to change the spring in the TTX and switched from the stock damper to an Ohlins stabilizer.
I've swapped the stainless akrapovic long exhaust that was on there for a shorty Evo/titanium system. The weight saving is decent, and I'm a big fan of hearing what the bike is doing - the shorty is MUCH louder.
For brakes, a quick call to Fred @ Yoyodyne landed a set of billet CNC calipers (I swear, I didn't realize they looked like chrome when I ordered them), an RCS master cylinder and Motoholders front stay and rear subframe.
To shave as much weight as possible off, I used one of Chip's Ballistic batteries - the thing is a work of art and light years beyond the SpeedCell battery I had on my R6. We also canned the Woodcraft covers and went with GB racing composite guards.
If there's one thing I can't stand, it's riding with a factory seat. Numb, numb, numb... but no one here in the US makes a proper superbike tail. A few emails back and forth to Germany and I ended up sourcing CF bodywork (and a ton of other parts) from Alpha Racing. The Alpha bodywork is decent, fits well, and weighs nothing (the lower is 1.75lbs!) - but it doesn't look crash sturdy, so I kept and painted the Armour Bodies.
I also grabbed a set of the PVM aluminum wheels, 5.5mm rotors, fast throttle kit, swingarm pivot, bodywork mounting kit, coolant hoses, gas cap and other bits on the same order.
Unfortunately, the ABS ring and bracket supplied by Alpha is meant for the stock forks. In an attempt to retain ABS, I designed a custom ABS sensor ring that I had laser-cut out of 1.25mm thick sheet metal.
We're bypassing the ABS pump with a set of direct lines.
We painted the CF stuff last weekend - the scheme is a WSBK replica, decals provided by DrippinWet. I took off before clear was applied, so the pics of the bodywork were after the last base color was done.
Plan is to shake it out at VIR on 3/28, followed the next weekend by 3 days at NJMP. REALLY looking forward to riding it this season; I'll be splitting time between it and a new fairly stock R6, so it'll be a cool comparison.