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My S1000RR Race Bike Build...

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.

Ryan
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That is going to look awesome...must be nice to have deep pockets. Can't wait to see it finished.

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That is going to look awesome...must be nice to have deep pockets. Can't wait to see it finished.
No real need for deep pockets. The bike was used it and I've got been at it long enough to be fortunate enough to call on various connections and companies to get things discounted. I'll have much less in this bike than I had in the purchase of my 2008 1098R a few seasons ago and I'll guarantee the only way this one will depreciate as fast as the Ducati is if I demolish it.

Personally, I'm a cheap f**ker unless it has an engine. I won't spend money on a watch because I carry a phone, but I'll justify Dunlop slicks...

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Looks loke an awesome project, I thought I was going far with my Ohlins 30 kit and TTX,BMC,Bazzaz,Brembo 19,CRG (clutch),CRG,Carbon Lorraine pads,Armmour bodies,Akropovic-shorty and Ntec slicks. If you ride with TPM or NESBA/Absolute, I'll probably see you at NJMP.
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Looks loke an awesome project, I thought I was going far with my Ohlins 30 kit and TTX,BMC,Bazzaz,Brembo 19,CRG (clutch),CRG,Carbon Lorraine pads,Armmour bodies,Akropovic-shorty and Ntec slicks. If you ride with TPM or NESBA/Absolute, I'll probably see you at NJMP.
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Nice - that's the perfect tire selection!

I ride with all of the them, but I'm a director/cr with NESBA, so most of my time is there. You going to the first weekend at NJMP? I won't be quite back up to pace by then after a year off, but I'm hoping it comes back quick. I'm itching to see if I can beat my R6 laptimes of 1:28s on Thunderbolt and 1:10s on Lightning.

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I thought I'd post up some pics of my work in progress. Ryan
Wow, a very nice build for a non-pro effort, thanks for posting all the details!!

Some comments about some of what you posted. Surely the R6 must have been 354, not 254 pounds? Is that the Armour Bodies seat pan and padding you show in the last picture, or the Alpha piece? Are you keeping the speed sensing ring to retain the DTC? You aren't keeping the ABS since you're bypassing the pump, I'd guess?

Please post the weight of the bike when you're done, and also more pictures so the rest of us can live vicariously as your race bike comes together! Even more exciting would be video of your exploits! Thanks.
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That tail and seat look really nice! Keep us updated when you get it all put together.
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Damn typo - 354lbs is right. I think to the only time it was 254 was when the engine was out - hahaha!

The bodywork is from Alpha racing. I kept the Armour Bodies stuff as a backup, as the Alpha CF stuff doesn't look like it'll crash well.

The custom speed rings will let me retain the ABS and DTC, but we're bypassing the ABS system. As soon as there's a cost-effective way to remove the pump and retain the DTC, I'll do it. I've not got much seat time with the BMW yet, so I'm not sure if I'll find the DTC to be helpful. I know with my 1098R, I kept it turned pretty far down (or off) - enough to where it'd let the bike slide quite a bit coming off the corners without kicking in.

I'll be getting plenty of video this year if I remember to bring the memory cards to the track; somehow I always managed to forget them - hahaha.

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Wow, a very nice build for a non-pro effort, thanks for posting all the details!!

Some comments about some of what you posted. Surely the R6 must have been 354, not 254 pounds? Is that the Armour Bodies seat pan and padding you show in the last picture, or the Alpha piece? Are you keeping the speed sensing ring to retain the DTC? You aren't keeping the ABS since you're bypassing the pump, I'd guess?

Please post the weight of the bike when you're done, and also more pictures so the rest of us can live vicariously as your race bike comes together! Even more exciting would be video of your exploits! Thanks.
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alpha Racing carbon is somewhat "disposable" - it's meant to be painted, light as possible, and relatively inexpensive - because you're going to be replacing it a lot...perhaps they developed that formula in response to a rider named Xaus...
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