By Bruce Speedman
Here’s my vote. Keep your modifications basic: sticky tires, basic crash protection (case covers, etc.), and maybe steel brake lines. No reason to document how to extensively farkleize a 3-year old platform — that ground is already well-worn. But what you have there is an incredibly capable supersport machine. Start club racing and tell us about your experience! Bonus points if you’ve never raced before.
I’m thinking club racing story articles (it was great!) might make for less interesting print?
I agree that there’s a challenge to keeping racing stories interesting, but the magic is in the details. I found the articles about that guy Sam and his SV races to be pretty neat. Plus I think the development of someone who hadn’t really raced before is an interesting angle. Always interesting to see the progression.
Anyway, I think you have to race this thing because anything else is a waste of the bike’s potential. Commuting? Better options abound. Canyons? It’s like a race track except you’re going slow and there is oncoming traffic. Wheelieing your borrowed GSXR on public roads while wearing jeans? Bad for the cause :)
Wheelies are much safer on the track with full gear: http://youtu.be/p9mXelnqCIg
hey RA, what’s happening with http://rideapart.com/2014/05/craigslist-project-bike-build/ ?
An update is right around the corner! Thanks for checking in!
You guys aren’t worried about the image problem? In the UK, GSXR riders do not enjoy a reputation as upstanding citizens, and I understand it’s a similar situation in the States.
Bikers in general do not enjoy a reputation as upstanding citizens -,ride my friend -ride.
Lot’s of riding up here! Look me up!
Daytona would be boring to mod as it’s already “perfect”.
Rattle-can it black to avoid the squimage (squid-image) and thrash the crap out of it.
You chose the wrong bike. Better a GSX-R750. Then go hunt liter bikes at the track.
I suggest that if you do any engine/exhaust performance mods, that you do before and after dyno tests to quantify any improvement. None of that “it feels better” nonsense, unless, of course, you’re talking about suspension or adding a new seat.
Yeah because you never heard of the 750