What if you could build a street-legal MotoGP replica so accurate that you actually had to build in some flaws so as not to make it too perfect? GP Motorsports has, witness the R1-M1's "R1" logo on the fairing and intentionally included filler panels below the tank. The rest? Yeah, we can't tell the difference either.
This 2008 M1-replica was built using a 2008 Yamaha R1. Retained is the
frame and not much else. The engine is Superbike-spec, the forks are
off Carlos Checa's 2003 GP bike, the shock an Öhlins TTX, the triple
clamp is pinched from an R7. A custom exhaust from England's
beguilingly talented Racefit and 16.5" carbon Dymags round out the
package (carbon wheels are illegal in MotoGP).
The price for something this exotic? About $65,000 (sans the priceless
forks) or $7,000 less than a Ducati Desmosedici. We think we'd rather
have the R1-M1.
Don't need a SBK-spec engine and TTX suspension? Expect to spend Ducati
1198 money. GP Motorsports will also sell you the parts: swingarm,
tank, bodywork, whatever. And if your golden parachute is really
burning a hole in your pocket they'll build you a replica of any bike
you want. They've already built a ZX-RR, YZR500, Ducati GP6 and even a
replica of the prototype M1. The limit? The depth of your credit
or your life partner's tolerance.
The attention to detail of this replica is simply staggering. The
taillight is hidden beneath the tailpiece's red-painted end. There's no
gap or discernable difference in daylight, until you hit the brake
pedal. There's plans to hide projector beams in the air intake. We
can't wait to see what the company does with the 2009 Yamaha R1 and its
GP Motorsports via Performance Bikes