Friday, December 17, 2010

Team Cycle World Attack Performance Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000: What lies beneath

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Team Cycle World's GSX-R1000 wears a Drudi Performance-designed red-white-and-black livery, which we think looks pretty good! Maybe Suzuki should do an official replica...?

The AMA claim that their Pro Racing American Superbike rules are aimed at reducing costs and establishing a level playing field for all racers. Cycle World magazine decided to go racing in the series this year, with Eric Bostrom riding a GSX-R1000, to see if privateers really stand a chance of taking podium finishes and even, perhaps, winning a race or two.

American Suzuki supplied a 2009 GSX-R1000, and Team Cycle World Attack Performance Yoshimura Suzuki decided they would participate in four rounds of the AMA Superbikes series in the US. As things turned out, Eric did not win any races during the year aboard the Cycle World GSX-R – a seventh-place finish was the best he could manage. Still, we thought it would be interesting to take a quick look at what exactly goes into a privateer’s AMA Superbikes racebike, and what some of these components cost. So here we go:

EMPro engine-management system (tech support for this comes from Yoshimura Racing, via its engine lease program, which costs $1,400 per race weekend), series-spec Sunoco fuel, Dunlop tyres and Brembo brakes, with billet monobloc radial-mount four-piston callipers at the front, which cost $2,605 each. HPK 320mm stainless steel brake discs at the front, which cost $660 each, and billet two-piston rear brake calliper that costs $1,876.

Two types of wheels are used on this racing GSX-R; five-spoke forged aluminium wheels from Piega, which cost $2,146 per set, and six-spoke forged magnesium wheels (that weigh a kilo less compared with the aluminium wheels) from Cattiva, which cost $4,125 per set. In 2010, most AMA Superbikes used gas cartridge fork kits (that fit inside the stock fork), which cost about $3,800 and race-spec rear shocks that cost about $5,500. Team Cycle World’s GSX-R1000 was fitted with Ohlins NIX cartridge kits that cost $1,320 each and Ohlins TTX36 rear shock, which costs $1,403 per unit.

So now you know what kind of stuff goes into an AMA Superbikes racer and approximately how expensive it is to go racing in a series like American Superbikes. Don’t know about you, but it makes us wonder what it would cost to campaign a machine in World Superbikes. And let’s not even think about MotoGP...!

The ready-to-race Team Cycle World Attack Performance Yoshimura Suzuki AMA Pro American superbike will soon be auctioned off, with all proceeds going to the Cycle World Joseph C. Parkhurst Education Fund to benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation's scholarship program for brain-tumor survivors.
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