Accidents happen. Obviously, it's very unpleasant to crunch up a beloved motorcycle, but when the inevitable does occur, there are two options: bitch and complain while the motorcycle wreck collects dust and rust in the corner of the garage, or get to rebuilding it into the proper motorcycle it once was.
One motorcycle owner who contacted us opted for the later, and what started as a mission to simply get his trashed Suzuki GSX-R1000 rolling again evolved into building a motorcycle suitable for the leader in the performance section.
John explained his motivation, 'I'm really into MotoGP bikes and the race look, and replacing the broken parts with high-end race stuff made sense for the overall theme I wanted. There isn't much chrome or stuff like that because everyone is doing that. I wanted something that would make me stand out while sticking with the race theme.'
Top-shelf performance parts have a way of announcing themselves without the need to be dressed in chrome or wild paint, and it's that performance presence that was capitalized on in the build. John ordered most of its race performance parts direct from the Internet, but still some parts where sourced in shops around Bangkok. Ohlins Road and Track forks are always a beautiful thing, and they've been graced with a pair of Brembo monoblock calipers for extra stopping power. A lightweight Marchesni 10-spoke wheel with Gaffer Wave rotors round off the front end and reflect John's desire for the ultimate in both high-performance and appearance.
Reflecting the race inspiration is a trick AIM gauge that hold as much data as any rider could need. It's tucked neatly behind a Cycle Cat triple clamp and the same company's amazing clip-on handlebar system that seems to offer about countless settings for the perfect feel.
Much like motorcycles that have been built strictly for appearance instead of performance, there are trinkets a plenty, but it takes a minute for them all to full register. Titanium hardware replaces most of the stock bolt and brackets, while powder coating and paint have been added to the stock pieces. Gilles chain adjusters and rearstand spool nicely match the Sato racing rearsets and contrast the black frame and swingarm dramatically.
Engine work is still beeing addressed, but the first phase has been completed with the addition of a Dynojet Power Commander with additional a Dynojet ignition module and Dynojet quickshifter. A freer flowing air filter from K&N helps push more air in, and a full titanium and carbon fiber Yoshimura exhaust blows it out.