Motorcycle News - Speed Metal: Revival’s alloy-clad BMW S1000RR
And now this: A BMW S1000RR sportbike with bodywork created using the metalworking techniques of a century ago.
Alan jumped at the chance, albeit with some misgivings. “My sportbike experience was short blasts on a friend’s modded Suzuki GSX-R750R, scaring the crap out of myself at 160 mph. I quickly decided that sportbikes simply were not for me!”
But when BMW put Alan’s leather-clad butt on a 200 horsepower rocket ship, everything changed. “I saw the light,” he admits. “The light of technology, power, and grace. This mammoth machine was a docile kitten under extreme conditions, even with an amateur like myself hastily thrown on top of it.”
The S1000RR has a 600-mile break-in period: the ECU limits the engine to 9,000 rpm and about 150 hp. Shop manager Chris took it to the track and the local hills, and with the help of a certain ex MotoGP champion, got the bike over 600 miles. The dealer re-flashed the ECU and all 200 horses were unleashed.
“Outside of a few mods to the exhaust, and ECU tuning, we simply could not improve it. So we chose to focus our energy on the aesthetics.” This is the opposite of Revival’s usual attempts to rethink everything on a bike—but the S1000RR is well outside the norm.
A new stainless rear subframe now houses all the electronics, plus a lithium-iron battery, the ECU and a smattering of sensors. From there an overall bodyline developed, blending a modern kick-up tail with the vintage throwback of a number plate.
“We also cut the top off the alloy factory tank, and built a higher-capacity tank that would hold a full six gallons to give us the capacity to go endurance racing,” says Alan. “That is, after all, our entire intention with this bike—to race it!”
“The biggest problem aesthetically was the anodized black aluminum frame,” says Alan. “It was rough and cast, and simply did not fit the look we were going for.” Many hours of bead blasting and hand sanding the entire frame followed, to smooth out the finish and help it to blend in with the hand-finished bodywork.
“We raced it bare at COTA with nothing more than a few vinyl stickers proclaiming it as a Revival bike. But although it performed flawlessly, it didn’t seem ‘finished’.”
“We talked, he sketched, and three days later—after many cigarettes and a few beers—Nico declared it finished. He hit the road leaving us with what feels finally like a complete machine.”
Keep an ear out for it, and if you’re lucky, you’ll hear it screaming through the gears.
via Bike EXIF http://www.bikeexif.com
May 23, 2018 at 01:55PM