I suppose I should have put this up here a while ago...
I did some work for an Italian race team who (quelle surprise) ran out of money. Nice people though, and they felt very bad about owing me...quite a lot. So bad that their boss used to ring me weekly to tell me they were still working on finding a way to pay etc etc. Then, 5 years later, he said "Look, I don't know when we are going to have the money, or even if we are. Can I give you a bike instead?"
So this is it:
It's Karl Muggeridge's 2007 World Superbike Honda Fireblade. I didn't have the heart to keep the $12,500 front forks so it has Superstock spec forks instead - standard externals and Ohlins cartridges. Swingarm, head, pistons, injectors, crank, clutch and ECU are all factory Honda. Wheels are stock to give me a wider tyre choice than the 16.5" it was originally running. Brakes are Brembo monobloc calipers with factory Nissin master cylinder. Traction control by Bazzaz, GPS dash by GET.
It weighs 165kg with fuel and it's putting out about 200bhp. Definitely quick enough
If I could persuade someone that it's road legal I'd love to take it around the Nordschleife. But the absence of anywhere to even attach a number plate, horn or brake light would make it a bit silly.
Oh, and it's so much better on slicks than treaded tyres and there's no way I'd get away with that...
It's actually a very easy bike to ride fast. The power curve is pretty linear and the electronics are astounding. It's got so much more power than anything I raced, but it's so much easier to ride... To put it into perspective, having never ridden at Jerez before I was lapping quick enough to qualify in European Superstock within a dozen laps or so. That's not because I'm especially good (I mean, obviously I am,...) and everything to do with how good the bike is. Oh, and modern slicks. They're fucking amazing.
My old K3 750 was tuned to the hilt - Tim Radley at Race Developments did the engine - it was blue printed, gas flowed, kent race cams, powercomandered up with Arrow race Ti system - just shy of 150 at the rear wheel but everyone who had a go on it said how easy it was to ride and linear the power was - same as before but a huge dollop more of it so I can emphasise with that statement.
I'm already eyeing up turbo's for the 1000...but the PFM's and wheels will come first, just the common drop in one tooth on the front to give it a little more punch. It remains road legal for the Nordschleife though.
A kidney will be sold for the Suter MMX 500 though when they come out....