2nd Video Of The Project Bike

Finally- we took video material of the MotoGP Project Bike during Track Drill 1on1 coahings at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, CA.  It was a fantastic day and the bike was really fast.  The great performance is such a surprise.  About 40 lbs lost, and BST carbon rims, as well as the Race Tech suspension, and not last but least the Dunlop tires… it all fits together as it was meant to be.

We can’t wait to get started with the engine upgrades, such as Wiseco piston kit etc.  This is getting done by Evolution Motorcycles in San Jose.  These guys will lift the bar even higher.          Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

The 9th upgrade session was all about the front brake rotors and brake pads, which we’ve installed with titanium bolts.  We show you how to brake-in new rotors and what to look for while maintenance.  We also installed braking lines and show you how to use brake air bleeder.  Check it out:

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I am a ‘burned child’ in regard to brakes. Losing the front brake at about 260 km/h ain’t fun.  That experience is is something I won’t go through again, so I’m very sensitive on that subject!          Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

What Happened

Coach Can was observing his student, a European racer, on Hungaroring/HU in August 2008.  He followed his student on a fast lap until his front brake power broke completely off on his braking marker for turn 4.

Can steered away from his student and had tried to absorb speed (GPS recorded from 260 km/h down to 200 km/h) by shifting down and using the rear brake.  He went through the gravel bed, but he had to cross the track again and noticed that he was on collision course into a other rider. Coach decided to lay down the bike and to hit the rider low.

The hospital in Budapest/HU diagnosed many fractures on both riders. Coach denied treatment to get further treatment and surgery in Germany. The investigation on the bike reviled that the brake fluid was cooking- which leads to air in the system.  Coach ran out of brake pads, so he was using a brand which were not matching rotor materials. A fatal mistake.

Can wanted to get away from that “slaughterhouse”.  I took him home in an RV where he relieved the pain with some six-packs and jokes!  Next day, back in Germany, he had surgery!          Marion Akkaya, spouse

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A high performance bike like this requires quality materials and fabrication, especially when it comes to braking components.  The factors for picking the right front brake rotors for your purposes are:  size in diameter and thickness, weight, material in regard the brake pads you plan to use, and the costs of course.  All of these factors lead us to BikeMaster USA and their new performance brake rotors.

Get to know about the significance to chose the right couple of rotors and pads, and see what we’ve find out about BikeMaster brake rotors.

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BikeMaster sponsors the Superbike-Coach Corp

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To have something reliable in the front brake calipers, we have decided to go with BikeMaster sintered brake pads, because they are developed with BikeMaster’s new front brake rotors.  This is an insures that the manufacturer has tested this combo in all conditions and all extremes.

Since this bike is not just on the track, we provided a rotor/pad combo which will also deliver extraordinary performance on the street.  So we can’t just go an pick a full floated rotor and pads which needs lots of temperature to work properly.       Phillip Mayfield, CEO at BikeMaster

Even though there is a saying, that sintered braking pads are going to worn out the brake rotors quicker- we putted in account that sintered brake pads won’t fade that quick- allowing shorter braking travel- and a more linear braking performance.  All of that means less lap times on the track, and more safety on the street.

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Racing Brake Lineshel logo

HEL is well known for their high quality standards, but what they deliver with the brake line kit is exciting.  The kit comes  with everything you need to get the job done.

The installation is easy actually, since HEL delivers 3 brake lines which are made for specific bikes.  Our ‘Three Line Kit’ came with red fittings, and Carbon look PVC covers.  Perfect also that HEL provided pre-drilled Aluminum banjo bolts for proper safety wiring.

Our brake lines and fittings are state of the Art- so the right match for this project bike.    Phil, CEO Moto-Heaven.com, USA

There is no better way to improve braking performance by installing HEL stainless steel or titanium braking lines.  This gives a more predictable, and steady pressure on the lever.

Moto-Heaven, the U.S. distributor for HEL brake lines, also provided brand new brake fluid hoses for the project bike.  We could save about 7 oz (200g) with it on a very simple and logic way- just get rid of the fluid reservoir for the rear brake, the half of the fluid, and brackets and bolts.

We replaced all of this with the Moto Heaven hose, and a simple gas tank valve, where we removed a tiny steel ball for air flow in both directions.  The Moto Heaven hose itself becomes the fluid reservoir.  It works, saves lots of weight, and it looks great (see picture below).

CHECK OUT ALL FACTS ABOUT BRAKE LINES, HEL- AND THE ADVANTAGES

HEL and Superbike-Coach Corp

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There are some steel bolts to replace at the BST Carbon front wheel, but they need to stay strong, so we replaced them by Mettec’s pretty strong, titanium bolts- made in the USA.

It needs high quality titanium bolts which are strong enough to keep up with the braking power of the bike.     Dirk VanCott, Mettec USA

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…to find out all about the bolts and nuts subject and what important to know is:

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Conclusion Of The 9th Upgrade  Session

This 9th day of installation brought a couple of positive perceptions:

 

(VIDEO IS COMING SOON)

Visit the Superbike-Coach website to find out more about our advanced track and street riding teaching program.

Info: Click ‘Expand’ in the slideshow to see all of it.

Next:  10th Upgrade Session

Photography by John Wolf

It was a fantastic day at the Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey California as we rolled out the project bike to the start and finish line.  Photographer John Wolf found the right place to put the bike in scene- doesn’t he?!

Later on the bike impressed us by its performance on this famous race track, which is quite challenging for liter bikes.

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The 8th upgrade session was all about engine temperatures, so we’re installing an additional racing radiator, and water hoses- but it was also about changing some stuff and to get the general weight down since we were adding some pounds.  Besides this, we could drop water temps from an average of about 200 Fahrenheit- down to about 170 Fahrenheit.  This is actually easy and quickly to do, and you should consider to do this as well because this extends your engines life.  So check it out:

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I’ve seen terrifying water temperatures on my R1, especially when I was hitting city traffic.  Even if the electronic vents were kicking in… the radiator was overwhelmed.          Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

High Water Temperatures

When the water temperature or heat of a bike gets too high, the engine can stop functioning properly and serious, permanent damage can be done to it. To avoid this from happening, a proper water temperature must be maintained at all times under every type of driving condition.  This would include destruction of such parts as the crankshaft, pistons, connecting rods, cylinders, and valves, among other items.

The optimal water temperature on a sportbike is between 160 and 170 Fahrenheit.  Anything else causes horsepower!        Eugenio Fantini, CEO at Taleo Tecnoracing, Spain

Why To Go With Taleo Tecnoracing Radiatorstaleo

Taleo radiators are used by Aprilia Racing, Kawasaki Japan, Buell  America, Suter Racing and Inmotes amongst other important firms  (co-operation is also being discussed for MotoGP in 2012), so the Superbike-Coach Corp. To better  understand how Taleo products are appreciated and accepted in the  racing sectors, the answer is that 27 motorcycles in Moto2 use these  products and are satisfied with them. Whereas for the new and future  Moto3 championship, studies are now underway and contacts with teams who will inaugurate the new four-stroke championship.  So what’s good in racing- is good for the project bike.

We’ll show you how it’s installed and deliver you lots of tricks to make it even work better.

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CHECK OUT OUR ARTICLE ‘RACING RADIATOR’

Taleo is sponsoring the Superbike-Coach Corp

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BikeMaster has a non-glycol based radiator additive for use in racing applications where a glycol-based product cannot be used. Engines will run up to 30°F (15°C) cooler and it improves thermal exchange and engine cooling system efficiency.

I’m not sure if this is really lowering temps by 30f, but if it get 10f off the gauge it would make that small investment worth it.         Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

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Water HosesMT_header

Silicone radiator hose kits and silicone couplers will provide the engine with a one-of-a-kind advantage in performance and style. Moto-Tuner silicone hose kits are made with a dual layer, combining high-grade silicone and heat-resistant embedded fibers, which are providing exceptional and efficient heat reduction, increased pressure tolerance, and a lifetime of satisfaction. Mishimoto silicone hose kits are a direct OEM fit.

Moto Tuner’s silicone hose kit replacing the weak factory pieces on your bike, and they perform much better than stock too.          Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

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Moto Tuner and Superbike-Coach Corp

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There are not many steel bolts to replace around the cooling system, but if so- we replaced them by Mettec’s pretty strong, black anodized aluminum bolts and nuts.

Aluminum bolts are fine in these areas.  Our bolts and lock nuts are light, strong and are going to last a long time.     Dirk VanCott, Mettec USA

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Mettec and Superbike-Coach

Overflow Water Tank

The stock overflow water tank isn’t just too heavy, it is also mounted right behind the engine, and get additionally heated up.
Maintenance is also not easy at this place, so we decided to go with a expansion bottle from HRC instead and to relocate it in the swing arm.

Let’s lower center gravity and drop some water degrees at ones.     Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

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…to find out all about the relocation and what important to know is.  Find out how to install and what tools you need:

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Conclusion Of The 8th Upgrade  Session

This 8th day of installation brought a couple of positive perceptions:

 

(VIDEO IS COMING SOON)

Visit the Superbike-Coach website to find out more about our advanced track and street riding teaching program.

Info: Click ‘Expand’ in the slideshow to see all of it.

Next:  9th Upgrade Session

The 7th upgrade session was all about installing Gilles Tooling Clip-On’s and Spider Grips, Zeta controls, and a Hyperpro steering damper.  That we are using titanium bolts by Mettec is obvious, because these are all highly stressed areas and will reduce general weight.  All of this session is more about adjustability and customizing sitting position, and comfort.

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I’ve seen lever and handlebar positions on stock bikes were I was asking myself who the hell was that test rider for that manufacturer- because it was so bad that it takes you a second too long to grab to the brake. Luckily stuff like that is easy  and cheap to fix.  Another thing is that there is no range to play with on a stock steering damper… I wanna have this changed!        Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

What’s The Deal With A Adjustable Steering Damper

Ever had that heart-stopping moment when the ’bars oscillate nervously, or even flap uncontrollably out of your hands?  If you have, you’ll know it’s no fun… if you haven’t… you should act now before it happens. What you have experienced – or probably will experience sooner or later – is the problem known as a tank slapper, which, if it becomes violent enough (as it easily can), often leads to an accident.

I want something which has a great range of adjustments to make it adapt to my riding style… I don’t want to adapt to the bike!  Hyperpro has one of the best steering dampers on the market.  Give me one of these!        Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

Why To Go With Hyperprohyperpro

Experienced riders know the value of a quality steering damper. Tank slappers and steering vibrations are intercepted by the damper, so you have a bike that steers the way you’re used to and reacts the way you’d hope for in unexpected circumstances.  This report will give you all facts and of course the best way to find the correct setting for you.

Our RSC and CSC dampers are extremely precise, so best match for the Superbike-Coach project.  This product will fulfill Coach’s expectations.       Klaus, CEO at Hyperpro USA

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EPM and Superbike-Coach Corp

Clip-On’sgilles logo

There is no way around some aftermarket clip-on’s, because most of the time the handle bars aren’t adjustable on a stock bike.  That really sucks, because it causes back pain, tired arms, and cost time to grab the brake.

Stock handlebars aren’t really fitting to anybody.  No clue who is responsible at the manufacturers to come up with that.  I mean, at least their test rider should have noticed that this needs some improvement.          Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

Why To Go With Gilles

Gilles Tooling has the best clip on.  Super light, easy to install, phenomenal quality- and it has the right angle already.  Especially this makes it so light, because it doesn’t need adjustability at that point.  Broken parts are easy and quickly to replace, which is important in racing. Read the report to get to know how to install and what to look for to find the correct position for you.

We are happy to be part of this project with lots of our products, which are beneficial for the overall performance of the bike.  It’ll make it lighter, and stronger.       Gerhard Gilles, Gilles Tooling Germany

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Gilles Tooling and Superbike-Coach Corp

Titanium and Aluminum Fasteners header_02

There are lots of long 8mm bolts to change in the clip on and steering damper areas.  Mettec titanium bolts would save lots if weight at that point and give strength to these highly stressed parts.  We lost weight by about 250 grams.

Clip-On’s are highly stressed, but our main goal was it to lose more weight in the lower part of the motorcycle to lowerCenter Gravity.  We were dealing with lots of long big bolts.  The weight reduction is significant.

Titanium is what you can trust on in these stressed areas.  Our bolts and lock nuts are light, strong and are going to last a long time.     Dirk VanCott, Mettec USA

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…to find out all about the bolts and nuts subject and what important to know is:

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Mettec Titanium Bolts in The Superbike Coach project bike

Levers And Perchesth

The market is floated with aftermarket levers/controls, but if you just looking for the most efficient one- you’ll end up with Dirtfreak’s Zeta lever and perches program.

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That’s easy to answer… because Zeta levers are more functional, lighter, extremely qualitative,  and way cheaper as all the others.  We love them, and when you hold a lever or a perch from Zeta in your hand the first time- you’ll love them as well

Numb fingers, dead hands, back pain… let’s see what else… to snatch the brake lever too slow, because you just couldn’t get that thang in the correct position.  All of that in cause of in-adjustability… really?!     Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

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Conclusion Of The 7th Upgrade  Session

This 7th day of installation brought a couple of positive perceptions:

(VIDEO IS COMING SOON)

Visit the Superbike-Coach website to find out more about our advanced track and street riding teaching program.

Info: Click ‘Expand’ in the slideshow to see all of it.

Next:  4th Photo Session

We want to introduce a product line which we, the Superbike-Coach Corp, are using in our Road Skill- Track Drill- and Wheelie Course programs.  We are using ‘Bike to bike communication’ by Autocom to coach students on the run.  Actually Autocom is in almost all stuff we do… Sideline Coaching- Team Consulting- Youth Coaching- and our Guided Motorcycle Tours.  It has a good reason why Superbike-Coach is going with these guys.

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Autocom, sponsor of Superbike-Coach Corp

The 6th upgrade session was all about installing Gilles Tooling Chain Adjusters and Titanium lock nut- Thrust Company sprockets, and a D.I.D. Racing Chain.  That we are using titanium bolts by Mettec is obvious, because the drivetrain is another place where you can save lots of rotating masses and general weight.  So the interesting part of this installation is supposed to be more about the ‘why’:

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I hear many track riders saying that their bike don’t need to change sprocket sizes because they would have enough power.  They’re wrong… you can’t have enough power.  To change sprockets is the most cheapest way to get lots of more acceleration through out the entire track.           Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

What’s The Deal With Sprocket SizeThrust

First of all… to change sprockets has no effect on HP or Torque numbers, it just changes the way the available horsepower rules over the power range and to give the bike either more acceleration- or more top speed.   This is just one step of a race team to adapt their bike to a specific race track- or better to the longest straight out.

I use to focus on the longest straight away on a particular track- which is most likely start ‘n’ finishMy secondary (sprocket setup) was good when that engine got in highest gear- and in highest RPMs for about one second before my braking marker.         Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

Why To Change Sprockets

You’ve got to consider this logically.  Racing means continuous acceleration- all over the race- while the term “Top Speed” becomes weight at one spot only.  In other words… there is no “too much” acceleration for a racer, and also you as a track rider should not spend away these actually cheap recourse.

Stock motorcycles are all ‘oversized’ in regard sprockets.  The reason is pretty simple- it’s marketing, because that makes top speed numbers on a flyer looking good and it makes the bike doing lower RPM on regular speed in high gears.   You know- you usually don’t do 190 miles an hour on some Freeway.

Our Thrust sprockets are the lightest on the market, so best match for the Superbike-Coach project.  We cover all sprocket sizes so that this bike can be always dialed for every track.       Phil, Thrust Company/Moto-Heaven

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Thrust Company and the Superbike-Coach bike

Racing ChainDID Chains

An old saying says ‘A chain is just as strong as its weakest link’.  This is very correct, and this is why we decided to go with a D.I.D. Racing chain.

We thought what’s good for the Yamaha Factory Racing Team and their riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi- must be good for the Superbike-Coach project bike.          Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

Why To Go 520

Most sportbikes are coming with 530 chains, which is the thickness- or better size of chain and sprockets.  In fact we are talking about two advantages: Reduction of general and rotating masses, and less friction = more horsepower/torque to the wheel and easier handling.

Some people may say that the weight reduction on a 520 isn’t significant, but they underestimate rotating masses. Hironao Wada, D.I.D / Daido Corporation of America

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DID Chains and the Superbike-Coach bike

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Another goal was it to go away from OEM looking and cheaply finished parts, and the R1 really comes up with something poorly made chain adjusters.  This is why we were looking for the ‘mother’ of all chain adjusters… Gilles Tooling!

Why Using Other Adjusters

Besides the design and quality of having Gilles Tooling chain adjusters- you’ll have a wider range for adjusting chain slack.  Other than that, these parts are easily and more precisely to adjust chain tension.  Gilles adjuster also make it easier to reinstall the rear axle because these adjusters are fixed to the swingarm.

We are happy to be part of this project with lots of our products, which are beneficial for the overall performance of the bike.       Gerhard Gilles, Gilles Tooling Germany

Titanium Lock Nut

thumbnail_1-ACM_200x150Gilles Tooling Titanium Safety Nuts are CNC-machined from TI6ALV4 Titanium and weigh less than one ounce (20 grams). Nuts feature a unique interlocking pin that secures the nut to prevent theft. Practical and fantastic looking, so that’s a no brainer for us.

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… find out all about the chain adjuster subject and the tricks we like to share with you.  Find out how to install Gilles Tooling chain adjusters and lock nut yourself- and what tools you need to save money:

CHECK OUT ALL FACTS ABOUT Chain Adjuster and Nut

Gilles Tooling and the Superbike-Coach bike

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After first glance on the BST carbon rims and the holder for the Thrust Company sprocket we were convinced to make them even lighter.  Mettec titanium bolts would save lots if weight.  Rotating- and unsprung masses are easy to find:  10mm bolts of the raking rotors, 12mm bolts and nuts of the sprocket carrier, and the huge nut which holds the c-sprocket.

Sprockets are highly stressed, but our main goal was it to lose more weight in the lower part of the motorcycle to reduce Center Gravity.  We were dealing with lots of short big bolts, from 8mm up to 12 mm.  The weight reduction is significant.

Titanium is what you can trust on in these stressed areas.  Our bolts and lock nuts are light, strong and are going to last a long time.     Dirk VanCott, Mettec USA

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…to find out all about the chain subject and what important to know is.  Find out how to maintain your own chain and what tools you need to save money:

CHECK OUT ALL FACTS ABOUT METTEC TITANIUM FASTENERS, INCLUDING TIPS FROM PROFESSIONALS

Mettec and the Superbike-Coach bike

Hitch Cushion

All stock bikes are having the rear sprocket mounted in way too soft rubber cushions.  This construction prevents that street riders are going too rough on the throttle and goes easier on materials and tires. Race bikes ain’t go that way, so our Mettec titanium bolts are pointing into way smaller and harder rubber cushions- which are mounted in our BST Carbon rims.

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Race bikes have less- or non cushion to hold that rear sprocket because that ain’t swallow horsepower, but gains throttle response… it’s as simple as that.

Our carbon rims coming with very hard sprocket cushions.  It’s just right for the project bike.       Terry, CEO BlackstoneTek, South Africa

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BST, sponsor of Superbike-Coach Corp

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Conclusion Of The 6th Upgrade  Session

This 6th day of installation brought a couple of positive perceptions:

(VIDEO IS COMING SOON)

Visit the Superbike-Coach website to find out more about our advanced track and street riding teaching program.

Info: Click ‘Expand’ in the slideshow to see all of it.

Next:  2nd Videos Of The Project Bike

Finally here it is… the project bike in total on full size pictures by ‘Jason Waterstreet’.  We couldn’t wait any longer, and we’re hoping that you enjoy to look at it as we do.

Jason rides motorcycles too, so he knows how a biker use to look at bikes.  We think that he did a real good job.

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All the details on this bike makes you look again and again on it.  Each time you find something new which catches your attention and makes you asking questions.  The bike is fantastic, and I love to focus my camera on it.        Jason Waterstreet, Waterstreet Photography

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Enjoy the slide show to your right (use the expand function)

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Photography by Jason Waterstreet 2013

The 5th upgrade session was all about installing BST Carbon wheels, and Dunlop tire sets.  But there was more to do than that.   Each part we touch goes through an estimate in regard to improvement.  We found that even a product which is already perfect like BST’s, can be improved beyond perfect- by adding Ceramic wheel bearings from Brock’s Performance and Titanium bolts from Mettec.  The turnout is sensational:

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When we got that shipment from South Africa to Sacramento- we thought there is only one carbon rim in the box because it was so light.  We were wrong :-)  Two beautiful BST carbon wheels were in there- ready to install.  The first time you hold that 4 pound front wheel in hands will melt your face.  Btw… I’ve never seen Robert that nervous as he installed the Dunlop tires on these rims.          Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

What Robert Had To DoEvolutionMotorcycle-Yellow

A 5th installation day brought us together again at Evolution Motorcycles in San Jose.  Our mission… to install BST carbon rims and Dunlop Qualifier tires.  By this way we’re get some other minor work done, and chech  That will be lots of room for Mettec titanium bolts again.

That was an easy upgrade session.  First time we’ve been done in 7 hours.      Robert, Evolution Motorcycles

Blackstone Tek (BST) Carbon WheelsBST-Logo

We were so excited as we began to prepare the BST carbon rims for installation.  The general weight reduction, loss of rotating and unsprung masses by 50% is promising enough to impress the toughest racers.

The moment were you put on BST rims, is the moment were you change the ballpark you’re playing in.  An investment into weight reduction is way smarter as putting budgets into engine performance upgrades, because you gain HP/lbs ratio- so your existing engine releases resources and you improve handling performances as well.  Quality, look, engine performance, handling- all changed by putting these rims on.  You lap times will proof it.

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We have many years of experience in working with carbon fibre and carbon composites in the aeronautical industry. We combine all this knowledge to create the best parts for motorcycles – wheels, tanks, frames, sub-frames, fenders – for road and race environments. Our unique manufacturing process is patented, and gives the best quality part.  BST wheels are tested extensively and the results are published. Carbon Fibre is the ideal material for light, strong wheels, and the BST design gives exceptional performance, whether you are on the ROAD or on the TRACK.  Our rims are the perfect mach for Superbike Coach’s project bike!          Terry Annecke, BlackStone Tek Ltd, South Africa

And Terry is right.  Her rims are sold over 18000 times all over the world.  Why would you invest in magnesium rims for weight reduction when there is a product which really benefits you n the end of the day.  Yes, you might save a little longer to have that budget, but it is worth it.

The only thing we had to do was, to grind off material from the bracket of the rear brake caliper.   The extra space is for the Titanium flush head bolts from Mettec we are going to use (see info below).

CHECK OUT OUR ARTICLE ‘CARBON RIMS’

BST, sponsor of Superbike-Coach Corp

Ceramic Wheel BearingsBrocks Performance White Bkgrd

Brock’s Performance is the distributor for BST carbon wheels in the USA.  These guys find a way to even improve BST carbon wheels by installing a set of World Wide Ceramic Bearings.  The turnout is that you can save some ounces of unsprung masses again, but there is more coming with those ceramic bearings.

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The allure of going faster with less energy is appealing to almost anyone and the latest innovation to make bikes go faster is ceramic wheel bearings. Since the speed of a motorcycle is most determined by the performance of its rotating parts, investing in ceramic wheel bearings by Worldwide Bearings is a logical choice for the serious rider.

These bearings are a perfect complement to a set of BST wheels or as an OEM replacement- so for our project bike!

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Aluminum Valve StemsMT_header

Another way to reduce rotating- and unsprung masses is it, to install aluminum air valves from Moto Tuner.  We’re using 90 Degree low profile valve stems in 10mm.

Valve-90-DegreeThese valves makes a air pressure check to a walk in a park, because you ain’t burn fingers on hot rotors- and you ain’t deal with the grease of the chain anymore.  The angled design also reduces the effect of centrifugal force on the valve core, which can cause a loss of air pressure in the tire. These valve stems come in a pack of 2 and include: 2 valve stems, 2 lock nuts, o-rings, valve cores, and valve caps.

We are happy to be part of this project with our products, which are beneficial for the performance of the bike.       Michael Vaserman, Moto Tuner

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Dunlop Race And Street TiresDunlop_logo2

We have chosen one of the most reliable motorcycle manufacturers available- Dunlop Motorcycle Tires.  Coach Can’s relationship with the brand began as he turned Pro in 1991.  Dunlop Germany and United Kingdom were sponsor back in these days.

I’m not playing around when it comes to tires.  Dunlop tires offering to me the most feedback i can get from a tire to prevent the worse.  They don’t need that much of suspension attention- you put ‘em on, and you’re quick.       Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

Dunlop Tires and Superbike-Coach Corp

Dunlop tires with MT Multi-Tread technology are known for their superior quality and frequently score the highest ratings in motorcycle tire reviews worldwide. These high-performance motorcycle tires help deliver the ultimate riding experience, thanks to cutting-edge advancements driven by racing. MT Multi-Tread technology utilizes a tough, cool-running and long-wearing compound in the center of the tread flanked by lateral-grip compounds that enhance cornering performance and tire feel at higher lean angles—proof positive that racing improves the breed.

The Superbike-Coach project bike follows multiple purposes.  Dunlop USA makes sure that this bike and Coach Can always rolls out on matching tires.  Sportmax Q2, GPA’s, and Slicks are the options.      Les Washbon, Dunlop Tires, USA

We are using Moto-D’s digital Tire Warmers btw.  These are adjustable in temperature and best for the BST carbon rims.

Moto-D Tirewarmers and Superbike-Coach Corp

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To have something reliable in the rear brake caliper, we have decided to go with BikeMaster Sintered brake pads, even though Coach Can isn’t using the rear brake that much.

I’m not using the rear brake for track- or emergency braking- but for backing it in, controlling wheelies, and to adjust too much of back wheel spin while accelerating.  For all of that you need smoothness- that comes only from a braking pad which has constant- or better a linear performance profile.  This is why I am using BikeMaster braking pads.       Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

Even though there is a saying, that sintered braking pads are going to worn out the brake rotors quicker- we putted in account that sintered brake pads won’t fade that quick- allowing shorter braking travel- and a more linear braking performance.  All of that means less lap times on the track, and more safety on the street.

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After first glance on the BST carbon rims we were convinced to make them even lighter.  Mettec titanium bolts would save lots if weightMore Rotating- and unsprung masses

1161_1138_largeRear sets are highly stressed, but our main goal was it to lose more weight in the lower part of the motorcycle to reduce Center Gravity.  We were dealing with lots of short 8mm bolts.  The weight reduction is significant

Titanium is what you can trust on in these stressed areas.  Our bolts are light, strong and sexy.     Dirk VanCott, Mettec USA

CHECK OUT ALL FACTS ABOUT METTEC TITANIUM FASTENERS, INCLUDING TIPS FROM PROFESSIONALS

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Conclusion Of The 4th Upgrade  Session

This 4th day of installation brought a couple of positive perceptions:

Info: Click ‘Expand’ in the slideshow to see all of it.

Next:  3rd Photo Studio Session (first total shots!)

The 4th upgrade session was all about to install controls, and to do some modifications on the electronics.  It is amazing to see how much work are in detail to do, and ho fast this bike seemed to grow.   Each part we touch goes through an estimate in regard to improvement.

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Robert from Evolution Motorcycles is very skilled with electronics, so that there was nothing bother him that much.        Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

What We Had To DoEvolutionMotorcycle-Yellow

A 4th installation day brought us together at Evolution Motorcycles in San Jose.  Our mission… to modify some electronic connections, to install rear sets, including a Dynojet Quick Shifter, and to get some other minor work done.  That will be lots of room for Mettec titanium bolts again.

That was easy.  First time we’ve been done in 7 hours.      Robert, Evolution Motorcycles

No More Ignition Key

Since we are going with a adjustable triple tree by Gilles Tooling, we’ve found more potential weight loss on the bike.  One of them is to get rid of the ignition key, and the other is to get rid of the way to heavy steering lock.

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To make this work, Robert had to reorganize some of the cable connections, and to add a simple 2 way switch, which we installed underneath the dashboard.  You can get a switch like this for about $8 on ebay.  We are using one which shows an ‘active’ status via red light.

gps trackingWe of course found other ways even more effective now to protect that unique bike from being stolen.  A modern lock in the brake rotor replaces the steering lock, and a hided secondary switch prevents firing up the engine.

This of course, is still not the most efficient way to keep the bike safe- which is why we’ve installed a simple but heck of smart ‘GPS Tracking System’.  The unit is hided well, and always awake because it’s independent working from ignition.

Since the system is also connected with the Authorities, a teeth may enjoy our project bike for a couple of minutes only, before he’ll be caught in the act.

In case they don’t find the guy… we will.        Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

New Light Control Switchswitch

The original light switch control on the left handlebar is everything else but nice looking, and a quite big too.  A quick research let us find a super cheap switch unit in China.  For only 8 bux including shipping, some manufacturer send us a brand new unit to Sacramento.

The switch is made for dirtbikes actually, but pretty much universal and and easy job for a electronic guru like Robert.  This switch comes up with all required functionalities and may has some room to add a dip-switch for Dynojet’s pitlane speed control- which we implement later.  Even though this switch isn’t any lighter than the original, it changes the look on the handlebar a lot.

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The Lacomoto M1 racing seat comes with amazingly integrates tail lights.  We wouldn’t mess that look up by putting some ugly blinkers on.  So just picked up the blinker concept American cars coming along with- a activated blinker rules tail light and brake light.

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A research on ebay was quickly done, and so we found a ‘Integrator Kit‘, which manages blinkers taking over.  The connections were Kindergarten for Robert, and so he got this done in 30 minutes.  The little box replaces pretty much the weight of the not existing blinker bodies.

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We simply installed some small front blinkers from BikeMaster.  These guys cover pretty much all blinker categories with their catalog (Blinkers).

I’ve never seen faster shipping.  You checkout your order… BikeMaster has it in the box already!    Coach Can

For more electronic parts and tools click the link below.

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Adjustable Rear Setsgilles tooling logo

Gilles Tooling in Germany is known for their high quality standards.  We have seen Gilles racing rear sets almost working as good as crash protectors, so strong is the material and the construction.  These guys and their innovative ideas in regard to adjustability, makes them ‘most wanted’ on the market.

These rear sets are or Flagship.  We were the first on the sector who came up with adjustable rear sets.       Gerhard Gilles, Owner Gilles Tooling Germany

We think that these rear sets are the best match for the Superbike-Coach project bike, and not just because of their look and adjustability.  Gilles also has the parts for regular- and especially for ‘MotoGP shifting pattern’ in the program.

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All Gilles products are CNC machined and the parts are separately purchasable.   Check the link below to get to know everything about the advantage of having adjustable rear sets and what way to go to find your best adjustment.

I am using Gilles rear sets pretty much my entire career.  I’ve never slipped off a foot from their pegs- even though in rain.  Can you say that from your rear sets?!      Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

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Combine Quickshifterdynojet

To lower lap times and shift mistakes, you should have a quickshifter connected to your rear set shifter pedal.  The relatively reliable sensor will also reduce stress and let you save some energy and efforts you put into the shifting process while an entire race.

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We at Superbike-Coach go with the mother of all quick shifters from Dynojet Research. Their quickshifter is also super easy to install when your bike already has a Powercommander.  Actually it is Plug and Play.  After installation, you tell the Powercommander software that you’ve connected a Dynojet quickshifter, and you’re good to go.

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After all checkups and cleanups on the Gilles rear sets were done, we then changed all bolts and nuts around the front-end area into ‘Non-Asia’ prime Titanium and Aluminum fasteners from Mettec USA.

Rear sets are highly stressed, but our main goal was it to lose more weight in the lower part of the motorcycle to reduce Center Gravity.  We were dealing with lots of short 8mm bolts.  The weight reduction is significant

Titanium is what you can trust on in these stressed areas.  Our bolts are light, strong and sexy.     Dirk VanCott, Mettec USA

CHECK OUT ALL FACTS ABOUT METTEC TITANIUM FASTENERS, INCLUDING TIPS FROM PROFESSIONALS

Mettec Titanium Bolts in The Superbike Coach project bike

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Conclusion Of The 4th Upgrade  Session

This 4th day of installation brought a couple of positive perceptions:

Info: Click ‘Expand’ in the slideshow to see all of it.

Next:  5th Upgrade Session

We made up the new category ‘Track Accessories’, where we have a detailed look on riders needs, product abilities, and ways to improve things.  In this report we’re talking about Tire Warmers and Race Stands.

These two things going along with each other, and every track rider or racer need them these days.  If you don’t have it, you spend away total race time, and a big portion of safety.

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When I was going to prepare for the race in Europe’s most competitive leagues, I use to touch the hot tire warmers on my production racer on the grid.  That gave me the confidence for the fights in the first lap- where you can win or lose lots of positions.        Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

What Are Tire Warmers Good For

A tire warmer prepares your tires off track so that you can get the best grip and wear from the start. When tires are “up to temp” the rubber grips the surface best without tearing.

When tires are heated; then cooled, a change occurs that can be seen sometimes as a blue tint which represents the internal oils migrating to the surface and the tire hardening as it oxidizes. Here is an advantage overview:

This is why we go with MOTO-D

MOTO-D has tire warmers keep tires hot between riding sessions and reduce heat cycles and tire hardening (tearing).  MOTO-D Racing PRO-Series Tire Warmers get your Tire Carcass and Rim up to the Proper Race Track Temperature (80′C / 175′F HOT).  No Fade Carbon Wired Tire Warmers Reduce Heat Cycles, Prevent Cold Tearing, and prepare the tire for Maximum Starting Line Grip.  Click the link below to get to know all about tire warmers in detail, facts, and tips from professionals:

CHECK OUT OUR ARTICLE ‘SOME LIKE IT HOT’ TO GET TO KNOW ALL ABOUT TIRE WARMERS

Superbikecoach on Moto-D stands and Tire warmers

Race Stands

There is no Tire Warmer going without a set of decent Race Stands- period!  MOTO-D Racing Stands are super light and good looking.  They have what it takes to get a bike like our project bike up.

But Race stands are more than that.  They’re great helpers just to make minor maintenance or clean ups on the bike.

CHECK OUT ALL FACTS ABOUT RACE STANDS

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These are needed in order to use the rear race stand.  Most of the sport bikes are coming with pre-drilled holes in the swing arm, so that you can just bolt spools right on.  MOTO-D spools are coming well designed in different colors and sizes.

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Unfortunately we ran out of time but into the busy riding season.  The problem is that we at Superbike-Coch and Evolution Motorcycles in San Jose haven’t the time to do complex work on the engine.  We didn’t want to rush this major subject in this fantastic project, so we rescheduled it to fall/winter 2013 to get the best out of the engine.  I am looking forward to it and to see the results on the dyno and on the track.      Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

Wiseco Performance Products

Coach Can did a quick ‘shakedown’ ride with the project bike, and he was smiling from ear to ear.  Everything seemed to work as expected and nothing came lose.

It felt soooo good- no, actually it felt “home” to me, because that is what I was use to ride in prototype racing.     Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

This was just a quick ride on public roads to see if everything is fine, and if all components are in good position: Gilles clip-on’s and rear sets, Zeta levers, Gilles motoGP shifter and Dynojets quicksifter.  Basically, this ride was function test.

So far everything is working excellent, but we found some issues:

  1. After replacing the clutch, the new cover gasket seem to let some oil out
  2. Gilles clip-on’s needs to be repositioned for more comfort
  3. Gilles rear sets need to go more in the back for more clearance for the shifter foot
  4. The Dynojet quickshifter has a too long response
  5. The Race Tech fork cartridge is over-damping because we’ve chosen a too hasd spring rate
  6. BikeMaster exhaust springs broke, because we’ve chosen too short springsSo this is pretty much all on us, and fixable.

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But let’s have a look on the other side of the coin:

  1. Phenomenal acceleration improvement
  2. Power gain of about 15-20 hp (Leo Vince headers, M1 exhaust customizing by East Bay Metal Fabrication, bigger airbox intake and channels by Lacomoto)
  3. Performance gain by drastically weight loss (about 40lbs already)
  4. Repositioning easily done by 100% adjustability

That first run was very exciting and surprising.     Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

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…we at Superbike-Coach Corp are ‘back home’ with ARAI USA.  We’re using Corsair V only, the best helmet on this planet.  You have one head only- that’s something worth, don’t you think?!

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This report is all about the installation of headlights onto the Lacomoto M1 MotoGP Replica fairing.  Lacomoto developed this fantastic piece of art in carbon in their shop in Portugal- the challenge… we wanted to have a street legal version, and Lacomoto made it.  These guys did a heck of a job by using headlight sets from a stock bike.  Actually only about 40% of it, the rest goes into the recycling bin.  However, Coach Can wasn’t happy with this solution, because it looked improvisational to him.  So we were facing a big challenge with the requirements:  4 round light bodies, about 2-3 inch in diameter, small build to the rear, hopefully customizable, sharp looking, bright as a thousand suns.

lWe almost were going with super cheap quality from Asia, as we met hardcore customizer Jim Giuffra, who had some tempting light bodies on one of his displayed creations on a Motorcycle Show in Sacramento California.  After a inspiring chat he introduced Coach Can to Glenn Stasky, owner of ‘Clearwater Lights‘ in Rancho Cordova, CA- which is about 15 minutes away from hometown Sacramento.

You can’t imagine till you have read, how much this connection means for this project, in regard to the requirements, and way beyond the damn luck to find this fabulous product in our hometown… made in America!

Glenn was enthusiastic about the MotoGP project bike from the first moment we met.  He loves racing and motorcycles.  His lights were beyond our requirements and expectations.  I’m very happy to have Clearwater Lights on the project working.     Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

Lots Of Luck

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I’ll give you an idea to understand how lucky we were to have found Clearwater’s ‘Dalara‘ lights;  The Lacomoto fairing cut out for lights are 3 inches in diameter… one Darla light body measures 2.5 inches including the part of the aluminum case which you use to bolt it on a bracket.  In other words… each lamp is pretty much centered in the cut of the fairing.

But that’s not the end with the luck, since we could simply mount 4 of those babies directly on the fairing, and it looks like as it were considered to be the way it is now.  No “days and weeks” of developing for extra holders, or brackets… we just drilled 4 holes into the Lacomoto front fairing, and that’s it.  You may think that this is enough luck- no, we found more because we didn’t even had to adjust the height of the ‘light cone’- it was just right.

Actually our Darla and Glenda lights are considered to add the headlights of street bikes, but they’re like tailor-made for the Superbike Coach project bike.  I am very happy with the way how it turns out.     Glenn Stasky, owner Clearwater Lights, Rancho Cordova, CA

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So we installed 4 single Darla HPLED lights from Clearwater into the Lacomoto M1 fairing.  We were very careful while placing 5mm holes into the cut outs of that freshly painted MotoGP replica fairing, and bolted on the aluminum housings with Mettec lightweight aluminum bolts, which we had to shorten a little.

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It was no question who’s going to prepare the bike for required mods for the Clearwater HPLEDs, since Evolution Motorcycles is also specialized in vehicle electronics.  The left OE switch on the bike is way to big, so we bought for only about $12 a universal switch which is actually considered to work in dirt bikes.  So all functions of a regular street bike in regard to headlight are going to work in this bike as well.  An other switch, actually a light dimmer, goes in by Clearwater (see below).

Glenn was enthusiastic about the MotoGP project bike from the first moment we met.  He loves racing and motorcycles.  His lights were beyond our requirements and expectations.  I’m very happy to have Clearwater Lights on the project working.     Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

The Next Step

As soon as we had the four light housings including red aluminum finishes installed in the M1 fairing, we were ready to drop off the bike at the Clearwater Lights shop in Rancho Cordova in California, where all connections needed to be done (watch the video below).

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Even though 2000 plus lumens in each Darla light are still utilizing very little power., we had plenty of it while using a Shorai lightweight battery.

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After all electronic connections and hardware installations were done, we finally could install the Lacomoto replica fairing to take care of some stuff.  The quarter inch of gap around the lights and the fairing gave us some headache, till Coach Can came up with an innovative idea.

Since we wanted to make this bike good looking, there were also the lights to cover up from the other side, and cables were to hide.  The free space in the fairing and air box ducts/channels wasn’t really exciting, and we were forced to develop something in carbon which doesn’t bring much of extra weight on the bike.  BikeMasters aluminum mesh seemed to be perfect to get something in shape, because it’s light, flexible, and easy to cut.

I was looking for a solution to close the quarter inch gap around the Darla housing and the Lacomoto fairing.  The gaps were too big to leave it the way they are, and some of the solutions were lavish.  As I was playing around with aluminum mesh from BikeMaster… an innovation zoomed right in!      Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAThe BikeMaster mesh solution would have work, but the problem was that you can pretty much see right through, and to hold the back mesh in place.  Coach came up ingenious “S…, let’s leave the gaps around the lights the way they are- and lead the airstream behind- down the fairing to cool the engine additionally!

He pulled out a black sponge sheet about a square feet by half of an inch – had it cut in a minute, and putted it right in the fairings and over the lights.   Coach Can’s brilliant idea covers 8 points at ones:

It wasn’t even essential, but we used BikeMasters aluminum mesh to hold the sponge in place in the M1 fairing since we don’t know how strong the air will blow in- and finally push it away.  Also this actually looks like manufactured, don’t you think?!

Clearwater Lights and Superbikecoach

Darla Specifications

 

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Conclusion Of The Upgrade  Session

This installation day brought a couple of perceptions:

Clearwater Lights is a big brick in the fundamental of this project.  We are very excited about the beginning of this relationship, and that people will see the Superbike-Coach Project Bike on their show booths in the near future.

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Next: 3rd Upgrade Session

The 3rd upgrade session was all about the rear end this time.  As you may remember, we wanted to have more adjustability, and these upgrades are another big step towards to this:

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To focus on the rear end should be the next logical step, after we’ve done the front end in the 2nd upgrade session.  But we also do some other stuff if we have the time.      Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

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At the 3rd installation day at Evolution Motorcycles in San Jose we put all of the focus to the rear end.  After removing the rear wheel Robert inspected all parts and took measurements (angles etc) for the geometry.  We bolt on the perfectly CNC machined rear shock by Race Tech and include a brand new linkage from Lust Racing UK.  That will be lots of room for Mettec titanium bolts again.  Finally we are going to install HEL brake lines.

We have a bunch of work on the rear end, but what we’re doing today is a huge step forward in regard to the performance of the bike.      Robert, Evolution Motorcycles

Racing Brake Lineshel logo

HEL is well known for their high quality standards, but what they deliver with the brake line kit is exciting.  The kit comes  with everything you need to get the job done.

The installation is easy actually, since HEL delivers 3 brake lines which are made for specific bikes.  Our ‘Three Line Kit’ came with red fittings, and Carbon look PVC covers.  Perfect also that HEL provided pre-drilled Aluminum banjo bolts for proper safety wiring.

Our brake lines and fittings are state of the Art- so the right match for this project bike.    Phil, CEO Moto-Heaven.com, USA

Blue-Aluminum-boltphpThumb_generated_thumbnailpngbrakelineThere is no better way to improve braking performance by installing HEL stainless steel or titanium braking lines.  This gives a more predictable, and steady pressure on the lever.

Moto-Heaven, the U.S. distributor for HEL brake lines, also provided brand new brake fluid hoses for the project bike.  We could save about 7 oz (200g) with it on a very simple and logic way- just get rid of the fluid reservoir for the rear brake, the half of the fluid, and brackets and bolts.

We replaced all of this with the Moto Heaven hose, and a simple gas tank valve, where we removed a tiny steel ball for air flow in both directions.  The Moto Heaven hose itself becomes the fluid reservoir.  It works, saves lots of weight, and it looks great (see picture below).

CHECK OUT ALL FACTS ABOUT BRAKE LINES, HEL- AND THE ADVANTAGES

HEL and Superbike-Coach Corp

logo50_bikemasterWe took advantage to replace the braking fluid.  Since this bike shall stay usable for street riding, and DOT 5.1 brake fluid has to be replace a lot- so we decided to go with DOT 4, which is also more resistant to moisture.

The priority to do this job is to have the correct and reliable tools.  That’s why BikeMaster provided the delux_vacuum_BK_largeDelux Vacuum Testing Brake Bleeding Kit‘, which is a professional level heavy-duty pump with a gauge (readings to -1.0 Bar (-30 inHg).  It comes with extra long hoses and a myriad of adapters and make this the choice for the professional or for the serious home mechanic.

The work with it is easy and simple, and to bleed the air becomes Kindergarten.   Coach Can

CHECK OUT OUR ARTICLE ‘THE PERFECT GARAGE’

Custom Rear Shockracetech_Logo

Race Techs engagement with the project is very special, and is a master topic for sure.  There is nothing else which can give a motorcycle such a boost in regard riding dynamics, and potential for lower lap times as good suspension components.  Race Tech USA customized a G3-S rear shock for the project bike, which matches its riders preferences, weight, and skill level.

The G3-S rear shock has everything it takes to get into a bike of this caliber.     Chris Riesenberg, Race Tech USA

The Race Tech G3-S custom shock replaces pretty much everything which is not working satisfyingly… the OE rear shock.  This high quality element will lift the bar way higher, and its capabilities set potential free.

Race Tech had put this shock together with the finest features and options they’re having on the shelf:

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All G3-S shocks are coming with Gold Valves and Hi-Performance Lightweight Springs selected for the individual rider’s size, type of riding and ability.  Our Piggyback includes Lo/Hi-Speed Compression, Piggyback Hyd Preload Adjust, Rebound & Ride Height Adjuster.

Just to touch this high end product makes me wanna go fast.  I can’t wait to see what I can get out of it on the track.  But don’t get me wrong here… a suspension upgrade like this is also good for any street bike, since it gains control and tire grip- in other words… safety!      Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

CHECK OUT ALL FACTS ABOUT FRONT END MODIFICATIONS AND RACE TECH REAR SHOCK

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Even though the Race Tech rear shock came with a ride height adjuster- it just was not enough to rise the rear end to the level we’ve evaluated with Tony Foale’s ‘Geometry Software’.  But since we have this flexibility in this shock, we basically could waive to use a adjustable linkage bone- but using static rising kits by Lust Racing instead.

The installation is pretty much forward, by replacing pretty ugly OE linkage triangles.  Robert, Evolution Motorcycles in San Jose, also took advantage to double check all bearings in the swing arm-rear shock linkage system.  They were all in the tolerance, so that it became just a cleaning and greasing job.

Our rising kit is in the measurement window to get that rear end up-  exactly on the height Coach Can is looking for.  We are very excited about this project.     Alex, Sales/Marketing, Lust Racing, UK

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Lust Racing and Superbike-Coach

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After all checkups and cleanups were done, we then changed all bolts and nuts around the front-end area into ‘Non-Asia’ prime Titanium and Aluminum fasteners from Mettec USA.

Yes, the rear end area are is highly stressed, but our main goal was it to lose more weight in the lower part of the motorcycle to reduce Center Gravity.  We were dealing with long and thick, up to 10mm bolts and lots of 10mm nuts.  We replaced lots of big big stuff in the area around the rear end, so the weight reduction is significant

Titanium is what you can trust on in these stressed areas.  We added self locking Titanium nuts to make it perfect.     Dirk VanCott, Mettec USA

CHECK OUT ALL FACTS ABOUT METTEC TITANIUM FASTENERS, INCLUDING TIPS FROM PROFESSIONALS

Mettec Titanium Bolts in The Superbike Coach project bike

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Since we have a chance to have an influence on the bike geometry with the Race Tech G3-S shock and Lust Racing risng Kit, we’ve asked Tony Foale to analyze our measurements for a promising setup.  Tony, located in Spain where he runs his company ‘Tony Foale Designs‘ came up with his analyzing software, which made the evaluation to a walk in a park- and gives you the numbers to go with.

Tony is the real deal if you want to learn all about suspension, geometry, and the way to analyze things.  If Tony says something… you’ve gotta shut and listen!     Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

We are going to have more use with Tony’s Performance Software later, when we bring the bike out to the track to test and to dial it in for each track.   The following video shows what Tony’s software is all about:

CHECK OUT ALL FACTS ABOUT BIKE GEOMETRY AND WHAT WE FIGURED

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Conclusion Of The 3rd Upgrade  Session

This 3rd day of installation brought a couple of positive perceptions:

The work on the rear end is essential to achieve best riding performances.  Gilles Tooling, Race Tech, Lust Racing and Foale Designs are having directly influence in the bike geometry.  We’ve done everything to build up more mechanical grip.

Info: Click ‘Expand’ in the slideshow to see all of it.

Next: Headlight Installation

Since we are going with a M1 MotoGP replica fairing, we were facing a quite challenging problem.   The point… Lacomoto painted all fairing parts in Portugal… besides the Gas Tank.  Now what to do?:  Buying a gas tank in Europe via eBay and send it there for a paint job?  Have our gas tank send there for a paint job? Have our gas tank painted locally?  Anyway, the logistical efforts were endless and the costs not reliable.  Especially that, throws a positive light on the alternative we are going with:  a wrap up with some vinyl!

Who ones tried to put a little sticker on a curvy shape, knows how hard it must be to wrap up a gas tank.  That’s quite challenging, but Lyle is the master of the foil.      Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

Let’s Do It

All the coves, lines,  bulges in and out are challenge for ones ‘patience’  already, but the winding and altered curvy shapes of a the gas tank demands lots of knowledge to get the job properly done.  This is where professionals like Vinyl Styles in San Carlos, CA are kicking in.

I vinyl’ed one motorcycle gas tank before (Ramsey Ackad’s R6) i did Coach’s project bike.  That one had even more sharp edges, so I was convinced to deliver perfectly.      Lyle Beckwith, Vinyl Styles, San Carlos CA

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Superbike-Coach brought a gas tank which was in a perfect condition.  No dents and no scratches are essential for a good result, same as if you plan to paint it.  So this gas tank needs a clean up, and we were good to go.

Lyle and two of his staff members were required to get it done.  Six arms and hands one one gas tank for holding it, stretching the foil, and constantly heating it up.  Actually a miracle that a foil like this still sticks to the tank after all.  But it does, and ‘fun’ doesn’t come short when three like minded people are working that close together.  You can imagine.

All additional parts were removed from the tank, so that the team could work the vinyl foil underneath.  The job was done after about 3 hours, and the tank were ready to install.

It is important to know- or at least to have someone there who does, what is covered by parts and what not. You don’t want to add foil later, or even worse- start all over again.      Lyle Beckwith, Vinyl Styles, San Carlos CA

Facts About Vinyl as a paint alternative

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The OE gas tank has more modifications as it may looks like.  A significant weight reduction was done by replacing the lockable tank cap.  A very nite aluminum racing tank cap, anodized in black find a new home.  Furthermore we removed hose holders and clips were we think it will work without it.  We also installed a MotoGP Carbon tank hood from Lacomoto, and some Titanium, plastic and aluminum fasteners from Mettec.  We also changed the tank panels into carbon, and added a small tank protector.

Yes, we could have a aluminum or carbon gas tank to get it closer to a prototype racer and to lose some extra pounds- but we’re only working with what we’ve got.     Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

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Lacomoto’s carbon tank hood is super light, and the fit is sensational.  We didn’t even had to oval drill the holes they made.  More air will circulate underneath the tank which lowers the temperature a little bit, and it looks bad ass.  Lacomoto really understand to combine ‘design’ with ‘useful features’.  We added a sponge as a filter to keep dirt out.

We painted our hood the way Coach Can wanted it.  Just hoping that the mat black shine matches the Vinyl Styles foil.     Phillipe Duarte, Lacomoto, Portugal

CHECK OUT ALL FACTS ABOUT LACOMOT FAIRINGS AND PAINT JOBS

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Not many bolts to find on a gas tank?  Wrong, there are some, so weight reduction is possible.  We used Mettec titanium to bolt on the fuel pump- Mettec Aluminum bolts for the new racing gas cap, and plastic bolts to fix the Lacomoto hood.

Our Aluminum bolts are the strongest on the market.     Ken, Mettec USA

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Conclusion Of The Upgrade  Session

This installation day brought a couple of perceptions:

Tip: Click ‘Expand’ in the slideshow to see all of it.

Next: 2nd Photo Session

Another goal in this project is it to use components which allow the Superbike-Coach Corp to analyze and compare riding skills.  This is about the GPS Data Loggers the Superbike-Coach Corp is using with students in their Track Drill program.  The QStarz loggers catch interesting facts about the performance of a rider.  Superbike-Coach was the first riding school in the U.S. to begin using these tools to coach groups or 1on1 students.  Find out why:

 

Click the pic to go to the documentation and find the video below.

Qstarz and Superbike-Coach

Photographer Jason Waterstreet on a mission.

Jason Waterstreet put up his studio about one week after the ’2nd Upgrade session’.   The reason for the photo session was it to take lots of close-up’s.  No wonder,  because many great things were added to the bike.

Jason is ‘The Man’ when it comes to details.     Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

The Gilles triple tree offers so much detail that it took hours to get it on film.  Unfortunately we didn’t had Jason at Evolution Motorcycles to catch moments while we’ve installed the Race Tech G2-R fork cartridge, but we made tons of video instead.

More products and more photographs will be posted soon!  If it seems like Superbike-Coach is excited, you are right.  Stay tuned for updates.

Next: 3rd Upgrade Session

The 2nd upgrade session was all about the front end and bike geometry.  In the ‘before evaluation’ we decided to go for more adjustability, and these upgrades are a huge step toward to it:

If you ever have the chance to hold a Gilles triple tree in hand… that moment will change the way you think about your motorcycle in regard to its quality and abilities.      Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

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Let’s Move OnEvolutionMotorcycle-Yellow

Most of Robert’s attention at Evolution Motorcycles in San Jose was the front end.  After removing the front wheel he inspected all parts and took measurements (angles etc) for the geometry.  The CNC machined Gilles Tooling triple tree requires new steering bearings, which is not a big deal for a skilled mechanic.  The piece of art will help to get the geometry the way we want it.  Also on the program for Robert, to overhaul the front fork and to install finest Race Tech cartridge hardware:

Race Tech delivers bolt-on and customized stuff. The grip and general performance is more than promising with their G2-R 25mm Cartridge Fork Kit.     Robert, Evolution Motorcycles

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Gilles Tooling Germany is well known for their quality standards, but what they deliver with the triple tree kit is sensational.  The kit comes in a nite case with everything you need to get the job done, besides steering bearings.  We took chance to replace worn out bearings with fresh ones, bought for $40 on ebay.

1-FO.ONE_400x300First, we inspected all parts and especially the frame for cracks, and cleaned it entirely.  The OE triple clamp isn’t really a beauty and brings some holders and other stuff which is no more needed in this bike.  The ignition key and steering lock will be replaced by a simple dip-switch and a GPS Tracking Device, which get a jacker in minutes off the bike- and then into custody.

There is nothing above the quality of our triple tree.  Besides that, its features covers everything Coach Can needs to take influence in geometry and to gain stability.    Gerhard Gilles, CEO Gilles Tooling, Luxembourg

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10 offsets giving you a ton of opportunities to find the right Trail for current conditions on a track, or for a huge step in regard to handling for a street bike.  Each offset offers 2 different adjustments by just turning it.  In other words, there are 20 different Trail adjustments to go with.

Another important aspect comes along with the Gilles yoke- stability.  While a lower regular triple clamps the forks with only 2 bolts each, the Gilles triple comes with huge clamps.  these clamps spreading the 60Nm equally on the fork tubes. The result is more and stronger connection- more stability.

CHECK OUT ALL FACTS ABOUT ADJUSTABLE TRIPLE TREES, INCLUDING LOTS OF FACTS AND GOOD TO KNOWS ABOUT GEOMETRY

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After all clean ups were done, we then changed all bolts and nuts around the front-end area into ‘Non-Asia’ prime Titanium and Aluminum fasteners from Mettec USA.

ti35Sometimes it’s not all about weight reduction though, because bolts in the front end area are highly stressed. So we replaced lots of big bolts; Clip-On’s, upper triple clamp, front axle clamps, brake calipers.  Robert from Evolution Motorcycle also made a axle bolt from aluminum.

Our Titanium bolts will give the front end more stability by losing some weight.     Dirk VanCott, Mettec USA

CHECK OUT ALL FACTS ABOUT METTEC TITANIUM FASTENERS, INCLUDING TIPS FROM PROFESSIONALS

Safety Wiring logo50_bikemaster

This is the first time we were using Bikemaster’s safety wiring kit.  This is a MUST on the front brake caliper bolts, but there are other areas to come as well.  We’d love to show you how to do this job properly with the right tools.  We also had a use for Bikemaster low friction Fork- and Dust Seals btw (see below).

Trust me… don’t even try to do this without proper tools.  You’ll regret it!     Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp.

CHECK OUT WHAT YOU NEED FOR SAFETY WIRING

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Since we have a chance to have an influence on the bike geometry with the Gilles triple clamp, we’ve asked Tony Foale to analyze our measurements for a promising setup.  Tony, located in Spain where he runs his company ‘Tony Foale Designs‘ came up with his analyzing software, which made the evaluation to a walk in a park.

Tony is the real deal if you want to learn all about suspension, geometry, and the way to analyze things.  If Tony says something… you’ve gotta shut and listen!     Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

We are going to have more use with Tony’s Performance Software later, when we bring the bike out to the track to test and to dial it in.   The following video shows what Tony’s software is all about:

CHECK OUT ALL FACTS ABOUT BIKE GEOMETRY AND WHAT WE FIGURED

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We were very excited about Race Techs engagement with the project.  They’ve pre-installed their G2-R 25mm Cartridge Fork Kit with all rings and shims, matching to the riders Level (pro), weight (195lbs), and purpose (track & street).

Our 25mm G2-R Cartridge Kits replace the stock damping cartridge with a high-performance unit. These 25mm Cartridge Kit will take the project bike production fork from adequate to awesome..   Chris Riesenberg, Race Tech USA

FRCB_LThe Race Tech G2-R cartridge replaces basically everything inside the OE forks.  Essential components were change the ball park in damping and tire grip;  rebound and compression gold valves, Racetech fork Oil, matching fork springs, as well as a individual set of shims.  This kit is a quantum jump ahead of the OE fork.

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Logically we also replaced the Fork springs after we’ve evaluate the correct weight, based of its purpose.  Race Techs spring calculator makes this step pretty easy.  Their High Performance Springs have a high stiffness-to-mass ratio. In other words; the springs are light weight for their particular spring rate.

 

USF3pak_450Finally we filled the tubes with finest fork oil the market has to offer.  Slippery, temperature stable, long wearing, non-foaming suspension fluid is the heart of a “no compromise” suspension setup. Race Tech Ultra Slick Suspension Fluid is the only fluid with this unique blend of aerospace fluids and additives.

CHECK OUT ALL FACTS ABOUT FRONT END MODOFICATIONS AND RACE TECH FORK CARTRIDGE

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Conclusion Of The 2nd Upgrade  Session

This 2nd day of installation brought a couple of positive perceptions:

The work on the front end is essential to achieve best riding performances.  Gilles and Foale Designs are having directly influence in the bike geometry.

But hey, don’t forget that there is more going on as finding a way to count calories… because besides that we’ll also gain general adjustability, increase the power, building more mechanical grip.

 Info: Click ‘Expand’ in the slideshow to see all of it.

Next: Exhaust Customizing

What does it takes to do minor things on your bike your self, and what do you need to get your own project done?  Besides knowledge, which is depending on how far you can/want to go- you always need tools… how much is also dependent of how far you want to go of course.   This here is all about the infrastructure of a beginner, up to Semi professional Garage.  You’ll find tips and tricks for your own project, or to do minor stuff on your own.  Discover how much fun it is to get dirty, and build a connection to your bike you wont miss out.

 

Click the pic to see the entire report

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One of the main goals in this project is it to use updated and high-end components, especially in regard electronics.  This is about the action cameras the Superbike-Coach Corp is using to analyze riding skills of its students on the track and on the street.

 

Click the pic to go to the documentation and find the video below.

ReplayXD and Superbike-Coach Corp

This report is all about the exhaust customization at East Bay Metal Fabrications, a shop in Dublin, CA whom is specialized to do all kind of hand crafted customized stuff from metal, prioritized doing Hot Rods, and Motorcycle exhausts.  Kyle Theile, boss of the East Bay Metal Fabrications, has the tools, skills and the knowledge to get everything done-  so our project bike, for which he loved to work on as you’ll figure in this report and its videos.

I saw Kyle in action.  His work attitude and passion for what he does is very rare, so we are very happy to have him working on this project.      Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

(Please Note:  all significant topics are linked to a product page, which gives you everything you need to know about it with info, pictures, videos, links, and most important- tips from professional riders.  Don’t miss this out)

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As you may remember, we’ve prepared the first steps of the exhaust customization by installing Leo Vince headers at Evolution Motorcycles in San Jose.  The goal with this is, to get rid of the senseless OE muffler configuration, and to lose lots of weight and to gain power.  But this is all documented in detail on here:  ‘Custom M1 Exhaust‘, so we can use this page to give you an idea what Kyle is capable of.

I am very happy to be involved with the Superbike-Coach project bike, because that gives me the opportunity to show  riders and builders what I can do for their motorcycles and projects.     Kyle Theile, East Bay Metal Fabrication

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As you may know from the info page, we are not going to built a 100% customized exhaust.  And why should we, since  we already have one of the best manufacturers on our team… Leo Vince.  So we were using their headers till the catalytic converter, cut it at the right spot for the right size- and then go from there.  We decide not to go with a Leo Vince Titanium unit for better customizing abilities.  But we could find some weight to get rid of by replacing weak OE steel bolts into precious material from Mettec USA.  All connections of the exhaust and header will be secured by 70mm exhaust springs from BikeMaster.

Let’s Do This

After we knew what we want and all homework was done, we finally could start work in Kyle’s shop in Dublin, CA.  His infrastructure has everything to get a job like this done.  We estimated a fabrication time of about 4 hours, but we ended up after about 6 hours of work.  Kyle also bought the half-raw material (2 U-shaped stainless steel tubes) to make the cut offs from.

I need 2 fix points to start working something out- the beginning and the end, then I’ll have to see where I need to go through.     Kyle Theile, East Bay Metal Fabrications

Kyle needed to have the full Lacomoto M1 replica fairing- and the Leo Vince muffler mounted to see where to start and where to go.  Luckily the new configuration is the most easiest way to customize a new exhaust tubing.

We decided to cut the Leo Vince tube right after the last Y-pipe as early as possible, because that would make the first bend in direction fairing exit- and the second bend at the swingarm as smooth as possible.

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MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAMINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAMINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAMINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAKyle had some solid angles done after we’ve put on and off the lower fairing a thousand times (at least it felt that way).

But the most challenging- and time consuming thing was born as we’ve got an idea to get together the smaller diameter tube- with the way bigger diameter.

Here is what we came up with:  By cutting the Leo Vince Y-tube right after the Y at the correct spot, we would get a ovalish shape.  Now- if we were also bring the bigger diameter in an ovalish shape by simply squeezing the tube end, would this bring the two different sized pipes together without building a bottleneck, and it was easily done- but…

…to get this successfully done, we’ve got to bring 3 angles in a right line at the same time.  That isn’t easy to keep up at all when the point where you start to squeeze is just slightly off.  That’s a thing where not even a perfect measuring would help- but a good eye-hand coordination and the right feeling.

The bend and angle for the way out of the lower Lacomoto fairing was almost kindergarten against the “oval black hole”.  Kyle simply cut the next piece out of the U-tube- and welded it together.

Then we took away the for us now useless holders and brackets from the Leo Vince headers, and put one back on to hold the M1 replica exhaust in place under the Lust Racing linkage.

Also some of the hooks, which keeping the tubes together via BikeMaster exhaust springs have found a new place to reside.

Finally we could drill the hole for a port  in the tube to carry the Lambda sensor for Dynojet’s Autotune box, which delivers conditions digitally to the boss, the Powercommander for constantly changing mappings

The job was done after a quick polish of the new exhaust unit.

CHECK OUT ALL FACTS ABOUT TO CUSTOMIZE A M1 EXHAUST

Racing HeadersLeoVince

The Leo Vince headers are good they way they are, so we basically didn’t had to modify anything on them.  We were looking for the best ‘flow’ and inside diameter, which matches the length and inside diameters we had calculated for Kyle’s customization.  We basically had to reposition the buck for the O2 sensor and some welded on brackets, and that was it.

We got some numbers from an insider of the Factory MotoGP Team and made our homework.  The theoretical challenge was… to conclude the right numbers for this particular bike- via the existing M1 numbers in context of its configuration.   Without knowing all of the M1 secrets,  I think we concluded solid inside diameter numbers by knowing that this ain’t perfect.  The characteristic of the Leo Vince headers seemed to match best with the calculated diameters. Theory so far… we’ll see where this is going when Dynojet Research dialed it in.     Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

The improved flow with the upcoming customization and the characteristics of Leo Vince high quality racing headers- plus a weight loss of 19 pounds are very promising.  We are curious what the outcome is in the ‘After’ evaluation when the bike is all done.

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CHECK OUT ALL FACTS ABOUT LEO VINCE, INCLUDING LOTS OF FACTS AND GOOD TO KNOWS ABOUT TECHNOLOGIES

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After all clean ups were done, we then changed all bolts and nuts at the headers and brackets into ‘Non-Asia’ prime Titanium and Aluminum fasteners from Mettec USA. Sometimes it’s not all about weight reduction though, because bolts in the exhaust area are highly stressed in regard to vibrations and hard hits. So we replaced lots of bolts and nuts; stud bolts and nuts at the cylinder, customized aluminum brackets.

Our Titanium bolts will give the exhaust a strong connection to the bike.     Ken, Mettec USA

 

CHECK OUT ALL FACTS ABOUT FASTENERS

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BikeMaster has different sizes of exhaust springs on the shop. We decided to use 70 mm stainless steel springs.

We are very happy to be a supporter of the Superbike-Coach project bike, and to have so many parts and tools to cover a lot for it.    Phillip Mayfield, CEO at BikeMaster

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Conclusion Of The Upgrade  Session

This installation day brought a couple of perceptions:

To have an expert like Kyle Theile and his East Bay Metal Fabrication shop involved, was key in this project. That is where changing of fairings, weight loss and performances come together.  Kyle is you man if it comes to metal.

Info: Click ‘Expand’ in the slideshow to see all of it.

Next: Gas Tank Wrap Up

Finally, after months of planning, organizing, and scheduling it was really happening… electronic communications gotta shut- and the tools took over. The priority of the 1st upgrade session was it to prepare the bike for the MotoGP M1 replica fairings from Lacomoto Portugal.  Yes, we know that a project like this should have start out with the engine, but that way we can show you guys how exciting this already is.

We also got to prepare the bike for the 2nd upgrade session already, because its priority is the the customization of the Leo Vince racing headers, which will be done by East Bay Metal Fabrication, who is going to customize the M1 exhaust.

Robert and I knew that the first preparation of the bike will bring a significant weight reduction.  That we could found those resources easily in this big number was positively surprising though… 19 pounds on the rear end!!!     Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

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Let’s Get StartedEvolutionMotorcycle-Yellow

It all began with removing the OE bodywork, complete exhaust, and the sub frame.  The goal for today;  general cleaning, check up, preparing for Lacomoto M1 replica fairings, preparing for Leo Vince exhaust customization, finding weight resources via Mettec Titanium fasteners on the rear end, as well as with the Shorai lightweight battery.

Most of Robert’s attention at Evolution Motorcycles in San Jose was, to get rid of ballast- parts we don’t need anymore, just by flipping over to Lacomoto’s racing fairing.  If you have followed our ‘before evaluation‘ post, then you know what direction we were looking for to lose lots of weight- the rear end for a better weight distribution.

And we did… 19 pounds of useless stuff got removed.  We reduced holders and taps on the sub frame by cutting it simply off, since we know what the Lacomoto M1 seat needs. Don’t get this wrong, because actually it isn’t necessary to do when you have this fairing kit, but we are following our set goals rigorously.

Quite too rigorously though… we cutted 2 essential tabs which carry the Lacomoto Carbon holder for the muffler.  That was Coach Can’s call  :-)     Robert, Evolution Motorcycles

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Thanks to Roberts skill and attitude set: “Don’t worry, we’re flexible!”, we construct spacers which are directly mounted to the sub frame now. It actually made the muffler holder look stronger in right place.

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After all clean ups were done, we then changed all bolts and nuts around the sub frame area into ‘Non-Asia’ prime Titanium and Aluminum fasteners from Mettec USA.  Sometimes it’s not all about weight reduction though, because we found that the 4 OE aluminum sub frame bolts (M10) are too weak.  Since they shown worn out signals we just replaced them with Mettec titanium bolts, which is about 40% lighter- but almost as strong than steel.

We are happy to help Coach Can out and to support this fantastic project. We look forward to see it in action.     Dirk Van Cott, Mettec USA

CHECK OUT ALL FACTS ABOUT METTEC TITANIUM FASTENERS, INCLUDING TIPS FROM PROFESSIONALS

 

Lightweight Battery

ShorailargeclearThe Shorai LFX lithium technology battery isn’t just a damn light battery, it is also completely maintenance free. The “bolt-on” weight reduction has a big number, which is argument enough to have a Shorai on a bike like this… 4.5 pounds get off the bike! Those batteries also deliver more power, and even though the engine is cold- it’ll crank it up quicker.

We didn’t even need to charge that thang.  No maintenance, no worries, and no BS anymore!     Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp.

CHECK OUT ALL FACTS ABOUT SHORAI BATTERY TECHNOLOGY AND INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

Shorai and Superbike Coach Corp

Racing HeadersLeoVince

Next step was to install the Leo Vince racing exhaust.  Actually headers only, because everything after this needs to be customized by East Bay Metal Fabrication in Dublin, CA.

Why?… because we got rid of the fancy- marketing eye catcher the OE bike is coming up with- and turn it into an effective  unit this bike really needs.  A exhaust configuration like 4 in 1 in 2 makes no other sense as to look good- and fast. We are going to give the bike a 4-1 configuration, likewise its MotoGP M1 pendant has, to keep it simple and effective.

We got some numbers from an insider of the Factory MotoGP Team and made our homework.  The theoretical challenge was… to conclude the right numbers for this particular bike- via the existing M1 numbers in context of its configuration.   Without knowing all of the M1 secrets,  I think we concluded solid inside diameter numbers by knowing that this ain’t perfect.  The characteristic of the Leo Vince headers seemed to match best with the calculated diameters. Theory so far… we’ll see where this is going when Dynojet Research dialed it in.     Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

logo50_bikemaster We used Bikemaster 75mm exhaust springs to install the pipes.  They are a little bit of too short, so we have to see if they might brake and to replace them with larger Bikemaster springs.

The improved flow with the upcoming customization and the characteristics of Leo Vince high quality racing headers- plus a weight loss of 19 pounds are very promising.  We are curious what the outcome is in the ‘After’ evaluation when the bike is all done.

CHECK OUT ALL FACTS ABOUT LEO VINCE, INCLUDING LOTS OF FACTS AND GOOD TO KNOWS ABOUT TECHNOLOGIES

 

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This is truly one of the major upgrades, because it’s turning a street bike to a serious race bike optically.

Believe me, this is bad ass stuff!  You can’t get your eyes off the bike, so many details are to discover.  And the quality… I gotta define that term new for myself since I know about Lacomoto quality- no kiddn’!     Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAMINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAWe found all drilled holes in the right place. No need to make holes oval to get that quick release through- no need to get the fairing on and off to make upper and lower parts fit to each other… this stuff here does fit already!

Have a look on the 1st picture. There is not even a gap between windscreen and upper fairing. Picture two shows how tailor-made this is, and how even the upper and lower fairing are arranged. Nothing is displaced or waved. A Lacomoto M1 Replica bodywork kit comes with:

We had to do some work on the electronics, to integrate blinkers into the existing tail light.  This is done by a little switch, no match for a mechanic like Robert.

CHECK OUT ALL FACTS ABOUT LACOMOTOS M1 MOTOGP REPLICA, INCLUDING LOTS OF FACTS OF ABOUT AERODYNAMICS AND ADVANTAGES

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Also the Paint Job on the bodywork is made in Portugal by Lacomoto.  What they deliver can only be understood in full by seeing it. We have seen lots of work, but Lacomoto’s finish and smoothness are extraordinary.

We love to work with Superbike-Coach because we believe that they are a great ambassador for the sport, and with the project bike we can truly show what Lacomoto is capable of.     Filipe Duarte, Lacomoto Portugal

2012-MotoGP-13-Misano-Friday-LWe have chosen a color scheme which Jorge Lorenzo had in the Misano GP 2012, and won after an dramatic race.  Some liked the scheme- but some not.    Feel free to leave a comment about your opinion.

We do like it, especially when we have our own finger prints on it.  We think that the simple scheme doesn’t catch too much attention of the viewer, who should have more the priority and purpose in mind.  Blue, black and a bit of white are also Superbike-Coach company colors.  It is planned anyway, to have a new color scheme done every new year, so…

CHECK OUT ALL FACTS ABOUT LACOMOTO PAINT JOBS, INCLUDING TIPS ABOUT HOW TO CLEAN A MOTORCYCLE

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Conclusion Of The 1st Upgrade  Session

This first day of installation brought a couple of positive perceptions, which are telling us that we are doing the right thing:

A 19 pounds weight reduction on the first day is massive- and we just started it.  We are on a good way to make the set goals in the ‘before evaluation‘ going to happen.  This has more significance as it looks like at first glance, because the weight reduction is in the high/rear area of the bike. That makes a gain of performance very promising already.

But hey, don’t forget that there is more going on as finding a way to count calories… because besides that we’ll also gain general adjustability, increase the power, having more tire grip, building more mechanical grip, will have it professionally dialed in, and we are reducing unsprung-  and rotating masses.

 

(Please note:  Lots of video coverage is in the making at this time. Stay tuned!)

Next: 2nd Upgrade Session

Photographer Jason Waterstreet had a bunch of work to do.

It was anything but easy to find the right time to get the first photo studio session done.  The problem here is that there are still high quality products in some oversea boxes on their way to Sacramento, California.

The reason for the photo studio session is to take ‘before’ pictures of the bike, or better, the platform we are going to transform into a head turning performance machine.  We lined up almost all products around the bike and took close-up pictures of each of them.

He has an eye for the detail and he’s a motorcycle maniac.  Good job Jason!     Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

Unfortunately not all products made it on time but we’ll take pictures with the next photo session to post them here.  However, we counted there were 127 products to shoot and the job was done in about 5 hours.  But it turned out well, didn’t it?!

You won’t believe the transformation that is coming.  More products and more photographs will be posted soon!  If it seems like Superbike-Coach is excited, you are right.  Stay tuned for updates.

Next: 1st Upgrade Session

Evolution Motorcycles in confirmed their engagement with the MotoGP Project Bike!

San Jose, CA, February 2013:  Evolution Motorcycles has confirmed their engagement with this project.  This means that almost all mechanical upgrades and modifications on the bike will be done by Robert and his professional team of mechanics.

The meeting was very productive and we figured quickly that we’re on the same page.     Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

Evolution Motorcycles will take care of a bunch of things such as the chassis, engine, suspension, and electronics.  Their garage is perfectly set up to develop projects because their machinery and infrastructure cover basically everything.  Without a proper set up, project development can be quite challenging.  That keeps the project timeline more organized because to make customized holders or spacers will be done when they need to be done in house.

Robert, boss of Evolution Motorcycles and motorcycle maniac from the UK, knows about all aspects of developing a project bike. His skills and passion are a perfect match for Superbike-Coach’s plans.

This is going to be a fun project. Can’t wait to get it started.      Robert, Evolution Motorcycles

Evolution Motorcycles is located in Santa Clara, CA.  All types of motorcycle repairs can be done, and the environment is very welcoming.  Check their website or Facebook page for Open Door days.

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Evolution Motorcylces LLC
2385 De La Cruz Blvd
Santa Clara, CA 95050

Tel: 408-453-6386

Fax: 408-492-1050

Please note:  Depending on the upgrade we are going to have some other Garages working on the bike.

 

 

 

 

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Yamaha-YZF-Dynotest     After a long period of planning, organizing and realizing the day of the first physical work on the project bike had come.  Before we start to spread a bike apart, we took ‘before’ numbers of the bike to be able to compare these numbers when the bike is all done.

We took measurements, and weights, as well as numbers from a dyno in regard to the engine performance.     Robert, CEO at Evolution Motorcycles

‘Before’ Evaluation Engine (K&N racing air filter was installed already)

INFO:  It is common that manufacturers measuring torque and hp output on the crankshaft.  So a regular dyno-test run can surprise with a more or less disappointing chart, because the evaluation of torque and hp will be taken at the rear wheel.  But where did the power get lost, the manufacturers had promised in their high-gloss brochures?  The answer is easy… in the Drivetrain, which includes primary, gearbox, oil, clutch, bearings, chain, front-to-back ratio in the sprocket carrier, and some grip on the tire.  The lost of power in the Drivetrain is from bike to bike different of course, but in general it is a lost of about 15%. Calculators on the WWW (Automotive Calculators)

Let’s do some math:  Assume Crank HP = X. Then the equation is X – 0.15* X = RWHP. Performing the subtraction for X yields. 0.85* X = RWHP. Solving for X yields X = RWHP/0.85 or 1.15* RWHP. So Crank HP = 1.15* RWHP.     Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

OE Torque @ wheels:   72.13
OE Horsepower @ wheels:   153.25 (*1.15=176.24 crank hp)

‘Before’ Evaluation Measurements and Weights

INFO:  All weights listed by manufacturers on their spec charts have no bearing on reality. To bring some authenticity into the equation, we rolled the bike on a electronic scale.  Interesting also the fact, that the bike brings its weight by 51.3% to the front wheel.  A 5.11 rider with 195 lb moves the weight to the rear by 47.9% (desired are 50% with the rider aboard).

I’m looking forward to the aftermath, and to see if we could disorder the weight distribution to the optimum numbers by 50/50.  I have a healthy doubt on this, but I bet we’re getting close to it.     Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

Power/weight ratio:   0.4186223278 HP/lbs
Weight (empty gas tank):   190.96 kg (421 lbs)
  Seat height:  835 mm (32.9 inches)
  Weight front:  97.96 kg (215.97 lbs) without the rider 51.3%
  Weight front:  91.47 kg (201.66 lbs) with the rider 47.9%
  Weight ratio:  47.9/52.1 (optimal 50/50)
  Ground clear.:  135 mm (5.3 inches)
  Wheelbase:  1,415 mm (55.7 inches)
  Fuel capacity:  18.00 litres (4.76 gallons)
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‘Before’ Evaluation adjustability

INFO:  The ‘Adjustability’ of OEM motorcycles is more or less disappointing, at least with the more affordable types.  Even when significant parts show adjustability, their range will be most of the time not satisfying.  Modifications and replacement of parts and products are necessary to make adjust-ability available for the riders needs.  We believe that manufacturers are keeping adjustment flexibility as low as possible to avoid wrong handling- or potential for lawsuits.

In all objectivity, you ain’t feel anything by clicking that little sucker (rear shock) back or forth, and it makes me sick to accept wasted potential. This has to be changed!       Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

  Suspensions: Adjustability on linkage, front- and rear shock needed
  Steering damper: Full adjustability needed
  Triple Tree: Offset adjustability needed
  Sprockets: Multiple sprocket ratios needed
  Controls: Adjustability on levers, rear sets, and throttle needed
  Engine: Fuel, Ignition, TC, management, smoothness on the throttle, linear RPM development, more HP needed
  General: Weight reduction (level 2) desired (gain hp per lbs), which enhances general maneuverability
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