It was love at first sight. The second you laid your eyes on the bike, you knew you had to have it. A few weeks down the road, and a few thousand miles later, the love is fading and your only hope of rekindling the flame is to fit the bike with various aftermarket parts.
As you browse through the parts department at the local motorcycle shop and scan vendor catalogs online, you quickly become overwhelmed and taken back by the daunting number of aftermarket components that are available. It's here that riders start to question which parts make the most difference, which parts can be installed without hassle and which modifications cost what?
Hard Racing Performance, a North Carolina-based company and online retailer, realizes that these questions are all too common in the industry and has found a way to make the transition from stock sportbike to modified machine an easy, well-informed process. Every year or two, as new models break ground; the company builds a project bike outfitted with a wide array of aftermarket parts available directly through hardracing.com. The shop's latest victim? A silver 2010 BMW S 1000 RR.
The BMW is the fifth project bike Hard Racing Performance has worked on in the past 11 years. The goal of the project - as with the previous ones - was to install anything new, cool and something that would improve the bike. For customers, the build offers a firsthand look at available products, the install process and the costs associated with each mod.
A set of Michelin Power Pure...
A set of Michelin Power Pure tires wrapped around a set of BlackStone Tek carbon fiber wheels removes unwarranted weight and adds serious style to the BMW. Replacing the stock wheel and tire combo with the BST carbon wheel/Michelin Power Pure tire combo - which weighed a measly 38.5 pounds - resulted in an overall weight savings of more than 10 pounds.
The Öhlins FGRT fork on the...
The Öhlins FGRT fork on the BMW was an easy install and provides rebound, compression and spring load adjustment for optimum feel and better handling on the track or on the street.
The CRG clutch lever can be...
The CRG clutch lever can be easily adjusted and offers the ever-popular folding feature in case of a tipover. The all-billet-aluminum lever with anodized finish and stainless steel roller bearing made it a perfect choice for the project bike.
Hard Racing Performance knows that most sportbike owners need and desire aftermarket parts that not only make the bike look better, but also make it perform better. Keeping this in mind, the shop installed high-end high-performance parts that would not only add to the bike's already strong looks, but also save weight and improve performance. The result was the addition of, among other things, BST carbon fiber wheels, and an Akrapovic exhaust system. Because Hard Racing knows that it's important for riders to be able to pick their bike up and ride home after a slow-speed fall, the BMW was fitted with a number of precautionary parts including CRG folding levers, frame sliders, case savers and rearsets with "breakaway" pegs.
While many of the performance enhancing parts of the BMW S 1000 RR are visible, a handful of them are concealed within the bike's fairings and motor. Hidden behind the clutch cover is an STM slipper clutch, which retains the BMW's original friction plates, drive plates and basket, and was installed for smooth clutch disengagement. An Öhlins steering damper is tucked behind the front cowl and within the air box lays a BMC hi-flow race filter to allow the BMW to breathe better.
The hardracing.com website followed the BMW S 1000 RR project bike through its build and constantly updated the list of installed parts. In addition, the guys at Hard Racing posted "how to" articles that provide images and detailed step-by-step instructions for the installation of various components such as the Öhlins front fork and STM slipper clutch.
In the end, Hard Racing Performance put out a totally revamped BMW S 1000 RR marked by great looks and amazing potential on the street or track. In addition, customers ended up with a firsthand look at the fit and finish of various aftermarket products along with a number of helpful step-by-step posts to ease installation of the components themselves.