The project R1's Concept 5...
The project R1's Concept 5 paint job is eye catching whether the bike is on the track, or on display at a dealer event.
When a project bike begins to take shape, there is usually a reason - or at best - some type of blueprint and motive for its conception. If you are the guys at TrackDaz however, your project bike is built out of spontaneity and in the mindset that, well, "I guess we will see what happens next." Trackdaz co-owner Dustin Coyner has always had this type of attitude however, and that being the case, the TrackDaz Yamaha R1 project bike is not really far from his repertoire. Coyner's entry into the motorcycle industry was driven solely by his enthusiasm for motorcycles and the motorcycle community. It is his passion and spur-of-the-moment attitude that led to the creation of TrackDaz, and now to the creation of the TrackDaz project bike.
In 2000, TrackDaz was nothing more than a business plan written on the reverse side of a napkin. But with a true passion for the sport - something some large companies lack - Coyner, co-owner Rudy Cortez and friends were able to grow TrackDaz into one of Southern California's premier track-day providers. The organization provides riders with an opportunity to hone their skills in a safe and controlled environment for significantly less money than it takes to go racing.
Although the crossplane-crank...
Although the crossplane-crank engine lacks top-end horsepower, it has a tremendous amount of torque that carries the R1 through the middle and exit of corners.
In order to carry on the company's early success, Coyner and Cortez continually look for avenues that will expand the company and benefit the racing community. The chance to do just this came in 2006, when Yamaha Motor Corp. USA came on board as the official sponsor for TrackDaz. The sponsorship has been an ideal one for TrackDaz and it has greatly benefited its program. TrackDaz events are now littered with Yamaha R1s and R6s for instructors to safely coach students on the track, and at each event the Yamaha banner is flown with pride.
A Match Made In Heaven
When you partner two companies with an equal amount of passion for motorcycles (Yamaha and TrackDaz), you are sure to get an exciting result. Enter the '10 TrackDaz Yamaha R1 project bike. The bike, which was built for a number of reasons independent from the simple pleasure of building a noteworthy project bike, has gradually taken on a number of roles for TrackDaz. The R1 - brought to life at Attack Performance in Huntington Beach, CA - harnesses a number of high-performance parts from Yamaha's accessory catalog and features top-of-the-line parts from companies like Attack Performance, Driven Racing and Dynojet, giving it great potential on the track and great marketing value at local events.
Some of the more race-oriented...
Some of the more race-oriented components of the R1 include the Attack Performance offset triple clamps seen here. The triple clamps and the Öhlins 25mm cartridge kit in the front fork provide excellent front end feel.
The Öhlins TTX rear shock...
The Öhlins TTX rear shock was easily adjusted to accommodate for the slight pumping felt through the exit of the corner.
The EK racing chain, Driven...
The EK racing chain, Driven Racing sprocket, carbon fiber chain guard and anodized axle block seen here are just a few of the smaller parts strewn throughout the R1 that add both to the performance and looks of the project bike.
The entire project can really be blamed on Yamaha's engorged accessory catalog though. After browsing through it, Coyner knew exactly what the )(then stock) TrackDaz R1 needed. And because few people are willing or able to empty their wallets on the awesome parts found in the catalog, we rarely see a Yamaha dressed front to back with the goodies. Thanks to the TrackDaz Yamaha R1, we can no longer say that. Directly from Yamaha's accessory catalog come Marchesini T-spoke wheels, Goodridge brake lines, a Brembo RCS master cylinder and lever matched with a Brembo clutch lever and numerous carbon fiber masterpieces. These bits, available to anyone with access to the Yamaha accessory catalog, give the TrackDaz R1 a one-off look and some serious potential on the track.
The Leo Vince full system...
The Leo Vince full system exhaust is laser etched with a "TrackDaz 10th Anniversary" logo. The crossplane-crank engine and Leo Vince exhaust combine to provide an unbelievable tone that you would never think to be from an inline four.
The R1 project bike is also fitted with various Attack Performance parts such as adjustable-offset triple clamps, clip-ons and adjustable rearsets. In addition, the R1 features a Leo Vince full exhaust system and various Dynojet components such as a Power Commander V, Quick Shifter and Secondary Fuel Module. In regards to the suspension, an Öhlins TTX rear shock took over the stock unit and Öhlins 25mm fork cartridges were installed in the front.
The TrackDaz Yamaha R1 doesn't lose any marks in the looks category either. The Attack Race Bodies bodywork is finished off with graphics from Drippen Wet, a custom paint job from Concept 5 and replica R1 graphics from SR Sign Designs for an unmistakable look that really belongs on a show bike.
Combine the great looks with the performance pieces from Yamaha, Attack Performance and Dynojet and you get a project bike that puts its money where its mouth is.