Archive for May, 2011
MCN bought a new Aprilia Tuono in as part of a group test recently; it’s tiny, but packs a walloping 154bhp punch out of its V4 engine. The Ducati Streetfighter, in comparison made 146bhp, the Triumph Speed Triple put out 123bhp and the MV Brutale 1090 126bhp. The Tuono’s fully loaded with traction control and [...]
A BSD record-breaker; this beautiful 2011 Suzuki GSX-R750, running a full Arrow exhaust left the workshop making a full 140 genuine bhp at the back wheel. We fitted the Power Commander PC V and trimmed it up on the Dyno – Arrow systems tend to be built to deliver a strong top-end at the expense [...]
We’ve been fitting these for a good while now and have found that the Cordona PQ8 system strain gauge quickshifter works flawlessly. The system’s fully adjustable, fully programmable, and while it’s cutting the unit tells the bike’s ECU that all is OK. Its harness is plug and play, there’s no wire cutting and it bolts [...]
An ’03 Ducati 999 Biposto in for a belt service; Ducati recommend 12,000 miles which is fine if you’re doing that mileage on the bike regularly. The ‘or’ two years, however is crucial to observe – many people don’t do the miles and the bike sits in its cozy garage with the belts stuck in [...]
A 2001 Ducati 748, one of the last of ‘em. It was in for a couple of specific things; the belts, of course because the wise owner was paying heed to the two year rule and having new ones put on, and also a complete suspension service. Everybody tends to ignore their suspension but it [...]
A Kawasaki GTR1400 came through the workshop recently; its owner felt that perhaps he wasn’t getting the care and attention from his local dealer when it came to servicing, but was being charged for it anyway. The interim service it needed represented three hours’ solid workshop time. The oil and filter needed changing, the brake [...]
MCN road tester Adam ‘Chad’ Child bought his 2008 Suzuki GSX-R600 race bike in for a pre-NW200 check over after a heavy crash at Cadwell Park. It’d been to Ken Irwin’s for a chassis sort out and runs a Power Commander PC III – a new end-can meant some Dyno time to tweak the map [...]
Kieran, of the Gixxer junkie forum, owns this 2010 Suzuki GSX-R1000. He does a lot of track days and uses the bike to promote his business; it’s fitted with a Bazzaz Performance ECU, which connects into throttle position (TPS), crank sensor, and all eight injectors. This means it ‘sees’ what throttle you’ve got on and [...]
This 2004 ZX-10 didn’t travel too far to get to our workshop – Cambridge – and arrived fitted with a Power Commander that had a standard, generic map uploaded. In all honesty the bike’s owner was a little sceptical that he’d notice any improvement after some time spent on the Dyno, but agreed to call [...]
Part one of an ongoing project we’ll be documenting here as and when over the course of the next few months; BSD’s very own Ducati 1098 race bike rebuild. It won the UK Sound of Thunder championship in 2007, and it raced in the European Sound of Thunder series in 2008 with quite a few [...]
2010 Triumph Sprint ECU Reprogram
The issues with this bike mainly concern power and power delivery off the bottom especially two-up. It’s been back to the dealer and had the latest factory tune, but the owner wants a little more. First job? Isolate the Lambda sensor and cap off the emissions unit. The bike was then put on the Dyno and we reprogrammed the stock ECU; fuelling at the bottom end has been richened up, taking away the ‘hunting’ snatchiness. Fuelling all the way through the rev range has been optimized and the ignition curve trimmed.
2009 Yamaha R1 Road to Race
To upgrade to race spec we’ve fitted an Öhlins rear shock and MCT have modded the front forks. The engine’s been out and we’ve adjusted the cam timing, ported and skimmed the cylinder head and we’re fitting a set of BSD Performance adjustable bellmouths. It’s also having a YEC race loom and ECU, plus quickshifter.