New Shop Demo Bikes for 2013

For those that know us, you know we try to sell things we believe in, and in doing so we have to believe in what we use. This year we are building two shop demo bikes. Due to an unfortunate fender bender, Kevin’s bike is one of them. Over the next few weeks we will highlight the progress of tearing these machines apart, massaging metal, and rebuilding them into some serious custom machines.

We like to ride, a lot, so naturally the shop builds bikes to ride, not simply look pretty on a stage or at a show. The idea is to build two bikes that are blisteringly fast with a low hitting linear torque curve; light in weight and highly responsive to ride hard, and ride daily. They still had to look good however.

With so many great companies in the industry today, it is impossible to fit all of our favorite things on one bike. We picked our favorites for each bike and laid out a plan. Both FXR’s will be running 85″ kits and stage 2 head work from Revolution Performance with 10.5:1 Wiseco domed pistons. The revolution kits are well made from the finest materials, increasing displacement and compression at the same time in one kit that is a direct bolt on. Quick, easy, smooth power.

Increased compression requires a little extra torque to start. cranking power will be handled by All Balls 1.4kw starters. We have been selling All Balls starters for years and they are by far the most reliable, and built solid as a rock.

Kevin is running a Bob Woods W6 cam for raw power at high speeds, James is taking the urban route and running an Andrews EV31 for an ultra linear torque curve from low end to 5000 RPM. The W6 has more of a high end and suits the way Kevin rides; super fast.

Higher lift cam shafts require an increase in airflow to full perform as they are designed to. We decided that stepping up to 42mm carbs was the best idea, and Mikuni has the quality we need to make sure they stay tuned solid, and last as long as the bike itself.

Keeping cylinder pressure inside is none other than the legendary Cometic Gaskets. With decades of race experience and a solid design, Cometic was the logical choice for the new builds.

To make sure we took full advantage of the increased air flow from the 42mm Mikuni carb, oversize valves and high lift cams both bikes received Daytona Twin Tec single fire ignition systems.

Higher speed riding and quick shifts require a little transmission reinforcement, both bikes received shiny new Delkron cases. the factory cases could handle the stress, but it is always better to error on the side of bulletproof when you can.

Holding onto the curves is another crucial component to riding hard. Kevin will be keeping his tried and true Progressive 440′s on the rear, and using a Race-Tech front suspension including the gold cartridge emulators. James will be using the same front end suspension adding Race-Tech G3-S rears. The G3-S suspensions are custom built for each rider and bike ensuring it is perfect for each individual.

Putting rubber to asphalt on James’s bike has been trusted to Ride Wright Fat 50′s colored to match the frame and Kevin Is running a set of DNA “13″. Rubber as always is none other than the Metzeler ME880′s.

Performance is a wonderful thing, but the bikes have to look the part as well. Motorcycle Medic has a history of turning out some amazing color melody’s. These bikes are no different, and we are trusting the worlds greatest powder coating company to the task; Sumax.

Look forward to more details as the projects develop, and see them first hand for the first time at Daytona in March.

Kevin’s Bike was much farther along than James’s bike before we started. Believe me, it will have taken on a transformation beyond your wildest dreams by the time it is complete.

James decided to start fresh with a basket case FXR found in central Massachusetts. She wasn’t all that bad, it was at the very least ride-able, compression tested well and had phenomenal pinion shaft run out.

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