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Old 16-02-2018, 10:58 PM   #1
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2005 GSXR 750 Trackbike

I already have a project thread going on about my roadbike (the irony isn't lost on me) - my Ducati 1199s Panigale. It's going through a transformation from something beautiful to something beyond (in my eyes anyway) and is NOT going on the track again as that is what started it all in the first place!

I've been fortunate enough to be in the position to get myself a different bike for track duties and the odd road ride thrown in - that is unless it becomes a totally track focused beast. I'll still be able to slap a daytime MOT on it however.

Anyway, the new bike is a 2005 GSXR 750 - also known as a K5. The K1-3 were all similar, the K4 and K5 were the next iteration and K6 to L0 (I think) were all very similar. I would have liked a K6 onward but I would have paid the same for a standard bike as I did for this and this comes with about £5k worth of upgrades that you'd want on a track bike anyway.

It started life as a black and yellow liveried bike which is probably the least popular behind the classic blue and white and the all black versions. The owner previous to the one that sold me this spent a lot of time and money in an attempt to recreate the Rizla Suzuki of Cal Crutchlow and had it resprayed in the correct blue and ordered about a million stickers for it. Fortunately, only a few were applied so it's not as messy as it could have been!

The bike came with all the old MOT's (and a fresh 12 months ticket!), all the old tax discs, part service history up to 11k (it's done just under 14k now) and loads of receipts for parts and work done. As I said above - apart from the visuals, a lot of the mods help the bike in it's journey to track bike awesomeness. The main ones are as follows:

No further updates on the Panigale but she does now have a stablemate. I picked this up the other day - it's a 2005 GSXR 750 that has been repainted in the Rizla Suzuki colours. It wasn't the cheapest out there but did come with approx. £5k of extras that all enhance it's potential track ability. Some of the main extras are listed below:

Quickshifter
Wavey discs
Quick action throttle
Brembo RCS 19 master cylinder
Yacugar shock
Ohlins fork kit
Power commander (dynoed at 134BHP)
Braided hoses
TRW rearsets
Crash bungs
Quick release fuel cap
Sigma slipper clutch
Brembo clutch lever
LED gear indicator
Akrapovic can (came with - not fitted at present)
Lithium battery (and charger!)

Plans first are to get it out on the road and see how it rides and get used to it. I'll also give it a bit of DW love cleaning it and seeing what I can bring up to standard quickly. Then it's on to the task of getting it ready for the first track day of the year which is likely to be April / May time.

So, as we all like lists - this is what is on the cards so far:

Clean and fettle
Get rid of gold coloured things like reservoir caps and bar ends
Find some track bodywork
Brake upgrade - R1 brakes bolt straight on
Spare wheels (for wets )
Tyre warmers
Generator
Trailer
Tyre supply
Get the suspension set up
Get the Akropovic fitted (and noise tested)
Trackday Leathers (my road suit is a Dainese Ducati branded affair)
Locate some riding talent somewhere
Get some tuition

That should be it for now! Here are some pics:

Seller pic:
Screenshot_20180211-195021 by Matt Bly, on Flickr

Abandoned in the garage!
20180215_131750 by Matt Bly, on Flickr

The folder of paperwork:
20180216_213010 by Matt Bly, on Flickr

Evidence of previous work - rear shock:
20180216_212944 by Matt Bly, on Flickr

Dyno:
20180216_212830 by Matt Bly, on Flickr

Original Livery:
20180216_212754 by Matt Bly, on Flickr

Old tax discs:
20180216_212725 by Matt Bly, on Flickr

That chain guard has to go...
Screenshot_20180216-213233 by Matt Bly, on Flickr

Brembo loveliness:
Screenshot_20180216-213144 by Matt Bly, on Flickr

Thanks for reading.

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Old 16-02-2018, 11:27 PM   #2
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Old 16-02-2018, 11:32 PM   #3
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Oh nice find I always wanted the k5 model. Them exhausts are sooo loonngg
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Congrats on the new purchase and welcome to the family
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Very nice matey.
As you’ve mentioned in your post, ££££s spent on things you’d want anyway for track.
The Brembo master cylinder is an awesome addition.
Which R1 brakes are transferable?
I have the 5VY R1 as a track/race bike (04-06 model) and with Brembo pads and the RCS I can hover the back wheel where I want with one finger, they’re that powerful.
Just be careful coming off the brakes gently if you tend to trail brake!
If you just let go of the lever leant over, the bike will pop up on the front- not what you want lol. Good luck getting kitted up.
RST are good value for money race leathers. A-Stars boots have saved my legs a couple times & give great feel.
Wolf generators are cheap (& noisy!) but run forever & can run 2 sets of warmers and a kettle, so alls good there!

Outta interest what is your nearest track?
I’m fortunate to live 30mins from Cadwell & an hour from Donnington

Gixxer make wicked track bikes as I’m sure you’re aware. I had a K1 600 for about 8yrs & was a bomb proof little bike.
A newer 750 will be ace fun for you
Looking forward to your updates

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Old 04-03-2018, 11:09 AM   #6
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Oh nice find I always wanted the k5 model. Them exhausts are sooo loonngg
Yeah, they look long nowadays dont they? I'm sure once I get to know more, some tidyer alternatives may come along...

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Congrats on the new purchase and welcome to the family
Cheers - I've been away far too long - here is my old K7 1000:

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Very nice matey.
As you’ve mentioned in your post, ££££s spent on things you’d want anyway for track.
The Brembo master cylinder is an awesome addition.
Which R1 brakes are transferable?
I have the 5VY R1 as a track/race bike (04-06 model) and with Brembo pads and the RCS I can hover the back wheel where I want with one finger, they’re that powerful.
Just be careful coming off the brakes gently if you tend to trail brake!
If you just let go of the lever leant over, the bike will pop up on the front- not what you want lol. Good luck getting kitted up.
RST are good value for money race leathers. A-Stars boots have saved my legs a couple times & give great feel.
Wolf generators are cheap (& noisy!) but run forever & can run 2 sets of warmers and a kettle, so alls good there!

Outta interest what is your nearest track?
I’m fortunate to live 30mins from Cadwell & an hour from Donnington

Gixxer make wicked track bikes as I’m sure you’re aware. I had a K1 600 for about 8yrs & was a bomb proof little bike.
A newer 750 will be ace fun for you
Looking forward to your updates

Obligatory track pic lol




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I agree - most of the stuff i'd want to do anyway so I'm happy it's ready to go. I can't remember which R1 calipers go on but I think theyre around the same vintage as yours if I'm honest. I'll have to recheck and report back.

My local track is Bedford which is about 25 mins away and Silverstone which is about 40 minutes away. Donington is only just over an hour away and Mallory a little less so quite well placed. I only did Bedford and Rockingham last year so I think the first will be Bedford as I know it reasonably.

I've been looking at the obligatory RST Tracktech kit as it seems very popular. I've just sorted a new car so now know what money I've got to carry on collecting kit. I managed to pick up some almost new Capit warmers last week for £185 which was a bargain. The seller also let me have a well used but 'started on first pull' Honda GX160 engined generator for £100 so with a little tidying up / service it should see me through.

The same seller also had some lightly used slicks (x3 front and x2 rear), front and rear wets and an almost new rear 200 section Supercorsa that will fit my Panigale. I couldn't resist at £40 on top! The rears are 190 sections rather than the 180 that the Gixer wears normally but it's well documented that they work just fine.

Unfortunately, other than plug in the optimate and SORN the bike, it's not moved from it's spot in the garage as I've otherwise been a bit busy!

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Looks great the 750 k5 was my dream bike though if I get rid of my CBR I might need to move away from the sportsbikes at my age lol

Get rid of that pillion seat though
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Looks great the 750 k5 was my dream bike though if I get rid of my CBR I might need to move away from the sportsbikes at my age lol

Get rid of that pillion seat though
Cheers!

It came with a cover but the colour match is slightly off. I'll get some track plastics soon enough I hope!

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Oh, if it’s going to be a dedicated track tool, or depending how serious you take it all, may be worth considering a 520 chain and sprocket conversion?
And when you get your WOW’s, as daft as it sounds, practice putting them in and out occasionally so if it happens on the day, you may only miss 1 session at the most
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I watched this video earlier today, made me think of Horico's bike, funny:
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