Special GSX-R1000 set to steal Ally Pally show

Published: 21 January 2001

SUZUKI'S GSX-R1000 is hardly lacking when it comes to performance, but that hasn't stopped tuning firm Harris working its magic on one of the first bikes in the country.

This GSX-R, which will be revealed to the world at next week's MCN Road Racing and Superbike Show at London's Alexandra Palace, contains many parts which eager buyers will be keen to get for their bikes. All of them can be ordered at the show.

The list of extras includes a racing exhaust system, Ohlins suspension and steering damper, lighter bodywork, new rearsets and engine protector bars.

Harris is staying tight-lipped about its weight and power output, but the firm says it will reveal all when the show opens on January 27. And if the standard machine is anything to go by (see page 16), this one is going to be amazing.

Harris will also be displaying its hand-built WSB-spec R7 chassis kit, designed to take an R1 engine, at the show, so you can turn your Yamaha into something Noriyuki Haga would be proud of.

But if you're not in the market for tuning goodies, the event has plenty more to offer.

There'll be dozens of new models to drool over, including the latest crop of 600s such as Suzuki's injected GSX-R, Honda's new CBR600F Sport and Yamaha's updated R6. Other sports bikes making an appearance include the entire Aprilia range, headed by the new RSV Mille R, and Ducati's 996S.

Perhaps you'd prefer something more retro, like Yamaha's XJR1300SP? Or how about going even further back with the new Triumph Bonneville?

Harris's GSX-R won't be the only special on show, either. It will be joined by QB Carbon's take on MV Agusta's F4S, the Colin Edwards replica SP-1 featured in MCN back in November and the QB R1 revealed above.

If you entered MCN's Christmas quiz, you'll want to put in an appearance because you could find out if you've won the top prize - a new CCM Supermoto.

The lucky entry will be picked out of the hat on the first day of the show, and the bike will be presented by CCM shareholder Michaela Fogarty.

On top of all that there will be trade stands packed with unbelievable bargains, race bikes and their riders on display, stunt shows and the chance to talk about bikes non-stop all day.