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Race-spec GSX-Rs for the road

Published: 19 August 2001

Updated: 19 November 2014

Crescent Suzuki race team has got the go ahead to build limited edition GSX-Rs for the road - the 600 is yours for £15,000 and the 750 for £30,000.

Click on the link on the right to see our exclusive video studio session with the stunning GSX-R750.

Based on its Supersport and British Superbike GSX-Rs they are true race replicas, so close to their original bikes Crescent Racing boss Paul Denning reckons they could be competitive if raced in their current form.

" Take the lights off and you could give the front runners a scare, " he said.

Although compared to the list price of £7849 and £6899 the cost of these bikes may seem steep you get an awful lot of machine for your money, all put together by the same people that prepare Jon Crawford’s British Superbike and Karl Harris’ British Supersport bike.

Engines have been stripped down and blue-printed by the Crescent’s engineers. The heads have been gas flowed and polished.

Yoshimura race cams replace the standard Suzuki items to match the tuned engine and allow the valve lift to be changed to boost performance. A gigantic " Frankie " World Superbike specification radiator helps keep the 750’s engine cool.

While the 750 retains the road gearbox the 600 has a Suzuki race kit box. Designed to allow the gear ratios to be adjusted quickly and easily it also has four not three gear dogs to increase its strength and reduce the chances of it breaking under race abuse.

But just in case the rider is a bit heavy footed with the changes the gear shift rod between the foot peddle and gearbox is supported for extra durability. The 750 comes with a TransLogic quick-shifter which cuts the ignition reducing the stress on the engine and allowing seamless gear changes.

Ohlins piggy-back rear shock and Yoshimura fork internals give the 600 the kind of feedback that you need racing at the top level and offer more adjustment than you could possibly need for the road.

The same goes for the 750’s Showa units. Held in place by triple clamp yokes the head angle can be adjusted to alter the steering by changing spacers. The rear shock links to a factory swingarm.

The 750 comes with a very trick AP two-piston master cylinder. Each caliper has its own brake line and fluid reservoir supplying it which helps reduce brake fade due and gives the rider more feel. The 600 retains its stock master cylinder and calipers but uses Braking Wave discs.

Both bikes run full race Yoshimura tri-oval titanium exhaust systems and the bodywork is carbon-fibre and both bikes feature endurance style single seat units with recessed lights.

The GSX-R600 weighs bang on the FIM legal minimum weight limit of 167kg (368lb) wet, only 4kg (8lb) heavier than the claimed dry weight of the stock bike and although Crescent haven’t yet weighed the 750 it is sure to be quite a few pounds lighter than the 166kg (365lb) stock version.

Crescent will make these bikes to order in which ever specification you require. So if you just want an engine to replicate the racers or want your suspension sorting out give them a call on 01202 820170.

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