THE Suzuka 8-hours race is one of the most prestigious meetings in the Japanese sporting calendar. The factories spend millions preparing their teams for the event, so when the privateer Kenz J-Trust team scooped the X-Formula class win with their specially prepared GSX-R1000, it was a bit of a coup.
Now the exclusive tuning house is cashing in on their accomplishment by selling replicas of their race-winner to the public.
The Kenz-1000R weighs 3kg (6.6lb) less than stock, but the most obvious change is the lightweight composite bodywork and new mammoth 28 litre (6.16 gal) alloy tank.
The range on the road should be increased by half again, and with a steady hand you could even see 200 miles between refills – though touring on that thin foam seat pad wouldn’t be much fun.
If the gorgeous paintwork and race-bike looks don’t tempt you, Kenz are hoping that the other parts they’ve fitted will draw you in. Lightweight rearsets and a carbon-fibre Kenz end can should boost top-end power by 2bhp and pump up the mid-range.
The parts are available for order over the internet, from www.kenz-pro.co.jp. At the moment Kenz has no plans to export the machine, but you can register your interest through firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 00-81-33333-5133.