When it comes to production motorcycle racing – that is, bikes you and I can buy at a dealership – building a Superbike is the highest level you can reach. While the bikes may look fairly similar to the bike you have in your garage, underneath the fancy paint job are a number of modifications designed specifically to make bike and rider lap a racetrack as quickly as possible.
For this week’s Top 10, we take a look at the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000s raced in the new MotoAmerica series by Jake Lewis and Roger Hayden, to see some differences between a top-level Superbike and a standard GSX-R1000. You might already know Superbike engines get massaged to make 200-plus horsepower, which your standard Gixxer doesn’t have. Instead we’ll look at other aspects of the Superbike to spot some lesser known differences. Luckily for you, many of these parts are available to purchase through Yoshimura should you want to add a bit of exotica to your GSX-R.