2018 Suzuki GSXR 1000 R STG Project Bike

  • After the first lap Van took on the Suzuki GSXR 1000 R last summer at the Roadracing World 1000cc Bike Shootout at Miller he wanted to get one of his own. We had wrenched on and riddent the R1 for almost 3 years at that point so it was time to begin a new project bike. Having the opportunity to ride all of the current liter bikes on the same day it was clear the Suzuki was the one that suited him best in stock trim. With this project we will do both street and race bike mods with the end result being a replica of the M4 ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-R1000 ridden by Jake Lewis in MotoAmerica Superbike.

    To help us take this project to the next level we will have technical support from Team Hammer to get the all new GSXR dialed in. While we may not be able to ride the GSXR like the Man with the Mullet Mr. Jake Lewis we are looking forward to a little factory race team support.

  • Brian Van wrenching on the STG Project Bike
2018 Suzuki GSXR 1000R STG Project Bike How To Videos

The First Step To New Motorcycle Break In

  • No matter what you do in life best practice is to always put your best foot forward. At the start of any relationship a great first impression goes a long way IMO. When you take a pretty girl on a date be smart enough to walk with her to the car and open her door. These little gestures of kindness make people feel good and motivate them to do nice things for you.

    If you want your new motorcycle to treat you nice then you need to make a great first impression. No better way to get that done than providing her with a quality set of motorcycle stands to rest safely on like the Pit Bull Stands that support our new STG Suzuki GSXR1000 R. Check out our STG Motorcycle Stand Buyers Guide for a deep dive into the world of quality motorcycle stands.

2017-2018 Suzuki GSXR 1000 M4 Full Exhaust System Install

  • This is the same M4 Titanium Full Exhaust System used on the M4 ECSTAR Suzuki GSXR 1000 ridden by the man with the mullet Jake Lewis in MotoAmerica Superbike. With this system you get the benefit of the additional development time M4 has invested in this pipe to help Team Hammer get the most out of the new Suzuki GSXR 1000. The Full Titamium System we offer is the exact same one the race team runs on their bikes.

    The stock system on the GSXR 1000 tips the scales at 23 lbs and is has a massive canister. Installing the 2017-2018 Suzuki GSXR 1000 M4 Titanium Full Exhaust System increases the power, reduces the weight by over 14 lbs and gives the GSXR a much cleaner look. M4 offers this system in 3 variants: Carbon Can w/ Full Titanium Pipe, Carbon Can w/ Full Stainless Steel Pipe and Carbon Can w/Stainless Steel Header + Titanium Midpipe.

How To Remove The Stock Bodywork on a 2017-2018 Suzuki GSXR 1000

  • Being able to remove the OEM Bodywork on your Suzuki GSXR 1000 is key if you plan to do the maintenance or mods yourself. Odds are if you have this bike it is not the first one you have parked in your garage and have worked with OEM bodywork before. Even with prior experience this video is worth watching and will help you get that bodywork off and back on again without the drama associated with the first time removal that is pretty common. Suzuki did a great job with the OEM bodywork on this bike so the process is pretty straight forward. If you have any questions or comments please leave them on the YouTube Video and Brian Van will answer them for you.

2017-2018 Suzuki GSXR 1000 New Rage Cycles Fender Eliminator Install

  • The all new GSXR 1000 is an amazing bike, no one would argue that fact. That said it still comes with a massive OEM rear fender just like all the other sportbikes do. Installing the 2017-2018 Suzuki GSXR 1000 New Rage Cycles Fender Eliminator will clean the lines up on your new Suzuki, giving it a little superbike style.

    Watch our video install where we show you the finished result and every step it takes to get you there if you need a little help getting your kit installed. After installing this you will notice the flash rate is a little faster than stock (we show this in the video) due to the change in load with the LED rear signals. If you preferred the stock flash rate you will need to install the New Rage Cycles Dual-Load Equalizer to slow it down.

M4 ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-R1000 17-18 Vortex / EK 520 Chain and Sprocket Kit Install

  • This is the same chain and sprocket kit used on the M4 ECSTAR Suzuki GSXR 1000 ridden by Jake Lewis in MotoAmerica. Installing the M4 ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-R1000 17-18 Vortex / EK 520 Chain and Sprocket Kit on your GSXR will reduce the weight, reduce the drivetrain friction and allow you tune the gear ratio to your riding style.

    We recommend this kit for racing, track day riders as well as street riders looking to reduce the weight and increase the performance of their GSXR 1000. On the M4 ECSTAR STG Suzuki GSXR 1000R Project Bike we are running the most used gearing combination on Jake Lewis's GSXR 1000 which is a 16 tooth front (one tooth down from stock), 41 tooth rear (4 teeth down from stock) and 118 links in the EK 3D Chain (2 links longer than stock). Using the 16 front / 41 tooth rear and 118 links the final ratio is a little taller than stock and weighs 2.15 lbs less than the stock 525 kit does. The wheel base is longer than stock which will have a positive impact on stability and handling. At 118 links of length with a 16 tooth front sprocket you can run a 41, 42 or 43 tooth rear sprocket without making a change to chain length if you need to fine tune the gearing for a particular track.

2017-2018 Suzuki GSXR 1000 Driven TT Rearsets Install

  • The 2017-2018 Suzuki GSXR 1000 Driven TT Rearsets offer all the adjust-ability you need to dial in the ergonomics of the GSXR to suit your riding style. Six footpeg positions are available with laser etched numbers that reflect the difference from the stock position make dialing position in easy. This kit allows for either standard or GP (reverse) shift patterns which is a feature we like to see. Folding toe pieces are found on both the shift and brake pedals to help reduce damage in a crash or tip over.

    Driven designed this kit to accept the stock rear brake light switch on the brake side. If you ride on the street having that rear brake light switch functional is a real plus, this kit gets that done without having to install any additional parts. We have ridden the bike on the track with this rearset kit on the bike and really like how the bike feels with them installed.

2017-2018 Suzuki GSXR 1000 Spiegler Brake Line Kit Install

  • Replacing the rubber OEM brake lines with a set of stainless steel braided lines is one of the best performance mods you can make to your new GSXR. Installing the Spiegler Suzuki GSX-R1000 2017-2018 Brake Line Kit on your ABS equipped GSXR will dramatically improve both braking power and feel.

    This Spiegler Brake Line Kit will the ABS equipped 2017-2018 Suzuki GSXR 1000 and Suzuki GSXR 1000R models. The ABS System on both models is designed to improve the braking performance of the bike with the R Model getting a few additional ABS features not found on the standard model. If you have an ABS equipped GSXR 1000 we recommend leaving the system intact and replacing the rubber OEM lines to improve braking power and performance. On the R Model the ABS system will sense rear wheel lift under hard braking and adjust the pressure to balance the bike for corner entry. We have found this feature to work well while riding the STG Suzuki GSXR 1000R Project Bike. As if that was not enough the ABS System is also able to sense and optimize brake pressure while leaned over (trail braking) to dial in the braking force to the available traction. In our opinion these are valuable features which is why we recommend retaining the ABS.

2017-2018 Suzuki GSXR 1000 Hotbodies Windscreen Install

  • We installed the Tall Clear version of the Hotbodies Windscreen on our 2018 STG M4 ECSTAR Suzuki GSXR 1000R, replacing the low profile OEM screen. Having ridden with the stock screen previously on the track we found it impossible to get below the bubble which gets a little interesting at 160 mph on the straightaway! The screen we installed on the STG Project Bike is the same one used on the M4 ECSTAR Suzuki GSXR 1000 ridden by Jake Lewis in MotoAmerica and was developed using input from the race team. The profile of the Tall Version of the screen creates a nice bubble when you are blasting down the straight in the tuck.

2017-2018 Suzuki GSXR 1000 GB Racing Engine Cover Kit Install

  • Whether you ride on the track or the street installing the GB Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000 2017-2018 Engine Cover Set is something we recommend. OEM engine covers are vulnerable and can be damaged in a race track crash or a simple driveway tip over. When this happens your ride is over unless you have an engine cover in your pocket. GB Racing Cover Protectors bolt right over your OEM covers to help reduce the possibility of being damaged.

    Over the years we have installed several sets of GB Racing Covers and have crash tested them with excellent results. Each time we have installed a set of GB Covers we have been impressed with the quality, fit and engineering that goes into their products. This kit is another solid example of how good their products are.

2017-2018 Suzuki GSXR 1000 Driven Engine Plugs Install

2017-2018 Suzuki GSXR 1000 Driven Mirror Eliminators Install

  • For both street and track riders the Driven Suzuki GSX-R1000 2017-2018 Mirror Eliminators are a great way to clean up the front of the bike when you remove the mirrors. Driven added a ton of detail to these eliminators with a multi axis cnc machine that set these apart from the competition and they are available in multiple colors to match your color scheme. Mirror eliminators are a great option for riders who ride their bike on the street and take it to the track for some track day riding. Most track day orgs either want the mirrors removed or taped over to pass tech, installing these on the bike gets that done in style. If your GSXR 1000 is in full race trim with race bodywork installed these can add a little detail with a pop of color while securing the upper to the fairing stay.

    Once you have eliminated the mirrors and cleaned up the front it is time to install a bar end mirror for street riding. Driven has three bar end mirrors to choose from:

    Driven Halo Stainless Steel Bar End Mirror

    Driven Monza Mirror

    Driven Racing D-Axis Bar End Mirror

AiM SmartyCam GP HD & AiM Solo 2 DL Lap Timer Install

  • If you are riding on the race track a lap timer is a great tool that can be used to improve your riding. When we first started track riding most of the lap timers were IR models that required a beacon to work and did not do much beyond logging lap times. Today there are several GPS based lap timers available with the ability to display and log tons of data that can be used to help take your riding to the next level. In our opinion the AiM Solo 2 DL GPS Lap Timer & Data Logger is the best of the best. The Solo 2 DL can interface directly with most modern sportbike ECU's recording all the important data coming from the vehicle Engine Control Unit. Additional sensors and complicated wiring are not required anymore.

    The AiM SmartyCam GP HD connects directly to the Solo 2 DL to create the ultimate HD video, data logging system. This system allows you to have all the data from the Solo 2 DL on the video as an overlay so you can see exactly what you are doing and where you are doing it. For the price of a full titanium race exhaust system you can have a tool that do more for your riding than that exhaust system ever could.

Grattan Raceway on the Suzuki GSX-R1000R 7.1.2018 with Sportbike Track Time

  • Max Van, Jimmy Fox, Corey, John and myself all rode with STT the weekend of 6.30.2018 and 7.1.2018. This video is one lap from that weekend and is the best overall laptime I recorded riding during the weekend on the GSX-R1000R. The weather was dry both day with temps in the mid 90's so it was a hot one for sure. The bike was still pretty much stock with the following mods completed: M4 Full Titanium Exhaust, Driven TT Rearsets, Stompgrip, Vortex EK Chain Kit (16/41) and Spiegler Brake Lines (ABS still active). The 1:25.2 lap time is not too shabby on a bike with a horn and headlight to be fair. That said it is a long way off my best of 1:21 and not even close to the potential this bike has to offer.

    Once Video Steve had this up on YouTube I sent a link to my man Chris Ulrich who is taking on the role of a long distance personal riding coach for me. After watching the video CU called and we went over the things he spotted. His first comment was "you are not looking far enough down track", to which I responded "how do you know you can't see my face in the video". From there he explained my shallow and early corner entry in several corners was a clear sign that I was not looking far enough out front. He went over a couple other items and stressed focusing on the fundamentals when I hit the track mid July with Sportbike Track Time Again. Stay tuned to see if I can get myself sorted out and let this GSXR run a little faster.

2017-2018 Suzuki GSXR 1000 Driven HALO Fuel Cap Install

  • OEM gas caps are one of the first things to get replaced on most sportbikes. The Driven HALO Fuel Cap Base Suzuki GSX-R1000 03-18 bolts right up to the tank of your GSXR ready to accept the Driven HALO Fuel Cap which is available in 6 different colors to fit the color scheme of your bike.

    We have installed the Driven keyless fuel caps on several STG Project Bikes over the years and have always been happy with their style, fit and performance. This is a great mod for any track bike that gets you one step closer to eliminating the key all together as well as a common mod for street riders looking to customize the look of their bike.

2017-2018 Suzuki GSXR 1000 Engine Coolant Change "How To"

  • If you plan to take your GSXR 1000 to the race track to burn some laps make sure to check with the tech inspection regulations before you load up and head out as most groups do not allow glycol based coolant which is what comes in the bike from the factory. We use Engine Ice Hi-Performance Coolant in all of our bikes here at STG and recommend this coolant to both street and track riders. It is also important to know that most manufacturers recommend replacing the coolant every two years to keep the cooling system in proper working order.

    In this video we show the steps required to flush your cooling system and replace your coolant successfully. While this video focuses on the steps for the 2017-2018 Suzuki GSXR 1000 you can use this as a guide for other bikes as well. Bleeding air out of the system is the single most important step in the process and we cover this in depth here.

2017-2018 Suzuki GSXR 1000 Driven SS Bar End Weights Install

  • The Driven SS Bar End Weights are an easy install, look great and can help to reduce the vibration in the bars which can have a positive effect on dreaded arm pump. These bar ends are a direct fit for most aftermarket clip ons with hollow 7/8" bars. (Driven, Woodcraft, Vortex, Apex) If you plan to install these onto the OEM clip ons on your 17-18 GSXR 1000 you will also need to pick up the Driven Bar End Adapter for Suzuki Models DBEW-ADP-SU which is sold separately.

    We have ridden the GSXR 1000R a few times after installing the SS Bar End Weights and are happy to report they do seem to reduce the vibrations in the bars. Made in the U.S.A. the Driven SS Bar End Weights are available in 5 different anodized colors to customize the look of your GSXR.