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The trend of sports cars is to mount engines in which the power get bigger and bigger. For example, the original BMW S1000RR develops some not inconsiderable 199 hp. And the trend is to increase it with each new model that comes out on the market. Just take a look at the Kawasaki Ninja H2R from 310 hp.
All these figures are more than enough for the vast majority of mortals. In my case, I have plenty of power everywhere. But it seems that to Steven Decaluwe from Motokouture, they weren't enough and when BMW put an S1000RR in his hands, it was clear what he wanted to do: Power, power and more power.
Power was the main goal
Steven's own words make it clear, BMW has built a motorcycle full of electronics, with an already excellent chassis and an engine that performs especially well. This made things difficult for the Belgian when preparing the bike, but he was clear that he was going to create something that did not follow the current canons of the preparations, mainly based on aesthetics, I wanted to create something right from the start and without expectations.
While he was dedicating himself to disassembling the entire bike before starting, Steven was looking for a direction to take his project and he found it. He wanted to show that such extreme chassis and electronic aids were capable of holding off an engine with overfeeding.
And he started to work. After two weeks studying the motorcycle, he installed a Garret turbocharger with electronic actuator which is connected to the ECM. It is difficult to figure out where the conch is located, it is well hidden between the custom made fuel tank and the air filter box.
But not everything was going to be installing the turbo and flying on the asphalt. The software The electronics management and the mapping of the switchboard had to be modified as well. With this, the compression to 9.2: 1 to ensure durability. The numbers? Hold on to the chair: 296 hp to the rear wheel, 145 Nm of torque at 9,100 RPM and a maximum speed of 319 km / h that are reached with the fourth gear engaged. Crazy!
Installing the turbo also meant making new air intakes, one on the side and two that go through the headlights. Reshaping the fairing, Steven got the space necessary for this and for the custom exhaust manifolds, which end with a Spark branded tail.
The internal elements of the front fork Öhlins, with tubes carbon fiber Ceramic coated, they help the chassis deal with the extra kick of power that the bike now has. The swingarm is also carbon fiber and the rims are from the HP4.
In the visual part, the tail has been redesigned in the RR with a seat custom made and a box for electronics. His wife Sophie of Motokouture Leathers did the seat upholstery. In the end everything remains at home.
A very important detail for Steven is the name of his BMW S1000RR turbo. The VDC # 92 / MK30, which is how he calls it, is a tribute to his friend and Belgian pilot Vick de Cooremeter, who passed away in 2014. He says that he would have been the ideal pilot to test this extremely dangerous beast.
Total weight stands at a respectable 196 kilograms
In my case, I'm going to sit down and admire this rocket worthy of bearing the acronym A. C. M. E on its fairing. Bulls always look better from the sidelines, and the truth is that having this monster between your legs and opening the gas must be a thing of the brave or rather insane.