RACE READY: Team Classic Suzuki’s GSX-R1000 K1

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Team Classic Suzuki has revealed its latest retro race bike build – and this time it’s a trick first generation GSX-R1000.

We love to see what Team Classic Suzuki has been up to. It knows what it’s doing when it comes to setting up retro bikes for the racetrack. 

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Over the years, it’s created some seriously special race-ready machines, including a trick Katana back in 2017. The Katana enjoyed plenty of race success, but a recent rule change has opened things up – and now the GSX-R1000 K1 is eligible for the European Endurance Cup rounds. It definitely looks the part, with the Team Classic Suzuki livery complemented by a rebuilt GSX-R1000 engine, a set of Yoshimura cams and a full titanium Yoshimura exhaust system. It makes use of the standard frame, but gets the swingarm from a factory GSX-R750 endurance racer, some OZ wheels, a K-Tech rear shock, K-Tech internals for the Team Classic Suzuki front forks, and some Brembo brakes.

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Team Classic Suzuki

Speaking about the bike, Team Classic Suzuki’s Nathan Colombi said: “Once the rules opened up to allow GSX-Rs in, we had to get involved and build our own. To be honest it came together quite quickly and we’re still finalising our plans for the season, but it’s great – if a bit terrifying that so much time has passed – that GSX-R1000s can go classic racing now.

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“We’ve obviously used a lot of performance parts in the build, but we’ve been able to use Suzuki’s Race Parts Programme when we’ve needed genuine components, which will be of use for anyone else racing a GSX-R in this series, club racing, or at national level.”

Team Classic Suzuki

The guys at Team Classic Suzuki kicked off the race season at Paul Ricard at the start of May, but it’s yet to confirm its plans for the season so we’ll have to sit tight to find out when we can next see it in action.

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