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Old 11th September 2018, 12:58   #31
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Congratulations Odeen12!

Truly the king indeed! I have a big soft corner for the GSXR1000, ever since the K5. Dream machine for me! No, not the R1, not the ZX10R either - but a shining blue K5 Gixxer.

When the current generation was originally revealed, I was not too sure about the headlamp design thanks to the K5 design standards, but has grown to like it over time. Reviews were brilliant with the VVT system included and was absolutely smitten by the big blue once again.

Glad you are able to experience one in the flesh. I'm not a supersport guy, neither can I afford one , but it feels nice to see someone else enjoying this beauty of a machine in our country.
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Thank you! The service interval is every 6 months or 4000 kms.

This is precisely my problem with the Suzuki. They have 4000kms service interval for all their bikes, If I am not mistaken.



This actually impacts long distance traveling on the bike. I am waiting for the V-Storm to hit our shores and see how it is. But if the service interval is 4k kms then it will be a deal breaker for me. (Just my personal opinion)


By the way your bike looks really beautiful. No doubt about it.
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Congratulations Odeen12!

Truly the king indeed! I have a big soft corner for the GSXR1000, ever since the K5. Dream machine for me! No, not the R1, not the ZX10R either - but a shining blue K5 Gixxer. but it feels nice to see someone else enjoying this beauty of a machine in our country.
Thanks a million man!! Glad you like her.
You're absolutely correct about the K5 and K6. Infact Suzuki made them special. It had loads of power at the bottom end and the mid range. That thing was ridiculously crazy. Basically far ahead of Honda and Yamaha at that time. And if i dare say and if you want to dig deeper you will find, the mighty BMW S1000rr is actually modelled on the K5!

Kobe killed it before the catalytic converters hit them hard. Unfortunately it took them longer to get where this bike is. Cheers!!

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This is precisely my problem with the Suzuki. They have 4000kms service interval for all their bikes, If I am not mistaken.



This actually impacts long distance traveling on the bike. I am waiting for the V-Storm to hit our shores and see how it is. But if the service interval is 4k kms then it will be a deal breaker for me. (Just my personal opinion)


By the way your bike looks really beautiful. No doubt about it.
Thank you Kailash.

I know, the 4k service interval is kinda limiting to enjoy a ADV motorcycle. However on a supersport with a high compression motor i think that's fair. When you also consider our living conditions. The wear and tear on these motorcycles is far more than you'd expect. Even with the Triumph, though my service interval was 10k or 1year, i made sure i serviced her every 3.5k or 4000kms.

It's just the way things are. Hope things work out for you and the V-Storm. It's a super looking value for money motorcycle.

Cheers!
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Dear God! I need to stay away from these bike threads. A Suzy or a Ninja 1000/ZX10R beckons me. Oh, these bikes. Sigh! Does it have do something with my age? So says a relic who had a RD350 in the early 1980s.

Your bike, dude, is droolicious. Way above delicious. Dessert.
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Dear God! I need to stay away from these bike threads. A Suzy or a Ninja 1000/ZX10R beckons me. Oh, these bikes. Sigh! Does it have do something with my age? So says a relic who had a RD350 in the early 1980s.

Your bike, dude, is droolicious. Way above delicious. Dessert.
Super thanks man. Why not get a RD350 again?!
I distinctly remember the smell of petrol, timing gun and points, the struggle to find Art pistons, balancing those carbs, etc etc. But it all came together when you rode her. The experience of a 2 stroke can never be matched.

Sigh good simple analogue days!
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Why not get a RD350 again?! Sigh good simple analogue days!
I not sure that's practical given the age of the model. Spares are difficult to find. And the worst thing about that bike? The poor brakes and the ignition timing plus breaker point gaps that required adjustments every few months. I normally maintain my bikes and cars myself unless some specialised tools are required.

Actually that RD350 was a 1977-78 model, many years late as was the case with most new introductions during that era.

So here I go again dreaming about a new superbike. Many of my school friends have bought one mostly Suzy Hayabusa, Kwacker Ninjas or Harley Davidsons.
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I have a big soft corner for the GSXR1000, ever since the K5. Dream machine for me! No, not the R1, not the ZX10R either - but a shining blue K5 Gixxer.
Only in my case it's not a shiny blue K5 Gixxer, but the shining yellow K5 Gixxer of Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra. The one Troy Corser rode enroute to winning the WSBK Championship in 2005. The one that won Suzuki it's first WSBK manufacturers' championship!
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I vividly remember my first rendezvous with motorsport. I was flipping channels on the television to reach Cartoon Network to watch Tom and Jerry one fine day and I landed on Star Sports(probably) that was broadcasting the WSBK races. I watched in awe as Troy leaned his #11 Gixxer into corner after corner while the commentators screamed "Corserrr!! Corserrr!!" as he sped towards victory. I was enamoured by the Gixxer from that day forward.

Even though the movie Dhoom had made the Hayabusa a household name, with everyone and their cousin drooling over it, I remained steadfast to the exhilaration I felt watching Corser piloting the Gixxer. Even when the Gixxer lost it's aura post the K5, I remained optimistic. And finally with the 2017, Suzuki has made a comeback and how! This new Gixxer is fantastic, on par if not better than it's competition. I hope Suzuki will continue to improve and the next iterations of the Gixxer will reach the same heights as the K5 did!

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Thank you Shumi. I will try my bestest to upload all of shenanigans we upto Also i see you are from Mumbai, hope to see you on the road someday!.
Thanks for taking the time to reply Odeen!
I'll have you know that I own a Gixxer too!

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It's definitely not as fast and awesome as yours, but I love it as much as you love your Gixxer

Even after 3 years and 62k KM's on the odo, I still keep clicking pics when I get stranded in the rains. (like this morning)


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Looking to upgrade to a 300 now. The (blue)Ninja seems like the best option. Hope to see you on the road soon!
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Since we are talking about our favorite Gixxers, I must add the 05-06 White/Blue, the original Godzilla has been a personal favorite. In-fact it is believed that when BMW was developing their 1000rr, they got hold of a 05 Gixxer just to understand what makes it so good.
IMO, this new GSX that Odeen has picks up the mantle right where the 05 left it.

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I not sure that's practical given the age of the model.
That you are absolutely correct. Out of curiosity went and checked prices for RD's, it's downright ludicrous. I sincerely hope you get what you looking for!
(Bono said it)

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Only in my case it's not a shiny blue K5 Gixxer, but the shining yellow K5 Gixxer of Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra. The one Troy Corser rode enroute to winning the WSBK Championship in 2005. The one that won Suzuki it's first WSBK manufacturers' championship!
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Thanks for taking the time to reply Odeen!
I'll have you know that I own a Gixxer too!

It's definitely not as fast and awesome as yours, but I love it as much as you love your Gixxer

Even after 3 years and 62k KM's on the odo, I still keep clicking pics when I get stranded in the rains. (like this morning)


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Looking to upgrade to a 300 now. The (blue)Ninja seems like the best option. Hope to see you on the road soon!
Thank you Shumi, for sharing here.
Wow. 62000 kms is bloody amazing. And that too only in 3 years
That colour looks lovely in the rains! Irrespective of the years, keep clicking. Why should you stop. These are our babies.

Sad that you like the Kawa. (Kidding)
There's a 300 in my building. Looks lovely.

While we are on the topic of crazy Gixxers. I have my favourites too! Some pictures (From Google)
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Kevin Schwantz and the Pepsi Zuki
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And Arai has a Shwantz Pepsi replica helmet. I so want this.

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I love the classic Suzuki look. The shades of blue and white is absolutely sublime and pleasing to the eyes. British Superbike championship had this baby. I can't stop looking at it.

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Since we are talking about our favorite Gixxers, I must add the 05-06 White/Blue, the original Godzilla has been a personal favorite. In-fact it is believed that when BMW was developing their 1000rr, they got hold of a 05 Gixxer just to understand what makes it so good.
IMO, this new GSX that Odeen has picks up the mantle right where the 05 left it.
Added some pictures above. Hope that's what you were referring to. Suzuki should have launched with this colour scheme instead of the Moto GP livery. Instant nostalgia!
The 05 Gixxer is / was legendary. Power everywhere!!
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Long time no see!

Thought will pin what's been happening with the Zuki...

Quick update!

The bike has done 5300 strong kms. “Touchwood”. Barring the horn giving up on me, the Jap is moving like a graceful Geisha!!

As you know from the previous posts I have the GSXR-A. Which does not come with the fancy suspension or the light battery or the Quickshifter and Blipper. I had to change that.

I started looking up for options available for the QS and Blipper. The following were available,

Translogic UK
A solid product from the UK. They have some really good components and their product scream quality. Wrote to them and was informed that they only have a QS unit for the model and no blipper. Kept that as an option.
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IRC
Decent quality and they do have a unit which allows for a QS and Blipper. But then thought Italians and Electronics, thoda stress hain.
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The other option is / was a flash. Which basically lets you play with everything.

Flashing the ECU is an intricate process and you really need someone sorted to get that done. If done wrong, it’s a pandoras box of problems. However decided to look into it and see what’s available and easy to maintain and with some sort of service / help back up. Options were,

Option 1
Woolich Racing
This company out of Australia knows what they doing. And every-time that I have written to them, they’ve been super responsive and prompt with their responses. Their bench harness is the route to take and comes with everything that you need to have the ECU flashed.
There are 2 things that you need to get from them,

Unit 1 - For $715
Denso / Log box
A Harness
Wideband O2 sensor with it’s bung.
This is the unit which allows you to flash the stock ECU through the Wollich website and get into the fuel maps, ignition timing, remove restrictions etc.
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Unit 2 - For $445
Once flashed you can use this plug and play QS and Auto Blipper unit.
Package includes
Shift Rod
Cordona sensor with an integrated harness.
Unit 3 - For $95
For the extra bling, is the Pit Speed Limiter.
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Total cost without installation charges in India - Rs 87,098 plus shipping. Also if I get some dealer to import it for me, this number will jump up as I’d have to include his margin as well.

Option 2
Flashtune ECU
Well known company based out of the US. Their kit includes,

Unit 1 - For $460
FTdataLink ECU Interface USB Cable
Bench Flashing Harness to flash your ECU outside of the bike
Power Supply for Bench flashing (Compatible with International power outlets)
FT ECU License to allow unlimited flashes for a single ECU
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Unit 2 - For $310
Retrofit QS and Auto Blipper
1 PUSH/PULL Type Shift Sensor
1 Type A shift rod
1 Type C shift rod

QSS/Blipper Harness to connect your new sensors to your ECU.
However the site does not tell you which sensor do they use, like the Woolich uses a Cordona sensor. Wrote to them but dis not get a proper response.
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Total Cost without installation charges in India - Rs 53,438 plus shipping and whatever the importer will charge me.


While evaluating these 2 flashes, apart from money it was important to figure ease of installation and any service back up. Especially considering in our country manufacturers void warranty just for using an aftermarket exhaust. But if you buy the same from them, the bike is covered!! Go figure.. We’ll leave that rant for another day.

Coming back to the flashes, as far as instructions and videos available on the internet goes are pretty easy. Any mechanic / technician with decent knowledge of electrical should be in a position to fix this. Problem starts with error codes, which if one comes up, I’d have to take the bike in to the service station. And then considering the lack of a scanner there and I’d be stuck with trying to figure the next steps.

The other thing to consider is maps. Though the Woolich system does come with a data logger accessing the details and working on the same would have been a task for me. Have tried this with a Bazzaz unit on the Speed Triple and it never worked out. It just kept getting worse, may be i was doing something wrong or the Triumph was just being cranky.

I am extremely finicky with my bikes. Even the slightest niggle bothers me. This would’ve been a big step without any tech help at hand. And I genuinely did not want to screw around with the motorcycle to a point of no return.

Kept looking for possible alternatives and it seemed like the only option was to get a Translogic or Healtech Quickshifter or the IRC unit. It’s a simple plug and play unit and I would not have to flash the bike for the same. This meant, no Blipper though or Pit Limiter or removing any restrictions etc ..

I get my bike serviced either at the Suzuki Dealership which is close to my place, if they are busy I call upon a trusted technician home, Ganesh. Luckily I have an open basement parking and it has room to spread the body work around and get the necessary work done in peace. On one of these escapades of service, Ganesh mentioned Mantra Racing from Bangalore. He asked me to check them up and see if they’d be in a position to help. A quick search on internet and a Facebook page lead to a number.

Called Mantra racing. Spoke to Nitin who is their front for calls, queries etc. Had a lengthy chat and explained what I was looking for. We decided on a call back.
In the meantime I thought I should read up on them. Which I did. And it clearly shows these guys have the pedigree and know how as far as technical wizardry is concerned.
Got a call back from Sharan at Mantra Racing. And I was impressed with the simplicity of how he explained the entire process to flash the ECU and what all do I get with the same.

Decided to go with them. Their break up is as below.

Mantra Racing
Stage 2 Flash
Cordona sensor for the Quickshifter and Blipper. The same which you get with the Woolich kit and the same which MM93 uses on his GP bike. Ok that works.
Top Speed Limiter removed
Better fuelling map.
Engine Temp fan comes on at 85 degrees. Keeping the bike cooler.
All this hopefully also lends itself to better power. But more so a smoother nicer ride with the right fuelling.


Some changes which I had to do on the bike are as follows,
- New Air filter. Sharan wanted to get the Sprint but that wasn’t available hence got the BMC filter.
The stock shift rod has to change. Mantra racing makes one for you, just that you need to send them the exact measurements keeping.
- Block off plates. This is optional for now. Will ad this later.
My bike had the Arrow GP Pro Titanium slip on. With the Cat and stock headers.

Sent pictures of the stock shift rod and ECU. A date was decided when Sharan will be in Bombay. His technicians would come over and get the wok started.

Shift Rod
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The bike is finally flashed.
The Quickshifter is just sublime. For better performance Sharan asked me to use it post 5000 RPM. Use it like a race tool not for traffic. And it sounds terrific!
Changes noticed from the stock fuelling are as follows,
The Mid range improved tremendously. Thought with the VVT she did have a decent package to begin with, but the difference is in the way she pulls.
Fuelling improved. The bike was a tad richer.
The snatch throttle in the first 2 gears was gone. The bike felt linear when climbing the rev range and super eager to leap ahead.
No false neutrals on the upshift
On the Blipper though I noticed sometimes the bike would lunge forward when going down a gear. Spoke to Sharan and he mentioned he will look into it on his next visit to Bombay.
All in all I was absolutely pleased with this purchase.

Cost for Mantra Racing Flash - I would have to ask him if I can disclose the figures. If yes, I will add the same here in the next post.
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Added some other tasty bits to her.
- Brembo SIntered pads
- Hel Brake lines
- Gilles Tooling Levers
- Gilles Tooling Race Clip ons
- Domino Grips
- Gilles Brake Lever remote control
- GB Racing engine protection set
- Barkbusters clutch and brake lever guard
- Pirelli Super Corsas 200
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Was on the look out for a good full system for the motorcycle.

Arrow Full System
I have the Slip on, which means the only thing that would have to spend on are the headers.
Arrow works well with the Suzuki. A lot of guys have got some really good results with the same.
Both options available - SS and Titanium.

Yoshimura Full System
Suzuki and Yoshimura is what bread is to butter. But this butter turned out to be super expensive. The Titanium kit was upwards of 2lacs, don’t quote me on that, but this was the number I got from a dealer here in Mumbai.
Also from an aesthetic POV I don’t like the way the Alpha-T ‘flows with the bikes' lines.
Both Options available - SS and Titanium.
Picture here.

M4 Exhausts
Used by the Suzuki M4 - Ecstar team in America. With various forums that I prowled on, everybody is super happy with this set and apparently produces the most amount of power. The dealer is yet to get back on the cost for the same.
Both Options available - SS and Titanium
Picture here.

Akrapovic Full System
Akras are synonymous with quality. Again there options available in these. They have a long slip on and a shorty GP style exhaust.
Both Options available - SS and Titanium

Criteria to select the exhaust was the following.
Performance.
Weight reduction
Cost
Looks

Thought the best option, titanium, was turning out be very expensive. Hence decided to compromise on SS. With steel being the option the criteria narrowed down to weight, which was the lightest of all available exhausts.

And then there was Akrapovic. I did not get the shorty GP exhaust. I wanted a bike that will sing at high RPM’s and is mellow in the city or under general riding conditions.

Some pics from the point of box to install!
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Considering the full system, the bike had to be tuned again. Luckily Sharan was down for some work and was able to spare some time to get this done.

Took her out for a spin yesterday and yep, she's scary.

A small video before the flash. Sorry about the quality but that's all i have for now. The QS in action..


I will try and update as to how goes. Phew that was a lot to write. Cheers!!
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Added some other tasty bits to her.
- Brembo SIntered pads
- Hel Brake lines
- Gilles Tooling Levers
- Gilles Tooling Race Clip ons
- Domino Grips
- Gilles Brake Lever remote control
- GB Racing engine protection set
- Barkbusters clutch and brake lever guard
- Pirelli Super Corsas 200
Wow! Talk about some great updates to an already wonderful motorcycle. If I have one complaint though, the thread doesnt have enough pictures!

Are the parts listed above easy to source in Bombay or did you have them shipped from abroad? By any chance have you measured the performance gains thanks to the improved mid range? Long live the king!
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Wow! Talk about some great updates to an already wonderful motorcycle. If I have one complaint though, the thread doesnt have enough pictures!

Are the parts listed above easy to source in Bombay or did you have them shipped from abroad? By any chance have you measured the performance gains thanks to the improved mid range? Long live the king!
Hey thank you Neil. I always tell myself that should take pictures and then don't. Have got some more bit coming, absolutely will try and make it as pictorial as i can

I order everything from Bikegear.in. I feel i get the most competitive quotes and are almost equal to what it costs in Europe.
For example, i saved closed to 20k or so from a quote i got in Mumbai.

Mantra is planning on or has acquired a mobile dyno. Hopefully it will be in Bombay soon. I am curious as well. But the bike does feel more eager. However some vibes have increased in the 5-8k range. And post 10k everything seems to be a blur.

See you soon. With more pictures next week!!
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In a long list of cosmetic and some needed performance upgrades on their way, here is sort of a sneak peak!!

With our road conditions, had picked up a few nicks on the rear wheel, with some paint coming off. Have now painted the wheels to Satin Matte Black. In the process have made my life more complicated. But heck, they look good.
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Taped the Green rim strip. That's gorgeous and absolutely makes the wheel pop!
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The end Result. Will absolutely get better pictures when she's out of the workshop..

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Also the Suzuki Logo on the tank was vanilla. No worries! So now it's red!
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Belly Pan is WIP
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More to come as in when she is ready, will add here.
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Looking Good!
I remember back in 2011 when I got my Fat Gixxer, within 3 weeks of getting it , I stripped the rear end out and painted the rims, foot pegs and pass pegs black. I have the pearl white 1300.
I thought I was either very brave or extremely dumb to strip a brand new bike but I dint really like those gunmetal colored rims.. Almost a decade later and with over 50,000 kms the paint has held up well. Of course there is paint chip here and there on the rims from riding and the pegs from keeping the foot but overall I am glad I did it.
For vibes, every time a work is carried out or a part is replaced/upgraded some vibes between some rpm ranges creeps in. Since no matter how perfect a persons skills are in putting th bike back together to factory torque it will never match how it left the factory floor. It happened with me when I changed my head lights. Subtle vibes at 3500 rpm till 5000. Went away when I removed and repainted my side fairing but came back at a different rpm range when i replaced my seat. You just get used to it.

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