It’s been a busy week here at Twisted Throttle, but we just had to report an update on our latest project motorcycle: the BMW S1000XR Pikes Peak Edition. When we launched this project with our friends at the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America, our intention was to have this bike participate in the race. So, it is with a heavy heart we must inform you that we received the notification that we are officially not racing. We’re bummed, but at least we were in the running for a little while. The race committee was impressed with both our bike and our rider; in the end, it simply came down to a matter of numbers. They only had a handful of slots available, and even longtime Pikes Peak racers were turned away. We wish everyone who is competing a safe and fast ride.
For starters, we got the bodywork back from Alternative Chrome Creations. Before it even went on the bike there was a crowd of employees assembled just watching the unboxing. To say it looks amazing might be a bit of an understatement. We promise, we’ll cover the process and results in another post; it’s pretty incredible what we got back.
We added a number of protective parts from R&G, as a proper race bike should have. R&G makes a slew of parts accessories that are perfect, like frame sliders, engine case covers, fork sliders, and rear spindle spools in case the bike goes down. We also added things like boot protectors and a radiator guard to prevent damage and wear while riding.
We mounted SW-MOTECH Kobra Handguards because they’re good for long-distance riding, and because we noticed many of the race bikes from previous years have handguards (likely to protect levers in case of a crash). The great thing about the Kobra guards is that they have built-in turn signals as an option, so we were able to remove the front signals and streamline the front end a bit.
Obviously a race bike doesn’t need luggage, and since we were originally going to ride this to Pikes Peak, we stuck with our plan. We added an SW-MOTECH Quick-Lock EVO tank ring for mounting a tank bag without touching the tank and ruining the awesome chrome job. The ring also has a low-profile design that doesn’t intrude much on the overall styling of the bike.
Our in-house design team made custom decals and applied them to the bike with artisan care. We made a unique logo for this project, because this motorcycle is definitely going to be one of a kind. Plus, what’s a race bike without sponsor logos?
The official unveiling will be at the BMW MOA International Rally in Hamburg, NY, July 14-17. It’s been a team effort here at Twisted Throttle, and we can’t wait to share this bike with BMW MOA and the rest of the world. We’ll have much more to share with you as the date gets closer!