Thursday, September 8, 2016

Bare Minimum Brazed Frame GSXR Racer Wins the Poets of Sprint 8th Mile

Weld-porn worthy race motorcycle with no bodywork, minimal tank, and Spartan seat.

This mere skeleton of a bike built by the Berlin-based Berham took the coveted Sprint International trophy over some serious competition.

Glemseck’s famous ‘Poets Of Sprint’ series invited Martien Delfgaauw so he started with a genuine 1984 Harris frame owned by team member Felix Pilz.

Cleaning the manganese bronze welded frame brought out the precise and warm golden shine. Hence the name: Shiny Harry.

Originally built to carry a Kawasaki Z1000 engine. Berham chose a 1981 Suzuki GSX1100 engine.

Shorten up GSX-R750 forks and lengthen the swingarm and you have a pure Drag Bike.

Race day brought some real threats headed up by legendary racer, Carl Fogerty on a Triumph. Suzuki jockey Hans Muth lined up with his ‘Fat Mile’. BMW factory test rider Nate Kern and many other notables rounded out the 16 rider field.

Aiming for the lightest bike possible the starter motor was removed entirely. They swapped in a super light lithium-ion battery for the alternator. They even went as far as to remove the rear shocks completely. Countless other trimmings and the barest minimum fuel tank beings the bike to a mere 370 pounds.

The motor was hopped up with a GSX750 intake camshaft, Mikuni flat sides, and custom exhaust system.

In the end Shiny Harry took on the ‘Fat Mile’ Bandit 1250 through the final and won.

Here's the specs:
Engine: 1981 Suzuki GSX1100 with GSX750 intake camshaft
Carburetor: Mikuni TMR 36-D9
Ignition: Suzuki GSX with 3 ohm Dyna coils
Exhaust system: SchΓΌle 4-2-1
Frame: 1984 Harris Magnum 2
Swingarm: KRT Framework
Fork: Suzuki GSX-R750, 1984
Rims: Honda Bol d’Or
Tires: Continental Road Attack 2
Handlebars: Magura
Clutch control: Suzuki SV 650
Brake disc front: Brembo
Brake disc rear: Honda Bol d’Or
Killswitch: Pingel
Footrests: Aprilia RS 250 GP Racer
Many other custom bits and tweaks

More info: Giant Killer: The Harris-framed Suzuki that ruled Glemseck | Bike EXIF: