When it comes to production motorcycle racing – that is, bikes you and I can buy at a dealership – building a Superbike is the highest level you can reach. While the bikes may look fairly similar to the bike you have in your garage, underneath the fancy paint job are a number of modifications designed specifically to make bike and rider lap a racetrack as quickly as possible.

For this week’s Top 10, we take a look at the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000s raced in the new MotoAmerica series by Jake Lewis and Roger Hayden, to see some differences between a top-level Superbike and a standard GSX-R1000. You might already know Superbike engines get massaged to make 200-plus horsepower, which your standard Gixxer doesn’t have. Instead we’ll look at other aspects of the Superbike to spot some lesser known differences. Luckily for you, many of these parts are available to purchase through Yoshimura should you want to add a bit of exotica to your GSX-R.

  • Y.A.

    Did I miss them or did you not mention racing slicks? That’s a pretty big difference. Nice piece though.

    • TroySiahaan

      Well, if I were to list everything then it would be much more than a Top 10 list…

      • Y.A.

        Tires are kind of a biggie IMO. You can get CF fairings, forged wheels and an aftermarket exhaust on a factory bike. Those wrenches n sockets look an awful lot like mine. Just a lot of things that I’m surprised beat slicks. Slicks prob have the biggest impact on lap times aside from suspension/brakes/HP/gearing

  • Frank

    I’m amazed at how little safewire there is on the bolts/nuts of this bike. Must have reduced rules for this in the USA?

  • fastfreddie

    I find the most striking difference between superbikes and stock ones are stickers…;)

    I wish they would drop all the electronic gadgetry and go back to elementary controls,highsides be damned.

  • Craig Hoffman

    Interesting article. Yamaha is going to own this season though, the new R1 has the best electronics package and it has Josh Hayes 😉

    • yamaha’s cheap shot using baby m1’s for super-bike racing

      • Y.A.

        Fair game…. Aprilia’s RSV-4 is a scrapped MotoGP bike down to the 81mm bore and adjustable frame….

        • Kevin Duke

          78mm bore, actually.

    • Charles Gibson

      It’s not the team with the best motorcycle, crew or rider. It’s how well the team works together; sponsers included. That’s whats going to win races. R1 is nothing special.