1. Jake Lewis And Roger Hayden

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Of course, the most important feature the stock GSX-R1000 is missing are riders like Roger Hayden (left) and Jake Lewis (right) piloting them. The youngest brother in the Hayden family, Roger is an AMA Supersport champion and AMA Superbike race winner. Lewis, the 2012 AMA Pro Supersport East champ, is making the jump to Superbikes this year after spending the past few seasons on 600s. Fun fact: Lewis and Hayden are not only teammates, but also roommates.

  • 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.