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    Bike Build Thread - Skywalker (A New Hope)

    As we all know, the best way to recover from broken bones is to build a new race bike...
    So with a broken shoulder and a bit of down time on my hands, please make welcome my new 2017 S1000RR, project race bike:




    It's had a front end impact so that will all need to come apart and see what's what.
    At the very least, it's going to need a new fork tube, and the fork foot has it's fender support snapped off.




    Closer inspection also reveals the likely crash cause.... Tyre Shine on the ride surface!!




    Stripped back most of the rest of the road gear and all in all, not too much else to rectify before starting the conversion.




    Happily it came with the dash, ECU and key, so booting it up, it was great to find it's barely run in!




    The oem setup, whilst being Euro 6 compliant, manages 200HP in road trim. This will be a great platform on which to build a race bike!!
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    Awesome!!! A bike build!! Me like


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    Skywalker,,,,, I love it!!!!
    Keen to see the progression


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    First thing first, get the front end out to have a look and see what's what...
    To do that tho, there is the not-so-easy task of putting the bike on a T-stand with a broken shoulder!



    Damage report: One of the fork legs is fine, the other is unfortunately a little worse for wear.
    Rather unsurprisingly too, the triples and stem have a good tweak to them and will certainly need replacing.
    Happily, the front wheel, discs, speed sensor and axel are all nice and straight tho!

    Whilst the front end was coming apart, I decided to take the OEM clip-ons off and get at the new throttle. Since 2015, the BMW have been totally ride by wire. This means that the TPS is in the hand grip with no physical throttle cable at all.
    It makes for some great control as far as Traction Control intervention goes, but means the addition of a quick throttle, is far from a simple task!



    What I was able to find out tho, was that the company that did the ECU flash for my 2013 S1000RR, offer an advanced flash for the new 17+ as well as a throttle solution to allow quick throw...
    So, with a while off the bike due to injury, it's off with the ECU and throttle, and over to Germany!!



    I absolutely loved the flash these guys did for my 2013, and they've moved it on a fair few steps for the new ECU. Can't wait to see how it comes back!

    Whilst the top triple was off too, I thought it'd be a good idea to grind off the ignition barrel.....





    The immobiliser can't be flashed out of the ECU so the way to do an iginition delete, is to keep the key and EWS antenna together, then bridge the ignition wires with a push switch..
    You can buy a kit for several hundred dollars, but the end result is the same and it doesn't really save you any weight.
    I normally stick mine up here behind the dash.



    ...and then just add a Jaycar latching, IP rated switch to the fairing stay.






    I'll need to get at the shock at some stage so after removing the bent oem footrests, I fitted up super schmick Gilles FXR rearsets to help with peg stands.
    To make working in this spot more easy tho, it's off with the MEGA HUGE oem end can... Can't believe how much these things weigh!!











    I also thought it would be a good idea to fit up some new GB covers for some extra protection while I'm working on it...



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    Bike build thread, subscribe


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    Being Euro 6 compliant, means that even the breather hoses can't just vent out to the belly pan. The bike has a charcoal fuel filter system which is supposed to filter out any impurities, in line before venting.
    The reality is that you get backwash of charcoal particles in your fuel system, which can stuff up your fuel pump, and the filtering doesn't even do what it's intended to do.
    It's extra weight too so time to pull it out!

    It doesn't photograph well in situ, so here's the void left behind the radiator, where the charcoal canister used to sit. As mentioned, it goes in line with the fuel breather hoses.



    The removed charcoal canister itself...



    Round the other side of the throttle bodies is a solenoid valve that pumps unused vapours back round to the canister, before being allowed to vent.



    No need for that either, so out it comes...



    The spider looking part is the summing valve of all four throttle body breather hoses. It's very light, so the easiest thing, for the system removal, is to plug it's outlet hose with a glued bolt, and re-attach the inlet hoses, back to the bike.



    Next on the list, whilst I'm in here is the secondary air system removal.
    Here is the pair valve, sitting in front of the plugs....



    Unbolt it from the cam cover then follow the air hose to the air box and remove that too.





    Then swap out the O-rings from the oem pair valve and fit up some new block off plates and and air box plug...







    Next on the list for replacement is the heavy oem battery, to be replaced with a shiny new Lithium battery...



    I won't be running the big heavy ABS system either, so out it comes...



    I'll need to remove the ABS & DTC controller from the plunger system. The controller is on the CAN Bus so it needs to go back in, for the rear wheel speed sensor data to get back to the ECU.
    You can buy expensive replacement controller without the plunger unit, but as any associated error codes will be flashed out of my ECU, there is a way to re-do yourself.

    First separate the plunger unit from the DTC controller





    Then trim down the two prongs, delivering power to the plunger unit...



    Seal the controller back up with good quality waterproof tape...



    Then re-install back to the bike...



    Next disconnect all the brake lines from the ABS module and rip out all the internal hoses... Job done!



    Last thing for now is removing the knock sensors... I'm after a fixed timing for best performance with my ECU map to 98 RON fuel. That means the ignition timing "healing", that the oem ECU can do, is not required and in fact is not desirable at all.
    The function will be flashed out of the ECU so no need for the sensors...



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    Your smashing this out especially considering your still half busted up.

    Well done!!!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Plumb View Post
    Your smashing this out especially considering your still half busted up.

    Well done!!!!!
    Hahaha, thanks mate. I really do think it's helping!! Some jobs deff pretty tricky tho...
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    More updates pleeeeeease!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marshy View Post
    More updates pleeeeeease!
    Well, it just so happens that a large motorbike parts parcel arrived pretty recently...



    Before getting into that tho, got to rip out the old oem Euro 6 system.
    SOOOOO heavy, there must be a ridiculous amount of filtering happening in this collector!
    To give you an idea of how quiet it is in order to be compliant, the stationary noise test figure is around 80dB!!
    I also get to rip out the Lambda sensors and stupid flappers...



    With the old headers off, it was a good opportunity to get in and change out the oil and oil filter.
    The BMW sump plug can't really be drilled so an aftermarket Titanium cross drilled plug was the go.



    Next to fit up the shiny new headers...




    Mid pipe... (sensor plugs on the way)




    Then the super cool MotoGP style muffler!! BRAAAAAAAAP!! 800dB WHAAAAT???



    The end can mounts to the pillion peg, but I reckon it looks kinda weird with the peg removed and potentially a little sharp on a leg, in a crash.
    I machined off the ends, and gave it and the supplied bolt, a bit of rattle can love... FACTORY!!



    Another feature of Euro 6 compliance, is a standardised OBDII connector for diagnostics, and in my case, the Race Calibration Kit 3.



    OBDII is pretty standard, seen in most cars, but I'll need an adapter to connect to the BMW RCK3 computer interface.
    I sourced an OBD adapter cable, and will hard wire it into the bike so I can plug in, without removing the tail fairing.
    Happily I already have a bunch of room in there, having removed the ABS system...



    I ran the other, circular end, just past the battery box and out to the side...



    I'll put a locking cap on the connector which will make it waterproof and it can just sit tucked away behind the subframe, until needed..




    The next exciting package to arrive was from the good guys at Alpha Racing in Germany. BMW Motorrad's Race Calibration Kit 3 software and motorcycle interface:




    I have Race Calibration Kit 2, on my 2013, and it proved itself indispensable for fine tuning traction control and launch control as well as tyre profile etc etc.
    The BMW electronics as standard, is setup almost entirely for road use on road tyres. So, getting control over it, to me, is essential to make sure the electronics are helping rather than hindering.
    RCK 3 offers the same amount of control as its predecessor, with the added benefit of dedicated and independent wheelie control management and a few extra tweaks. All of it will work alongside the race flash/map for my ECU, that's on its way.




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    It gets better and better! Great write up turbo, very excited for the end result.
    Keep the posts coming


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    Nice work Owen! Did you sell your old one?


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    Ha loving this, soo much work goes into it! And love seeing all the new shiny bits!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Petefrost View Post
    Nice work Owen! Did you sell your old one?
    Thanks man. Nah, keeping the 2013. Keen to have a backup bike and spend more time on track rather than in the pits with bikes in pieces!

    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfie57 View Post
    Ha loving this, soo much work goes into it! And love seeing all the new shiny bits!
    Cheers mate!! It's all worth it for the shiny bits!!
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    A few more bits have begun to arrive and first up is a new air filter.
    I was pretty keen on getting one of the lightweight Sprint Filters, but after hearing A HEAP of people have issues with them letting in dust, dirt and sand, I was pretty wary.
    I REAAAAALLLY don't want to rebuild a motor again anytime soon, so I'll stick to a known good, BMC:





    Next thing to arrive was a quick release fuel cap. In order to get my quick-pour fuel jugs to work, I'll need to nibble out part of the tank inlet.
    First job is to mock up the cap in place, and texter out the bit I want to get rid of...



    Next to drain the tank and remove the ridiculously large fuel pump/artificial intelligence node...



    With the pump out, I was able to get in and fit a rag to the underside of the inlet, to hopefully minimise the amount of metal shards I'd get in there!



    Next up, get the nibbler out and go to town on the top side...



    Nibbling done, remove the rag and blow out the inside of the tank with A LOT of compressed air. I also wiped around inside with plenty of shop towels, until I was sure to get rid of any bits of metal.
    Last step was a quick rinse with petrol before fitting it all back up...

    Boom!! Quick-pour action!



    With the front end apart, I saw it as a good opportunity to strip down the brake calipers, in preparation for the new Vesrahs to be installed..





    Then to fit up the new braided lines, replacing the ABS ones, from the good guys at Hel Australia....



    I'm also a big fan of the HRC mini-reservoir so that's fitted to the rear too..



    I look forward to fitting the calipers back up with some Titanium cross-drilled caliper bolts, when the front end starts coming back together!

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    Going well and looking good mate. This time, donít pinch the o ring when you put the calipers back together!


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    Thanks man. It seems to be helping the healing process anyway!!
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    I was wandering around my local auto parts store and happened upon some sheets of black or silver "universal mesh".
    It turns out to be the exact same material that Radguard are made from. It's pretty cheap too, so in need of a solution, I bought a sheet and marked out the shapes I wanted...



    The Radguards are a great product, but on the BMW version there's at least an inch of metal frame, the whole way round the edge, that actually blocks airflow through the radiator and oil cooler...
    Here's a pic from my 2013:



    With the universal mesh, I was able to get the complete protection from stray stones and rubber etc, but also retain full airflow, with a nice neat fit.
    A once over with rattlecan-red and it looks factory!





    Earlier in the build I had to remove the charcoal fuel filter that was inline with the fuel breathers. The tank still needs to breathe so I ordered some funky blue fuel hose to re-run it.



    This will either vent out to the belly pan or back into the air box, depending on race regs.



    Final drive arrived recently too. So, it was off with the old road sprockets....



    and on with the new 520 sprockets and captive spacers...







    Then, with some help from my able-bodied buddy Marshy... fit the chain too! Thanks mate!!




    The finishing touch for the back end was drilling and tapping some holes in the swingarm...



    then fitting off a GB shark fin...

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