We built this bike to honour Wayne Rainey. “Wayne, we will never forget!” 1993 TZR250 3XV frame/swingarm, Ohlins suspension front/rear, heavily modified RZ500 motor by ATR, programmable ignition, Airtech YZR bodywork, many parts including, engine mounts, triple clamps, and clutch cover, CNC’d by ATR. Basically, everything we could think of. This is the strongest, most advanced, and yes, best YZR500 replica in the world today. PERIOD! Proof?? Placed 2nd in P4 Superbike at Shannonville race track June 2009 and 4th at the 25th two stroke gathering at Barber race track October 2010 in unlimited two stroke class. We travelled over 1000 miles, one way, and were top finishing 500cc both Saturday and Sunday.
Ever since I saw the V&H OWO1 at the mid-Ohio nationals in 1991 I thought “damn, that thing is gorgeous”. It was long, big, mean, fast, and the paint job made it pretty. When we came across a 1989 FZR1000 “barn find” the build began. We wanted the ‘89-’90 as it has a bolt-on sub frame like OWO1. Pictured here is that 1989 FZR1000 with extensive modifacations;
OWO1 bodywork from Airtech (no, it doesn’t just bolt on, we fought for days. Spandex on a hippo would have been easier).
03 R1 forks held in ATR CNC adjustable triple clamps made to WSK spec.
03 R1 F calipers, 300 mm floating rotors, YZF750 F wheel (it has a speedo drive).
The fresh air intake thru the tank is real (that was a bitch).
Hindle ceramic coated exhaust (I told V&H what we were building, they completely ignored our request for exhaust help).
Absolutely superb paint job done by BKD Speed Print, based in Ottawa. That is ALL paint. The only decals are on the windscreen.
Owner Mark Hill brought his 1985 RZV500 to ATR for a high performance motor. It has been ported, heads cut, JM exhaust, 28mm flat slide carbs, crank work, undercut transmission, 0.5 over single ring pistons, and everything else we could think of doing. The motor now makes 110Hp at the rear wheel. (I know where there is 10 more HP inside this motor)
From the moment I first saw the 1988 rgv500 pepsi suzuki I realized we just had to build one. It was the nicest and sexiest bike in the GP paddock. All others were tobacco sponsored but pepsi had the guts to step up to the plate and back a GP team. Our first replica (top picture) was of the 1988 bike. It was the rg500 motor in the rg500 frame, braced arm, '88 gsxr750 front end, and lots of engine work. That bike was sold in the mid '90's to someone in Colorado. Our second replica is of the 1989 bike. The '89 GP bike was far more advanced than the '88 bike and so is ours. The motor is still rg500 based but shoe-horned into a rgv250 chassis with banana arm. Ohlins front and rear suspension, marchesini wheels, brembo brakes, CNC'd adjustable triples, clutch cover, disc covers, and instrument/fairing brackets. The motor is also more advanced; nova gearbox, programmable ignition, custom exhaust, and TMX35 carbs to name a few. How does it work you ask?? That is "yours truly" holding the 3rd place trophy from unlimited two stroke GP class during the Barber m/s park AHRMA race weekend / 25th two stroke gathering held October, 2010.