Superbike-Coach GP-Style Yamaha Project

October 22, 2013
Bryan Harley
Bryan Harley
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We recently got a chance to talk to Superbike-Coach’s Can Akkaya, a former professional road racer who has competed all over Europe but now uses the knowledge gleaned from his career to teach others. Read all about it in our “Superbike-Coach Akkaya’s American Dream” article. While talking to Akkaya, we heard about a Yamaha MotoGP project bike he has been working on, trimming it down while upping its performance with high-tech components from almost 40 different companies. It even looks the part thanks to a YZR-M1 MotoGP Replica Fairing Kit from Lacomoto out of Portugal. Akkaya uses the GP project bike to teach riding classes at his Superbike-Coach school, but on occasion he’s been known to take it out on public roads for a little fun. Akkaya supplied this story about his street-legal (almost!) MotoGP bike written by Ramsey Ackad, so we thought it’d be fun to share the story behind the bike. – Motorcycle USA Ed

The Project Bike is a collaboration of about 40 companies worldwide, and represents the most exciting aftermarket products. Prime products from Portugal, Italy, Germany, Japan and more, as well as domestic shops are supporting this remarkable project. The Superbike-Coach Corp, an advanced riding school for motorcycle enthusiasts in Northern California, has been excited about this project for quite some time now and it’s finally becoming a reality.

“I’ve felt at home on all European racetracks most of my life and was the holder of five lap records and a few international victories. My fans used to call me ‘Crazy Can’ and I’ve recently feel a bit crazy for spending so much time and effort on this project. I’ve always wanted to build a GP like bike from a canvas of a stock bike for the street. My prior pro racing experience has given me the feel and understanding of what a race bike should feel like. However, it’s all worth it as I’m able to enjoy the build as it develops and, even better, I get to enjoy the bike with my students,” said Akkaya, head coach for Superbike-Coach Corp and ex-pro European championship racer.

After helping to sharpen the skills of more than 2500 students over the years, Can was inspired to take on this project based on the various unique bike styles he has seen on the track and street: “My goal with this was to take it several steps further and really refine the parts compilation of this Superbike-Coach Project Bike.”

Akkaya relies on Race Tech Suspension to give his R1 GP-like handling.
Akkaya relies on Race Tech Suspension to give his R1 GP-like handling.
Coach Akkaya uses his GP-style racer to teach students at his Superbike-Coach school and for an occasional romp on his favorite local roads.
Coach Akkaya uses his GP-style racer to teach students at his Superbike-Coach school and for an occasional romp on his favorite local roads.
Plenty of carbon fiber bits help trim weight on the Superbike-Coach project GP bike.
Plenty of carbon fiber bits help trim weight on the Superbike-Coach project GP bike.

This unique build is destined to be as close to a GP-style race bike as possible, transformed from a stock 2006 Yamaha R1 while still keeping some everyday functions. Several goals of this project include Level 3 weight reduction, increased power output, improved cornering performance, and perfecting adjustability of the overall bike. On the aesthetics side, it veers away from the OE-looking fairings and gets a GP-style look with some M1 custom fairings and high quality parts from all over the world. This bike shows what the aftermarket industry is capable of and how you can transform a stock production bike into a GP beast. A few notable sponsored parts to give you an idea:

– M1-inspired exhaust design with Leo Vince muffler (East Bay Fabrication, and Leo Vince USA)
– Carbon fiber MotoGP Yamaha M1 replica fairing kit, and custom paint job in Portugal (Lacomoto)
– Aluminum/titanium bolts used throughout (Mettec USA)
– Clip-ons, chain adjuster, titanium axle nut, rear sets, state-of-the-art adjustable triple tree (Gilles Tooling Germany)
– Carbon fiber wheels (BST, South Africa)
– Ceramic wheel bearings (Brocks Performance USA)
– Custom race air filter (K&N and Lacomoto Portugal)
– Piston kit (Wiseco USA)
– RaceTech fork cartridge system and custom rear shock (Race Tech USA)
– DID chain, M1 Spec
– Race radiator (Taleo, Spain)
– Tire warmer and race stands (Moto-D USA)
– Clearwater LED headlights (Clearwater Lights, California)
– Race rising kit (Lust Racing and Tony Foale’s geometry software)
– Lightweight battery and charger (Shorai USA)
– Racing and street tires (Dunlop USA)
– Fully adjustable steering damper (Hyperpro USA)
– Water tubes, aluminum drain bolt (Moto Tuner USA)
– Brake lines and fittings, HEL USA
– Fuel management, Quickshifter (Dynojet Research USA)
– Adjustable traction control (Davis Technologies USA)
– Gas tank wrap (Vinyl Styles USA)
– GPS logger for lap time and line analysis (Qstarz Taiwan)
– Lightweight controls/ levers (ZETA Japan)

Evolution Motorcycles in San Jose has this Superbike-Coach Project Bike as the work is still in progress, but the build thus far is shaping up into an amazing GP-style bike with some one-off international parts, from the M1 Portugal fairing and carbon fiber wheels from South Africa, to the Clearwater LEDs out of California. These are just a few high quality parts that give this build a very distinctive look. In regards to the desired performance – geometry guru Tony Foale set the chassis up, while BikeMaster helped with parts and tools to get it all done. Even Autocom was taking care of the on-bike radio communication system to fulfill coach Can’s requirements in this bike. The Thrust Company supports the bike with several sets of sprockets to set it up for each track. Qstarz put in a Q6000 GPS data logger which Coach Can uses to teach students.

“People ask me what I plan to do with this bike. The simple answer is ride it! I’ll coach with this bike. I’ll track this bike. I’ll ride the canyons with this bike. I want the Superbike-Coach Project Bike to be versatile and capable in any environment, not just the track or have it collecting dust in some show room. The bike as it sits now is fully usable and I’m most impressed by the non-compromised feel of the race bike characteristics and feedback while riding. This bike gives me confidence like my race bikes used to.”

The bike is not fully done yet, but it already shows people what a fully customized street bike can look and feel like when GP-style design and performance is implemented.

“I urge my enthusiastic students and friends to personalize their bikes with at least one part or many parts. Either way you do it, the aftermarket industry has so much to offer, these days with GP-style racing parts for your everyday sportbike. Be creative, be unique, and build the GP bike you dream about one part at a time.”

This unique bike comes with a unique story which has been told in installation reports, pictures and lots of videos with tons of interviews on the website

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