RSBFS reader Tom caught a mean case of the track bug back in 2006, and embarked on an exciting custom project. He enlisted pro builders from south of his Canadian border and developed a 944cc desmodue with a titanium chassis. The result is faired in Sharkskinz 998, with 999 tank and seat fairing, all red of course.
Doug Cook at ARC Fabrication fabricated the chassis from titanium. The resulting frame is bizarre and beautiful, but the geometry, suspension and brakes are all reworked 900SS so handling is a known quantity. Bruce Meyers at BCM Motorsports in Laconia rebuilt Tom's 900SS into a ported and polished race engine, with oversize cylinders resulting in 944cc, fed by 41mm Keihin flat-slide carburetors. Tom enlisted BlackStone Tek to make a set of carbon fiber wheels for the project, and ARC supplied two underseat exhausts, one muffled to usual racetrack requirements, and the other open for unrestricted events.
Real life stepped back in the picture after the build was complete and Tom could only claim a few track events in the each of the next few years, on display since then. The bike has been run but has low hours and is undamaged. Pictures show the artful fabrication and sanitary presentation, from polished swingarm to tidy cockpit. Tom's own thoughts on the bike:
This is truly a unique and amazing track bike ridden only occasionally for two or three seasons. The full race motor (including STR cams, 41 mm FCR's, over-sized race pistons, ported and polished heads, blueprinted, etc.) was built by BCM Motorsports in New Hampshire. The titanium frame, stainless exhaust pipes and red carbon fiber cans were built by Doug Cook. The welds on the ti-frame, exhaust and the cans are pure art. The bike has new front and rear Michelin slicks, 916 triple clamps, Rizoma brake fluid reservoirs, straight-through megaphones (they're wild!), cast iron rotors, Brembo levers, Shorai lithium battery, etc. The bike weighs approximately 320 pounds and, it really flies, brakes fantastically (one finger) and turns like crazy.
Hard to fathom the number hours that went into this build, but the quality shows that a pro builder starts from a different plane than a shade-tree race mechanic. The desmodue is a nice choice for a club racer, without liquid cooling and readily available. Probably not the right mount for a novice track rider, but for someone ready to step up to a purpose-built lightweight, this is a singular opportunity. Tom asks $9,500 and can be reached - here -.