Re: Holy Turbo 600....THE RIDE!
Got myself a chance to ride this bike over the weekend.
This bike is way to much fun to ride. We're downtown on Saturday night and he shows up. Lots of people haven't seen it up close so there were many interested faces peaking inside the fairings. Since I'd already seen it a few times the owner and I were BS'ing about a BBQ we had attended earlier in the day. People started asking all sorts of questions so he answered them. After all the lookers were done he offered me the key. At first I really didn't want to but after some arm twisting I caved.
He let me know that he had raised the boost to about 14 and was running C16(which you could smell as soon as he pulled up). He cautioned me that 1st is really not friendly right now. So I gear up and slap down my shield and I'm off. I ride up the street a ways and 1st doesn't really seem so bad. The boost builds and there is an obvious and massive increase in power. The front becomes light but a chop of the throttle fixes that. So I chop it. Shift to 2nd and roll on throttle smoothly through 5500, 6000, 6500, here comes 7000...weeeeeeeee. Chop the throttle. So far 1st and 2nd are pretty much useless. I head towards a road that is not a heavy traffic area well out of the publics eye.. Cruising around it rides like any other 03 Gixxer 6 I have ridden. Shifting below 7k there is no pronounced wastegate blow off, so it's nice and stealthy. I get to the road and am cruising in 3rd around 5k rpm and begin a crisp roll of the throttle. Here comes 7000......hold on, OH MY LORD we're off. Knowing this isn't my bike and I am on a public street I roll back off the throttle. I would really like to see what it could do but not with my license on the line, no thanks. I head back and have a bit of fun shifting at the point where the wastegate blows.
In the end I am quite surprised at this little 600 project he has. Off the turbo it's pretty normal and you can even ride into the beginning stages of boost fairly smoothly. As long as you don't aggressively apply the throttle too hard it's quite managable. He says once you get over 10k it's unreal, but on the streets I really didn't want to find out. He's still running the stock wheelbase but he has changed the gearing. I believe he went up 1 in the front and down 2 in the back. I'm not sure I'd want one as a daily driver but I think it would be pretty fun at the drags. He does ride it every day and is very happy with how it turned out.