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I've come across an 05 s2r 800 with cosmetic damage and was thinking about making a track toy out of it.

I'm wondering how the s2r will do on the track.
Will 748 suspension bolt on? How about 748 style race glass?

Or should I just scrap the idea and start with a different bike?
keep in mind the bike itself is costing me almost nothing (relativley speaking), the only major expenses will be to upgrade the weak components on the s2r. Also, I won't be competing seriously - just track days and maybe a race or two near the end of the season.

thoughts?
 

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I've done track days on my old S4R, and my new S2R 1000, for the past couple years and can tell you it's not a bad track bike. Much better than my M620 was because the pipes and pegs don't drag like the original Monster's did.

I've read the CaCycleworks blog post about tracking an S2R and agree with this assessment of the bike's ergos for tack use:

On the ergonomics:
The Monster isn't really a "sport" bike. Its seat is high, its tank is low, and the handlebars are WAY out there. Combine these and hanging off the bike becomes awkward and fatiguing.


I too find moving around on the bike a little tiring. And it is possible to drag the stock pegs...but not as easily as on a standard Monster. Also, the stock exhaust S pipes get in the way of my heal when trying to tuck my foot in tight for right hand turns. But it's still a fun bike at the track.

If I were going to make it a track specific bike I'd get clipons and see if the Cycle Cat rearsets are a little higher. The Arrow exhaust I had on it help with the right foot tuck issue too.
 

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As far as the exhaust goes, take your S pipes off for the track, you won't be catching your heel and it's not like the volume is any louder than any other race pipe.
 

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As far as the exhaust goes, take your S pipes off for the track, you won't be catching your heel and it's not like the volume is any louder than any other race pipe.
Excellent idea. I need to do that next time out. Plus, it's a free mod!!!!
 

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I absolutely love my S2R on the track.
MikeB is correct on alot of things. Some of the riding style needs to change when using the mx style bars, I was contemplating getting clip-ons until I bought the 749 as a track beast. I never found any problems with how the bike felt other than wanting clip-ons and then some rear sets to tuck your fet back better. The one thing I was always scraping was the kickstand, but if she's a track bike then yours would be removed permanently so now worries.
I am a picture whore but you can tell she's capable of hanging in there ;)

 

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I never found any problems with how the bike felt other than wanting clip-ons and then some rear sets to tuck your fet back better.
Yeah, from a performance standpoint the S2R is a pretty fun bike on the track. Other than some minor ergo changes it works well. And as Stasher demostrates even those aren't necessary if you change your riding style a little bit.
 

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I've searching the forums for days and find that its common to swap out the stock forks for 748/916 or even SS forks.
But i'm reading a lot about people needing to mod the tripples due to different diameter of the forks.

Could you just bolt on a complete front end from a 748? Tripples and all.
 

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If you intend to race it, keep in mind that heavy mods may disqualify you from some classes (SS).

If you can, get the stock forks sprung and damped for you, you shouldn't need that much adjustment.

Putting body work on I think is not that easy. Look through the acc and mods forum, there was a recent thread.
 

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Good point, however, classing wont be an issue.
You're right, if I can get the stock forks set up corrently for my weight then I wont need much adjustment after that.
However, I'm over 200 lbs with gear so I don't think the front or rear will be too easy to get setup without spending good money on top of bad.

I've found a complete front end off a 748 for a very reasonable price and was hoping to simply bolt it on.

the bodywork... well, I can live without it. no big deal.
 

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I've found a complete front end off a 748 for a very reasonable price and was hoping to simply bolt it on.
You can look for S4R or S2R 1000 forks if you want more adjustability. You may still need to get springs/oil for your weight but the have preload/compression/rebound adjustability and will fit your current triples. Plus, first gen S4R forks had TiN coated lowers.
 

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Since Ive been down this road ;)

While mines not a S2r it is an 800



They are very capable track toys. I love flogging the daylights out of mine.

If you do plan on racing it, look at the club that you plan on riding withs rulebook to find out what you can and cannot do and exactly what class you will fit into. Then mod to yer little hearst content.
 

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duxspeed said:
Good point, however, classing wont be an issue.
You're right, if I can get the stock forks set up corrently for my weight then I wont need much adjustment after that.
However, I'm over 200 lbs with gear so I don't think the front or rear will be too easy to get setup without spending good money on top of bad.

I've found a complete front end off a 748 for a very reasonable price and was hoping to simply bolt it on.

the bodywork... well, I can live without it. no big deal.
Why won't classing it be an issue? Do you only plan to run one class? (Just curious)
Keep in mind, if a 748 front end can be fit on, you still need to have it resprung and new internals for your weight, you can't adjust it that far with the knobs on top.
 
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