Watch Graves Yamaha Build a Superbike from the Frame Up

09/20/2013 @ 6:34 pm, by Jensen Beeler15 COMMENTS

Watch Graves Yamaha Build a Superbike from the Frame Up monster energy graves yamaha yzf r1 ama superbike

Time-lapse build videos are always fascinating, and since it’s well into Friday afternoon now, we are of course padding the post count here at A&R with this installment from the Monster Energy Graves Yamaha AMA Pro Superbike team.

In five hours the Graves crew built this Yamaha YZF-R1┬árace bike from the ground up, but you can see them put it together in just over a minute’s time. If you look close enough, you can even spot the reasons why Josh Herrin & Josh Hayes are running away with the 2013 AMA Pro National Guard Superbike Championship.

Source: Monster Energy Graves Yamaha

Comment:

  1. Teej says:

    Hayes has won the most races this season, but it’s hard to say he’s “running away with the… championship” when he’s down 22 points to his teammate with one round remaining.

  2. paulus says:

    great little insight…
    Interesting dissolve at 19 seconds and 29 seconds when the suspension magically appears by itself.

  3. Info says:

    His teammate Josh Herrin only has to secure a finish in the top 10 at the final round to win the championship, so no, Hayes is not even remotely “running away with the championship”. Even if Herrin slips up, Cardenas is merely 1 point behind Hayes in the points standings. In short, a Hayes repeat is hardly in the bag at this point.

  4. proudAmerican says:

    At the current shop rate of $96/hour, can I request these guys do the next service on my bike?!

  5. huha says:

    while other brand produced smaller bike than their predecessor, yamaha always slow, still coming with the big fat bike of r1

  6. Grover says:

    The Graves R1 is not even remotely a superbike based on a stock platform.

  7. Faust says:

    Not remotely based on a stock platform….well unless you count the frame…and the engine (which must maintain stock bore, stroke and firing order), the swingarm (although they can add guards and stand mounting points), the crankcase (with the exception of liners and coatings), valves, cam drive method, crankshaft (other than polishing and balancing), connecting rods, pistons and rings, injection system including throttle bodies and stock injectors, you know stuff like that. Yeah, completely not based on the stock bike.

  8. Damo says:

    “not even remotely a superbike based on a stock platform”

    No idea why people keep saying nonsense like this. It is like no one even watches or researches racing.

  9. Paulo says:

    The base R1 is almost an after thought based on motorcycle reviews, finishing close to last in most reviews but………that bike kicks a lot of ass! Do a tune, custom map and exhaust, it’s badass and more then any normal person can handle. Yeah, these days it’s all a Ducati BMW show but no bike IMO has the character alone of the R1, It’s a lot like that cool Honda RC51. ;)

  10. Ben says:

    Where can I get one of those tables??

  11. Faust says:

    Paulo, I agree. This bike is my favorite Japanese bike out there right now. I don’t really care what the reviews say about how it stacks up against the others, once you hear that exhaust note you can’t not like it. That said, I was really looking forward to them coming out with a new R1 this year. Pretty unhappy about that.

  12. Faust says:

    Paulo, I agree. This bike is my favorite Japanese bike out there right now. I don’t really care what the reviews say about how it stacks up against the others, once you hear that exhaust note you can’t not like it. That said, I was really looking forward to them coming out with a new R1 this year. Pretty unhappy about that.

  13. Faust says:

    Paulo, I agree. This bike is my favorite Japanese bike out there right now. I don’t really care what the reviews say about how it stacks up against the others, once you hear that exhaust note you can’t not like it. That said, I was really looking forward to them coming out with a new R1 this year. Pretty unhappy about that.

  14. Gutterslob says:

    I agree with Faust about the exhaust note. Definitely the best sounding open-class bike available today. Looks wise, it does seem rather portly, not just against modern competition like the ZX-10R ot Fireblade, but even compared to the non-crossplaned R1 that came before it.

    Anyways, to the video;
    Pause at around the 0:26 mark and see the frame, suspension with tyres and rear subframe attached. Now that’s some sexy sh*t. If I ever had the money to build a custom one day, I’d start with something like that and try to incorporate some sort of air-cooled engine (no coolant plumbing), some upright wide bars, and aslimmer fuel tank/airbox. Sort of like a modern UJM cum Monster (the Ducati, not the energy drink) but with a solid chunky alu frame. Probably won’t happen since none of the Japanese marques seem to make large capacity air-cooled motors anymore, but it’s nice to dream I suppose.

  15. Matthews Mooketsane Bantsijang Bantsijang says:

    Nice one…. R1 is still the power monster….