feedback from BST riders
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out these comments made by people who've already
fitted them to their bikes and independent journalists
who've tested them.
way it changes direction now is
incredible - especially at higher
up quicker, slows down quicker,
turns like a bicycle!
than spending money on the engine
found you get less road shocks and
a smoother ride
pick up in high gears much better
praise them enough
the power down better
of the 'twitchiness' I expected
now turns like a 600
'point and click'
easy to clean
does not do them justice!
like my R1 engine has just been
put in a 250 chassis!
6th gear, I now don't need to
change down to overtake as often
GSX-R1000] feels like a 600 now
just wanted to give you some feedback
on my new BST wheels. I’m decent
road rider who's been riding over 20 years
on everything from Harleys to scooters.
I’m in the Institute of Advanced
Motorists and cover a lot of road miles,
including two or three trips year to the
Nurburgring, where I can do a respectable
8mins 30secs lap. My road bike is a 2002
Fireblade - standard other than an Ohlins
rear shock and excellent Brembo SC road
& trackday pads - and I have a 2006
ZX10R for trackdays.
I fitted the BSTs to my Fireblade because
the standard wheels were corroding and
I’ve never been very happy with
its handling. I had a new set of 2CTs
on the old wheels and these were swapped
over to give an accurate side-by-side
comparison and I must admit to being a
little sceptical that a rider of my modest
talents would notice any difference. But,
the difference was immediate and obvious.
Because of the huge reduction in rotating
mass the brakes and engine have far less
work to do so the bike accelerates faster
and brakes much better and it feels like
I’ve had a very expensive engine
and brake up-grade.
Next the suspension. The rear works well
anyway since I fitted the Ohlins, but
I’ve struggled to get the front
working properly, always feeling under
damped on rebound. I was about to embark
on a full rebuild and valve upgrade. That’s
no longer needed – with no adjustments
at all, suddenly the forks feel perfect,
with compliant damping and excellent feedback.
The massive reduction in unsprung mass
has solved my damping woes in a stroke.
The rear grips better too.
Finally the handling, initially I was
amazed at how quickly it now turns, I
took the bike to my favourite roads to
test it. It now turns in so quickly that
I found myself running into turns too
quickly and apexing too early, this cut
my visibility through the bend and slowed
me down but, after 10 minutes or so I
readjusted and got used to it. I can now
leave the braking later, keeping the bike
upright for longer before turning in,
this allows for better visibly though
the bends and therefore more safety and,
of course, more speed. Not often you can
say that is it?
When I do turn in, I can go in deeper
and with bigger lean angles. This means
the bike is leant over for less time,
again greater safety and better speed
on the road. On the track the advantages
will be obvious.
So, in short; a wheel upgrade has meant
that my bike is faster, safer and easier
“Tomorrow I'll be
putting the standard wheels back on, and waving
goodbye to the carbon BSTs. A huge thanks to
HPS, because I really enjoyed my time with them
and the massive difference they made to the
bike. If you've got the cash, it's a purchase
you won't regret.”
Long-Term Triumph 1050 Speed Triple. Fast Bikes
“The ZX-10R feels like a totally different
bike. It seems that 50kg of balast has fallen
off... and that all inertia is gone. Its responsiveness
has gone through the roof, leaping forwards
at the slightest invite from the throttle and
changing direction unbelievably fast.”
“The BSTs leave you gob-smacked as the
bike now snaps from full-lean-right to full-lean-left
in an instant.”
“...there is no other [physical road-legal]
modification you can make that will instantly
cut two seconds from your times, even for £1,900.”
Deputy Editor, Jamie Wilkins. BST Wheel
test. Fast Bikes
By far the biggest change I made to the ’Blade
was the addition of the BST Carbon wheels and
Braking Wavy discs. The handling was absolutely
transformed from slightly heavy and slow steering
to light and rapid. Flicking the bike between
corners takes no more effort than a CBR600,
and the amount of input through the bars is
minimal – you can pretty much steer it
through the pegs. Acceleration was improved,
as was braking, and the bike the bike felt lighter
than the weight saving would suggest it should.
You might be thinking ‘great but they’re
over £2k’, and it’s a fair
point. But get a ride on your bike with carbon
wheels and tell me it’s not worth it.
Richard Newlands, Fast Bikes Editor,
Long-term Fireblade Review
I cannot describe the difference it made while
driving. Just imagine someone driving and screaming
from joy, and that's me.
KB Athens, Greece
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