Strada Bikewerk VRSC 1250 Custom Supercharged Beast Breathes Pure Fear [Photo Gallery]
Strada were looking for a way to increase not only the HP in motorcycles but to make them produce more torque at low rpm. Since a turbo charger was utterly useless in low-rpm scenarios, Strada went for the good old-fashioned supercharging and used a helical compressor capable to deliver between 0.2 and 1 bar (2.9 to 14.5 psi).
The compressor is powered by the VRSC's water pump drive shaft, now replaced by a higher-performance electrical one from Bosch. The 172 BHP power increase is staggering, but the new torque performance is even better: the engine got more than 100 Nm (74 ft-lbs) @ only 3000 rpm, and this account for a mind-blowing riding experience suitable for highly experienced pilots only.
While cooling the beast has been solved by Strada Bikewerk, a street-legal exhaust solution was way too much, and after trying several makes, the only guys being able to get the job done were the notorious Akrapovic team.
The R&D at Akrapovic came up with a custom-made can which not only looks wonderful with it black shine and boasts a thundering sound like any racing exhaust should have, but meets the European regulations and is therefore street-legal, removable db killers and all. And yes, the dual catalytic converters also make it emission standard-compliant.
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