World Superbike Racer
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Woodbury, MN
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First off, let's start with the basics: what year is your bike, what mods have you done, what mileage do you have on it, etc. Then the same for your buddies R6. Unless we know that info no way can you be told what to do to help; it seems like from your responses you have an 09+, I'll go with that for now.
To clarify a bit as well, moving forward you're looking for more horsepower, not torque from your bike. Torque is generally described as the force to get you going and horsepower is what gets you going faster so think if it as when you're taking off from a dead stop torque is what moves you off the line, HP brings you up to speed. I just don't want you to be searching and thinking torque when that's not what you're looking for.
Best things for that bike to pull and feel smooth all the way up to redline are:
- make sure you're preventative maint is up to date. Air filter, coolant, brake pads, oil, tires, everything is up to spec, rolling freely, not worn, eat., plugs are good, etc. nothing can make a bike struggle than trashed wheel bearing, old plugs, shagged tires and a plugged air filter.
- do complete research. An ECU swap for a 09+ is cheap (I have one sitting in a box I never used I paid like $75 for) and the Zbomb units are $50 and work very well for restoring the lost power of an 09+. What it does is trick the ECU into thinking the throttle never reaches fully open so it won't retard the power curve, it can help in all speeds and throttle situations, not just WOT.
- you are looking to get major power for not much money and not opening the motor, not happening. End of story. The R6 is a stouter top end power bike from the original design and manufactures don't leave much overhead power anymore just waiting to be tapped into so it's not easy to find it on a bike not designed to have it.
- things that will help: FULL exhaust (but a QUALITY race unit, not like a TBR or Toce fart can slip on) with a matching Power Commander and custom reputable race tune, 07/08 ECU or Zbomb, gearing (-1/+2 will feel more lively at the expense of overall top speed) and a quality race air filter. There are other things out there but these will give you solid results that are proven to work.
- don't chase the unicorn. Even if you spend $1400 on a full Akra exhaust, $350 on a PCV, $300 on a dyno tune and $100 on a BMC filter you'll see maybe 5-7hp increase, that's 5%.
The best thing you can do is learn to ride what YOU have and to its strengths and not worry about your buddy's bike. Shift earlier, pick lines that suit your power and and he'll you get the drive started earlier, things like that. Do as many days at the track as you can to be a better rider. If the power of the R6 is what you want then get one, you'll be far happier in the end.
But tell us more about your bike and your buddies bike, might be more ideas out there.