Niether the C nor the E models can be said to be slow. With 0-60mph arriving in less than 3secs and a top speed of over 170mph it should be quick enough for everyone.

So, how come we all want to change something. Consumables like tyres are one thing, but it is not long before the standard exhaust is gone, the brake lines are ditched for braided and carbon fibre is splatted all over.

Most of it is cosmetic or fashionable. I have done a lot of the 'standard' mods, and considering the standard bike was faster, handled better, stopped quicker than I ever could, upping the power output and fitting better brakes is more of an ego/comfort thing than anything else.

But, it is a popular bike and that means that there are loads of after-market goodies just waiting to be bolted on. Most of them need little mechanical experience and even those that do, someone, somewhere, will be quite happy to take your money from you.

So, check out the links at the top of the page and see what you can do to your bike - oh and don't forget to visit the gallery and the votes sections to see what is hot. On that subject, I have put together a list of what people have recomended in the way of modifications. If you know better, or want to recommend something, email me.


But before you go off spending thousands of pounds to get an extra 15bhp and reduce the weight of your bike, what about 'tuning' yourself first.

  1. Get some training - there are plenty places out the offering some form of 'advanced' riding techniques. I went through the IAM route - the ultimate value for money way as it only costs 25 or so up untill the point where you sit your test. They have a fuddy-duddy image, and don't look kindly on speeding. But, get through the first few courses, and although the speed still stays under 60mph (mostly), the roads increase in difficulty to the extent the 60mph is quite a challenge. And, there are some seriously quick instructors out there. Get the address from the links section.

    Alternatively, pay someone about 200 per day for one on one training. More oftern than not, speed limits are not strictly adhered to.

  2. Read a book like 'Twist of the wrist' (no, it is not a jazz mag) by Keith Code or read those better riding techniques that are in the mags every now and again. Alternatively, there is Roadcraft, the police training book (you get it when you join the IAM). You will learn things like positioning, counter steering, the vanishing (or limit) point etc.

  3. Get out there and learn the limits of your bike - when was the last time you practiced high speed braking or deliberatley locking the front (or back) wheels.