K&N Engineering, Inc., releases new "Race Spec" OEM replacement type air filters for the 08-09 R6, 09 R1 and 09 GSX-R1000.
- K&N's RACE SPECIFIC High-Flow Filter Media
- Lowers restriction, increasing horsepower and torque
- Fuel-Management modifications WILL BE necessary.
- Closed-Course Competition Use ONLY.
- Washable & Reusable
- One-Year Limited Warranty
- NOTE: MUST be oiled prior to installation
BMC's had a line of "Race" filters for quite some time now. Is it a little too late in the game for K&N to be releasing a "race spec" filter? I think not.
Most seasoned riders tend to gravitate towards BMC filters as the "must have" product for their sportbikes. I think this very reason is due to BMC's focus on motorcycle filters in the consumer U.S. market and the availability of their "race" version which gives our beloved Sunday-Rossi-wanna-be's a chance to feel sporty. I tend to think the majority of new riders would go for K&N given their huge brand presence there in the USA. Heck, I had a K&N in my 03 R6 when I started riding. I use K&N in my automobiles. Oddly enough, my current 06 R6 breathes through a BMC Track Filter. I guess I think I'm fast - ha ha.
In the end both companies seem to make a good product. BMC Filters are re-usable and washable just like K&N filters but you rarely hear about it. Marketing goes a long way. I've read forum posts such as, "K&N? It's not a car, it's a motorcycle. Go with BMC." Did you know that BMC makes automotive filters as well? You do now.