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Some more updates

Here is a new gear link bracket from Ten Kate. This will give a bit more room for a sprocket cover and also means that the link rod is practically 90 degrees so should shift better, I have added hollow Titanium bolts to finish the conversion.
As part of my future upgrades, I have also bought a HRC Cam sensor which will be used with HRC cams and the HRC ECU and Loom. This would compliment the HRC Power up kit which puts out around 200 bhp.

Who can be more HRC than HRC?

I have just come back from the NEC where the Motorcycle live show. 

Whilst I appreciate the bikes aren't EXACTLY the same in all cases as the ones hauled round the BSB circuit or a certain island up north they are pretty much identical.

 Here are three pics from the Honda Bikes. Both the BSB and TT Legends have opted for what appears to be the standard generator. Padgetts have opted for the HRC Generator. This can been seen with blue and red pipes to the cover. 

Both Honda BSB and TT Legends have opted for something different. Honda went for a race swingarm where the TT Legends have used a modified stock swingarm to use. Padgetts have again opted for the HRC Swingarm for the bike. 

All bikes use the same rearsets from Honda and vary between crude brackets on the Padgetts to thumb brakes on the Honda bikes. Whilst Padgetts have used factory parts the bike at times looks crude but ruthlessly efficient. 
Having a glance around and it seems linkages, dampers and so on are the same across t…

Some more updates in the pipe line.

Its been a busy few months with the bike but there are a few more things in the pipeline to fit.

Firstly I have a race carbon fibre sprocket cover. Well I say cover, its more of a surround. This cover is functional as it protects the hoses and alternator wires and part covers the chain. 
As if the rear has not been tidied up enough, I am replacing Titanium bolt used to hold the number plate bracket. The new one weighs just 12 grams which is the same weight of solid bolt 5mm shorter. For me, the gucci hollow bolt will look great and suit the new theme for the bike.
I had a real carbon tank protector on my 2011 tank but they don't fit the HRC style tank. Now I also have a 2015 Stock tank, It was time to get a new one but tried to use another supplier. I ordered one from Newcarid on Ebay but for whatever reason it never got delivered and they kept my money. Despite an ebay dispute they don't reply to emails. So buyers beware that they are untrustworthy. I have since gone back to my …

More updates and tweaks

I have the standard Brembo reservoir bottle fitted to the blade. This is the type everyone seems to use when they upgrade to the RCS19. I noticed that the Ducati Monster and Kawasaki models use the Brembo smoked brake reservoir. This fits nicely with my theme of smoked screen, headlights, indicators and tail light. I got a 2012 anniversary tank nice and cheap so got it painted Repsol Orange. I have fitted this to compliment the stock look. As the photo shows, it looks quite smart and true to the original 2015 design but with a couple of personal touches.
As part of the update I replaced the Ohlins fork bolts with gold anodised bolts. Its just another item to add the personal touch to the bike.

Putting the HRC into your Fireblade

It still amazed me that when you buy a HRC or Repsol Replica that Honda might ask you to pay more for the paint but nothing else is different. If you bought a new RS,GTI or VXR you would feel slightly robbed if you found that it was the same as every other model but a fancy paint job and badge.

Honda kind of listened as we now have the SP which does have a few race inspired tweaks and bling for the bike as standard.

HRC goes to great lengths to stick "For competition use only, not for road use and will invalidate manufacturers warranty stickers on everything they sell.". The simple truth is many of the parts are often based on what is mass produced on the road bikes anyway.

Here's a quick guide to what HRC kit can go on the 09-15 Fireblade with little or no further modifications. I will exclude the significant engine parts but will mention some parts.

Like HRC, I obviously take no responsibility if you do fit the parts and anything goes wrong.

HRC Oil pan set - These cost…

Some Updated photos

Here are a few pics of the bike after a few hours fettling on the bike. I have removed the black decal wings on the tank to match the current MotoGP design, and fitted the Taylormade exhaust.  The tail unit has now been tidied up with integrated indicators and small numberplate bracket.

A couple more updates

It occured to me that while I am progressing the upgrades, I was missing out on the fairing bolts. I had titanium ones but the head size was small and did not really look too smart with the white fairings. I chose black aluminiun anodised as they are lighter and with a 16mm head fit the recesses perfectly.  I am very please with the replacement undertray. It did however highlight that the metal number plate bracket is big heavy and clumsy. I will be switching to the carbon one which will complement the undertray and lose a bit of wasted weight. I have yet to decide what to do with indicators as the bracket limits my options.

Fairing upgrade

I have had a busy week with the upgrade of the bike to the 2015 design. It's not complete as I am looking to get a 2015 stock tank cover for the bike.

I am keen to keep the smooth look of the 2008-2011 tail on the bike as it looks smart and functional.I have replaced the BS Motorsport undertray as its fitment was poor. This carbon fibre undertray fits perfectly and looks great. 

Before I started, I had to remove all the fairings. I must admit, I didn't look forward to this but found it very easy to do. As I did this I unearthed a few things on the bike that needed doing. For example, surplus cables and steel bolts not replaced. 

Here is the bike with the lower fairing fitted to the bike. I had an issue with the HM Dash so this was sent off at the same time. This saved me messing around later re-fitting it.

Here is the bike with the right hand side complete. I got the dash back and fitted the nose with chinese headlights and air ducts. I opted for the headlights as they were smoked…

Repsol SP Rear cowl

As part of the conversion, I have bought the SP Seat cowl. This will complement the 2015 Repsol fairings and offer a bit more back support when riding the bike. The tail unit I intend to use will remain the 2008-2011 version. This will keep the slim and curvy appearance of the rear.

The conversion has started

I bought the HRC competition clutch centre as part of the conversion for the bike. As I have the HRC Gearbox, clutch plates and Sigma clutch will fit the HRC clutch basket and this centre to complete the upgrade. When I bought the HRC Swingarm, I never bought the Quick release spindle at the time but a new one come up which will be used to create a titanium version.

Here's the bike stripped down ready for the 2015 conversion. Its been an interesting process as it has shown me more steel bolts to replace and parts that have been left behind as part of pair mods. I had never removed the fairings and left it to the pro's but was surprised how easy it was. I just hope that the new fairings will be equally easy. Somehow I think not.
I fitted the Brembo clutch lever to the blade. I have switch back to the standard perch as this does not foul the speedo or have cabling issues. As always, I could not just pop the old clutch lever on. This is in fact the Suzuki one. There is no difference…

Hollow Titanium bolts fitted.

Here is the latest upate to the bike. The guys at MVS Performance made them for me slightly longer for the brake reservoir bracket. The weight saving for the M6x20 hollow bolt works out 0.2 grams against the existing race spec titanium bolt. 

As part of the conversion here is the Suzuki perch with a Hollow Titanium Race Spec bolt from MVS. 

I revisited the endurance lifters and fitted som better sized MVS hollow titanium race spec bolts. I also replaced the chrome plated domed bolts with Titanium. These bolts were 3.7 grams down to just 1.9grams
I bought some Titanium domed bolts to replace the stock item, The standard ones weigh 3.2 grams and the replacements weigh 1.9 grams. A small but nice conversion.

More updates

I have received the genuine Honda 26 and 93 stickers for the fireblade. Here are a couple of photos of the test fitting to the nose cone. I cannot decide which to go for! Do I go for the World Champion or the trusted long term Repsol rider Dani? 
I also picked up a Brembo brake reservoir cover for my Brembo RCS19 Master cylinder. It was cheap and a great addition to the setup.
I have sourced an Akrapovic and HRC decal for the exhausts. Its heat proof and and a great addition to reveal that the can is not your typical off the shelf number. I will be getting one a fraction smaller to replicate the standard Akrapovic sticker.

250,000 page visits. A big thankyou to all my visitors

A big thankyou to everyone for visiting my blog.  The 250,000 visits helps tell me that all my time, effort and money spent on my bike has been worthwhile to others.

Pedrosa number board stickers

Here are my board stickers for my 2015 Repsol Conversion. I am still undecided whether so go for these or the Marc Marquez 93 stickers on the bike.
These have Part numbers:
86874-MKB-E80  Large 26 Decal
86875-MKB-E800 Small Pedrosa screen decals x 2

Undertray Upgrade

I bought an undertray which was nice and sleek. The only problem  as it was sheet metal was not a perfect fit. As a result, I will replace it with a nice carbon fibre unit which will be a better fit. This will suit the 2015 upgrade perfectly.

More work on the bike

The upgrades are slowing down at the moment as I head for the 2015 upgrade. In the meantime here are a couple of things I have done this week. I have replaced the Titanium foot peg bolts with hollow titanium bolts. When I say these are light, I cannot begin to describe how light these are! Also I fitted a gold anodised titanium perch bolt for the Brembo RCS19 lever. I would not normally be happy with gold but Brembo use the gold bolts on the MotoGP bike setup.

Fairing update

Here is a pic of the smoked headlight for my bike conversion. Its a cheap chinese copy of the original but to be honest, the build quality is good and a perfect fit with the upper fairing. Time will tell about the final fitment but its promising so far.
I received my genuine lower Honda Repsol fairing this week so almost have the full set. I am quite excited at the prospect of these being fitted as it will look amazing.
I have all received a set of 2012-2015 air ducts. I opted for some chinese copies for 2 reasons. 1 They are much cheaper and 2 that I will be gutting them to offer better air flow.