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Test fittng of Factory rearsets

Here is a couple of photo's of the rearsets fitted to the bike. This was really a test fit to see if I face any issues. So far it looks positive. I was told that I could not fit these with the side stand, so using a Gilles adapter, these just popped straight on.
In terms of the brake, I had to use an 8mm spacer as I found the master cylinder was touching the swingarm. This gives me a good gap. I need to fit a banjo switch for the brake light and some tweaks to the exhaust cover and push rod for the brake.

Honda Racing Factory rearsets

I have been after a set of Honda Racing Rearsets for ages.

I don;t want to name drop but John McPint and Bruce Anstey used these at the TT this year and the HONDA BSB team are using them this year as always.

The rearsets are hard to get hold of complete or in a usable condition. I found that many riders use a thumb brake which meant that the lever was not available so no use to me.

The whole setup is a mix of alloy and titanium parts and at first looks is basic but is a balance of form and function. For example, this setup came with the bracket for superstock which allows for the standard NISSIN rear master cylinder.

Many people call these HRC Rearsets, well not quite. These are made by Honda Racing in Louth UK and you have to be very lucky to get a new set out of them. They also called HRP (Not to be confused with the fine German Honda Dealership and IDM Team).

Here is a pic of this seting on the 2012 Samsung Honda CBR1000RR




Weight Reduction update

I thought it was time to pop up a list of some of weight reduction work down to the bike. This gives an idea of what can be done to a road bike

Michelin Power Pure - With LTT tech very light.
SP Subframe - 230 grams lost
Lithium Battery - 1500 grams lost
Alloy Tank - At least 2000 grams lost
Oil Cooler bolt - 130 grams lost
HRC Rear wheel Spindle - 180 grams lost
Swingarm Spindle - 123 grams lost
Titanium rear spring - 333 grams lost
Front wheel Spindle - 143 grams lost
Marchesini wheels - 1750 grams lost
Carbon Fibre front Mudguard - 171.6 grams lost
Titanium Engine bolts - At least 150 grams lost

I have reduced the weight of the bike by another 1500 grams by replacing various nuts and bolts on the bike.

In fairness, I may well have added some weight with the HRC Swingarm, Brembo rear,  rearset, engine protection etc but doubt this runs into kilos.

So excluding all the other work I have done, this works out around 8.2 kilos lighter than stock. I imagine that the savings will be more like 10-12 kilo…

Another update

Here are a couple of photos of the other parts I fitted. Here is my Brembo P2 34 rear caliper finally fitted and having ridden its spot on. It may only be a rear brake and but it does the job. 

I have sourced two Titanium bolts that hold it together should it ever need a rebuild.

Also fitted is the Toe protector. This is an exact copy of the HRC item but in carbon fibre. Its a perfect fit and looks great.



Some updates completed

After getting the biks back managed to find time to fit a few items. Here are a few photos of the additions. I have worked out that the SP subframe is about 230 grams lighter than stock so a nice improvement for the weight reduction process for the bike.







New Brembo P2 34 rear caliper

I have just recieved my new rear caliper. 

This is to replace the one I bought from my bike recently but after testing found that it had a crack and was unusable. 

In hindsight, my nearly new 100 or so dry miles rear caliper turns out to be a good condition 2009 brake that had no torque marks and a hairline crack. Shame on you for selling it to me and shame on me for buying it!


The key pointers are that these have a white number printed on them that tells you the year of manufacture. This one tell me it was made this year (2015) 



Check the two bolts have white paint to mark that they are torqued. This paint overlaps the bolt onto the body of the caliper. This will tell you its been over tightened as the paint line will not join up. Whilst not rocket science and can be redone, check the condition of the bolt for wear using tools or corrosion from road use.

Brembo love stickers, These will eventually get soggy and degrade but if its in tact, the caliper hasn't been split to perform any r…