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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.

CBR1000RR Dani Pedrosa Decal Official Honda 26
Dani Pedrosa 26 Decal

CBR1000RR Marc Marquez Decal Official Honda 93
Marc Marquez Decal
CBR1000RR Official Honda Repsol Nose
Stock nose with smoked headlights
HRC Akrapovic decal
Akrapovic HRC Decal


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