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More updates and tweaks


Brembo smoked brake reservoir
Brembo Smoked Reservoir
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.
2015 Repsol CBR1000RR SP
Latest photo
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.

Ohlins gold titanium fork bolts
Gold Titanium Bolts
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.

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New rear suspension link (AKA Dog Bone)

As a fan of making the CBR1000RR that little bit better, I stumbled across a shock linkage from Lee's Cycles.
The Honda CBR1000RR comes with a standard Shock linkage of 175mm. HRC provide these in different lengths (170mm-172mm) to change the handling of the bike.
The Lee's cycles link is 170mm long and is based on the HRC version at a fraction of the cost. 
HRC List 4 different links listed for the blade:
1) 52470-MFL-R10 CONN ROD ASSY., CUSHION R1 (Standard) 2) 52470-NLR-A20 CONN ROD ASSY., CUSHION (MEL) 166.2mm 3) 52470-NLR-A30 CONN ROD ASSY., CUSHION (P2) 178.8mm 4) 52470-NLR-A40 CONN ROD ASSY., CUSHION (P4) 170mm
In Brief, MEL is the most aggressive, P4 is less aggressive, P2 is quite flat and the unlisted is offers the characteristics of the P2 but adjusts ride height.
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Favourite Fireblade designs

Its always interesting to see other colour schemes for the fireblade from the usual Repsol design. 
Here are a few of my favourite colour schemes together.