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2012 Honda CBR600RR Project Bike Photo Gallery

Take a peek at photos of our CBR600RR middleweight as we convert it from a street-legal road bike to a racebike in this 2012 Honda CBR600RR Project Bike 1 feature report.

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Before - This was our 2012 Honda CBR600RR street bike before Jett Tuning started the race conversion.
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After - Waheed crashed the CBR during a SoCal Trackdays ride day at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway. Instead of returning it to street duty, he decided on converting it to a full-on road racer.
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Despite no internal engine upgrades with the fitment of a Yoshimura RS-5 exhaust, Dynojet Power Commander V and VP Racing Fuels MR12 race gas our CBR saw an almost 16 horsepower increase over stock.
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Jett Tuning handled the conversion of our CBR600RR from a bent up street bike into a dedicated road racer.
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The LighTech key-less fuel cap gives the CBR a factory race bike feel.
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Traxxion Dynamics fitted heavier fork springs as well as its gas-charged cartridge fork kit designed for racing.
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With the fitment of a Yoshimura RS-5 exhaust system and VP Racing Fuels MR12 race gas our CBR600RR produced almost 14% more horsepower compared to stock.
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Dirt Digits made a custom set of backgrounds for our CBR600RR project bike. Now that it has the template you too can order a set for your Honda.
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Traxxion Dynamics fitted heavier fork springs as well as its gas-charged cartridge fork kit designed for racing.
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We sourced LighTech controls mated to Renthal grips and CRG brake and clutch levers.
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The LighTech rearsets offer lots of adjustment in terms of footpeg position and shift and brake pedal length.
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We had Escondido, California’s MC Pro Designs paint our racebike in the same color scheme as a 2012 production bike at a cost of $750, without the fuel tank.
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The Yoshimura RS-5 exhaust added power, reduced weight and helped make the bike faster on the dyno.
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Zero Gravity’s double bubble-style windscreen deflects air up and over the rider which improves aerodynamics and makes for less windblast when riding.
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Jett Tuning had our Honda CBR600RR project bike dialed-in right from the get-go.
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The road grip and handling afforded by the Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa tires is second to none.
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Jett Tuning turned our banged up street bike into a turn-key racer that was friendly to race.
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The LighTech frame sliders saved our bacon quite literally preventing a crash when Waheed ran a little too close on an inside curb.
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There’s nothing like a motorcycle road race to get the blood pumping and make you feel alive!
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The latest Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa racing tires offer tremendous side and drive grip and are the best commercial-grade road race tires available.
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The Traxxion Dynamics modified fork allowed the rider to be very aggressive during corner entry.
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Much to our surprise the Honda’s balanced and well-mannered handling manners were retained with the racetrack settings, a testament to the high-level of balance offered by the standard street bike.
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Even with the stock clutch the Honda proved to be easy to launch. The clutch is also durable with it lasting in excess of six race starts.
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The final drive gearing was reduced slightly for better acceleration.
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Stability at lean was one of the greatest features of the Honda’s chassis.
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Motorcycle road racing is one of the rawest and most adrenaline packed sports you can participate in according to the author.
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The Renthal handlebars and LighTech foot controls made the Honda more friendly to control at race pace.
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Yoshimura’s RS-5 exhaust system offers excellent craftsmanship and power at a reasonable price.
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LighTech chain adjusters are more accurate than the stock set-up when it comes to making sure the chain is properly adjusted.
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Southern California motorcycle tuning shop, Jett Tuning handled the conversion of our 2012 Honda CBR600RR.
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A gearing change up one tooth on the rear sprocket allowed us to pull fifth gear through Vegas’ fastest corner, Turn 6.
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The stock clutch components work great and make the CBR easier to launch helping the rider get out front early in the race.
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The CBR600RR’s riding position is neutral and well suited to riders of all sizes. The Zero Gravity double bubble style windshield also makes the cockpit more accommodating.
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At a track like Vegas, handling is a more important attribute than outright engine power. Still the Honda CBR is no slouch even with production engine internals.
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Pirelli’s Diablo Supercorsa racing tires are the finest DOT-labeled road racing tires money can buy. The product range in terms of fitment in compounds is equally superior.
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Body position, quick clutch work and launching the bike at the right RPM are critical in trying to get a good start at the beginning of a race.
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Suspension is one of the areas that can make the biggest gains in terms of both performance and safety. The Traxxion Dynamics AK-GAS fork offered excellent and offered precision adjustment. On the other hand the JRi shock was harder to adjust due to packaging constraints. Its damping range was also more limited.
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Galfer braking hardware increased the stopping performance of the CBR600RR. It is crazy how much of an improvement it was over stock.