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2009 Honda CBR600RR Project Part I

Wednesday, June 17, 2009
2009 Honda CBR600RR Project Part I
Crashing always sucks, especially on a brand new 2009 Honda CBR600RR, but with destruction comes creation.
It happens to everyone, we ride, we haul ass and inevitably we crash. It really sucks, so when we tossed our Supersport runner-up 2009 Honda CBR600RR down the bottom of Thunderhill’s Cyclone, damaging every square inch of the bike’s bodywork while also breaking off a few bars and levers, we decided to do a trackday bike re-build.

Take a look at the post-crash carnage. It is amazing how much can happen so quickly. Then again, that’s why some people decide to replace their pristine OEM bodywork with aftermarket fiberglass before they go flogging their new cycle around the race track. Follow along as we transform our road-rashed RR into a trick trackday weapon.

2009 Honda CBR600RR Project Part I
2009 Honda CBR600RR Project Part I
A few shots from the Cutting Edge Illusions online gallery of the CBR600RR's progress.
The first order of business is to procure new bodywork and Sharkskinz is one of our favorites. Their fiberglass looks great, it comes with fasteners in place and the factory-primer finish is good right out of the box. We handed the blank slate over to our pals at Cutting Edge Illusions out of Eugene, Oregon, where our blank bodywork is going to be transformed into a Freddie Spencer-inspired blast from the past with a modern twist.

“We are planning on keeping an overall traditional look the paint scheme,” explains Jeremy Kruempel, Designer for Cutting Edge Illusions. “But of course we will be adding plenty of our signature effects. So far the bike has been prepped (sanded). Then sealed and based. Then color sanded with 1000 grit paper. Next we laid down a super smooth white base with a pearl topcoat. We then put an intermediate coat of clear on then sanded that. Finally we added on a mid coat adhesion promoter. Now the bike is ready to begin laying out the racing graphics and logos.”

Watch the process as the Cutting Edge Illusions team works their magic with their standard target turnaround of four weeks. If you’ve ever had something custom painted before you will understand how quick that actually is. They will be updating photo gallery images on their website throughout the process, so check that out Cutting Edge Illusions online gallery.

2009 Honda CBR600RR Project Part I
No, this isn't a prop from the recent Terminator movie; this is the beginnings of a new and exciting CBR600RR project.
On the performance side of the equation we bolted up an FMF Apex Slip-on Exhaust, ditching the stock exhaust for a much more-stylish carbon canister versus the stock unit. The stock suspension is pretty damn good but it can always be better so we ripped-off the fork and shock and shipped them to Race Tech where they will lay hands on them. Stay tuned for performance details.

Last but not least, the final piece of the Stage 1 rebuild will be a set of Vortex clip-ons and rear-sets. So there you go, we’ve got the bike stripped and the parts are being shipped. If there are any CBR600RR owners out there with some suggestions for our little Honda, we would love to hear about them. Sound off and let us know in the comments below.
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Gary -Track mods  March 16, 2010 11:19 PM
Go with a complete Galfer brake system to let us see how they're new calipers work. I already love their ss braided lines, pads and wave rotors.
plunkett -plunkett  March 5, 2010 10:51 AM
honda sucks
joe -600rr mods  December 26, 2009 05:26 PM
HRC Power up Kit, did it to mine, lots of money but well worth the results. Rearsets are huge!
JTSX1 -600 mods  November 14, 2009 11:52 PM
Restore top end power 1/6 turn throttle BMC air filter plus dyno tune Engine covers/protectors such as woodcraft Steel braided brake lines Performance brake pads Galfer G1003
600rr.net_r3pikcbr600rr -sliders  July 17, 2009 01:09 AM
Frame sliders by woodcraft! best sliders there are, all these sweet mods would go to waste if those breaks did soften in that cali heat. Just in case they do.... those sliders will protect the important parts! I am excited to see the airbox mod you got from us. maybe do the velocity stack mod also.
Kevin -Go fast turn left!  June 27, 2009 11:00 AM
I think you guys should try to throw on some race rubber an lines an pads.Then see if you can qualify for AMA! I'm sure theres enough talent here to make it happen.I know i'm not the only one that wants to see you flog a budget build out there.
gsxr 1000 -bada..mf  June 25, 2009 02:01 PM
what's 600? You may as well have sissy bar installed on it. Go 1000cc all the way, baby.
Honduh -mo powah  June 22, 2009 09:59 AM
Install a Dynojet PC V and IRC.
Shaka Zulu -Flaxseed Oil  June 19, 2009 01:27 PM
Convert the engine to clean burning flaxseed oil. It gives the engine 22% more horsepower, while giving off the sweet smell of fresh baked biscuits
Hutchy -Diet?  June 19, 2009 10:41 AM
Just because my gut hangs onto the tank in the photos doesnt mean I am fat you heartless creeps. Oh wait, you mean the CBR? Cool, yeah we'll trim some lard off her. It's already really light too so this will be fun. We requested the GPX Pro XT so we will see if they step up. We will also hit up some wheels manufacturers and see what they say too. As far as controls and sprockets go, we have stuff coming from Vortex already so that should be good enough for Stage 1. I have the instructions on the airbox mod from you guys at 600RR forum so hopefully we will be able to provide some decent dyno data to verify how well the mod actually works too. Great ideas so far peeps - keep them coming.
sean -put it on a diet  June 18, 2009 03:38 PM
Oh yeh make her lighter, put a full system on it, do the exhaust valve servo removal (capasitor and a couple of resistors to keep the ECU from going into limp mode), pop in a LiPo race battery and of course wheels and rotors are good...
sean -put it on a diet  June 18, 2009 03:37 PM
Oh yeh make her lighter, put a full system on it, do the exhaust valve servo removal (capasitor and a couple of resistors to keep the ECU from going into limp mode), pop in a LiPo race battery and of course wheels and rotors are good...
Mitch -600rr Track Toy  June 18, 2009 01:30 PM
Last but not least. XT Racing's GPX Pro data acquisition unit. This one is a lap timer, shift lights, gear indicator, and data unit all in one. Find out how fast you were going and then anaylyze your laps to figure out where you are being a sissy on the brakes and gas.
Mitch -600rr Track Toy  June 18, 2009 01:27 PM
Stage 1 cheap mods? Gearing and chain, I'd say -1 +1 for Thunderhill, -1 +2 for Sears Point and Buttonwillow. Brake Lines and fluid. The stock brakes are good, but coming into turn 1 at 130mph in the 100 degree Cali summer tends to make em fade in the afternoon sessions. You are going to toss it again, trust me. How about some Woodcraft engine covers to take the damage and let you stay on the track the rest of the afternoon? http://www.woodcraft-cfm.com/Scripts/prodList.asp?idCategory=12886
Geordie -Wheels  June 18, 2009 11:48 AM
Let see how much the lap times improve at Thunderhill with some carbon fiber wheels along with the Stage 1 mods you have mentioned.
c -slipper clutch  June 18, 2009 08:58 AM
see it match some other 600 on the spec sheet
Hutchy -Big Bang  June 17, 2009 05:02 PM
This bike is big bang...didnt you read the spec sheet? Kidding of course..kidding...sheesh...
ClarkJW -Make it a big bang!  June 17, 2009 03:41 PM
Change the firing order and bore it out! 12 hole fuel injectors too. Muhahahaha!
Hutchy -Sean Mods  June 17, 2009 03:40 PM
That all sounds like some trick pieces of CBR tuning my friend. Very nice. How did you go about learning of these tricks? Can you e-mail us and give a bit more detail, please?
ClarkJW -Shorty GP Exhaust  June 17, 2009 03:40 PM
You should def put a short lightweight exhaust with removable baffle since you've dumped the muffler. Looks great on the CBR100RR. WOuld look even better in Ti and Carbon
Sean -More mods  June 17, 2009 03:21 PM
Powdercoat the subframe matt or sating black. Very cheap modification but really makes the bike look nicer. Also this thing should be graced with some ASV levers and there's a nice mod where you fit a rear brake MC from a CRF450. This has a built in reservoir into the MC so eliminates the need for the reservoir up on the subframe. Oh and if you're going to tune this on a dyno do the PAIR valve removal and take off the front intake and gut all of the restrictions from it, lets her breath a lot better.