Budget Racing with the Honda CBR1000RR
Saturday, November 03, 2012
If you read the results of Motorcycle-USA’s annual Superbike Smackdown IX Track
test you’d know that Honda’s CBR1000RR
came out on top, besting the other eight liter-bikes from Europe and Japan. That’s no easy task considering the advanced level of electronics (Aprilia) and crazy engine power (BMW) of the competition. The biggest factor in why the CBR won can be attributed to each component functioning in unison allowing the rider to put in quick laps with minimal effort. Yet still some just don’t believe it…
In an effort to demonstrate the authentic potential of Honda sportbikes, AMA pro racer Jake Zemke is racing for fun this weekend in Las Vegas at the WERA motorcycle club season finale. But Zemke isn’t riding some custom one-off Superbike instead racing a machine that earlier in the week was the same headlight-equipped street bike won our shootout. Aside from bodywork, Ohlins-tuned suspension pieces, Galfer brake pads and a tank full of VP Racing Fuels U4.4 it’s the same bike you can purchase at the dealership.
“It just goes to show what a good bike can do right out of the box,” says Zemke. “From being a street bike just three days ago to putting a couple pieces on it and running respectable lap times and winning a couple races. It just goes to show you don’t need to dump a bunch of money in a Honda to have fun at the races. The power that it makes is really rider-friendly and it is really easy to ride even on a tight track like Vegas. I’m surprised why more guys aren’t racing these bikes.”
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