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Shane - Superlite (#43)

It's here!!! My next project!!!

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Well, I've got it in the shed now so it's 100% mine and I can tell everyone about it

Some people may recognize this bike as it was always at the track a few years back. It's owner is also well known cos he's a good bugger, but unfortunately, is better known for an accident at Pukekohe that left him in a wheel chair.

I've bought Paul Garrett's #94, a 2005 CBR600RR. It's got a full Arata Titanium exhaust system, PC3, Ohlins all around and a bunch of other stuff. The exhaust system alone is worth more than half of what I paid for the bike.

It's been sitting for a fair while, having not been out for a gallop since I borrowed it for a track day about 3 years ago when I was in-between bikes. So it looks pretty rough in the photos but it's just covered in dust etc and just needs some luving.

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I've had a brief look and the things you'd expect are seized up; the brakes drag, the head bearings have a huge groove in them, the wheel bearings are full of crap etc, but that's all stuff that I knew would be in need of attention/replacing anyway so that's fine. There really aren't any surprises with it.

Because I've ridden this bike a couple of times in the past, know a bit about it's history and always thought it'd be a fabulous F3 bike I'm really stoked to be able to own it. Just pushing it around it's so much smaller and lighter than the Triumph, even though the wheel bearings are full of crap and brakes are dragging. I'm really looking forward to riding this bike, especially as I've got a budget for the build this time. With the Triumph I just happened upon it and did what I could with what I had. But this time I know that I'll be racing long term so I'm not shy about putting money into it. I've got a budget and using my knowledge of this bike and what I learnt from the Trumpy I've got a list of what I'm going to do with it:

  1. pull a piston, conrod and valve gear from a cylinder and put a balance weight in it's place
  2. general freshen up of the engine (new cam chain and tensioner, set valve clearances towards the looser end of their tolerances blah blah) to make sure it's reliable
  3. Sigma Slipper Clutch cos the engine braking on this bike is unbelievable
  4. suspension checked out and upgraded where necessary
  5. radial master cylinder with variable fulcrum (I've found I never have enough brakes at Paeroa but at the tracks it's more about feel)
  6. get spacers made up for the Triumph wheels so I can use them as spares/wets
  7. Translogic Quickshifter to avoid those engine breaking overrevs
  8. different rearsets so I can use race shift pattern
  9. fully enclose the belly pan
  10. put a brake lever guard on
  11. either GB Racing or Woodcraft engine crash covers
  12. a sharks tooth type chain guard
  13. better get a steering damper before the next Paeroa too

I'd love to use a push button gear shifter, mainly for down shifting for certain corners so I can get off the side of the bike instead of pissing about changing gears but cost is a big issue with this item. Something else I'd like to use but probably never will is a Starlane Davinci R dash. Maybe sometime in the future.

For the last couple of weeks I've been messing around with photoshop to see what I like the look of. The Triumph looked stunning in all white but that doesn't really suit #94 (I've always known it as #94 so it's still going to be called that even though it'll be wearing #43). I like simple paint jobs cos they tend to stand out the most at the track and after Kiwifruit pointed out one particular bike I came up with this:

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My uncle is all lined up with his spray gun at the ready so I need to tidy up any cracks etc and get them sanded ready for painting. I'll need to line up someone to do the engine work (I know who to talk to about the engineering side) but I've got a good lead on someone for that. A Sigma slipper clutch takes about 5 days to my door. Not sure about delivery times for the Quick Shifter but it's not something that will hold up the build.

Looks like MSTRS will have somemore vinyl graphics to cut!!

Oh, and I need to make up some brackets for the cameras as well cos I've got a couple of gyro servos so I can do this sort of stuff

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  1. sugilite's Avatar
    Well done Mr Trousers, a great bike, and a list of VERY well thought out mods, enjoy both the build and the ride
  2. Mercury's Avatar
    The mighty CBR, who could ask for anything more!
  3. Kiwi Graham's Avatar
    Well done Shane,
    Have fun in that man cave putting it all together mate.
    Min is all back together now ready for running in next weekend.
  4. chanceyy's Avatar
    Awesome Shane, looking forward to hearing the progress, and even nicer to have a budget to do what you want
  5. MSTRS's Avatar
    Simple elegance = less is more.
    Will be a lovely sight, Shane.
  6. Goblin's Avatar
    Fantastic! Look foward to seeing you out there again.
  7. Clivoris's Avatar
    Hehe. Makes me homesick. Great plan Mr MT. Don't take too long, I want to see it go.
  8. p.dath's Avatar
    Well done. Now there are no excuses ...
  9. kiwifruit's Avatar
    Choice !
  10. Cleve's Avatar
    Good for you. I hope it all goes well.
  11. Deano's Avatar
    Awesome Shane - i'm stoked for you mate. Can't wait to see and hear it at the track !
  12. Matt Bleck's Avatar
    Good to see you got a replacement!!
  13. Devil's Avatar
    I had no idea that he still had it!
  14. Gremlin's Avatar
    Seems everyone has already congratulated you, but it's about time after that tantalising post.

    I like the nice big visible numbering hehe

    Go out there and enjoy #43!
  15. dino3310's Avatar
    Looking forward to seeing back out on the track, will actually get of my arse and come and watch this time
  16. Mental Trousers's Avatar
    Thanks everybody!!! This is going to be fun
  17. dino3310's Avatar
    any updates bro
  18. _Gina_'s Avatar
    Hey you! Awesome F3 bike! Can't wait to see you raping it... have you still got barbie?