A few upgrades to my Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade

A few upgrades to my Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade

06/07/2022

Rode to Cochin, was accompanied by a Yamaha R1 and a Kawasaki ZX-10R.

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Some updates/upgrades.

Had to ride down to Cochin BigWing Topline to program my second key as one of the keys which came with the bike was broken. I had ordered a blank key with an immobilizer and had to program it. There are many people who can do this, but I wanted to trust only Honda in this case. Their service team has been super responsive so far with a great attitude and I very much recommend them for Honda’s big bike service.

I was joined by @krishnaprasadgg and another friend on this ZX10R flagged along from halfway. Rain spoiled our dry ride plans.

The keys

Brake upgrade

This was meant to be a stop and go workaround before my RCS19 Corsacorta arrives. Those who know, the blade has a weak Nissin master cylinder unit at the front which even sunk in all the way at times and an upgrade was always on the cards. With @krishnaprasadgg switching to RCS19 Corsa Corta, I had the opportunity to try the stock master cylinder from the R1.

We removed it and had to do a custom mount for the fluid reservoir as R1 and the Fireblade shared totally different mounting points. R1 comes with a Brembo master cylinder unit as OEM fitment. Below pics are after mounting the MCU from R1 onto the Blade. Notice the custom fluid reservoir mount too.

The result

Day and night difference in feel and feedback. The braking characteristic has been so much better than we had to tune the suspension as the soft front suspension setting was not able to cope with extra braking power. We did a +2 rebound from stock and changed the compression to 3.5 turns from the full hard setting. This meant much better handling along with an outstanding feel and feedback from the front brakes. I think the RCS19 Corsacorta can take a rest (if @krishnaprasadgg allows me to keep the R1’s MCU ). None of us expected this unit to make such a big difference on an ABS-equipped bike and @krishnaprasadgg was left scratching his head thinking why he did not get this feeling on his R1 to date

Being in Cochin also meant that it was time for an oil change. Did just that as I completed 5k km on the blade with the old oil.

The milestone, came quick.

Continued with Motul 7100FS oil and HiFlo oil filter.

A clean chain. After every ride, I forget that the chain was gold in colour. When cleaning it, I get back my senses.

And another ornament for the blade to end the post. The GB Racing engine cover that I received as a gift from my R1 buddy. Thanks, the bike looks so much meaner with it and should work well too, but I am not testing it for sure.

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