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2012 Honda CBR600RR Super Streetbike

28 Jan 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2012 Honda CBR600RR Super Streetbike
Honda CBR600RR Prototype
Honda CBR600RR Prototype

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Miles Done: 1,850

2 Hour Vinyl Transformation

The long-term CBR600RR is rolling proof that you dont need a long list of performance-driven mods to create a desirable ride. What started out as a good all-around middleweight that merited no criticism but also enticed no outstanding praise has morphed straight up into a Honda hooligan that now begs to be taken out for a rip.

Our sights were dead set on giving this stylish-but-stock bike some new attitude from every angle. No matter how sweet the visual package is that a manufacturer lays on the tank and fairings of a new bike, we cant resist the urge to change it up. If it has stripes, we peel them off. If its monochrome, well bling it up. But making a permanent transformation with custom paint can be both costly and time-consuming, and not something that we care to take on as a weekend project.

To wrap up our long-term CBRs series of mods, we went a different route and ordered a box of Factory Effex vinyl graphics to give the OEM red some stark contrast. An aggressive Rockstar Outline Series kit was chosen.

The differences between a commercial bus wrap type vinyl and the FX kit is apparent in two areas where installation is concerned: the thickness of the vinyl itself and the precision-cut shapes designed to fit specific parts of a sportbike. The FX vinyl is noticeably thicker than commercial wrap which makes it possible to apply, remove and reapply the pieces several times without damaging or stretching the material beyond its intended shape.

The adhesive backing on a vinyl wrap is an important element during installation. If adhesion is too light, repositioning pieces will compromise longevity; too much adhesion and the vinyl becomes difficult to work with. This adhesive is aggressive yet allowed us to pull certain pieces up several times to get it just right without losing any of its hold.

Honda CBR600RR Prototype
Honda CBR600RR Prototype

Anybody who has attempted a commercial vinyl wrap on a vehicle knows how much skill and patience it takes to lay the vinyl over compound curves while keeping the graphics aligned. Commercial vinyl must also be cut to fit and most installers use constant heat applied from a heat gun or propane torch along with applicator tools during the installation.

Another plus for this kit is the precision-cut and numbered shapes that simplify the installation and eliminates the need for special tools or techniques. What appears to be a continuous sheet of vinyl on the bike is actually made up of several smaller pieces with strategically placed relief cuts that make it possible to wrap around bends and sharp body corners. The CBR600RR kit consisted of 27 pieces that seemed like a lot at first, but net installation time was less than two hours.

The transformation from blazing OEM red to the darker side of a Rockstar race replica was dramatic but not yet complete. Our long-termer still lacked the finer details to please discerning eyes so the stock silver hardware was removed around the Puig windscreen in favor of red-anodized screws from FX along with matching swingarm spools and tire valve caps. We also added a plus-2 Supersprox Stealth rear sprocket and minus-1 countershaft cog linked up with an EK 525MVXZ metallic red O-ring chain.

The gearing change made a nice improvement on off-the-light acceleration and made clutching up low gear wheelies easy. The red sprocket and chain also complimented the darker vinyl scheme and OEM paint. Yana Shiki clutch and brake levers and a Rizoma gas cap and front turn sigs finalize what has turned into one mean looking 600.

In a handful of months the chosen mods turned an average looker into a traffic stopper with a few extra horsepower and a new sound that makes it difficult to hang the keys up after the ride. Up next well be replacing the CBR600RR with a new long-term 2013 middleweight blessed with an extra 37cc.

Honda CBR600RR Prototype
Honda CBR600RR Prototype
Honda CBR600RR Prototype
Honda CBR600RR Prototype
Honda CBR600RR Prototype
Honda CBR600RR Prototype
Honda CBR600RR Prototype
Honda CBR600RR Prototype
Honda CBR600RR Prototype
Honda CBR600RR Prototype


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