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Old 10-14-2012, 11:27 AM   #1
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2008 Cbr1000rr Track bike engine rebuilt options

Hi to all of you,
I am a track junky, riding like most of you the compact, light, honda jewel. I have done three very active track seasons with this 2008 cbr, by now it's equipped with ohlins FGRT and TTX, bazzaz TC+afrm, carbon fiber track fairing, etc.

During my last outing on the track, she had an odd sound. I took her in and inspection revealed that all cylinders are leaking past rings and intake valves... So the engine definitely needs to be taken apart and rebuild... That is a big bill, and i wouldn't feel as confident to push with this engine in the future.

So i thought about the different options i had,
1) go for another second hand engine, but that could be just worse since i wouldn't know the engine's history. for track i just feel like it's sketchy.

2) Would anyone know if HRC sells a ground-up engine ? or all the components for their sbk bikes ?

3) I'd love to mount a brand new 2012 engine. Could you guys confirm that it is the same frame and engine mounting points ?

Could the electronics actually be compatible if i just change the engine block without the ignition ?

I guess i would have to change for the new tach, or is it the same chip and connectors ?

I can find all the honda parts online but not a one peice new engine. Does anyone knows who can source this online ? (i am based in Beijing, China for work... so no honda dealer near me). Maybe honda HK...

What would you do if you were in my situation ?

All your feedback and answers are appreciated, many thanks to the community!

Cheers,
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Old 10-14-2012, 12:14 PM   #2
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We have some great engine builders here in the US, like Lee's Cycle. Talk to Quenton, they specialize in Supersport or Superbike engine builds on the CBR (they do Superbike engine builds for Honda customers all over the world) and are suprisingly reasonable in price...

Lee's Cycle: http://www.leescycle.com/
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Old 10-14-2012, 12:32 PM   #3
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First, those pictures are SICK. Well done and the bike looks wicked.

Second, your options all depend on how much you want to spend. Cheapest is just to find a low mile motor out of a 08/11. That will be easy and not that expensive, and of course, a direct fit. I am unsure if the 12 will mount right up, so I don't have an answer for that. A full HRC build would be pretty expensive. I would call around and find some motor builders and get some prices. Motors are available if you want lightly used though. People are wrecking bikes all the time.
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Old 10-14-2012, 03:43 PM   #4
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If your block and head is still good then the least expensive "build " would be using your stock block. Find a good machine shop and go from there.
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many thanks to you 3 !
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Amazing pictures. How many kms on your bike? How many street and roughly how many trackdays in the past 3 seasons?
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That last pic is Effin awesome!!!
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Old 10-15-2012, 11:38 AM   #8
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Well i can't say since the bikes we get in China for track are mainly illegal import of wreck bikes or insurance fraud. The meter is often reset or adjusted or the bike is the result of 4 donors... If you have experience, and with a good inspection you can get good deals. Frame and suspensions are visual, when it comes down to the engine, it's a blind call...


Got my 08 in 2010 for 10370usd, which was a good deal back then for the bike condition (for china). Rode it a few months to make sure it was reliable then did two full track riding seasons of at least 10 full days each. I really get into it and rarely ride below 7k rpm on track, every session is 20min and the bike doesnt overheat. Yet, that obviously doesn't help.

Funny thing is that i checked the oil level 2days before it happened and i was good, next thing you know it sounds off and it's already too late...
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Funny thing is that i checked the oil level 2days before it happened and i was good, next thing you know it sounds off and it's already too late...
For this bike, the oil should be checked at least at the end of the track day - preferably twice a day.... burning a liter of oil each track day is not uncommon... There are many, many threads discussing this issue.
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For this bike, the oil should be checked at least at the end of the track day - preferably twice a day.... burning a liter of oil each track day is not uncommon... There are many, many threads discussing this issue.
I was burning a quart by lunch. Shame for such a great bike otherwise.
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