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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-14-2017, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
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Upgrade existing 600rr or buy dedicated track bike

Hi, i'm hoping to get some advice.

I have a CBR600RR (05), with 22000miles and the engine is pristine, the steering is beautiful. I've upgraded the end can, braided hoses and had it professionally on the dyno/power commander.

I've done a dozen odd trackdays and my small home circuit lends itself to a lightweight 600, so i'm not too bothered about top end speed. I'm done with the commute so I only want a track only bike now.

Big question is, do I upgrade the bike with the numerous track bike upgrades (starting with suspension, sprockets, quickshifter..etc) or do I just sell it and buy a proper trackbike???

Here's the potentially big factor. Having been knocked over while stationary (by a 'Chelsea Tractor' when parked in town), the fairings were scratched to the point of it technically being a category D (or whatever the insurance write off is), hence I didn't repair the superficial stuff and put the insurance money into the things already mentioned. The point being, I recognise I might not get much (any?) for the original fairings and nor for the bike...despite me knowing it's a dream bike and well looked after.

I'm not that mechanically minded. Never done any servicing but pretty sure I could change the wheels and the like as I'm going to soon have to!

Should I just accept spending £2k of upgrades is the way to go? Or am I as well accepting a knockdown price for mine and buying a finished article/whole lot of kit that someone else has used and abused?

Thanks in advance.
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I'd say keep it and just ride it, especially if you're not commuting with it anymore. These are great bikes for the track even when mostly stock, you really don't *need* to upgrade it unless you're an expert and/or racing. That said, if/when you do, they're easy to work on, so even if you're not mechanically inclined, get yourself a copy of the service manual and start learning! Much better way to go in my opinion than spending $$$ on a whole package that may have a bunch of stuff you don't want or need.

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I found it better to buy a dedicated track bike so that I could keep my street bike pristine with factory fairings and not worry about it when going to the track. That being said I made this decision to get a dedicated bike (and trailer) after 1.5 seasons of track riding when I was sure it was going to be me at the track every time they were in my area.

If you are only going once or twice a year just tape up your bike an save your $$. Anyway that bike in stock form is more machine than you will need. BUT just remember, the track is a very addictive place if you love speed and cornering. You have been warned.

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OP, you already have a proper track bike! You won't find a more track focused machine than what you already have. You won't be riding it on the street anymore which means you will be able to shed a LOT of weight off your bike. Why sell a well taken care of bike that you know is good, to buy some unkown bike which was most likely not taken care of as well as yours?

Stick with what you got OP and upgrade as necessary.

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What exactly do you need to make it a track bike? My 08 RR got a set of aftermarket fairings for easy on/off, headlights removed, and some engine ice instead of coolant. I run A group. Everything else is completely stock down to the air filter and exhaust. I finally got a short brake lever and some front steel lines after my first crash and broke the oem stuff, but that was because the lever was used for cheap on ebay. You dont really NEED anything to make it track only besides the want.

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Yeah, I'd keep your '05 and just ride it. Have fun :).


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Keep it. To me, I wouldn't consider a different/new bike (or even upgrades) until the point where I need them. I too got an R5 and the only upgrade I've been considering are the rear sets - I keep consistently my toes on the asphalt in turns. Everything else - power, suspension, tires - still got plenty of capacity left in them to match my level...

I mean to me, a dozen track days sounds like just a starting point :) to me it feels a track specific bike is a bit excessive.
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