RideFast August 2019


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aces on the same set of Pirelli tyre’s, and other

than a bit of movement from the rear shock, no

issues to report. We did feel the rear shock get

more and more bouncy as the weekend went

on, so after 3000km plus hard racing kilos

we think it’s time to maybe give it a service. In

fact, the entire bike deserves a good service

so that’s our plan before the next race down at

Phakisa on the 21st of September.

In East London I managed to bag the

perfect weekend - pole position and two race

wins. Other than the “too much power” issue

and uncontrollable wheelies, the Blade was

once again razor sharp and really easy to

handle through the fast and slow turns. Alan

Lawlor was once again on hand to help us out

with some suspension setup and helped us

get the best out of the ‘unserviced’ standard

suspension, which worked a lot better than I

thought it would to be honest.

My brother and I both managed to improve

on our times in every practice session and race

and ended up with very competitive times and

right where we hoped to be.

Shaun did a great job to pick up another

top 10 finish in what is now becoming one

of the most competitive 2-wheeled racing

categories in SA - The Monocle Series

Superbike 1000cc class. That puts him

inline to potentially finish inside the top 8 in

the overall championship, which will be an

amazing achievement on what is pretty much

still a Streetbike. The fans plastered all around

the track were amazed when myself and

Shaun came hooting past on the slow down

laps after every race. Our Honda CBR1000RR

was a real celeb down in East London with

plenty of fans coming past to see it in the flesh

and take pictures with it.

For this race, we tried out the new EBC

racing brake pads and simply put they were

truly phenomenal!!! Just got the job done with

no hesitation or fade and easily lasted the 9

practice sessions on the Friday, two qualifying

sessions and 4 races on the Saturday. And,

there is still plenty pad left for us to use at

Phakisa, so really good value for money!!! We

look forward to adding the new EBC brake

discs to our machine any day now.

What we have done to our bike to date:

• Arata 2:1 decat exhaust system.

• GFP International carbon lever guard, rearsets, radiator

guard and sharkfin added.

• Powerbronze TT screen.

• Renthal sprockets and D.I.D. Chain fitted.

• Custom paint job by Syndicate Custom.

• Sprint filter added - 3HP gain.

• Rapid Bike tuning and ECU flash - 30HP gain.

• EBC racing brake pads.

• ABS removed, bradided hoses added - done by Ricky

Morais from EmTek Racing.

We have finally managed to get ourselves kitted out with

proper Tork Craft tools, but still don’t quite know how to use

them. Luckily for us Alan was on hand again to help us out.


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