MARTY HONDA CB1000R

THIS MONTH I HAVE MOSTLY BEEN… “Part­ing ways.”

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After my blast on track I thought the next best op­tion was to make some noise and get a new ex­haust for the CB1000, with the plan be­ing to go for an end can first and then look at full sys­tems when they be­come more read­ily avail­able for it. Be­ing lo­cal to us I popped over to visit the lads at SP En­gi­neer­ing and see what they could of­fer. I came away with a very nice HC-R end can in a ti­ta­nium fin­ish, where I met up with Beej and we headed to JHS Rac­ing for a quick dyno run pre and post ex­haust swap. I’ve wit­nessed a few dyno runs while at FB and they have all gone with­out a hitch – un­til JHS en­coun­tered the Honda.

No mat­ter what wire was con­nected, the CB just wouldn’t give a good clean read­ing, and with­out dig­ging down to get to the ECU the best we could ob­tain was the stan­dard -12% on the claimed fig­ures at 126. So off came the CB while Beej had a go with his GSXR, which gave me the time to bin off the stan­dard OEM can and fit the SP end can in­stead.

A few bolts loos­ened and a few new ones tight­ened, a bit of wig­gling and man han­dling after not putting the clamps on cor­rectly and the new can was good to go, look­ing much bet­ter in the process. Back on the dyno and in-be­tween the con­fus­ing read outs we man­aged to es­tab­lish a power gain of 1bhp. Yep, one! I know it doesn’t sound a lot and quite frankly it’s not but it’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber the CB has still got the Euro 4 cat on so any power gain is be­ing re­stricted by the sys­tem. The only way to get more with just the end can on would be to chop the cat out and weld a link pipe in but be­ing a loan bike we thought we'd bet­ter not.

With the new can fit­ted and pro­duc­ing more of a deeper tone than the stock can, my itch to get a new ex­haust fit­ted had been scratched. I rode off into the sun­set hap­pier than when I’d ar­rived. Still, the big old Euro 4 box on the CB has to be the worst part of the bike, it’s big, ugly and re­stric­tive (on power) and the only op­tion would have to be fit­ting a full sys­tem in the com­ing months.

Though un­for­tu­nately it won’t be me, as I’m hand­ing over the CB for Char­lie to run over the win­ter as I will be leav­ing and my beloved Honda. Any­ways, thank you for read­ing to my thoughts on the Honda over the last few months and I hope to see you around!

A pipe of peace, this is not. Marty has been all the way to Roswell.

A Honda with a strap on.

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