Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: Just outside of Toronto, Canada
CBR 500R Racebike build
Since late 2018, we were looking for a bike for my stepson to ride in the Canadian National Series amateur lightweight class.
He raced in the class last season on a stock engine ninja 300. He was at a disadvantage against built R3's and Ninja 400. He had also never raced on most of the tracks on the circuit . He did fairly well, but had a couple hard crashes that put him in 10th in the points at seasons end.
However, he cleaned up in the regionals, winning both lightweight class championships, top amateur rider and top teenage rider awards. The regional grids were just as large or larger than the Nationals, averaging at about 20 bikes.
So, back to the bike. We were originally looking for a 2018 Ninja 400, by January we hadn't found one that would fit in the budget. There is virtually no manufacturer or dealer support for racers in Canada.
We were offered a CBR500 from another racer friend who bought it as a project but never got around to building it. A matter of economics, buy a Ninja 400 - 6k, then put 5k into it turning it into a race bike...... or buy the 500 for 2k and spend the same 5k on parts building it.
The bike was rashed, but it came with all the oem parts we needed, new rad and fairing stay, he also threw in a set of hotbodies bodywork( lightly crashed) and a set of spec tires (dunlop q3+)
There were some unknowns with this bike but we jumped right in and started.