Driving report Honda CBR 1000 RR Ten Kate Edition Road
The Dutchman Gerrit ten Kate has built a street version of his successful racing machine from the Superbike World Championship. A noble device with full performance for fearless pilots for whom the 160 hp of the series Fireblade are not enough.
This power, this vehemence.
17 is the starting number of 22-year-old Chris Vermeulen from the Dutch Ten-Kate team. The Australian, who became World Supersport Champion in 2003, is at the forefront in his first year in the World Superbike Championship. His racing machine is the model for the CBR 1000 RR Edition Road.
The basis of the engine tuning is a kit from the Honda racing department HRC with sharper camshafts, harder inlet valve springs, different spark plugs and reinforced clutch springs. Gerrit ten Kate is optimizing valve timing and redesigning the cylinder head’s inlet and outlet ports. He connects a power commander to the series control unit, which controls the injection.
In addition, an increased compression ratio from 11.9 to 12.7 is unavoidable. The exhaust gases shoot out of the ducts into the Arrows titanium exhaust system. For approval for road traffic, the series system with U-Kats must remain on. MOTORRAD was able to test the set-up and drivability in the racing version, as it was only driven on the racetrack.
The braking point is approaching faster than expected. The WP Adreani fork with a 50 millimeter standpipe diameter is wonderfully smooth. Every steering impulse is immediately converted into an inclined position. And the direct feedback on the condition of the road to the handlebars can be clearly felt. The motorcycle turns in precisely and can be directed to the omega curve with the precision of a knife cut. The steering head angle and fork bridge offset are adjustable, which also influences caster and wheelbase. Features that only professionals can use meaningfully.
The Omega accelerates hard. The rear Pirelli Diablo in Corsa compound tries to find grip. Painting black lines on the asphalt is no great art with the 1000. With an optimally adjusted WP shock absorber, power is effectively converted into thrust. Two deflections for the shock absorber are available, linear for the road and progressive for the racetrack.
Before the Hasseroder you have to decelerate well into the curve. Series brake calipers, wave brake discs from Braking and specially developed brake pads harmonize perfectly. No wonder, after all, the standard brake system is already a reference. The CBR folds into the slightly elevated curve. A wide line should help to take the momentum to the triple links with you. On the way there, the chassis ironed another nasty bump. The front wheel only loses contact with the ground for a short time, then gently touches down again.
The triple links requires good nerves and a well-balanced chassis. The accuracy with which the CBR rushes through this point next to the boundary line is impressive. The key point, the tight change chicane to the back straight, provides information about the handling. Third gear, down from the gas, shifting lightning fast from the left in a maximum lean angle to the right, this motorcycle gives the feeling of being 20 kilograms lighter than its series counterpart. In fact, there are only five. The CBR can be steered through the chicane in a stable and precise manner. As a result of the brutal performance, the time is too short to rest on the back straight. Over the crest that is already in the braking zone, the car decelerates sharply into the Shell-S and at the same time downshifts in the series transmission. In connection with a little double-declutching, this discipline is also easy.
Another small right, then towards the home straight. The tachometer wanders again over 9000 rpm. Until then, the performance curves of the standard and Ten-Kate engines are identical. Above that, the rocket thrust begins. At 11950 rpm, as in the series, it is sealed off, while the World Championship Superbike turns 800 rpm higher. However, below 6000 rpm the set-up needs to be improved. According to Gerrit ten Kate, this problem should be resolved by the time the first motorcycles are delivered.
The elite of the racing scene are waiting at the pit wall: Chris Vermeulen, Karl Muggeridge, Broc Parkes and the 2002 Supersport World Champion, Fabien Forêt. “Does she have power? Is it fast? ”But the professionals already know the answer…
If you want to gain your own experience with the Ten-Kate-CBR, you have to shell out at least 27,900 euros. But each motorcycle is individually adapted to the buyer, which also includes the design of the suspension elements for the respective rider’s weight. The only downer: the Ten-Kate team will only build 20 motorcycles due to capacity reasons.
Engine: water-cooled four-cylinder four-stroke in-line engine, injection, Ø 44 mm, U-Kat, hydraulically operated multi-disc oil bath clutch, six-speed gearbox, O-ring chain.
Bore x stroke 75.0 x 56.5 mm
Displacement 998 cm3
Compression ratio 12.7: 1
Rated output 147 kW (200 hp) at 11,950 rpm
Max. Torque 120 Nm at 10,000 rpm
Chassis: Bridge frame made of aluminum, upside-down fork, Ø 50 mm, two-arm swing arm made of aluminum, double disc brake at the front, Ø 310 mm, disc brake at the rear, Ø 220 mm.
Cast aluminum wheels 3.50 x 17; 6.00 x 17
Tires 120/70 ZR 17; 190/50 ZR 17
Dimensions and weights: wheelbase 1412 mm, spring travel f / h 120/135 mm, weight with a full tank of 206 kg, tank capacity 18 liters.
Prices Honda CBR 1000 RR Ten Kate Edition Road
Engine cylinder head tuning, optimization
the inlet and outlet channels 2400 euros
Camshafts inlet and outlet 1025 euros
Valve kit 899 euros
Dynojet Power Commander 425 euros
Valdemoto oil cap 14 euros
Arrow titanium exhaust system 1600 euros
Drive drive chain and gear ratios 15/16, 42/46 275 euros
Chassis WP Adreani fork, Ø 50 mm 2000 euros
WP strut with hydraulic
Spring preload 869 euros
Valdemoto footrest system 329 euros
Valdemoto crash pads 100 euros
Carbon parts frame protector 187 euros
Rear hugger 99 euros
Sprocket protection 45 euros
Brakes Front wave brake discs from Braking 474 euros
Braking rear disc,
SBS brake pads Dual Carbon 140 euros
Steel-sheathed brake lines 125 euros
Pirelli Diablo Corsa tires 285 euros
Fairing Dark fairing window 90 euros
Yellow / black paintwork, sticker set 1000 euros
Design kit Chris Vermeulen Replica 204 euros
Front and rear stand 200 euros
Labor costs 750 euros
Total conversion (price without VAT) 13,535 euros
Complete price (including VAT) 27,900 euros
Purchase address Ten Kate Honda Racing
NL-7711 GG Nieuwleusen
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