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Bike Donors

There are lots of different bikes on the market but some seem more desirable for car-engine transplants than others. 

Here is a basic summary of the more powerful engines available:

Engine/Bike Approx Capacity Approx Power Approx Torque Image
Honda Fireblade (CBR900) 900cc 126bhp @ 10,500RPM 67 lb-ft @ 8,500RPM blade
Kawasaki ZZR1100 1100cc 147bhp @ 10,500RPM 81 lb-ft @ 8,500RPM zzr
Yamaha YZF-R1 1000cc 148bhp @ 10,000RPM 80 lb-ft @ 8,500RPM t_99R1.jpg (2672 bytes)
Honda Blackbird (CBR1100X) 1100cc 161bhp @ 10,000RPM 92 lb-ft @ 7,250RPM bbird
Suzuki Hayabusa 1300cc 175bhp 105 lb-ft hayabusa

Other donors include:

Kawasaki ZX9R (900cc from the Ninja - 138bhp),  Susuki GSXR1100 (125bhp - 150bhp), Suzuki Bandit 1200 (120bhp).

Honda FireBlade (CBR900) blade

Model: CBR900RR
Engine Type: 919cc liquid-cooled inline 4-cylinder
Bore and Stroke: 71mm x 58mm
Compression Ratio: 11.1:1
Valve Train: DOHC; 4 valves per cylinder
Carburetion: Four 38mm flat-slide CV
Ignition: Solid-state digital with 3-D mapping
Transmission: Close-ratio 6-speed

From the Honda Sales-Blurb

Offering the ultimate combination of compact dimensions, high horsepower and light weight (just 146.2 lbs.), the CBR900RR's 919cc, 16-valve, liquid-cooled, inline 4-cylinder engine features a one-piece upper crankcase/cylinder assembly for added rigidity.

Its right-side cam-drive also contributes to its compact size.

The engine's 16-valve cylinder head features compact combustion chambers with a narrow 32-degree included valve angle for efficient combustion.

An 11.1:1 compression ratio contributes to high torque output throughout the rpm band.

High-pressure formed, aluminum composite cylinder sleeves provide better wear resistance and superior heat dissipation than steel sleeves.

Pistons feature a new LUB-Coat solid lubricant to minimize friction between the piston and cylinder wall.

The 3-D mapped ignition module optimizes engine performance and throttle response.

Stainless-steel exhaust headers feed an aluminum silencer


Kawasaki ZZR1100 zzr

Engine type 4-stroke, DOHC, in-line four, 16-valves
Displacement 1,052cc
Starting Electric
Bore x Stroke 76.0 x 58.0mm
Cooling Liquid
Carburetion Keihin CVKD40 x 4
Ignition Digital
Transmission 6-speed


Yamaha YZF-R1 t_99R1.jpg (2672 bytes)

Type 4-stroke, in line 4-cylinder, 20 valves, liquid-cooled
Displacement 998cc
Bore x stroke 74mm x 58mm
Compression ratio 11.8:1
Maximum power 110.3kW (150PS) @ 10,000rpm
Maximum torque 108.3Nm (11.0kg-m) @ 8,500rpm
Starting system Electric
Lubrication Wet sump
Carburation MIKUNI BDSR40/4
Transmission type 6-speed
Final transmission Chain



Honda Blackbird (CBR1100) bbird

Engine Type: 1137cc liquid-cooled inline 4-cylinder
Bore and Stroke: 79mm x 58mm
Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
Valve Train: DOHC; 4 valves per cylinder
Carburetion: Electronic fuel injection with automatic enricher circuit
Ignition: Computer-controlled digital with 3-dimensional mapping
Transmission: Close-ratio 6-speed
Final Drive: O-ring-sealed chain


Suzuki HayaBusa (GSXR1300) hayabusa

Engine: 1299cc, 4-stroke, four-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve, TSCC
Bore/Stroke: 81.0 x 63.0mm
Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
Fuel System: Keihin/Denso Fuel Injection
Lubrication: Wet sump
Ignition: Digital/Transistorized
Starter: Electric
Transmission: 6-speed, constant mesh