CMR Racing Products Inc.

CMR Racing Products Inc.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Aluminum Fuel Tanks at CMR Racing Products - lots going on in 2013 !!

Readers of this blog, and customers of CMR Racing Products, know Byron, our master welder and shop foreman (and my 'adopted son'). What they may not know is that Byron has long wanted to get involved in the aluminum fuel tank manufacturing division of CMR - and after taking advantage of several training opportunities this year, has taken to aluminum like a duck to water.

As a result of Byron's talents, we have been able to increase production of aluminum fuel tanks, have cut down on customer wait times, and are now producing new tanks every few days. We've caught up with our order backlog, and are both delighted to be offering a wide variety of aluminum fuel tanks to the CMR Racing Products market.

Of recent days, we have produced and shipped the following:

A custom Honda CR750 tank with modifications to make it look like an award-winning bike called The Black Mamba, for a customer in California.

Honda CR750 tank with mods

Yamaha TZ/RD350 tank

A custom Yamaha TZ/RD400 fuel tank made to fit the modifications we carried out on the RD400 frame, changing it for monoshock suspension instead of twin shock suspension. Pictures to follow - a work in progress.

Because we build replicas of the Harris Yamaha TZ350 Lowline GP Special, we have posted photos of a frame kit being assembled on our website. A customer in Wales found this link and contacted CMR Racing Products for a fuel tank for a custom frame that he had just purchased. When we saw a photo, we identified it as an original and rare TZ350  Harris Lowline GP frame (that had been modified). We created a tank to fit this frame by exchanging photos online as we proceeded with the build, with the customer approving each step of the manufacture. Exciting stuff.

CMR Harris Yamaha TZ350 Lowline GP Special tank

Dave Crussell testing at Willow Springs, CA, Feburary 2013
We recently modified a fuel tank for Dave Crussell of San Francisco, for the CMR Yamaha TZ750 frame kit we delivered to him in November.  In January, when Dave tested this bike created for the inaugural Isle of Man Classic TT  race in August 2013, he discovered that he needed a larger tank than the 20 litre tank we normally supply with that frame kit.  CMR Racing Products was able to produce a 23.5 litre version at short notice and fire it off to Dave in California.


We've recently produced an H2R Kawasaki tank for a customer in New Zealand. Our customer had taken delivery of the frame kit over a year ago with the intention of having a fuel tank made locally, but had no success. Byron was able to make up the tank in very short order.

Kawasaki  KR style H2R tank

If you have aluminum fuel tank needs for your race/street project, get in touch with CMR Racing Products, and make Byron a happy man.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

End of 2013 Season Update - Tim Voyer on his CMR Drixton-II Honda CB350 Twin

The end of the race season gives us opportunity to look back over the exploits of CMR's sponsored riders.Tim Voyer of North Bay Ontario has had an up and down season, although he did finish second overall in the VRRA's four-race Period 2 Lightweight Championship.

All photos courtesy of B. Murphy 2013

In the first two championship rounds at Shannonville Motorsport Park, nobody could touch Tim - he won both his heats and his finals. He set new track records in both rounds. But at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (formerly Mosport Raceway) Tim's newly rebuilt engine gave problems and he didn't place. To add insult to injury, at the final round at St. Eustache, Quebec, during practice a rider fell in front of Tim, he ran over the fallen bike and crashed. Tim suffered a broken leg and badly strained neck, and spent some time in hospital. He is recovering well and at the time of this post, he is still sporting a leg in plaster and a whiplash collar.

We wish Tim a speedy recovery, and look forward to great things from this racer in 2014.

End of 2013 Season Update- Mick Vaclavik on his CMR Drixton-II Yamaha XS650/750

All photo credits: B. Murphy 2013
The end of the race season gives us an opportunity to look back over the exploits of CMR's sponsored racers. Mick Vaclavik of Thornbury Ontario has had a great season, after not racing competitively in the 2012 year. It's been good to see Mick in top form on his new CMR Drixton-II chassis, and using a more powerful engine. Mick has had many wins during the VRRA's four-race season and ended up the Champion in the VRRA's (Vintage Road Race Association) Period 2 Heavy Class.

Mick entered a number of other classes on this same bike within the VRRA Regulations, racing against more modern and more powerful machinery.  He earned a second place in the Period 3 Middle Class Championship and was a third-place finisher in the Period 3 Heavy Class Championship. All this, and Mick only started racing vintage motorcycles about five years ago!

Everbody's favourite track in the VRRA series is the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (formerly Mosport Raceway);  it's also Mick's favourite. At CTMP this year, Mick won for the first time, knocking eight seconds off his previous best time there.

Mick Vaclavik is certainly a man to watch for in 2014! What will he do on CMR machinery?