Posts by tag: Fireblade

Honda April 6, 2017 posted by

Obtainable: 1993 Honda CBR900RR

After a spate of Laverdas, Benellis and unobtainable Ducatis, this loved and used 900RR is a breath of fresh air. Here is a bike that begs to be ridden - and you CAN ride it because it is not a zero mile, museum quality garage queen. This is something mere mortals can own. And given that it is a first gen RR Honda, mere mortals *should* own one. At least once.

1993 Honda CBR900RR for sale on eBay

Created with the singular goal of mass centralization, the CBR900RR was essentially an upgraded CBR600 chassis stuffed with slightly less than a 1-liter powerplant. A true factory hot rod, this was literally the size of a middleweight - but punched in a much, much higher weight class than that. It may see a bit tame today in the eyes of 200 HP rockets from the Big Four and BMW, but in the early 1990s this was revolutionary. The CBR900RR was the poster child for the hyperbike. It was all about handling and speed, and the 900RR delivered. In time the line evolved to the 929RR and 954RR, but the bike that started the revolution was this one: the Honda 900RR.

From the seller:
This is a great example of a classic un-molested low miles fireblade.

Comes with a clear Nevada title in hand with keys ready to ride home today.

14k miles (if you aren't familiar with the 900rr they have legendary longevity when it comes to Japanese sportbikes look into it)

Also has original tool kit, original front turn signals, service manual, And also Original brake reservoir cover and matching tank cover (not shown in photos)

This is an absolutely iconic sport bike, and most consider this color scheme to be the most sought after of the bunch, It just has that look of the 90s. I won't toot its horn too much as I will assume most people know what it is.

The seller has included a video of the bike in question as well. You have been forewarned: jump to the 1:02 mark, or turn your speakers off. The canned music is truly horrible. Thankfully the video includes the bike running, which makes up for the first minute of torture:

This is a used bike that has some 14k on the odometer. Like most vehicles that are nearly 25 years old, this one has some minor aging issues. The seller notes the various items in the ad. The Two Brothers exhaust looks and sounds good. I'm not a big fan of the rear fender delete (or the saggy turn signals), but it looks like a pair of stock units are included in the sale; these look like the front stalks, so you might need to inquire about the rears. Other than that, this appears to be a pretty well-kept survivor.

The best part of all of it is that this is a no reserve auction. Somebody is going home with a new-to-them motorcycle by the end of it all. Bidding is currently in the $3k arena at time of writing, and there are several days remaining before the gavel comes down. Bidding has been relatively active, which shows that there is interest in both this model as well as this price range. Check it out here. We do not see all that many first gen 900RR models, and when it comes to valuation these are likely the first to serious appreciate. Share your thoughts in the Comments section, and Good Luck!!


Obtainable: 1993 Honda CBR900RR
Yamaha March 19, 2017 posted by

Collector Alert: 1998 Yamaha R1 with 4395 miles

1998 Yamaha R1 on ebay

Ahh the Yamaha YZF R1...not just the bike that moved the motorcycle world beyond the legendary Honda CBR900RR/ Fireblade but also the template for pretty much every superbike that followed.   When it was introduced the YZF-R1 changed the expecation of what a street superbike could by packaging a power to weight ratio that had only seen on pure track machines with a bike comfortable enough to use everyday.  It shouldn't be a surprise the R1 was named as "One-Of-The-10-Sportbikes-you-have-to-own!" by Practical Sportbikes in their Oct 2016 issue.   As motorcycling editor Phil West wrote

"In producing the  YZF R1 (Kunihiko) Miwa and his team not only revolutionized sportbike design, they created the template for every superbike to this day."

For anyone unfamiliar with the R1 development history, in 1996 most inside Yamaha believed the market for super-sportbikes was static or decreasing.  Faced with this lack of growth Yamaha decided the only path was to get a bigger share of the market "pie".  Authorization was given to start working on a new superbike with a mandate that it had to position Yamaha for both race and sales success.  This was a tall order given that the competition included the legendary Honda CBR900/Fireblade.

Lead by Kunihiko Miwa, a team of Yamaha engineers undertook the project guided by thee major concepts; make it have the highest power, make it have the lowest weight, and make ii have the most compact dimensions.  The result was a design that shortened the length of the engine by vertically stacking the gearbox (an unheard of feature for a streetbike) and then joined it with a new lightweight frame developed around the concept of ultra-light weight and rider control/ergonomics.  New handlebars/clipons, one piece brakes and even LCD gauges were all incorporated into the design.

Upon its launch in late 1997 the R1 delivered 150ps while weighing only 177kg  (that's 148gbp and 390 pounds in Imperial).  Not only did the R1 dramatically exceeded the performance of the competition, it and reset the bar that had been established by the Honda CBR900RR/Fireblade earlier in the decade, it also seemed like it came from a different planet compared to the Thunderace it was replacing.

This particular R1 is in the first year blue/silver color scheme which seems to have been more popular than the white/red style.  Condition looks to be absolutely pristine and the seller does a very good job with the photos showing the bikes condition.   While service history/details aren't much that is to be expected given the very low mileage.

Here is what the seller has to say:

  • No scratches, only a few pin size marks from road dust
  • Mileage under 5000
  • Original exhaust changed when new, inever used and comes with the bike
  • Original paint, seats, tires and rear bike stand
  • Original books, keys, Bill of sale, copy of MSO, original title, service records and shop manual.
  • Bike has had only 2 collector owners in its 19 year pampered life.   Always stored in Heated and Air Conditioned Collector Garage

So what is this benchmarking blue beauty worth?  The current asking price for this one is at $6995 USD which is kind of high in my opinion but not out of line with what we have seen previously on RSBFS.  While this one is not in the red and white bodywork more currently prized by collectors, it is in amazing shape.  I think a fair price for this one is about $6400, maybe a bit more if the seller throws in fresh rubber or shipping.

One final note - I think is important to recognize that just a few years ago a 1st year Yamaha R1 wasn't high on the list of future classics for most collectors.  Everyone seemed to think it was a great bike, probably the final great sport bike of the 1990's, and yes it dethroned the Honda CBR900RR/Fireblade, but a future classic?  While these same collectors were probably still searching for a Ducati 916SP or Kawasaki Zx7RR or perhaps even a first year CBR900RR/Fireblade, prices for first year R1's were  starting to move up and are now no longer cheap.  The value will probably continue to rise over time so this might be a rare chance to get one before prices get out of reach.


Collector Alert:  1998 Yamaha R1 with 4395 miles
Honda January 17, 2017 posted by

Survivability – 1995 Honda CBR900RR

Honda designers set their sights on a slighter, lighter superbike for the early 1990's and based the new model on a 750cc in-house prototype. With a new 893cc engine installed, the resulting package was just a tad heavier than Honda's own 600, and had a substantial weight advantage on other unlimiteds.

1995 Honda CBR900RR for sale on eBay

With Fred Merkel's '88-89 Superbike World Championships in the rearview view mirror, Honda executives wanted something new at the superbike end of the showroom.  New for 1992, the CBR900RR used the alloy twin-spar chassis, with aluminum swingarm.   For the 1994 update, Showa revised the spring rates for the cartridge forks and rear shock for the Pro-Link progressive rear.  The forks also had adjustable compression damping to help tame the quick front end with its 16-inch wheel.  A new nose for the fairing incorporated asymmetrical "fox-eye" headlights, another weight saver.

Under 10,000 miles and 20 years separate this CBR from the dealer's floor, and though it'd be hard to call almost any Honda rare, how many double-R's have been tucked away clean and stock ?  The Jersey-based owner keeps his comments spare in the eBay auction:

Very Rare Like New

Everything is original except D&D Slip-on

Peculiarly without a racing class since WSBK ruled a four-cylinder could displace only 750cc, the open-class CBR900RR set the world on its ear, with weight and handling from the class below, and power a match for any liter bike.  The angular and modern 1994 update remained true to the formula.  After that the inevitable weight gain and mission creep nudged the model toward daily driver or sport-touring realm.  For fans of the brand or the 'Blade, the 1994-5 model year is a great choice, and this example is unfettered with low miles...


Survivability – 1995 Honda CBR900RR
Honda August 2, 2016 posted by

2nd Year But Still Classic: 1994 Honda CBR 900RR/Fireblade


1994 Honda CBR900/Fireblade on ebay

When we first started posting the CBR900RR on RSBFS a few years ago, some readers complained that it didn't belong on  The comments ranged from it not being rare enough because Honda made so many of them to the Yamaha R1 being a more pure interpretation of the small package/big power concept to it not being pretty enough and on and on. However in the last 4-5 years prices for pristine 1st gen CBR900RR/Fireblades have jumped dramatically, moving from the mid $4000 USD to over $15,000 USD, so perhaps we were on to something after all <wink wink nudge nudge>.

My personal belief is that price jump is occurring because many people are now recognizing how significant an impact the CBR900RR/Fireblade had on the sportbike world and also how rare these types of changes are to the world of sportbikes.  Prior to the Fireblade the 750cc class was the the most balanced class (the 1000+ sportbike class was more of the big power, big weight bikes).  The Honda 900RR delivered 1000+ level power in a package no bigger than a 750 and the impact was so significant that major new development in the 750cc class was essentially discontinued within a few years (except for the Suzuki GSX-750R).

The only other sportibikes I can think of that so redefined expectations of what you could buy are the Suzuki Hayabusa and Ducati Desmosedici, and while they are both epic bikes and probably future classics, neither resulted in the such a blurring of the classes like the Honda did.


This particular CBR900RR is a 1st gen bike but is a 1994 which means its actually the 2nd year of  production.  From what I have been able to find the differences between the first two years were apparently just paint, so a buyer would in essence be getting a 1st year bike.

This particular Fireblade looks to be pretty much all OEM including the often removed turn signals and rear fender/taillight unit still in place.  The only non OEM pieces I notice are an exhaust canister/muffler and a Scotts steering damper.  Unfortunately the seller does not provide any service info or ownership history.  The bar ends appear to be a bit nicked up but I am not seeing any evidence of the bike being down, so perhaps this just paint flaking from north Texas temp changes or from where it was parked?   Regarding fluids or rubber, the front brake reservoir does look a bit dark so interested parties would be wise to send a note to the seller to get more info but given Honda's build quality in the late 1990's.  I wouldn't be too worried about engine function even if this bike is still on original fluids.


So now we must consider, what is this 2nd year/1st gen CBR900RR worth?  Well we had a pristine 1st year model in the most desired Blue/Red/White go for $15k earlier this year.  This one probably won't fetch anything near that price but I wouldn't be surprised to see it go for around $5000 due to its low mileage.


2nd Year But Still Classic:  1994 Honda CBR 900RR/Fireblade
Honda July 16, 2016 posted by

1994 Honda CBR400RR in Georgia!


Here's a sharp little CBR400RR located in Tiger, Georgia, which is about 100 miles northeast of Atlanta. Although it shows some minor bruises here and there, and speedometer was converted from kph to mph at some point, overall it looks very tidy for a buy-it-now of $5,500. Plus some nice looking stablemates in the garage!


1994 Honda CBR400RR for sale on eBay

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Seller's description:

You’ve been riding for a few years, long enough to appreciate the difference between flash and substance. You have arrived at a stage in life where you can indulge in something special, something about which your friends may have heard but have never ridden. A few motorcycles exist at the intersection of exclusivity and quality. My 1994 Honda CBR400RR can check both of those boxes.

I bought the bike two years ago from a collector. Having never been officially imported into the United States, it has an eleven-digit VIN and a km-to-mi converter on the speedometer. The bike has been meticulously maintained and is in superb condition. I have documented any known flaws because you as someone who knows bikes would not be satisfied with anything less.

The odometer indicates 16,737. Due to the transformation from kilometers to miles, it is impossible to know which of those 16,737 are miles and which are kilometers. However, the last 1,400 are miles, each of which was ridden in the mountains of Northeast Georgia, an environment for which this bike was made.

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1994 Honda CBR400RR in Georgia!
Honda March 3, 2016 posted by

Legendary Middleweight:
1st year 1993 Honda CBR900RR/Fireblade

Here is a nicely preserved 1st year 1993 Honda CBR900RR/Fireblade with a Buy-It-Now of $6,500 USD.   It is not completely stock but looks to be in great shape and prices for these are definitely on the rise.


1993 Honda CBR900RR Fireblade on ebay

Its hard now to explain to people how large the impact the CBR900RR/Fireblade had when it was introduced.  Prior to Honda's new machine the 750cc sportbike class was where people went if they wanted to own a repli-racer for the street  and the 1000+ sportbike class was the big power machine segment.  When the 900RR came out it blew up both these segments; here was a ultralight 899cc inline 4 powered motorcycle that weighed no more than the competitions 750cc models and produced almost as much power as most of the 1100/"big-bore" bikes.  The Honda essentially created the 900cc sportbike class of the 1990's and personally I think it is one of the 3 most important sportbikes launched in the 1990's, the others being the Ducati 916 and the Suzuki Hayabusa (NOTE:  I fully expect some comments on this post to argue this point.)

Perhaps the most astonishing thing about the CBR900RR bike was the way it didn't excel in one category but in almost all categories; more power than a 750, more comfortable than any other "repli-racer" currently on the market (especially when compared to the GSX-750R), lighter and more agile than anything in the 1100cc class, and typical Honda excellent build quality



This particular example is in the very popular 1st year black bodywork.  While collectors tend to prefer the original white/blue/red, this color scheme actually sold better and unlike a lot of 1990's graphics packages, still looks pretty good.


Mileage is listed as a reasonable 16,800 and the seller does indicate some aftermarket pieces, including the windscreen and exhaust (although the stock unit is available).  Also a rear fender eliminator unit has been put in place and the chain and sprockets have been replaced.  Perhaps most importantly, the seller indicates the bike engine has been modified with pistons and cams, quite possible increasing the displacement.

Here is what the seller has to say:

ENGINE: Built shortly after it was purchased new with larger forged pistons and I believe it has non-stock cams.
EXHAUST: Has a full Two Brothers 4/1 ceramic coated exhaust that is in near perfect condition. The very nice stock exhaust is available as well but not included unless the buy it now option is chosen.
BODYWORK: The windshield is an aftermarket tinted one and  the bike has had a rear fender eliminator installed.
ELECTRICS:  Has a fresh battery, the regulator/ rectifier and stator were replaced last year.  
TIRES:  The tires are Contis that have at least 75% tread.
DRIVETRAIN:  The chain and sprockets have been replaced but I don't know exactly what is on it, but it is a fine quality endless O-ring chain for sure. It is geared as stock.  
OTHER:  It was run on a rear wheel dynomometer and made 136 HP. I have the dyno sheet.




Opening bid price for this one is $4,000 with a Buy-It-Now of $6,500.  Are those prices reasonable?  I think the BIN price is high but based on what we have seen previously, the opening bid price isn't that far off the selling prices we have seen on these.  These do seem to be appreciating/prices do seem to be climbing, with pristine or easy to restore examples being snapped up by collectors.



Legendary Middleweight:  </br> 1st year 1993 Honda CBR900RR/Fireblade