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Buffed ‘Blade – 1994 Honda CBR900RR

No new FireBlades are coming off the assembly line, so maybe a restoration of a classic sportbike could push someone’s particular button.  This SoCal example looks reasonable all around – not too many miles, fairly clean, not overdone, and substantially original.

1994 Honda CBR900RR for sale on eBay

Designer Tadao Baba slipped the Blade in between classes, shoe-horning the 893 cc’s into a middleweight’s chassis, and keeping it just a few pounds heavier than a contemporary 600.  The right side up forks were styled to look usd,  and while the 16-inch front wheel was a solution from the previous decade, it still worked to reduce mass and ease turn-in.  The shift drum was redesigned for 1994, and sometimes fox-eye headlights are seen, but this one has the dual sealed-beam lights and beaucoup “speed holes” in the fairing.

Though there aren’t all that many close-up pictures, this CBR900RR looks very good for its 27,392 miles.  Some bits have more patina than others, but the fairings look complete and correct.  The rear mudguard has been truncated, but some original turn signals were found and mounted.  Still waiting for the proper grips, a nice list of mechanical work is in the eBay auction –

  • 27k miles
  • D&D exhaust
  • new petcock
  • NEW alternator case cover gasket
  • replaced alternator case cover
  • choke cable and bracket replaced 
  • OE chain guard
  • carbs rebuilt and split replaced manifold o rings
  • carb synced
  • new plugs
  • oil & filter
  • air filter
  • coolant flush
  • brake fluid flush
  • seat  re-upholstered
  • detail /degreasing
  • OE windscreen
  • new grips
  • new rear sprocket 
  • fuel pump
  • fuel lines
  • OE blinker

Having stood the sportbike world on its ear, the FireBlade went on to five more generations, with three new engines.  The ask is up there, but if a pre-buy indicates everything here is for real, it might save the new owner a lot of the detective work expected in a new 30 year-old sportbike.

– donn

5 Comments

  • Looking for red white and blue

  • Well, red, white, and black may have to do…

  • the funny thing is collectors all want the red white and blue but this and the all black model were all better sellers at the time (I used to work at the dealership). The red white and blue were the ones people bought when they couldnt get the black combo

  • All these years and I never noticed these can’t be converted easily to GP-Shift. Hmmm.

  • Later models got a shift linkage you can reverse and I believe that will bolt on to these early ones.

    To me the red/white/blue are the prototypical 80s/90s Honda colors. Starting with the Interceptors that was the HRC color scheme and may be why that color combo is so popular for collectors. I couldn’t resist it when a 93 Blade in that original paint scheme came up for sale locally, while I wouldn’t have paid a lot of attention to the same bike in the black/red.

    For me, these bikes are at the tail end of the collectible era of sport bikes. The next big step was the R1 and somehow those seem like “modern” bikes compared to these first gen 900s. Maybe it’s just my age showing.

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