Though designed more for the road than the racetrack, the CBR900RR FireBlade had a long and winning competition history. This Oregon example was ridden initially, then displayed for many years, and is now ready for its next rider.
Design engineer Tadao Baba had a new kind of superbike in mind, and worked up a 750-sized chassis to fit a stroked engine displacing 893cc’s. With four 38mm Keihin carburetors and double overhead cams, the almost-liter-bike engine delivered 122 hp. Weight saving was always on page one, with an all alloy chassis and swingarm, and conventional Showa cartridge forks which were said to be lighter. The 16-inch front wheel was a bit easier on the scale and turn-in effort, and areas of the fairings are perforated to reduce drag and maybe a gram or two. The final tally was 454 lbs. ready to ride, startlingly close to the CBR600F2, and 65 or so lbs. lighter than the next lightest superbike.
Evidently coming out of a private or maybe dealer’s museum, this CBR is almost spotless and the “never down” claim is believable. Even in the alternate livery, the colors are bright and the lowers are so shiny the tarmac’s reflection looked like a defect for a moment. Just a few marks on the generator cover might touched up. The owner has a good video walkaround – here – and some comments from the eBay auction –
1993 Honda CBR-900-RR – 1st Year –
-Only 6 lbs. more than the CBR600RR of the same year
-This bike is in 9.9 out of 10 Excellent condition – never down/crashed etc.
-I am the 2nd owner. Delivered from the factory in the rarest of the two multi-color options
It was perfectly mothballed before going on museum display about 10 years ago. I’m out of floor space in the museum.
-All OEM Bodywork in excellent condition
-Comes with OEM tool kit & owners manual
It’s been pulled off the museum display floor, and over the last month, as time permitted I have had the following service items performed by my mechanic –
-New AGM battery installed
-New oil & filter change
-Front & rear calipers serviced – cleaned & brake fluid flushed from the long time on display
-New non-ethanol fuel installed
The CBR900RR wasn’t a WSBK or AMA SuperBike weapon, but Honda saw that “win on Sunday, sell on Monday” brought customers in, where the FireBlade could win them over. Winning ways in AMA Formula Extreme and GTO Endurance racing didn’t hurt. Honda nudged displacement up slowly through the -90’s, and kept weight under control. But the first year, when the bike was on everyone’s 10 best list, has an undeniable appeal. This CBR is already attracting a lot of attention, at least bid-wise, and it’ll be interesting to see how the bids compare to the reserve.