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Red-Blooded – 1996 Honda CBR900RR

90’s CBR’s are normally seen in a multi-colored lightning storm of graphics, but here’s a plainer red wrapper.  Presented on an eBay classified, it looks excellent with moderate mileage, just some light scrapes, and limited mods.

1996 Honda CBR900RR for sale on eBay

1996 was the first year of the 3rd generation 900RR, with a 1 mm bore increase to 919 cc’s, and strengthened the bottom end.  The revised chassis used thinner walled extrusions which were larger to handle the 130 hp.  Forks and monoshock got revised internals, and the swingarm and its pivot casting were beefed up with webbing on the back side.  A GP-inspired front mudguard contributed some slightly subjective gains, and handlebars raised a bit in concert with the new fuel tank shape.  Gear changes were smoothed out with a new shift drum.

With an eBay handle like  – webuybikes – no history was expected, though it looks great and the mileage looks to be 17,322.  Close-ups show it’s been down on the right but not terribly.  The Micron carbon canister, tail-ectomy and tank bra might be most of the updates.  This consigner seems to have around 600 bikes on offer, so find a Chi-town buddy to drive out to Wauconda and take a look before pushing any buttons.

With an ask just shy of half the MSRP, this CBR900RR might be a bargain in a pretty silly season.  Got to do the homework, but if there aren’t any surprises here it’s a super lot of bike for the money.



  • I know it was the cool thing to modify sport bikes in the day but now for me it is a total turn off to see a cut fender, a smoke windscreen and aftermarket exhaust, it is really cool to see a unmolested perfectly stock one with everything as it was when it left the factory including the warning labels, I can not imagine how many stock fenders, pipes and windscreens went to the landfill, I have learned over the years to save all the stock parts removed and don’t do anything you can’t return to its original state.

  • DC – I know what you mean. However for me, when those mods are tastefully implemented, it’s not a deal-breaker for me. Actually, it might save me some cash. Having those stock pieces is a huge plus. It’s what I do with all my bikes.

    What I really dislike though, is when they’ve swapped out the turn signals with “flush” mounted ones of the period. Those have not aged well at all.

  • Love these bikes. Hey DC. I fully agree with you on the enjoyment of a 100% original sportbike from this period. I was fortunate enough to find a red 97 900rr a couple of years ago with 3k miles and all original. It still has it’s original tires! No, I don’t ride it except around the block once a month. With that said, I also have a 98 900rr that I purchased new in 98. Guess what–I cut the rear fender, put on a pipe and a smoked windscreen the week after I bought it. That’s what we did back in the day. Now, I wish I hadn’t cut the fender. Impossible to find. Fortunately, I did keep the original pipe.

  • I have that exact same bike! I got it back to fully stock, except for that rear fender that I can’t find. This red color is completely unheard of in Europe, they never believe its the factory paint…

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