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Survivability – 1995 Honda CBR900RR

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This post is in our archives. Links in this post have been updated to point to similar bikes available to bid on eBay.

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…

-donn

3 Comments

  • Yet another poorly written ad for what could be a very great bike/sale. Amazes me how someone can write a description as short as this, telling me only about the D&D slip on (which I can see in the pic) and that it’s “like new.” (It definitely isn’t.). Couple of observations….1. Bent front wheel lip. 2. Rear turn signal stalk broken and stator cover scratched, indicating tip over. 3. Pitting corrosion on fasteners, indicating high humidity storage. 4. Knuckle marks and multiple bent fins on radiator for some reason. But I’m a picky guy. 😄

  • Darn tiny garage! If I had the space this would mine. If it had been the black version, I might have even risked wife-wrath to obtain it. For some reason this model/color scheme has always been on my list.

    Yeah, a slightly better description would be helpful, but in general I think you would be hard pressed to find a better example of a ’95. CBRs, especially the 95 purple and yellow versions, are generally not treated to the TLC rendered on their 916 contemporaries. Most have been crashed, then repainted and polished (sacrilege!).

    I don’t know if it is, or will ever be, a classic but I don’t think you could restore one to this condition for any cheaper than this one is going for right now.

  • Has this exact same bike in the same color (except for a Vance & Hines pipe) for 5 years / 15,000 miles.
    It was a great bike, loved everything about it. Took it on some longer trips with my wife (on her F3).

    Sold it to get the new CBR929RR. It was in near perfect shape and the kid that bought it crashed it right away.

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