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Honda October 2, 2022 posted by

Blades of Glory – 1994 Honda CBR900RR Fireblade

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1994 Honda CBR900RR Fireblade

A purveyor in the classic motorcycle scene, Ken Kaplan is back again with a bike that has surged in popularity amongst collectors. When the Blade burst on the scene in 1992 it stunned the market as it had similar power to the higher displacement offerings but weighed much less. Coming in roughly 30-35 lbs below the competition, the Blade redefined how a sportbike should handle and people took note. Honda had put all the right ingredients together for this platform and they continued to refine it over the years to make the Fireblade what it is today. While the field is much more even now Honda and the 900RR absolutely dominated the scene throughout the 1990s.

As mentioned in the listing, this Blade isn’t perfect. It seems to have sat for a number of years and needs some work to bring it back to it’s former glory. It does run and seems cosmetically sound so there’s certainly a path to finish line on this one.

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Using a stroked out 750cc, Honda was able to extract 124 hp and 65 lb/ft of torque which really seemed to strike a chord with both track and street riders. For track riders the lack of power compared to the liter + bikes was masked by the faster corner speeds. Street riders seemed to love the broad power band that allowed for stoplight antics. One of the least desirable (but no less fun) handling characteristics of the Blade was the twitchy front end but that trait likely was amplified since the riders were coming off 500 lbs bikes that had no problem holding a line.

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Black and silver is certainly not the most desirable colors as clearly proven by auction results but the fairings seem to be original and in good shape. There were far too many 900RRs that got dressed in Chinese plastic and paraded through the highways late at night so we should be grateful we have an original here.

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From the seller:

-1994 Honda CBR900RR Fireblade

-First year of an Iconic Superbike that set a New Standard

-A Rare Classic

-Mostly Complete and Runs But Needs Work

-Has Exhaust Leak and Needs Carbs Cleaned

-Highly Desireable & Collectible Model

-160MPH Top Speed!

-Sold As-Is

The selling dealer does a walkthrough of the bike where they discuss all the issues and overall condition. One of the good things about buying from these guys is you’ll have a decent idea of what you are getting and more importantly some sort of recourse shall you need it.

Considering the miles, color, and condition this certainly won’t bring the values we generally associate with Fireblades today. This could be a good opportunity for the mechanics to have a collectible on the “cheap”. There have been 6 bids up to $630 at the time of writing. Good luck!

Thanks for reading!
-Norm
Blades of Glory – 1994 Honda CBR900RR Fireblade
Honda May 31, 2022 posted by

Stoney End – 2002 Honda CBR954RR

Wrapping up Honda’s FireBlade legacy was left to the CBR954RR, with the engine closest to the full liter and the lowest weight of the series.  Here’s a Colorado example that looks carefully tended, despite the gravelly background.

2002 Honda CBR954RR for sale on eBay

The 2002 ‘Blade might look a little chunky with its twin alloy chassis spars, massive-looking fabricated swingarm and 330mm brakes.  But its 154 horses were given less resistance by trimming weight wherever possible – the crankshaft and engine cases are lighter, titanium was used for the exhaust plenum valve and muffler, the valve cover is magnesium, and even the starter motor magnets were made of a new material to lose almost a pound.  PGM fuel injectors used laser-drilled holes to maximize dispersal of the go-go juice, and the curved aluminum radiator cools with less frontal area.

Though it has extra-sized frame sliders, this CBR hasn’t challenged that rocky driveway.  Just 8K miles over twenty years, with just a magnetic tank pad, Micron muffler and trimmed rear fender to show for it.  Very good pictures allay most fears.  Enjoy the few comments in the eBay auction –

Exceptionally clean Honda CBR954RR FireBlade Sport Bike.  Always garaged; always covered; always loved. Great, fun ride! I just don’t ride it anymore. Micron exhaust – Mag Knight tank cover – always used synthetic oil. Needs tires. One small chip in front fairing. Pit Bull Rear Wheel Stand and Battery Tender will go with the bike. Comfortable ride! Very smooth! Personalized fairing. We have the book and the tool kit.

A 1000RR took the took spot soon after, but made the upstart 900’s all the more special.  Just up I-25 from Santa Fe, this RR might benefit from an owner with access to more paved back roads.   Still several days to run, but consider your choice of new rubber and get going.

-donn

Stoney End – 2002 Honda CBR954RR
Honda February 9, 2017 posted by

Featured Hot Rod: 1993 Honda CBR900RR / 954RR Hybrid!

Since the dawn of internal combustion there have always been those independent spirits with a vision of speed. The recipe is age old and time worn; take a small vehicle and stuff a big motor into it. The engine swap shuffle has been played many, many times, to vehicles too countless to note. The quest is always the same: start with something good, add more power, and make it better. Manufacturers are not ignorant of this magic spell either – the original Honda CBR900RR is the perfect example of what happens when you take a CBR600 and stuff a 900 into it. Bingo! A factory hot rod is born. What happens when someone takes that hot rod and ups the ante? You get an even hotter hot rod, such as this CBR900RR with motivation from a 954RR mill.

Featured Listing: 1993 Honda 900RR/954RR Hybrid!

Countless engine swap projects end in a pile of parts. Fewer actually make it to running status, despite looking rather Frankenstein. Fewer still manage to pull off the swap with good looking results. Chris Perkins – the man with the vision and the 900RR – wanted to reach this rare level and beyond. Chris wanted it to look factory – a true sleeper. Look closely at the photos, as “sleeper” is exactly what this builder pulled off. Integrating the best of the 1993 900RR qualities while taking advantage of the performance and electronic enhancements of the 2003 954RR model, this hybrid spans ten years of engine development without changing the overall stance of the original 900RR.

From the seller:
1993 Honda CBR900RR Chassis with a 2003 CBR954RR Fuel injected engine and electronics.
Custom built, one off bike featured on Superstreetbike.com
The bike was built with the intent to make a “Pro-Touring” style bike that sheds old technology and be ridden like a modern sport bike, sans the carburetors and jetting issues usually associated with older bikes.

Top quality products were used in the build, such as:

Ohlins rear shock
Two Brothers Carbon canister on a stock CBR954RR exhaust header
Dunlop D208 Qualifiers front and rear
RK chain
Supersprox Chain wheels
EBC HH brake pads
Servo Buddy to eliminate the exhaust valve
NGK plugs
K&N filter
PPG DCU 2 stage paint buried with liberal amounts of PPG 2021 clear
Ballistic lithium battery

Bike presents as new, and has been started then drained of all fuel.
Fresh oil and filter. Thermostat and coolant have been changed..

Asking $9800

Leafing through the swap info reads like a never-ending set of challenges and innovative solutions (you can read the article at SuperStreetBike.com). The 900RR frame needed to be modified due to the changes in how the 954RR motor was mounted. Solution: A CBR1000 front mount fabricated onto the chassis, with older tabs and mounts removed. The 954RR motor is fuel injected, requiring a change to the fuel tank. Solution: Graft the bottom a 954RR tank into a 900RR tank. Similar challenges were presented with the electrics (a lithium battery makes room for the 954RR ECU), gauges (custom mount to make the 954RR cluster fit in the stock location) and exhaust (modified 954RR pieces). What sounds so simple – stuff a big motor in a small bike chassis – can be tremendously complicated. Chris methodically worked his way through each of these issues with ingenuity and innovation. The resultant machine looks absolutely stock, yet is unique unto itself.

This fantastic melding of old performance into a new hot rod is available directly from the builder. With stock looks and a healthy bump in power, it is sure to be a screamer. So roll with the old-school cool that is the original double R, knowing that beneath the skin you have what it takes to hang with much newer machinery. Your sleeper awaits you – just contact Chris for details!

MI

Featured Hot Rod: 1993 Honda CBR900RR / 954RR Hybrid!
Honda September 3, 2012 posted by

Labor Day Mailbag! [Moto Morini, GSX-R Limited, F4S Diamante Silver, GSX-R 400, 46 Mile 954RR]

Hey guys, hope you’re all enjoying the long weekend and getting some extra ride time. Here are the best from the mailbag, enjoy your day!

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John gets us started with this 1986 Moto Morini 350 K2 for sale on eBay. Just over a day left and current bid is $2247 reserve not met.

1986 Moto Morini for sale


Andrew spotted this 1989 Suzuki GSX-R Limited in Canada for $15k CAD.

1989 Suzuki GSX-R Limited For Sale


Tim sent us this 2002 MV Agusta F4S with less than 1000 miles for $8750. It has some scuffs from transport apparently but the Diamante Silver hides it well.

2002 MV Agusta F4S For Sale


Scott alerted us that this GSX-R 400 is still available in New York for $6500 obo.

GSX-R 400 for sale


How about this 2003 Honda CBR954RR that Greg spotted with just 46 miles? Available in San Diego for $9500.

2003 Honda CBR954RR for sale