Posts by tag: 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 May 15, 2022 posted by

Top of it’s Game: 1997 CBR900RR SC33 Fireblade

Please join me in welcoming Norman to the RSBFS team with his first post!

At one point or another, all of the Japanese manufacturers were at the top when it came to making the best bikes for the track or the street. Suzuki with the GSXR750, Yamaha with the R1, Kawasaki with the ZX11, and Honda with the CBR.

The result of all the manufacturers wanting to be on the top step of the podium or the stretched street race king was a very fast and successful development race by manufacturers all over the world and especially in Japan – the motorcycle mecca of the world. So many models, significant refreshes, and units were produced throughout the years that you can still easily get your hands on these bikes today. You don’t have to blow a 5 digit-wide hole in your savings account to do it either. This here 900RR Fireblade is an example of Honda’s turn at the top.

1997 CBR900RR for sale on Bring A Trailer

from the listing:

The bike was modified under prior ownership with a trimmed rear fender, a tinted windscreen, and a Yoshimura slip-on muffler, and it was acquired by the seller in March 2022, reportedly from its second owner. Service under current ownership is said to have included cleaning and synchronizing the carburetors, replacing the battery, changing the oil, and installing a battery charger lead. This SC33 CBR900RR shows 12k miles and is offered at no reserve with an owner’s manual, a tool kit, two keys, and a clean New Jersey title in the seller’s name

The auction is currently no-reserve on BAT at $3,100.

Fortunately, the seller does a pretty good job at explaining the history and specs. Doesn’t leave a lot to the imagination. There are instances in life when the imagination is great but it can be expensive when it comes to buying used bikes!

At first glance, the slip-on seems like a Yoshimura RS1. Not the worst thing you could do to this bike. It’ll probably sound pretty good but something I would confirm over video.

Not sure where it’ll go but this is a pretty nice example aside from a couple quirks. It’s not often these pop up on marketplace anymore and if they do they’re usually in rough shape or clapped out. I saw a clean yellow one go for $3,400 in 3/2020 and kicked myself for missing that.

The power and weight numbers are still relevant today plus these bikes are reliable so you can enjoy them out on the roads or just keep it tucked away. Parts availability is still good for these and eBay has lots of spares. How about some Keihin FCR39’s for a bit more power?!

This generation of Honda’s Fireblade isn’t the prettiest but it’s hard to say it looks flat out ugly and the front has aged better than people might have guessed. The rest of the body and cockpit look great. Simple. Classic. Analog. Pretty much every automotive experience Honda offered in the 1990s has aged well. Also, Fireblade is just too good of a name.

-Norman

Top of it’s Game:  1997 CBR900RR SC33 Fireblade
Honda February 21, 2022 posted by

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.

-donn

Red-Blooded – 1996 Honda CBR900RR
Honda November 8, 2021 posted by

1993 Honda CBR900RR in Black

Here’s a modified first year Honda CBR900RR on eBay with a buy-it-now of $10k that is listed with 22k miles. Most notable, the frame, swingarm and wheels have been polished and also includes aftermarket exhaust, signals, windscreen, etc… These were popular modifications at the time and don’t look at all out of place here. The seller notes the fairings are OEM and they look blem free.

1993 Honda CBR900RR for sale on eBay

from the seller:

I am offering for sale another motorcycle from my collection. 1993 Honda cbr900rr.runs and rides amazing. Good solid motorcycle OEM BODYWORK Re painted in original colors no cracks. New tires

$10k is a strong asking price as most collectors have shown a preference for all OEM condition. But as I said, the polished frame is period correct and considering the best examples are now seen in the high teens, this could represent good value for an owner looking to ride a bike they may have modified like this on their own in the early 90’s.

dc

1993 Honda CBR900RR in Black
Honda September 10, 2021 posted by

Nine Tenths – 1994 Honda CBR900RR

1994 brought new fox eyes to the CBR900RR, but didn’t increase the weight or sporty intent.  Today’s example is destined for back road fun, leaving the show stand to others.

1994 Honda CBR900RR for sale on eBay

Almost superbike sized, the Fireblade is more of a beefed-up supersport than a lightened superbike.  Its 122 hp, 43mm cartridge forks, and 296mm four-piston brakes are stretched over a 55-inch wheelbase and lightened to just 454 lbs.  Compare that to the liter-size GT’s and see why it did well at the more technical AMA venues.  But it was most at home on the canyon road, with plenty of usable power and easy-to-access handling.  Just one update was advertised for 1994, a redesigned shift drum for smoother action.

Though this CBR would be a project to restore, it appears to be clean and free from any career-ending incidents.  Though it has a carbon muffler, almost conspicuous by their presence are the rear mudguard, droopy turn signals, and clear windscreen.  No info on why an available model was imported, but more knowledgeable readers will please weigh in.  Notes from the eBay auction:

The color scheme is awesome and it goes like stink and handles as well as any modern sportbike. It only weighs 185K dry. It put out 111HP to the shaft and for a 25-ish-year-old bike, that was game-changing. I got this one a few years ago out of Gary’s collection, but just don’t ride it, as I have two others and an RVF. When we do ride it up the canyons, it keeps up with everyone. It’s a head-turner too. Anyone who knows motorcycles knows this bike and how it changed the game in the early 90s. Lots of people stop and take pictures, just warning you. There are VERY few of these around, but if you are looking at this listing, you already know that. This thing is stock and has a Yoshi carbon slip-on. Sounds amazing and runs perfectly.

Everything works and the tires are only a few years old and in great shape. Always garaged. There is a chip in one of the fairings around the clutch plate (see pics) and a few love bumps here/there, but the body is in perfect shape. Clean fluids too. A couple of rips in the seat, but they are super small. Anyway, again, you know what this is if you are looking at this listing, so I don’t need to list any specs…you already know. If you are a beginning rider, DO NOT buy this bike. Just because it is old/vintage, it is a lot to handle for a beginner This bike is in amazing shape…I’m not going to say museum quality, but it is beautiful, and I hate to get rid of it, but I need to clear some motorcycles out of the garage. Odometer is in Kilos btw, which is about 8,500 miles here in the lower 48. Very low for a 27-year-old bike.

Hard to believe this CBR900RR was right across the showroom aisle from the CBR1000F, fully enclosed and around 550 lbs ready to ride.  Different missions, product managers, and designers – and really different roads or tracks in mind.  Probably better to choose another if a scratchless creampuff is your goal, but this one could be the go-to bike, close by the garage door.

-donn

 

 

Nine Tenths – 1994 Honda CBR900RR
Honda March 26, 2021 posted by

Performance Redefined: 1998 Honda CBR900RR

In 1992 Honda lit the world on fire with the introduction of the FireBlade. The original project was headed up by legendary designer/engineer Tadao Baba, with the design goal of reducing or removing every ounce of weight possible while also ramping up horsepower. The 900RR was to the current sport bike world what the original Suzuki GSX-R750 was during the previous decade. It redefined what a sport bike should be, sharpening all of the inputs and edges until what existed was practically a new category: the lightweight superbike. It helps to think of the FireBlade design as a scaled up 750, rather than a liter bike on a diet. Imagine adding 4 pounds and nearly 30 ponies to a CBR600F2 and you have the general idea.

1998 Honda CBR900RR for sale on eBay

From the seller:
This 98 Honda CBR900RR is in excellent condition with no signs of damage. The bike has 29K miles on it and runs great. Very strong and crazy fast! Just installed a brand new racing clutch and battery last week. Also did an oil change. The tires are both brand new. Aftermarket red C&C levers, red CBR engraved foot pegs, red chain. This bike has been very well kept. Please contact me with any questions and/or offers. Thank you!

Honda evolved the FireBlade continually during the next decade, upping the displacement and power while adhering to the hyper-light-superbike idea. Based on the year of manufacture, today’s example appears to be a 4th gen RR, making it a 919cc model (Honda continue to punch out the power plant, first to 929cc then to 954cc before debuting the 1000RR in 2000). There are not too many pictures of this bike, but the few that are posted show a clean, used bike. Legendary Honda build quality applies here, and the nearly 30k of mileage should not be a huge concern if scheduled maintenance was performed. The FireBlade was never on the collector list quite like more exclusive homologation machines, but today these are fantastic motorcycles that retain a bit of mystique. It is likely that values will appreciate in time, especially for the first-gen bikes. Check out all of the details here (such as they are) and Good Luck!!

MI

Performance Redefined: 1998 Honda CBR900RR
Honda February 17, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing: 1993 Honda CBR900RR

Update 2.17.2021: This bike was relisted in late July and we’ve just learned it has SOLD to an RSBFS reader. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

From the mid-1980s through the late 1990s, superbike development burst forth hot and heavy from the engineers behind the big three Japanese brands, with each redesigned or all-new bike of the time period resetting the genre’s limits and possibilities. Tadao Baba’s Honda CBR900RR is perhaps the best exemplar of that trend, as it re-wrote record books as it changed what it meant to be a near-liter capacity bike.

Up until the Fireblade’s release in 1992, any capacity over 750cc meant you were getting into porky waistlines and putting a priority on out and out speed over accurate handling. But riding on a 600-sized chassis with 16-inch wheels to quicken turn-in, the 110-horsepower, 450-pound CBR900RR was from another plane. It undercut the Yamaha FZR1000 on the scales by 34 pounds.

This 1993 Honda CBR900RR is in immaculate shape, with a bunch of tasty modifications to increase style, function and comfort, and a raft of NOS parts to aid maintenance. We love the red-black-silver livery, which is a nice break from the ubiquitous HRC red-white-blue paint scheme that was splashed across every magazine test of the time.

From the seller:

1993 Honda CBR900rr, complete stock bike minus original exhaust but has many period-correct parts to make up for that.
Aftermarket parts:
Full Akrapovic Exhaust System
Heli Bar clip ons
Race Tech front springs
Ohlins rear shock
Brand new Sargent seat
Targa solo seat cowl
original seat, rear seat, clip ons and front springs come with bike
has original 37,700 km which is 23,425 miles
only 2 owners since new, never in rain, no accidents , uncut rear fender, and original
turn signals
I have some many parts some of which include, extra gas tank top end, extra forks,clutch plates, wiring harness, pistons, NOS new zero gravity tinted windshield, NOS lockhart tank bra and a few more items that could be included for a few extra bucks.
Has been stored in a climate controlled environment for last 5 years and not ridden, fresh gas and oil was put in this week and she fired right up. Will need a rad flush and brake fluid flush as it hasn’t been on the road for five years.
Looking for $8,000 USD
Bike is located in Vancouver, Canada and I can assist with shipping

These days, every literbike is pretty close chassis-wise to its 600cc brandmates, but when this bike dropped that was a revelation. Thanks to their reputation for speed and their legendary status, early, well-kept CBR900RRs will only get more valuable.

Featured Listing: 1993 Honda CBR900RR
Honda January 15, 2021 posted by

Have One Curated for You – 1993 Honda CBR900RR

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.

1993 Honda CBR900RR for sale on eBay

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.

-donn

Have One Curated for You – 1993 Honda CBR900RR