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Honda February 8, 2020 posted by

Fireblade! 1993 Honda CBR900RR for Sale

Honda’s seminal CBR900RR remains a desirable 90s sportbike, and remains one of the most collectible motorcycles of the period. Subsequent versions of the “Fireblade” were always incredibly polished and competent motorcycles, but somehow failed to capture the original’s lightning in a bottle. So what made the original so special?

Most importantly, the CBR900RR was designed by Tadao Baba to be the ultimate roadgoing sportbike. That meant it didn’t bother trying to fit into any established production racing class, freeing Honda up to make a light, agile motorcycle with a much bigger engine. Without the need to maximize high-rev power, they stroked a 750cc engine to 893cc to keep the powerplant as compact as possible, then slotted it into a package that weighed just a few pounds more than their CBR600. The long-stroke engine could still rev but, more importantly, had an incredible midrange that spoke to the bike’s roadgoing intent.

The entire package prioritized rider feel and engagement over outright performance, but that didn’t mean the bike wasn’t blisteringly fast: 111hp meant it was plenty quick in a straight line. The 900cc engine combined with the light weight to leave it in a class of just one, since the big-bore superbikes from the other Japanese manufacturers were all 1000cc or more, and much heavier. The GSX-R1100 and YZF1000 were fast motorcycles, but compared to the CBR, they were more GT than pure sportbike.

From the original eBay listing: 1993 Honda CBR900RR for Sale

Re-listing because previous buyer’s check was fraudulent. priced to sell

I’m selling my 1993 CBR900RR restomod. I have invested over $10k in this bike.

List of mods:
Rebuilt motor bored out to 998cc. Done by professional race mechanics. Less than 600 miles on the motor. Odo reads 30k.
Front end from a CBR929, completely redone. Valves, spring and internals.
17 inch front wheel from an RC51
Brembo adjustable master cylinder
Galfer Rotors
Nitron 3 way rear shock
Carbs tuned by Erion Racing
Almost every bolt is titanium
Comes with a set of Flatslides
And more

The bike is beautiful and priced to sell. Don’t have time to ride it anymore. If you’ve ever wanted one, this is the perfect rider.

This example replaces the original RWU fork with more modern USD component from a later CBR, along with much more modern brakes. Significantly, it also ditches the ’93 model’s 16″ wheel that made for slightly twitchy handling then, and severely limits tire choice now. Miles are a bit high and the bike isn’t completely original, but this thing should be an awesome rider for anyone looking to recapture the experience of Honda’s famous Fireblade at the rock-bottom Buy It Now Price of just $3,500!

-tad

Honda September 26, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1993 Honda CBR900RR

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 $8000 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. Get with our buddy Mario at svan111@hotmail.com to make this thing yours.

Featured Listing: 1993 Honda CBR900RR
Honda August 1, 2019 posted by

Just Hop on and Rip: 1993 Honda CBR900RR for Sale

Performance is a moving target. In the 1970s, the Norton Commando was a “beast” with 750cc, around 60hp, and a 115mph top speed. These days, many entry-level machines can match those performance targets, and you can pick up bikes with engines as large as 2500cc and power north of 200hp. But at the time, Honda’s CBR900RR “Fireblade” was a revelation. With 111hp on tap, power wasn’t eye-opening on its own, but the new CBR packed big-bike power into a compact, light package that weighed just a couple pounds more than the company’s own CBR600.

Many sportbikes are built with racing in mind, and those compromises sometimes make for sacrifices for street riders. But the CBR900RR was envisioned as a pure sporting streetbike, and some of the odd choices were made to improve subjective feel, instead of lap times. The right-way-up fork? Lighter than an upside-down unit at the time. The odd displacement kept the bike as narrow as possible, and gave the flexible response and torque desirable for a streetbike. The only real misstep was the 16″ front wheel intended to speed up the steering, something it did only too well. It also means limited tire choice then and now.

At 893cc, the Fireblade was obviously too big for superbike racing and it gave up a significant displacement advantage to bikes like the GSX-R1100 and FZR1000. Bore and stroke were uncharacteristically long-stroke for a pure sportbike at 70x58mm, compared to the 78x59mm of a GSX-R1100K. That makes sense since the CBR engine was basically a stroked 750. It still could rev, obviously, but the long-stroke motor was more compact than something with bigger bores would be and also gave the motor a big spread of torque that was perfect on the road, both priorities for the new sportbike.

The result of this unconventional thinking was one of the all time great sportbikes of all time, and was loved by street racers and hooligans then, and remembered fondly by the ones that managed to survive into middle age. Like many Japanese sportbikes, they were thrashed and crashed, but the CBR900RR was always a little bit special, and many solid examples can still be found if you look. This particular example isn’t pristine, but it looks like a solid survivor. However, the seller’s suggestion that you “Hop on and RIP!” doesn’t inspire much confidence that the bike hasn’t been abused just a little over the years…

From the original eBay listing: 1993 Honda CBR900RR for Sale

1993 Honda CBR900RR Fireblade SC28, Honda’s Original Superbike. Chain-Driven MONSTER! Red White Blue Edition! Independent Dual Headlights. Excellent condition – starts instantly. Oil changed this season. New Tires. What a ride. This bike has been lovingly maintained for 19 years. Regularly ridden – not sitting in a corner, being polished and stared at… Hop on and RIP! Pulls like a CBR Fireblade should. RARE FIND! PRIVATE PARTY TRANSACTION. Personal, Private Collector. Actual miles are 32K. I have over 50 hi-res photos of the bike. If you’re interested – call me and I’ll forward via email – 847-971-8487. Two Brothers Exhaust. LOOK Seat. Brand New – Original-Style Side Mirrors (not installed). Meticulously maintained.

PRIVATE SALE – NOT A DEALER TRANSACTION

Mileage discrepancy – 22K on ODO, Actual mileage is 32K.

  • Two Brothers exhaust
  • LOOK Seat
  • Brand new, original-style side mirrors (not installed)
  • Meticulously maintained
  • Excellent condition – starts instantly
  • Oil changed this season
  • New tiresAsking $5,500, OBO.

I can arrange shipping, should you require. You can also fly in and drive it home! I’m located 12 miles north of O’Hare Intl. Airport (ORD).

Specs:
CBR900RR (893cc) SC28
The first generation CBR900RR was introduced in 1992 with an 893 cc (54.5 cu in) inline-four engine. It set a precedent for light weight in the super bike class, being much lighter than other large-displacement bikes of the time. The CBR900RR was based on an advanced research stage model known within Honda as the “CBR750RR”. 

With the objective of equaling the acceleration of competitors’ flagship sport bikes, Honda increased the stroke of its inline 4-cylinder engine, raising the displacement to 893cc. Complementing its power performance were the bike’s dry weight of just 185 kg, wheelbase of 1,405 mm and a body almost identical to that of the advanced research stage model. 

Let’s start with the bad: there’s a small ding in the tank, a few cracks in the fairings, the brake light lens is aftermarket, the blue aftermarket seat doesn’t really match the paint, the mirrors are tomahawk-y, the rear fender and signals have been, ahem, eliminated… The less said about the lazer-cut chain guard the better. And the Two Brothers exhaust has been chopped significantly. That being said, the $5,500 price isn’t horrible, considering the demand for really clean examples. Maybe a rolling restoration project? Assuming it’s been as carefully maintained as the seller claims, you can start trolling eBay for clean OEM fairings, or have a set painted to match. Track down a nice period-correct end-can… In the meantime, you can just hop on and RIP!

-tad

Just Hop on and Rip: 1993 Honda CBR900RR for Sale
Honda December 13, 2018 posted by

Island Hopper – 1996 Honda CBR900RR

Pretty much the gold standard for ’90-s Superbikes, the CBR900RR ( aka FireBlade ) was a power-to-weight champion.  This one has the makings of a great value with excellent cosmetics, just over 4,000 miles, and reasonable starting bid.

1996 Honda CBR900RR for sale on eBay

 

Revolutionary in 1992, Revision 2.0 of the 900RR came in ’96, with a slight bore increase for the carburetted straight four resulting in 919 cc’s.  Improvements to the shifting internals got great reviews, and extrusions for the alloy twin-spar chassis were thinner and larger.  The riding position was incremented toward the street, and a change to the fuel tank shape helped the compact feel.  A race-derived front fender gave a little downforce to the front end and directed air up and into the fairing.

 

Hemmed in by Brooklyn and North Jersey, it’s easy to see how a superbike could wind up with low miles.  This CBR presents very nicely, substantially stock and showing just a typical rub on the fairing near the (left) grip.  Not sure what an easy touch-up that would be, but just replace the levers with your favorite and at least they’ll match, and you’re off.  From the eBay auction:

Bike has a little over 4000 miles and runs like new. This bike is in showroom condition. I purchased this bike a few years ago from the original owner. All scheduled maintenance has been performed religiously and on time. You will never find another bike of this vintage in this great of shape. Awesome bike to add to your stable and to really enjoy. You can feel as if you’ve just stepped back into the 90’s! Any questions don’t hesitate to ask. This bike is not a restoration! It is all original and perfect.

 

As Honda’s flagship, the FireBlade was gifted with outstanding build quality and attention to detail by their engineers. The owner seems realistic even though his claims of “perfect” and “showroom” might require an asterisk.  With its low miles and apparently limited damage history, bidding on a twenty year-old superbike might not be a leap of faith in this case.

-donn

Island Hopper – 1996 Honda CBR900RR
Honda October 13, 2018 posted by

No Reservations – 1993 Honda CBR900RR Fireblade

Even sportbike fans with kids the age of this CBR900RR rever the lightweight model, and the competitive 1990’s era which produced so many influential machines.  This one has been brought out from the back of an Oregon tuner’s shop and made quite ready for riding.  Despite a dented fuel tank the winner of the no-reserve auction should ride away happy.

1993 Honda CBR900RR Fireblade for sale on eBay

In a period departure, big red assigned the design lead to factory test rider Tadao Baba, who stroked a mid-size power plant but kept weight under tight control.  The resulting not-quite-a-liter 893cc inline four generated 122 hp, in a package which weighed hardly more than competitive 600’s.  Helped by an all-alloy twin spar chassis and Pro-link swingarm, the 45mm right-side-up Showa forks and multi-adjustable monoshock made the Fireblade flickable.  Turn-in was sharpened by the 16-inch front wheel, where the compact riding position telegraphed the rider’s intentions.  Close gearing gave away 10 mph top speed to other open-class GT’s but made the CBR faster everywhere else.

This Fireblade is offered by a suburban Portland independent shop, has just about 19,000 miles, and looks substantially stock save a D&D muffler.  Comments say it was the owner’s personal ride, and the D&D is on the quieter side.  The damaged fuel tank is the elephant in the room, and though it should be repairable, a good condition replacement might pop up.  A nice servicing was done before putting it on Ebay’s auction block:

-Full Service: Valves checked, new spark plugs, fresh coolant, fresh oil/filter, brake fluids flushed
-New Jet Kit, carbs rebuilt, cleaned, new Factory Pro 2.0APK intake kit/jetting installed
-New Front fork seals and servicing
-New 520 Chain and sprockets
-New Bridgestone BT Tires
-New EBC HH Brake pads front and rear
-New oem turn signals
-New Lithium light weight oem battery
-New Fuel petcock
-New fuel filter

Most bikes cross into GT territory when displacement approaches 1000cc, but the CBR900RR’s light weight left room for all the sportiness most riders can handle.  They’re at the age where they appear with some regularity, but in wildly differing conditions and asking prices, and with two days to go the auction has just reached the bottom of my expectations.  The new owner has options from a concours restoration to a tank bra, but at the very least it’s maintained, complete and un-remuddled…

-donn

No Reservations – 1993 Honda CBR900RR Fireblade
Honda August 22, 2018 posted by

The Original: 1993 Honda CBR900RR for Sale

If you’re not really familiar with the significance of the first-generation Honda CBR900RR, it’s easy to dismiss it as being “just another 90s sportbike.” At the time, it wasn’t even all that high-tech, and could even be considered a bit of a step backwards: it used a controversial 16” front wheel and old-school right-way-up forks, and the motor was long-stroke and rich with torque, instead of a high-rpm screamer.

But there was a method to the madness. Project Leader Tadao Baba, often known by the honorific “Baba-san” wasn’t an engineer. He didn’t attend college or technical school. He was one of Honda’s test riders, with a background in racing and was the perfect choice to head up this new streetbike project that stressed subjective feel over any sort of racing aspirations, although it did occasionally compete, notably in the Formula Extreme series here in the US.

Racing homologation was covered by the V4 RC30 and RC45s, so the new CBR750RR was free to step outside 750cc class limitations and go big. To keep the package compact and light, stroke was increased and the resulting engine displaced 893cc. Of course, that was far less than other “open class” machines of the time and the bike naturally made less power. But the new “Fireblade” had an important trick up its sleeve: radically light weight.

Everything on the bike was designed to keep weight as low as possible. The “low-tech” conventional fork? Lighter than an equivalent upside-down fork, apparently. The result was a bike that weighed 453lbs wet, just a few pounds more than Honda’s own CBR600 and over 100lbs less than the ’93 GSX-R1100… It really was the very first bike to pack big bike power into a 600cc chassis and it set the tone of sportbike development, until the introduction of the Yamaha R1 that took the lessons taught by the CBR900RR but brought actual 1000cc displacement to the party and made the smaller-engined Honda obsolete.

The 16″ front wheel that was apparently chosen to speed up steering and save weight is a bit of an issue here: handling was always considered pretty twitchy on the early bikes and the odd size makes it hard to fit modern rubber to a bike that definitely has the power and handling to exploit it. Other than that, the CBR is a typical Honda product: it’s reliable, incredibly well-built, and now a modern classic.

Unfortunately, it’s pretty hard to find nice once, since as is typical, Japanese reliability means they’ve been thrashed and crashed and generally neglected by now, unless enthusiast-owned and cherished. This one isn’t completely perfect, but is one of the nicest you’re likely to find.

From the original eBay listing: 1993 Honda CBR900RR for Sale

You are looking at a 1993 Honda CBR900RR – SC28 Fireblade. The 1993 CBR900RR is the first year of production of the CBR900.  At the time this was one of the lightest weight bikes in the superbike class. This particular CBR900 has 18400 miles, and the bike is mostly all original with the exception of the Yoshimura exhaust.  The bike is in great running condition. Please feel free to read more about the specifics of this bike and see the pictures for details. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. U.S. and International bidders are welcome to bid on this motorcycle but must arrange shipping themselves…

BODY:::

The body work is in good condition overall, but the right fairing does have damage under the right turn signal as can be seen in one of the photos. The tank has a slight bulge on the right side which can also be seen in one of the up close photos. The frame has some dent damage on the upper right side. The motor is in good looking condition with no corrosion.  The wheels are in good shape with no major scratches. Overall cosmetically this bike is in good condition with some blemishes on the body work and frame.

MECHANICAL:::

The bike runs and rides perfect, and it shifts smoothly through all 6 gears. The carburetor was recently ultrasonically cleaned and adjusted, and a full service tune-up was performed which included new, spark plugs, chain, air filter, brake pads, an oil change, and fluids flushed. All of the lighting, switches and electrical components work as they should.

CONCLUSION:::

This is a great opportunity to buy a very condition ride ready 1993 Honda CBR900RR. This bike is not museum quality but would make a great clean looking rider to enjoy out on the streets. If you need any additional pictures or have any additional questions please feel free to email us. Domestic & International buyers are welcome to bid but must arrange the shipping themselves. However we will be glad to assist with any loading of the motorcycle.  We have helped with the shipping of motorcycles across the country and overseas for other customers in the past. Please feel free to bid as long as you make the shipping arrangements.

The seller mentions the “frame damage” but that doesn’t really look like anything to be concerned about, unless you’re searching for an absolutely perfect example. And purists might be disappointed, but I love the period-correct Yosh exhaust. Basically, the seller sums it up pretty well: the bike isn’t museum-quality, but a very nice bike to ride and enjoy. Bidding is up over $2,000 and there is a ton of time left on the auction, so it looks like there’s plenty of interest in the bike.

-tad

The Original: 1993 Honda CBR900RR for Sale
Honda May 21, 2018 posted by

1993 Honda CBR900RR in Highly Desirable Red, White, and Blue

Gary in Utah is back with another stunner in this 93 900RR with just over 10k miles. His ad states it’s a reverse import as it is a U.S. spec bike that was imported to Japan and now back in Utah. As with most of the bikes he has sold from his collection, this one shows very well.

1993 Honda CBR900RR for sale on eBay

Back in 1993, the 750cc class was king of the sales chart and Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki all battled it out on the streets and in dealerships to have the best 750cc bike. Meanwhile Honda seemed content to play more in the sport touring segment with its excellent VFR750. But what almost no one outside Honda knew was that Honda was developing a bike that would scramble all the segments and eventually cause most manufacturers to exit the 750cc segment. That bike was the the Honda CBR900RR/”Fireblade”.

Formally launched in late in 1992 and appearing in dealerships in 1993, the new 900cc Honda was simply astonishing; sized like a 750cc, powered like a 1000cc, and only a few pounds heavier than a 600cc. (Note: the CBR900RR was 75 pounds lighter than the Yamaha FZR1000, 114 pounds lighter than the Suzuki GSX-R1100 and an astonishing 144 pounds lighter than the Kawasaki ZX-11).

from the seller:

Up for auction is a gorgeous 1993 Honda CBR900RR with only 16,962 kilometers (10,540 miles). Bike is almost in mint condition except for a few scratches in the red decal on the left side gas tank and a few handling marks, However, this CBR is ultra clean. No dents in the tank, no cracks in the plastic, no scratches in the muffler, no scratches on the engine covers, no rips in the seats and no rust. Bike has been very well cared for. I imported this bike last year from Japan. It is a reverse import. (U.S. spec bike that was imported to Japan). All fairings are 100% OEM factory Honda. The white color in the lower fairings have been professionally re-sprayed. The lower and mid fairings along with the fuel tank have been professionally re-cleared to bring out the glossy color and bring back the new appearance. Bike has new OEM mirrors and new OEM turn signals to give the bike that new showroom look. (Original mirrors and turn signals come with the sale). Also installed, new OEM grips and bar ends. Also included with the sale is a Vance & Hines SS2R slip on muffler. The bike looks like a million bucks and is correct right down to every nut and bolt. Bike runs like new. Just serviced with new fluids, new fuel filter, new battery and new Bridgestone Battlax tires. Comes with Utah state title.

1993 Honda CBR900RR in Highly Desirable Red, White, and Blue
Honda March 24, 2018 posted by

Order of Magnitude – 1998 Honda CBR900RR

Honda developed their Fireblade with an eye on the ruler and the scale, keeping size and weight down so the 893cc engine could provide open-bike performance. Though often seen in white/blue/red or black/purple/yellow livery, the pearlescent yellow on this CBR has a less trendy but outstanding appeal.

1998 Honda CBR900RR for sale on eBay

Honda developed a new inline four for the CBR900RR, nearly as compact and weighing just thirteen pounds more than it’s 599cc brother.  Engineers optimized mid-range torque for the new engine, resulting in 65 ft.-lbs. at 10,000 rpm and 122 hp available.  The 45mm Showa dual-adjustable forks and fully adjustable Showa/Pro-Link rear were judged overly taut for the real road, but this set has been professionally adjusted for a full size adult.  At 296mm the front disks aren’t oversized, but with four-piston calipers they can get the job done.  The compact package turns sharper yet with 16-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels.

Evidently having only three owners, this CBR looks way better than its 24,000 miles normally would.  Mods were all done recently, and mostly don’t detract from the CBR’s good looks, which would be easier to mess up with the monochrome paint.  Turn signal smoothing and tail-tidying are fairly personal, and the factory parts are included for the new owner.  From the eBay auction:

This bike has a few tasteful upgrades.  All of which I did myself.  When I purchased this bike, it was 100% bone stock OEM condition.  So I have all of the stock parts too that I will include in with the purchase as I have no use for them. Here is a list of the upgrades I did to it:

– Micron polished slip on exhaust ($350)
– Front & rear suspension re worked by Race Tech suspension ($1,200)
– Zero Gravity dark smoke tinted windscreen ($50)
– Pro Grip carbon fiber tank pad protector ($20)
– New Bridgestone Battlax tires w/ about 300 miles on them now ($300)
– Smoke tinted LED tail light w/ integrated turn signals ($45)
– Rear fender mud guard removed & license plate raised up
– LED license plate light
– Front LED turn signals hidden inside front grill inlays ($30)
– Black brake & clutch levers ($25)

The 893cc CBR was just the first generation, and for 1994 the transmission was updated to improve shifting.  The succeeding years brought three increased engine sizes and fuel injection, but kept the core principles of compactness, light weight and mass-centralization.  Project leader Tadao Baba was a factory worker and veteran test rider, but not a designer or engineer.  His vision gave the CBR900RR a multi-year head start when compared to rival open-class machines.  This updated survivor looks like it wasn’t ridden hard or put away wet, and it’ll be interesting to see where bidding goes…

-donn

Order of Magnitude – 1998 Honda CBR900RR