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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 July 17, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 2000 Honda CBR929RR for Sale

Update 7.28.2019: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Dennis has 3 very low mileage bikes listed right now:

Thank you for supporting the site, Dennis, and good luck to buyers! -dc

This Featured Listing Honda CBR929RR is a nearly modern superbike that’s gotten lost in the shuffle in recent years and was only made between 2000 and 2001. The CBR900RR had been handily eclipsed by the new Yamaha R1, and this was Honda’s attempt to gain back some ground, while remaining true to the bike’s original ethos that “light makes right.” Was it the right decision? Maybe not, but it’s still a helluva sportbike, and this might be the nicest example you’ll ever see.

Instead of going to a full 1000cc, they stuck with a less-than-liter displacement: the 929 indicates the engine size, with Honda claiming it kept the bike’s height and weight to a minimum. It must have worked, because the bike came in at a pretty svelte 434lbs with a tank of gas, as measured by Cycle World during a head-to-head comparison with the R1 and ZX9R. A full titanium exhaust helped save weight, and even the midrange-boosting HTEV power valve was made of the lightweight metal.

Honda attention to detail was everywhere: the airbox included a flapper valve to control internal volume and ensure a steady flow of air to the fuel injection that was new for 2000. Injection may have been new to Honda’s big-bore sportbikes, but you wouldn’t know it: the system was smooth and refined. The engine was much more oversquare than the original at 74 x 54mm versus the later 919cc version of the CBR900RR’s 71 x 58mm, and was good for a claimed 150hp. Cycle World found it had 122hp at the rear wheel, compared to the R1’s 127whp tested on the same day, although the R1 made much more torque: 72 lb-ft to the CBR’s 63.

A new extruded aluminum beam frame followed a philosophy similar to Yamaha, and allowed for a longer swingarm to fit within the short wheelbase required for sharp handling. Honda referred to the new frame as being a “pivotless” design and used the engine as a stressed member, with the longer swingarm mounted directly to the cases. Fully-adjustable Showa suspension graced both ends, and the fork was inverted for the first time. The biggest change in Honda’s thinking may have been a switch to a 17″ front wheel to replace the earlier CBR900’s odd-size.

Ultimately, you had to work the CBR a bit harder than the R1 for the same speed, but in typical Honda form, fit and finish was superior and the bike was physically small, and very agile. Maybe too agile: some riders felt the front end retained a bit of the CBR’s flighty DNA, but you could say it wouldn’t be a CBR without a bit of headshake!

From the Seller: 2000 Honda CBR929RR for Sale

VIN: JH2SC4415YM000517 $9,000

I purchased this motorcycle in San Jose, CA, new in 2000 and rode it 236 miles and then parked it. I’m turning 80 years old in the next month and the time has come to find it a new, younger owner, hopefully someone that is a collector of motorcycles and that would appreciate the fact that it is 99.9% original (new batteries only and still on original tires), has been ridden 236 miles and has been in a climate-controlled environment from the very first day that it was bought and has had the best of care.

Built from 2000-2001, the 929RR was a bit of a stopgap bike, meant to keep Honda in the game and the CBR954RR that followed increased displacement yet again. This particular model has largely gone unnoticed, but the uptick in values for the original CBR900RR suggests that these might soon follow. It didn’t pull the headlines that the R1 did, but it was a very polished machine and every bit as good, just different. The $9,000 asking price isn’t far of the original $9,999 MSRP, but I think we can confidently say you will never see one this nice or original again, outside of a shipping crate. If you’re a Honda fan, this is your chance to complete your CBR collection.

-tad

Featured Listing: 2000 Honda CBR929RR for Sale
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 July 3, 2015 posted by

5,000 Mile Time-Warp: 1993 Honda CBR 900RR for Sale

1993 Honda CBR900RR R FrontHonda’s first-generation CBR900RR, known as the “Fireblade” in Europe, set the stage for today’s bleeding-edge literbikes that see the most powerful engines ever stuffed into tiny, 600-class packages. Prior to the 900RR, it was the 750cc class that really defined the “big engine in a small chassis” philosophy, with 1100cc motorcycles designed more as GT machines, rather than light, flickable sportbikes. Sure, they made plenty of power, but they were generally much heavier and nowhere near as nimble as their smaller siblings. 1993 Honda CBR900RR L SideBut the Honda CBR900RR, introduced in 1992, turned the whole sportbike world on its ear. They built their new bike around a 750cc package, but stroked the motor out to 893cc’s to give big bike torque, along with screaming revs. The machine weighed in at 453lbs soaking wet, which made it bang on for the 600cc class and within a few pounds of Honda’s own CBR600. So what the bored-out 750 gave up a few horses to genuine “literbikes,” it gained back in power-to-weight. 1993 Honda CBR900RR FrontObviously, no one would have considered the CBR “rare” back in the day. But most of these have been badly used and abused, crashed, modified, stretched, lowered, or repainted, making a very original, almost impossibly low-mileage example like this one very rare indeed.

1993 Honda CBR900RR Clocks

From the original eBay listing: 1993 Honda CBR900RR for Sale

This machine is super clean and in great mechanical condition.  It has super low miles (I can’t remember when I last saw one for sale with such few miles) and is completely original and stock (aside from things like the tires).  The machine has gone through a complete service which includes Carburetor service, new tires, new battery, etc..  There are no known mechanical issue with this motorcycle.   I ride it about once a month right now and did a 70 mile loop recently and it ran like new.

Fell free to reach out with questions at shezada@hotmail.com

Highlights:
100% Original and stock (including handgrips, turn signals, exhaust, seat, etc…)
Less than 6k miles.
Historical significance / important bike in the Honda line up
Collectible / Rare to find one that is original and in this condition.
No cracks or breaks in the fairing
Completed tune up and service
Brand new tires with less than 200 miles on them
New battery
Carburetor Completely cleaned
Runs excellent
Clean Title
Always stored indoors
Only selling because I have three other bikes and this one is the one I ride the least

Cosmetic Imperfections only (see pictures):
Small ding in gas tank
A couple scratches in fairing and decals
Paint on exhaust is coming off

Problems for today’s rider? Not many: in typical Honda fashion, these are extremely durable and reliable bikes when cared for. And the 16″ front wheel that was intended to speed up steering now makes tire choice a bit of a pain, although there are options available and you can always swap the 17″ front from a VFR on, a switch that requires no modifications.

1993 Honda CBR900RR TankI happen to love this particular body style, although paint schemes are typically 90’s lurid: you either love them or you hate them. I just wish they didn’t hide the neat bodywork details, like the vents in the tail and those “speed holes” in the fairing. 1993 Honda CBR900RR R Rear

Currently, the bike sits at $4,500 with the Reserve Not Met. While the same cash will net you a whole host of other, probably weirder motorcycles, values on these early 900RR’s are on the rise, and you certainly won’t find a more practical sportbike for your money.

-tad

1993 Honda CBR900RR R Side

5,000 Mile Time-Warp: 1993 Honda CBR 900RR for Sale
Honda June 16, 2012 posted by

Blades of Fire! 1993 Honda CBR 900 RR Fireblade

For Sale: 1993 Honda CBR 900 RR Fireblade
link: http://bit.ly/OrM3Eq

This fantastic survivor – MK I of a game-changine model line – shows only 8,100 miles since new. A timely find given our friends over at Sport Rider magazine just covered the exploits of Honda engineer, team leader and father of the CBR900RR (known as the Fireblade in every other market *except* the US), Tadao Baba. This bike revolutionized the approach to big-bore motorcycles, much like the original Kawasaki Ninja 900 did a decade before.

Originally conceived as a 750 – before being punched up to a 900 – the CBR900RR redefined size and weight. Tipping the scales on par with a contemporary 600 class machine, the Fireblade was a manic exercise of minimalization, centralization and diet. What rolled out of the Honda shops was a razor-sharp monster, and still very relevant today. We don’t see many RR bikes in this condition on RSBFS, and you can view Claudio’s post on a Swiss-based ‘Blade here.

From the seller:
SUPER MINT CBR 900RR OWNED SINCE 1995 8K ORIGINAL MILES NEVER DROPPED . THIS BIKE HAS ALL PERIOD CORRECT ACCESORIES ON IT . THIS IS PROBABLY THE LAST NICEST CBR 900RR LEFT . THIS WILL BE THE MOST COLLECTIBLE HONDA EVER. THIS REALLY WAS THE 1ST REAL BIG BORE SPORT BIKE. IT WAS WAY AHEAD OF ITS TIME. I’M SURE YOU KNOW IF YOU ARE READING THIS . PICS SPEAKS FOR THE BIKE . I HAVE JUST RIDEN BIKE LAST WEEK . IT RUNS PERFECT .

This bike is about as clean as you can hope to find a 1st generation model. Thre are some slight mods to it, but nothing to pull away from the value. Mileage is low, and the pictures seem to show that this ride has lived a pretty pampered life. That makes this iconic superbike a rare and worthy find.

This auction is going on right now, and the bidding has been pretty steady. There is still a lot to play for here, with the current bid at $4,950. There is no reserve at this time, meaning that this fantastic piece of Honda history is going to a lucky new owner at the end of the auction. For your chance to own one of the fastest, sharpest and most desirable Honda four stroke this side of the RC line, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good luck!

MI

Honda March 5, 2011 posted by

1994 Honda CBR900RR One Owner Bike With 5,985 Original Miles In Fantastic Condition

A one owner, less than 6k mile, iconic CBR900RR in California–sounds pretty good to me!

Bike: 1994 Honda CBR900RR

Miles: 5,985mi

Price: $4,000USD

Location: Concord, California

The seller uses all the good words to describe this bike:

THE BIKE ONE OWNER ALL ORIGINAL WITH LESS THAN 6,000 MILES ON IT. NEVER DOWN COSMETICALLY AND MECHANICALLY IS SUPERB. FOR ALL YOU HONDA LOVERS THIS IS A RARE FIND. THIS IS NOT YOUR AVERAGE BIKE, THIS IS LIKE KEPT IN A TIME CAPSULE BIKE…

What are the negatives about this bike? Well, if you’re going to nit-pick, it’s not a ’93 and it’s not Red/White/Blue–that’s about it. Other than that, it looks pretty good, notice in the gauge cluster photo that the brake fluid looks pretty fresh, that’s a nice touch. Some fresh tires look to be in the bike’s future though.

Mostly anyone who is aware of sportbikes from the last twenty-years would describe the early CBR900RR’s as desirable, and this bike isn’t an exception in all of it’s purple and yellow glory. Lastly, the asking price of $4,000 isn’t outrageous for this bike at all (See the other CBR900RR’s we’ve posted here), make sure to take a trailer with you when you go to look at it. See the bike on Craigslist here.

AG