Honda CBR900RR Fireblade Bike Overview
In 1992, while all the other Japanese manufacturers were focused on trying to produce the best 750cc sports bike, to conform with superbike racing rules of the time, Honda launched the FireBlade.
While even the best 750s were pushing 200kg and struggling to squeeze out much more than 110bhp, the original 893cc FireBlade tipped the scales at just 185kg and put out 122bhp. Hardly earth-shattering by today’s 200bhp standards, but at the time it was absolutely game changing. Race glory may have been limited to the less prestigious stock and open classes, but showroom success was indubitably world-class.
The ‘900cc’ FireBlade (geeks note the capital B, later models used a lower case b) motor increased in capacity from 893 to 918 in 1996. Styling altered over the years from the original (and much sought after) round headlight model to the ‘Foxeye’ an arguably better-looking bike that made the Urban Tiger colours legendary.
Handling was also superb. Fast steering and just the right side of stable, the 16” front wheel taking the credit and the blame, depending on who you talk to, the FireBlade was agile, light and fast for its time. Right up until Yamaha launched the R1 in 1998, the FireBlade was the bike to be on. Sales slumped in 1999, and in 2000 a new, fuel-injected model was launched.
Immaculate early originals are rare, and can fetch upwards of £9,000 (yes, really!) while later ‘Foxeye’ 918cc machines go for anything between £2,500 for a well-used but decent example while mint, low-mileage Urban Tigers can fetch as much as £7,000.
Honda CBR900RR Fireblade Bike Spec
- Top speed164mph
- Average fuel consumption36mpg
- Seat height810mm
- EngineLiquid cooled, four stroke, 16v, transverse four cylinder
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For such a fast bike and sporty riding position it is surprisingly comfortable. If touring I will ride until I need petrol rather than having to stop for a 'comfort' break.
Honda motorcycles are renowned for being some of the best built bikes on the market and this is no exception. I have had no problems with the bike so far. I have had Fireblades before and have never had a problem.
The brakes are very good and confidence inspiring. On the road you don't really use them to their potential but on a trackday you'll find them powerful with great feel. You can brake until the back wheel comes up then let them off slightly to get the wheel down in time for the turn in point. They feel the same at the start of the weekend as they do at the end.
The ride is firm but adjustable. It is a top of the line sports bike so is very light and the hadling is excellent,
Honda motorcycles are widely accepted to have the best engines on the market. This doesn't necessarily mean they are the most powerful ( this one has 189bhp) but the engine design, reliability, power delivery, sound and general feel create an all round excellent riding experience. In the right hands (not mine) it could win a British Superbikes race straight from the dealer with a quick stop for some slicks.
It is not too expensive to run. The insurance is reasonable. Servicing and parts are the same as for any top sports bike. The design of the engine means the is little to do apart from oil changes most of the time. On the road fuel consumption is good, maybe upto 60mpg giving around 180 miles on a tank. On the track I use about 20-25 litres per day of 6x20 minute sessions. So still pretty good.
Bit heavy but superb road handling and comfortable
Good solid engine with raw power through carbs
Good build and very reliable
Good brakes but does seem to eat pads nice and cheap to run if well maintained
Bit vibey but great handling
Great power to weight ratio
Cheap as chips due to age
Honda nothing else to say
Stop on a dime
Little hard around town but on the open road very nice
Lots of power not on a par with modern sports bikes but good enough for me As an older rider Fuel injection not as smooth as it could be
Been good lots about so parts easy to get and fit
Still looks clean and fixings not rusty so good
Could be better little bit of fade when pushed But think good enough for most riders
Runs well good acceleration and handles well
Still goes like stink and although newer bikes are quicker it can keep up plenty of power for me
Mileage is ok but like everything depends on how you ride it
Still in good condition for its age had to replace radiator and rear shock but that's all no problems
Brakes are good and pull up well no complaints