Get the best advice about buying a 2004-2005 Fireblade with What Bike? Used Bike Guide

Get the best advice about buying a 2004-2005 Fireblade with What Bike? Used Bike Guide

 

Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade buying guide: 2004-2005

By Stefan Bartlett -

 23 May 2008 12:31

If you're thinking of buying a second-hand 2004-2005 Honda Fireblade then you need to read our buying guide to make sure you get the best deal.

Check out the guide below to get the lowdown on what to look for when buying a 2004-2005 Blade or click here to read the 1992-1999 Fireblade and 2000-2001 Fireblade buying guide, brought to you by What Bike? Used Bike Guide.

OVERVIEW
This was the first Fireblade to tackle the 1000cc class with a full-on attack, with a 998cc engine for the first time attempting to take racetrack knowledge
to the road with as little dilution as possible. Cold, calm and supremely effective – the 2004 Fireblade is astonishingly good. It’s an exceptional sports bike
that’s blisteringly fast on the road or track. It is bristling with MotoGP technology and compared to the previous incarnations this Fireblade is manic and faster but heavier and arguably less exciting than some rivals.

CHECK
Generally excellent reliability and the build quality is above average. There was a recall on speedos which were under-reading by 25% – make sure this has been done or the mileage readings will be similarly out of whack. At 2000rpm in second gear it should read 18mph. Some use oil – Honda say there is only a problem if
consumption exceeds a litre every 800 miles. Make sure you keep an eye on the levels.

RIDE & HANDLING
Rating: 5 out of 5
This is the first Fireblade designed by a team not headed by Tadao Baba, the man behind the original Honda 900cc ‘Blade. Instead the team behind the 990cc MotoGP RC211V designed it and they tried to take as many of the lessons they learnt on the track to the road. Mass centralization helps the Fireblade handle in a neutral, stable way. Standard suspension settings are too hard for most road bikers but it’s fully adjustable so you can tweak it to sort your style.

THE ENGINE
Rating: 4 out of 5
Fairly standard for the class. The 1000cc inline four may not make headlines but has to be tried to be believed – seamless, effortless and almost endless power thrusts the bike to incredibly high speeds. Chances are you’ll run out of bottle before the
bike runs out of go. Honda’s then best fuel-injection is still reasonably smooth even compared to the latest bikes.

EQUIPMENT
Rating: 4 out of 5
The Fireblade had innovative technology in what can be a conservative class that thrives on small power increases and weight losses. The rotary steering damper can be altered electronically on the move, the clocks are very comprehensive but it’s a shame the underseat storage has been sacrificed due to the exhaust location. The riding position is quite racy so make sure it fits with your body and what you expect
from a bike in terms of comfort levels.

OWNING
Rating: 4 out of 5
Honda quality will shine through and combined with great handling and a belting engine this is a bike that will last forever if looked after. Fit and finish are better than most in the class with no known reliability issues.

VALUE
Rating: 4 out of 5
Hondas will hold onto more of their value than many others – just make sure you are buying a UK bike if that is what you want. The Suzuki GSX-R1000, Yamaha
YZF-R1 and Kawasaki ZX-10R are all competitive machines with competitive prices – personal preference and scoring the right deal is often more important than the tiny differences between the bikes.

For: Great Honda quality, storming performance,  strong brakes
Against: Slightly lacking soul, can be pricey compared to rivals

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