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Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade (2009-2012)



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New price £11,300
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Engine size 999 cc
Power 178 bhp
Top speed 180 mph
Insurance group 17 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 5 rating is 4.5

MCN overall verdict rating is 5

The big news for the 2009 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade isn’t its new, oval-shaped indicators, but its revolutionary electronically-controlled Combined ABS system. This makes the Honda Fireblade the world’s first ever ABS-equipped superbike. This system takes none of the enjoyment out of riding this incredible superbike and it feels just the same to ride as a normal Blade, even on the track. The system stays in the background until the moment you get into a difficult braking situation, then the ‘brake-by-wire’ kicks in. This is a landmark motorcycle and surely the shape of things to come. Why would you ever want a bike without it?

Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

It might not make the ultimate power of its 1000cc rivals, but the magic of the Honda Fireblade is its grunt and searing acceleration. The Honda’s gem-like 163bhp in-line-four-cylinder 999.8cc motor is capable of powering the Blade to the naughty side of 180mph, but more impressively it can do 150mph in a quarter of a mile. The power is easy to use, all the way through the rev-range and the throttle response perfect. This is one of the all-time great engines.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

On track, the nimble, but stable Blade handles a lot like the RC212V MotoGP machine it’s styled to look like. The suspension is plush and soaks up bumps on the road nicely, while giving lots of support and control on the circuit. On the standard model the brakes have lots of feel and power, but the C-ABS model takes the braking to a whole new level. The ABS system stops the wheels locking in an emergency, but unlike more crude mechanical systems, there’s no pulsing at the lever, just smooth constant braking pressure. In normal conditions, if you only use the front brake, the system will apply a small amount of rear brake to keep the machine flatter, which increases stability on the way into a corner.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Blade comes with every bell and whistle you need for fast riding. As well as the amazing C-ABS system; it has fully-adjustable suspension, radial brakes, a slipper clutch and an exhaust valve. The only thing missing from its armoury is traction control like you’ll find on the Ducati Streetfighter, Ducati 1198S and 1098R. Compare and buy products for the Honda Fireblade in the MCN Shop.

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Honda invented the words ‘quality’ and ‘reliable’. The Honda Fireblade is the machine against which the competition is judged when it comes to build-quality. The paint is swimming pool-deep and all the controls are solid and operate with an oily perfection.

Value

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Spending just over £9000 isn’t a lot to pay for a class-leading machine. The Blade has cost around nine grand since time began but that hasn’t stopped it getting better and better over the years. Shelling out £1000 for the C-ABS is a lot, but it’s a superb system that doesn’t detract from the riding pleasure and might one day save your skin. Find a Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 17 of 17

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Model History

2004 – CBR1000RR Fireblade launched
2006 – CBR1000RR Fireblade, minor updates including increased compression ratio, tweaked bodywork and larger front brake discs.
2008 – Second generation CBR1000RR Fireblade launched, a new model from ground-up. MCN’s superbike of the year.
2009 – CBR1000RR Fireblade gets new oval-shaped rear indicators and Combined ABS option.

Other Versions

Standard and Combined ABS versions available.

Specifications

Top speed 180 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.32 secs
Max power 178 bhp
Max torque 78 ft-lb
Weight 199 kg
Seat height 820 mm
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Average fuel consumption 32 mpg
Tank range 125 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 17 of 17
Engine size 999 cc
Engine specification 16-valve, in-line-four
Frame Aluminium twin-spar
Front suspension adjustment Fully-adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Fully-adjustable
Front brakes 2 x 320mm discs
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 17 in
Rear tyre size 190/50 17 in

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(20 reviews)

  • Amazing Superbike

    swaytan

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I curse the day I sold my Fireblade! Purchased a 2012 blade last year & had not a single issue with it. Absolutely brilliant to ride around town in traffic, plenty of USABLE power. The suspension is an absolute dream. Currently riding a 2013 R1 which is a very good bike, sounds amazing, but really doesn't compare to the blade in terms of everyday usability. Thinking of buying another blade this year!

    19 January 2014

  • drop in quality ?

    urban-ryder

    ireland , UK

    Average rating rating is 4

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    so I came from a 2009 848 ducati to the 2009 blade due to the fact that I can service the bike myself.I had a 05 fireblade before so I knew what to expect but I have to say I was a little disappointed with the poor quality of the fairings.Firstly the way it is all mounted and clipped together is a complete nightmare, the RR5 would take five minutes to remove a side fairing where as the RR9 takes about an hour as some genius mounted so many odds and ends to the inside of the fairing not to mention all the flaffing about with air intakes.The plastic is that thin it makes the Chinese ebay fairings look superior.my fairing snapped in two at the mirror when fitting a screen so I went to the dealer to get a new nose cone, it was then the dealer told me this happens all the time and that they have had them break on them too! now that shows how flimsy the plastic is, nowhere near the quality of the RR5.so another hour of messing around to get the nose cone changed and I hope to god I never have to remove the fairings again.Apart from that the bike isnt too bad but it is a bit sore on the wrists (worse than the 848), must add mods are a taller screen and IMHO a power commander as the standard map is so underpowered but I suppose this is aimed at being more user friendly.I am just use to riding thousands that if opened to the stop they will flip rather than gradually accelerate away.The power commander fixes this to the point it will power the wheel skyward in fourth gear.I think I might try the 2012 model next as the fairing quality is meant to be better and the stress on the old wrists a bit less.

    03 June 2013

  • 2012 Blade

    daj39

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Ad i am in my mid forties i thought it was time to move away from super bikes(not to far though ) . So I took out a Kawasaki Z1000SX a nice bike and a very good ride.But I felt it wasn't quite quick enough. Having a few beers with some mates they suggested I take a new Blade out which I did. What a fantastic decision that was , after an hour i was back in the showroom ( Blade Honda Swindon ) putting a deposit down. The riding position was perfect, you can flick it around with ease or just sit and plod along. In my opinion this is the all round bike i craved. Still smiling....

    16 March 2013

  • want a new or secondhand Honda see below

    sportsboyuk

    Average rating rating is 5

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    If you want the best in service and a great deal then call Stephen weller Lethcworth Honda Norton way he will sort you a deal say Jamie sent you x ride safe

    19 August 2012

  • not so good experience

    MartinZ

    Average rating rating is 2

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    When things are fine then this is a good bike but often it is not so. I had 2008 one, oil consumption reaching 1 litre per thousand miles. Now I have 2010 model with the same oil consumption. I could live with it, except one small thing: top end rebuild every 40 thousand miles. Yes, I ride a lot and my bike reached 40000 miles in about 20 months. Sadly, lost compression because all valves started to leak, badly. Honda UK think that it is normal wear and tear hence you can read it this way: Fireblade engine is designed to last 40 thousand miles only and then it needs to be rebuild at cost close to £2000. Will I buy Honda bike again? No, never.

    29 September 2011

  • awsome understated perfection

    sportsboyuk

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Get to Padgetts in Batley ask for PAUL say Jamie sent you buy a bargin get a fantastic service and the very best deal bset time to buy is NOW what a bike this is get on ride and the abs is amazing hey get to PADGETTS NOW DONT WASTE TIME ........

    26 August 2011

  • Look after your radiator

    davidharmon1973

    Average rating rating is 4

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    A very common problem with the fireblade acording to dealers is that the radiator is very prone to dammage from any stone or chipping you may run over. Buy a radiator guard, just try and find out how much a replacement radiator is, it will make you cry, even the dealers say are you sitting down!!

    29 July 2011

  • CBR1000RR (2010)

    Z1000MAN

    Average rating rating is 5

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    New Fireblade is very easy to Ride. it handles so smooth,very agile, light, takes corners with ease. I reckon; it's the best 1000cc sports bike in the world. I can recommened it for any rider.

    14 July 2011

  • Toss UP

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    So your looking at a blade .... i have had mine a while now after parting with my 130BHP GSXR600 and have never looked back. i have to so many bikes out now and many of them just deem the same to the next, suzuki's heavy and slow to rev up but amazing when you get there kawasaki where you spend your life chasing the power just to find out you run out of road, or the BM,R1 and RSV where you pay a arm and a leg. The CBR is smooth comfy and fast the midrange is amazing you don’t have to rev it at all to find the power, If you don’t have the money to upgrade it its perfect as it is. The handling is sublime and it is hassle free riding the brakes are sharp and there if you need them and yet the bike suits new and old bikers alike, for a new biker its fast but yet poised and helps you build confidence and in a long term fast bike rider it is a speed and race weapon, the amount of awards and placing’s in bike of the year it has 3 years in a row speaks for itself. you don’t have to mess around with it, the only real things i would say is bad is that there are lots on the market so keep an eye out for a deal unless you want a new one on 0% which can’t be bad! Finally I’m not a big fan of the headlight (not the shape!) but the fact it’s not a projector headlight, every bike is now projector and Honda is lagging by not updating this. all in all the Honda is a amazing bike fast comfy good looking and can go unchanged if you are on a budget. i think that Honda will have a big job on their hands topping this amazing bike! I hope this helps but keep in mind that the best bike is the one YOU feel happy with.

    15 June 2011

  • A year's ownership

    Retiredbiker

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I am about to change my Fireblade after a year and 3000 miles. What's good about it? Find an A-road with sweeping bends and a good surface and you'll love it - that engine, gearbox, handling. Overtaking - no problem. It's smooth and a really safe bike to ride. Going a bit too fast into a corner? You can brake with no drama whatsoever. What's bad? Too much weight on your wrists and if you're a tall bloke over 6 foot you will be uncomfortable after an hour or so. Try riding 250 miles, I did, and apart from your wrists it does your back in and gives you cramp in your legs. And you won't enjoy 30 mph limits one bit, you are waiting and waiting for the open road again. Don't get me wrong, it's a doddle to ride at 30 mph but it's the discomfort. I wouldn't mind trying it at really high speed but it's way too far to ride to Cadwell for a track day and back from the North East on one of these if you're my height. So it's goodbye Fireblade to discover that last year's best-selling bike has lost 30% of its value as there are so many on the market now.

    06 May 2011

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Piglet2010

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Underrated?

The Fireblade always get criticized for not putting up the big HP numbers of some other "liter" bikes, or not having the character of the European competition, but when it comes to published acceleration and lap times in comparison tests, it somehow seem to come out on top.

21 November 2011 10:43

jocasaja

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Learning to love the blade

I finally took the plunge and bought this bike - decent deal from george whites. I was concerned about the oil consumption and it is something I will keep a close eye on. I thought it had used loads of oil but when I took it back to the dealer who had recently done its first service they checked it again and said it was fine. Apparently it is tricky to check properly, you need to have it bolt upright and on perfectly level ground. Also they told me that it is best to lock the dipstick in by a turn of the thread. I re-checked later on and it was fine. I have done 1000 since the service and put in aprox 1/2 litre. I will be happy enough if it stays at no more than this - I suppose 2 litres between services is just about OK. I havn't fallen for it quite as I did with my beloved R6, but it is growing on me. Big flowing A roads is where it is at its best - the engine is fantastic, and it is almost as nimble as a 600. The only minor gripe I have is with the paint on the tank which marks up very easily - my fault for buying black I suppose - any suggestions on tyres??

05 May 2011 19:17

razor5941

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oil consumption

has anyone noticed how bad the oil consumption is on the latst blades.im thinking of getting one but my mate says his drinks the stuff.. help...

20 March 2010 18:16

speedtrooper

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Ugly

Looks awful

08 January 2010 15:50

guyincognito

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fireblae

this bike is the dogs bollox, and the best on the road by a million miles. gixers, r1's don't come anywhere near!! simple as that dudes!!!

15 October 2009 16:48

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