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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)

  • Grunt Machine

    jocasaja

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I finally bought one - had a test ride 3 years ago and was blown away by the fantastic torque and searing acceleration. I have always been a yamaha man and loved my R6 which I traded in for the blade. It has used about 1/2 litre of oil in 1500miles, and the tank marks up pretty easily. However, I am gradually beginning to appreciate the bike. Had a fantastic ride up through the fast roads in the Fens to watch some club racing at Cadwell. When you get the chance to really open her up you really do need to hang on. Plush ride and solid build quality, but what an engine look, see the gap and whoosshhh!! - I have had zx10s, and r1s but this engine beats them all - smooth power right off the bottom with really smooth but very rapid acceleration. I have not had the bottle to redline it yet, and it hardly ever needs more than 8k to overtake or cruse along at to plus speeds. I reckon this bike could be one that I keep for a few years, and it is an absolute bargain at the current prices on 0%. Anyone got any advice on tyres??

    05 May 2011

  • Liked it - bought one

    Retiredbiker

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I have just taken delivery of a Fireblade C-ABS in orange and silver. I rode it 120 miles today up Wensleydale, to Sedbergh, Brough and home. Bear in mind I have spent the last 4 years on an XR125L! The handling on the A6108 Richmond to Leyburn was brilliant. I haven't had so much fun for years and without speeding. After 4 years of very little overtaking all I need now is enough visibility and it's done. In fact some drivers seem to be falling over themselves to let me past. OK I've not been doing silly speeds on moorland roads with sheep and potholes but the trip computer said I was getting 55 mpg and it's very accurate. All they say about the engine and gearbox is right - they are both very good. The ride comfort is really good too on the standard settings. I did find long stretches of 30-40 mph on single-track lanes put too much weight on my wrists and because I am tall I got a good splattering of flies on my head but that's no bad thing as it reminds you what speed you are doing. More reports later.

    17 May 2010

  • Half-hour test-ride

    Retiredbiker

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Had a half-hour test-ride on Saturday when the Honda demo truck came to my local dealer. The problem for me with any bike, particularly sporty bikes, is my height (6'2"). But the Fireblade left me with no aches and pains after the ride, unlike a CBR600RR where everything hurt. I could leave the Blade in 6th gear thanks to the phenomenal torque at any rpm. The ride comfort was really good on our rutted roads, far better than a CBF1000 which is supposed to be "sublime" with excellent control. Hitting a pothole at 50 mph whilst leant over, the bike didn't move off line and I didn't notice any movement. Despite my height there was virtually no wind blast up to 70 mph and it was really quiet. No vibration whatsoever as you'd expect. It's really easy to ride slow which is very important to me with a nice big digital speedometer and perfect fuelling for riding at a steady speed. No problem with stalling pulling away from stationary on a bike I am not used to, unlike the CBR600RR which had a powerful spring on the clutch and a tall first gear. Another important point for me is with its low centre of gravity it's relatively easy to push around with the engine off. I can't wait to go go for an extended test-ride in a week's time to see if it remains comfortable for a couple of hours. I hope it does.

    19 April 2010

  • Awesom

    adeyrob

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Not stopped smiling since I picked up my 2010 c-ABS Fireblade (HRC colours) on Saturday. Had the seat cowel, rear hugger and R&G tail tidy fitted by the dealer priot to picking it up. What a stunning bike, does everything you want and more. Having previously been Suzuki through and through, I swapped my last Gixer 1000 (K6) in 2008 for a new R1. Never really got on with it, so thought I'd test ride the new Fireblade and fell in love with it within minutes. Soon as I got back to the dealers I wanted to know where I signed! Just ordered a Taylormade can for it and will be sticking a Power Commander on when the funds allow. Bikes have come a long way since my first bike, a Yamaha RD250E many years ago, but I dont see how they could improve much on the new blade, other than very minor, not very important additions such as a gear indicator you get on some of the other bikes. Love it!

    09 March 2010

  • The Fantastic Fireblade

    Bulla1

    Average rating rating is 5

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    What a Machine!! Hair raising, breath taking, the best bike i have ever owned, HRC colours, FMF apex exhaust system, double bubble screen, solo seat cowel, power commander to come, Excellence pasonified.

    17 September 2009

  • Amazing Bike!

    stevex11sdw

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Over excited and couldnt sleep the day before I picked it up, after riding for first time I couldnt sleep again as even more excited!!!! Repsol colours and all the extras bar ABS, this is a stunning bike in every way and gives me confidence that a 749s never came close to giving.

    14 August 2009

  • Fergymilo

    fergymilo

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    09 Fireblade c-abs It have taken an eternity to get one but boy oh boy it is worth the wait. I have smile on my face before during and after being on it. Maybe not as sexy as the Italian offerings but £5k cheaper and just as good if not better. Only missing a gear indicator but that is being very picky, you want regret having one

    06 August 2009

  • 09 Fireblade c-abs

    niceguywales

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    It took a while but i finally got one, and wow what a bike, it looks the bollocks, it sounds the bollocks and as for speed let's just say every time i get on it i cant get the smile off my face for days. it's very easy to ride, and i'm quite new to riding. the breaks do exactly what it says on the tin... amazing. it feels heavy when your standing still (c-abs adds 10kg to standard bike)but when your on the road it's nible like a 600rr only more power. i will say the only thing that lets it down is the fuel gage, or lack of one.

    21 June 2009

  • Average rating rating is 4.5

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    i saw top speed at 182mph so no lies there. this bike it so fun wot ever ur riding style, going slow in traffic i was comfy, no cramp or pains. n if u want to go fast its so easy, it makes u feel safe n corners with ur knee down at high speed are effortless. really loved this bike, only thing i wud say is if u want to go really fast n u know how already it mite b too soft and u want to think about an R1.

    21 June 2009

  • 2008 CBR 1000rr

    andy.r1

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I have always owned R1's since 1999 the last been a 2007 model, and clocking up about 12K miles a year on them between road track and also touring. Having had some problems this year with my R1 I took the plunge to try out a blade, the difference between the two bikes is unreal the blade is so confident and power delivery is so crisp and clean,handling is great straight from the crate and I must admit I have not even adjusted it at all from when I picked up the bike, the build quality is a bench mark for others to follow, the brakes are spot on and a lot better than my R1 had got 6 pot or not, the exhaust note is perfect and sounds realy nice after 4000rpm. I am off to Almeria in Feb with the bike for a week on track and I can't wait to see what it performs like on track.

    06 January 2009

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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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