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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

The Honda CBR900RR FireBlade’s biggest revamp to date came for 2000 and it wasn’t exactly what fans were expecting. New fuel injection was thirsty and made smooth riding harder. The 17” wheel tamed the Honda CBR900RR FireBlade’s lively nature. More importantly the raucous, powerful Yamaha YZF-R1 was in the scene and the Suzuki GSX-R1000 was on the horizon – both better than the Honda CBR900RR FireBlade.

 

Engine

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Honda CBR900RR FireBlade's 929cc capacity and 125-odd bhp at the rear wheel all sounds pretty healthy. But the Yamaha YZF-R1 had more CCs, more midrange and more outright power. Even Kawasaki’s ZX-9R was comparable for less dosh. Plus the Honda CBR900RR FireBlade's new fuel injection wasn’t as refined as competitor motorcycles giving a snatchy delivery. Gearbox can be troublesome.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Honda CBR900RR FireBlade's up-side down forks were more for fashion that function but none the less work extremely well. With the 17” wheel the Honda CBR900RR FireBlade felt more conventional than previous models while remaining exceedingly nimble. Arguably the tamest Honda CBR900RR FireBlade but it’s still extremely fast on the road or track. Strong brakes.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

All the basics are there plus the Honda CBR900RR FireBlade has the familiar underseat storage cubbyhole (even if it’s smaller than early Honda CBR900 FireBlades). Honda’s HISS was new and welcome – a key based immobilizer system – just don’t loose both keys or you’ll face a £800+ bill. The Honda CBR900RR FireBlade is still comfy for such an extreme sports motorcycle.

Honda CBR900RR Fireblade (2000-2001)

Detail Value
Dealer used prices
£2,510 (2000) - £3,030 (2001)
Private used prices
£2,260 (2000) - £2,740 (2001)
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Engine size 929 cc
Power 152 bhp
Top speed 164 mph
Insurance group 17 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 3 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4
Value rating is 3 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Honda CBR900RR FireBlade remained well put together but cynics said this model wasn’t as good as previous Honda CBR900RR FireBlades. Con rod failure is not unheard of on bikes that get revved very hard. A little camchain noise is to be expected due to thinner engine casings and less sound deadening. The Honda CBR900RR FireBlade is susceptible to occasional gearbox problems including jumping out of second under acceleration.

Value

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The ‘Honda effect’ means you’ll never find one of these motorcycles dirt cheap unless it’s got a problem. But plenty of riders will go for the Yamaha YZF-R1 of this era so the  Honda CBR900RR FireBlade can make a sensible if not cheap buy. Insurance can be ferocious so get a quote before you buy. Find a Honda CBR900RR FireBlade for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 17 of 17

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Model History

2000: Honda CBR900RR FireBlade launched.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 164 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.7 secs
Max power 152 bhp
Max torque 76 ft-lb
Weight 170 kg
Seat height 815 mm
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Average fuel consumption 36 mpg
Tank range 140 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 17 of 17
Engine size 929 cc
Engine specification 16v in-line four, 6 gears
Frame Aluminium beam
Front suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Front brakes Twin 330mm discs
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/50 x 17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(21 reviews)

  • 2000 Fireblade

    y2blade

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I have now owned this bike for 9 years and still love it as much as I did the first time I rode it, it has been 100% faultless I would not hesitate in buying another if I had to go back and chose again This bike is as happy doing Trackdays as it is running two-up to the Isle of Man TT and enjoying the open road once over there Truly Faultless .... 5 stars from me

    26 March 2010

  • Best bike I've ever ridden

    MrDarcyZX6R

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I've been trying to think of a bad point about this bike and i simply can't. It handles like a 600; there's massive, usable power; Honda build-quality; looks fantasic; reliable; very smooth and confidence inspiring; just a fantastic bike. You won't be disappointed!

    22 March 2010

  • 2000 929cc blade

    lev2312

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    This is my first big cc sportsbike following on from owning a R6. I find it very easy to ride quick and it's pretty forgiving. The power delivery is very smooth and it handles superbly. I actually find it easier to ride than the R6 with a much comfier ride position on long journeys. Pretty practical with a large under seat storage area. All round a superb machine.

    05 May 2009

  • Stable, composed, refined

    Titot182

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I bought my blade as a CAT C off ebay for very cheap with only 13k miles on it for just over 2 grand. I have to say it's the best money I've spent on a bike. Suspension is composed especially 2 up and the roomy nature of the bike is very comfortable on long journeys. It's surprising to see such a big bike being so agile, a marked improvement over the ZX6R I used to have. Underseat storage is cavernous; 2 disk locks, tool kit, alarm, chain+ lock and possibly waterproofs can all fit in there! Only niggles are the surging fuel injection at low speed which becomes irritating when you're stuck in slow traffic or cold starting. I need to sort it out with a power commander. Overall, it's a very competent, very usable and very fast do-it-all sportsbike. Love mine!

    04 March 2009

  • CBR929rr

    Stuhsp

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I bought my Blade second hand from a local garage. It had done 6k miles and cost me just over 3 grand. The build quality is as you would expect from Honda and the reliability has been excellent. Other than a flat battery (which was my fault and due to lack of use over the winter) it has been faultless. I must admit I was a bit surprised by the cost of the service - last years was over £300 for a standard service and the spark plugs being replaced (which they advised). I suppose this should be expected especially with this type of bike but I still thought it was a little steep. I have no regrets about buying this bike although I think the 954 looks a little sharper and I have seen them around at a reasonable price. I have been very impressed with the stability which gives you loads of confidence on the road. I'm yet to take it on a track but looking forward to that sometime this year.

    02 April 2008

  • fireblade rry/929cc

    bijou

    Average rating rating is 4

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    i bought my fireblade new in 2001 and have not once been let down. it does everything expected and more.it goes where you point it and has plenty of usable power.im six foot one and find there more than enough room.its been on a few trips to the 24hrs at le mans with pillion and loaded up with tent etc.also found a great ride on two week european holidays solo and two up.only had to change wear and tear items in the six years ive owned it.build quality is 1st class and it still like new when cleaned.i dont think you would be let down if you tried one.

    19 February 2008

  • Honda Fireblade CBR929 RRY owned from new in 2001

    TRussell

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Iv'e owned this bike for 5 years now and it's never failed to deliver.Used sporadically on UK soil but predominately for a big European trip at the tail end of each year. Will easily munch 550 miles in a day.Have fitted a DB screen, oberon preload adjusters and footpegs,crash bungs , carbon frame protectors. Also an Akropovic slip on end can, just beautiful ! I use a Baglux whoppa Bag on the rear seat which is excellent if not slightly fiddly to install. Build quality is superb, had it's 16k service the other month - how many valves were out of adjustment - None ! no more worries for another 16k miles. The throttle bodies were slightly out of sync so now smoother than ever, it's still on the original battery. I use BT014 tyres which last 5.5k on the front and 3.3k on the rear.Runs on fully synthetic oil changed every 3000 miles. Still brings a smile to my face every time I ride it. Strengths: The engine has seemless power, a reasonable tank range circa 140 miles, top end is good( 168 for me)front brakes are awesome, boot space is good ( large chain and waterproofs)comfort is excellent. Weaknesses: My back brake is still a little weak even after converting to braided hoses, ebc pads have lack of feel in the wet.And thats it !

    17 October 2006

  • cbr929rry - ultimate all rounder.

    motoraca

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Rode a thundercat b4 blade,loved the cat a lot but blade takes it up a level , great handling and a smooth ride even doing 800 miles over 2 days round scotland ,loved it !!!said I would never desert Yamaha, but Honda has it all. The build quality is exceptional, even better than my mates over engineered zx400r, a great looking bike too, my dream bike was a mv , have to say I've got a new dream bike and I'm living the dream...its a blade! Tank range 145 mile if you go steady enuff !!! Altho' did damage a tyre on way to Scotland, hit a rut in road, caused a wobble big style, ok if I kept hands on bars,c hanged tyre when I got home and its fine now, was bridgestone tyre damaged internally !!!!!!! Fitted d/bubble and mini caters, perfection. Would reccomend a blade anytime, respect it and grow with it and you'll smile all the way. Seen a lot of accidents with blades, it's not the bike it's the riders.  Learn to become one with it and they are an amazing piece of kit...enjoy! Strengths: handling, build, looks great and headlights are awesome for flashing at others ...lol Weaknesses: no hazzerd indicators - I just like 'em, otherwise perfect.

    28 June 2006

  • FireBlade, the hype doesn't lie!

    Buzzwagon10

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I've owned a number of bikes and for years had wanted a FireBlade. When I eventually brought my 2000 model I was not to be disappointed. It is quite simply the most awesome bike I have ever owned. The power is so linear it's frightening, pulling from virtually nothing all the way to the red line. And power is what this baby has in spades. I will never be able to use it all and neither will 99% of the biking public. It truly is a missile. Saying that this is not a bike to intimidate. In typical Honda fashion it is immediately a very familiar ride as soon as you get on it. Easy to ride and, for a sports bike, very comfortable. I could courier all day on it!! That said, too much right hand will undoubtedly result in, not only speeding tickets and bans, but visits to the local A and E. This bike has to be respected but is very forgiving if, and when, you mess up. The handling is razer sharp. It's a bit like what I would imagine riding a scalpel would be like. BUY ONE AND ENJOY! Strengths: Power is awesome as is the handling. Finish is up to usual superb Honda standards. Weaknesses: This bike doesn't have any weaknesses unless you want to include insurance costs!!

    22 August 2005

  • My blade was my first "proper" sports bike after owning a fantastic Firestorm and sadly a RF600

    wumpa

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    The blade has to be the best bike I have ever ridden, and I have ridden a lot! It is easy to ride fast and just as easy to ride slow, if not a little painful on the rists. You have to really be riding like a twat for it to bite back. It has to be one of the least intimerdating of the big sports bikes. Strengths: It's small size and light weight. Its no bigger than my mates CBR600 and it gets swampted by my dads ZX9R. Weaknesses: The bloody fuel injection at low speeds! get a Power Commander and get it set up properly.

    16 June 2004

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