HONDA CBR900RR FIREBLADE (1992-1999) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"The motorcycle that changed how sports motorcycles were built."

Honda CBR900RR Fireblade motorcycle review - Riding

"The motorcycle that changed how sports motorcycles were built."

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

The motorcycle that changed how sports motorcycles were built. The Honda CBR900RR FireBlade wiped the floor with its competitor motorcycles not by being more powerful (it wasn’t) but by being lighter. Rivals were all well over 200kg, the first Honda CBR900RR FireBlade was just 185kg which made it perform superbly. It’s still a wild ride and a surprisingly practical motorcycle too.

 

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The Honda CBR900RR was labeled dangerously fast steering when it was launched – but times have moved on and modern motorcycles are much more flighty. The 16” front wheel gives an unusual feel and somewhat limits tyre choice – a 17" wheel from a Honda VFR750F-V goes straight in without needing new spacers. Brakes work well if in good condition.

Engine 4 out of 5

Proven technology made lightweight – very much the Honda CBR900RR FireBlade’s philosophy. It worked extremely well. The in-line four, 16 valve, liquid cooled engine in the Honda CBR900RR FireBlade grew from 893cc to 918cc by 1998 but it always set the motorcycle alight with plenty of power at any revs and a dab of character too.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

Despite making a motorcycle with revolutionary light weight, Honda didn’t cut corners in terms of quality. Honda CBR900RR FireBlades can easily run to 100,000 miles with routine maintenance. Problems with used motorcycle will be caused by neglect, crash damage or thieves so check thoroughly for all those when looking at a Honda CBR900RR FireBlade.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

The Honda CBR9000RR was the best motorcycle in its day and still a superb buy on the used market. Some rivals are cheaper but buy a clean, straight used Honda CBR900RR FireBlade and you can’t go wrong. Depreciation shouldn’t be massive and the early ‘round eye’ 1992 and 1993 Honda CBR900RR FireBlades look like becoming collectors items. Find a Honda CBR900RR FireBlade for sale.

Insurance group: 17 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Like any minimalist sports motorcycle there’s few luxuries on the Honda CBR900RR Fireblade. But the Honda CBR900RR FireBlade has a couple of surprises up its sleeve. First it’s not uncomfortable or cramped – even pillion accommodation is good if a grab rail is added. Also there’s an excellent ‘boot’ luggage space under the rear seat.

Owners' Reviews

40 owners have reviewed their HONDA CBR900RR FIREBLADE (1992-1999) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your HONDA CBR900RR FIREBLADE (1992-1999)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.8 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.7 out of 5
Engine 4.8 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.9 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

The Last Best Fireblade

18 October 2016 by ptelyash

Amazing motorcycle and performs excellently. Great rider experience Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Bike is best almost all the time and it's a decent all round bike. Usually can be driven 150km without any breaks
Engine
4 out of 5
Very good
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Well built
Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
There are a lot of aftermarket parts for this bike and do it justice.
5 out of 5

919 All rounder

17 October 2016 by Janine Thomas

Easy to ride, extremely comfortable. If you want to go you just open her up - any gear any rev range, she will just start pulling Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Through the twists, 5-7 grand she really comes alive, Is a fantastic commuter. Pillion seating is awesome, is like riding an arm chair that certainly move.
Engine
5 out of 5
Strong, reliable, has so much torque, just keeps pulling and pulling. Clutch basket rattle until she warms up and will hold her rev's at 1100. is very embarrassing and the only let down I have ever had
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Replaced Reg rec replaced around 70000km & stator rewound at 92000km. Original battery finally gave out after 7years. I am at 93000km this sat parked up for 5 years. Changed the fuel, oil & battery and has been running like a dream every since. I could not get a dollar value for what this bikes reliability is worth to me.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Very cheap & reliable able - 16" front tyres are getting hard to find now.
Equipment
5 out of 5
Love the huge boot that hinges, is a pain when you want to swap between rear cowl and pillion.
Buying experience

I brought privacy as the 3rd owner, I bought her for $8000 in 2001

5 out of 5

01 January 2016 by morten

fast and easy to ride Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Quality at its BEST

01 December 2015 by Chris

I have had this bike from new. Why change from the bench mark of all sports bike. You have to ride this bike in your life-time Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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Buying experience

The Best Ever Never To Be Repeated!!!!

4 out of 5

brilliant all rounder

06 September 2015 by 1400melb

i've had mine 7 years now ,great all rounder, more comfortable than naked bikes (and i'm a big bloke 50+ ) quality stuff, you should try one. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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Buying experience

paid £1700 private, great value as i wont loose ay money

5 out of 5

28 June 2015 by Domdom

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Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Brilliant

14 September 2014 by Anonymous

I bought my RRX '99 Blade in 2010 with 16k miles on it. It came with full service history and was totally standard. Since then i've added a few bits, K&N air filter, Beowulf can and some cosmetic changes replacing lights, indicators etc... I have... Read more been living in Central Europe since 2010 and i brought the bike with me. Over the last 4 and a half years i've covered around 14k miles on it with trips to the Stelvio pass, Grossglockner pass and weekend blasts through Czech, Germany, Poland and Slovakia. Before this bike i had an '02 plate ZX9R and i thought that was a good bike but the Blade is in another league in terms of handling, this bike just inspires you to push harder through corners and when you do get it wrong it always seems to get you out the other side. In over 4 years of ownership it hasn't missed a beat and when i go out with other riders they always ask how old it is and seem surprised when i tell them it's a 15 year old bike, says something for the build quality and the design of the time. There is a limited choice of tyres as the front is a 16" wheel. I'm running it on Bridgestone S20's which are excellent but don't last very long. I'm getting around 3k miles out of the rear but they more than make up for the longevity in terms of grip. I'm always looking at what to replace the Blade with but struggle to see why i would need to replace it as the bike is the perfect blend of power and handling for the road. More than enough to get you into trouble! I maintain the bike myself and it's generally pretty easy to work on with a vast amount of help and info across the web for when i do get stuck. The bike is comfortable for long rides, fast as hell and handles sublimely. If you are looking at one of these and not sure, i would go for it as you won't be disappointed.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

900RR -x

06 August 2012 by RaH13

Having always wanted a blade in the blue/gold colouring I won one on the bay for £1370. 3 owner, 25k and loads of paper. It's only my 2nd bike, I've been riding for a 18month. I wanted this as a first bike, but was adised not to! So far, I've... Read more knocked up 500 miles and the bike is a dream to ride, so confidence building. I'm 6' and find it really comfortable, truely is a Brilliant bike.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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4 out of 5

My RRW Blade

21 May 2012 by Mavrik11964

Bought my RRW off eBay around 3 yrs ago & it has never let me down. Used daily as a commuter, few trackdays & a tour of the Loire region (France) Had 21k on it when I got it & now on 43k & still going strong!! Mine is a Colin Edwards Laguna Seca... Read more replica & has several mods on it including a 17in VFR800 front wheel conversion which is a relatively easy mod & allows a massive choice of rubber. The tip in is still quick as I dropped the yokes by 5mm to compensate ;-) I use Metzeler Racetecs or Dunlop D211GP Racers on track & Metzeler Sportec M5 on the road. Has got Braking front waveys and Galfer rear discs with braided lines. Hyperpro progressive spring internals in the front & rear. Sprint Pro steering damper (it will shake it's head at you if you don't respect it!!) Has been Dynojetted & will easily keep up with newer more powerful marques. I fitted Renthal 15T/45T sprockets which I feel gives it immense acceleration with only a slight loss in top end (even on track) Have ridden several other makes of bike & I still prefer my ole Blade!! The Blades are well put together & have bulletproof reliability too... Get one & you will be surprised how good they really are!!

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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4 out of 5

rrw

30 December 2010 by bigbroon

Bought mine new in 2000 and have never regretted it stil as fast as ever and wil keep up with lots of the new bikes,handles well and still in good nick.definately not for resale Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1992
Year discontinued 1999
Original price -
Used price £2,000 to £4,500
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £82
Annual service cost £200
Performance
Max power 128 bhp
Max torque 68 ft-lb
Top speed 160 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.8 secs
Average fuel consumption 41 mpg
Tank range 160 miles
Specification
Engine size 918cc
Engine type 16v in-line four, 6 gears
Frame type Aluminium beam
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Seat height 810mm
Bike weight 180kg
Front suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Front brake Twin 310mm discs
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 130/70 x 16
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

1992: Honda CBR900RR launched.
1994: Updated Honda CBR900RR FireBlade with fox eye faired in headlights, RR logo on the tail unit, electric speedo, minor gearbox mods and more.
1996: More updates including 918.5cc engine, dual slits on each side of tail unit, power up from 122bhp to 126, weight down from 185kg to 183.
1998: New plastics, power up to 128bhp, weight down to 180kg, more comfortable too.

Other versions

None.

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