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

41 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
5 out of 5

one brilliant allround sportsbike

16 February 2017 by Fix1985

perfect handeling & very versatile allrounder

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
bike is at his best in so many ways. take it to the track for a blast, take it to the backroads for cornering fun. what you think you want to do, its already doing it. thats how good the feel is when you ride it. it never surprises you by doing anything wrong. also the handlebars are high enough to ride comfortably for hours. for sure if you put on a slightly higher windscreen/visor
Engine
5 out of 5
power is from 3000rpm straight to the red zones one fine line with a little extra kick in the end.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
very low maintenance bike, it uses very little oil. most parts are high quality build. the regulator however is not that good. heats up to fast and gets little cooling. after i blew up the first u replaced it with an after market model with cooling ribs. that cured the problem. i bought mine with about 51000km on the clock. and with normal maintenance (or sometimes even a lack of) i set the clock on 108000 before any real problems started. as an example it did this without even changing a single spark plug once. but eventually the regulator broke down again, what also affected the dynamo.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
very low, just normal things as tires, oil, chain & sprockets. that with doing about 15000km a year
Equipment
4 out of 5
its well rather logically packed, everything it needs, it has it. of not, its not there. only thing to mention is a gear indicator. it hasn't got one. fitted one myself. after market exhaust cans for some extra sound and growl are probably a thing you would like. also, i can recommend a dyno-jet kit. first and most for getting out the little power dip between 5000-6000rpm, second, when fine-tuned it can be good for your fuel consumption. mine did 1:18 L/km went up to 1:21 L/Km making a run of 320km without refuelling possible. didn't matter if riding sporty or laid back touring.
Buying experience

bought it at a dealer for about 5500 euros that was in 2007. about now you'll find them on the net for half of that

4 out of 5

The Last Best Fireblade

18 October 2016 by ptelyash

Amazing motorcycle and performs excellently. Great rider experience

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

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

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

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.

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

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 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 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 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

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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5 out of 5

Updated RRV

28 September 2010 by tblade97

Owned my 97 RRV since 1998 after the first owner put 3k miles on it. Having now done 21k with a few mods later, I will never sell my fireblade. Owned R1's, GSXR's, supermotos etc but this bike always seems to delight. First mod was a VFR 17" front wheel, excellent choice. Now I run a set of MAG Dymags, RC45 front forks and yokes. Billet 6 calipers with PFM discs. Ohlins damper with Harris bracket, Ohlins rear shock and PFM disc. 1998 stainless downpipes with a stubby and Ti Vance and Hines pipe. Harris rearsets and Dunlop D208RR tyres are the best suited since the D207RR, tried many others but I like these overall. Internals are TTS finest with Bigbore JE pistons, flowed and polished, HRC cam with dynoed 41mm flatslides, the result is a sweet handling 158bhp 97 Fireblade that on the road the only thing that can slow you down is YOU !

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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5 out of 5

Excellent all round bike - Will never part with it! Buy one now!

23 April 2009 by wwwhondafirebladecom

If you are pondering as to whether a pre-injection blade is for you, then stop thinking and start buying! Not just are they classic's in the making, but they are a serious bike even by todays standards. I currently have a 1999 RRX/W and dont think for a minute that because it is a 10 year old bike that it must be slow! The blade still screams to breath taking speeds in no time at all and with a micron end can it sounds amazing! I use my blade every day and in all weathers and I love it! It rides two up with no problem at all with bearly any difference to the power and gets nods of respect every where you go. Two up, touring, around town, open roads...the list is endless! The blade is happy doing it all! As for fuel I normally reach about 140 miles before I hit reserve which is fine by me. I clean the blade all the time but even in winter the bike scrubs up really well. Excellent build quality, the likes of which you rarely ever see. If your new to riding to be put off by the blade. It really is very easy to ride, and as long as you respect it you cant go wrong. The 1998/99 blade is more like a sports tourer now especially in comparrison to the new blade which is more like a 600 is weight and shape. It is still big and bulky around its front end which gives it a menacing look! I really cant fault my bike. You really should stop thinking and get out there and buy one. I picked my 1999 blade up for a small sum of £1900! The bike only had 10000 miles on the clock and is and remains in excellent condition! I love it. For more photos check out my blog at www.hondafireblade.com.

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
3 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Still ace

01 February 2009 by all624

I own an RRN and an Evoblade having owned both from new. The RRN has only 4,000 miles on it so it is really like new. Looks a little dated in a semi classic way but still great fun to ride, although 17 years on my riding is a little more sensible!

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
3 out of 5
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5 out of 5

1999blade

22 September 2008 by 1den

i can't praise this bike enough. considering it's very nearly 10 years old it's brilliant. i bought it with 9000 miles on the clock and have done 3500 miles over summer and loved every minute of it. fitted pirelli diablo tyres, which work really well with the bike - now need a new pair. pillion seat is good, just add a grab rail. i changed to braided hoses and new pads and it made a real difference on the power of the brakes. it's the only bike i've had that i can't say a bad word about! good mpg, brilliant handling, cheap insurance.

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
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

1997 rrv

02 September 2008 by lister22

had it for 3 years now just done 8000 mile and in great condition ,does eveything i need in a bike ,just got great bike insurance 130.00 fully comp ,the works ,carole nash , cheaper than the 12 bandit i had a few years ago.ive been riding for 14 years and i dont want anything else ,there were conti force tyres on it when i bought it and they were pants ,, pilot sport now 134.00 a pair not bad at all..for some tyre makes the front wheel is a killer on prices sometimes more than the rear , anyway its a great machine and i got a cracking deal with this one, never looked back.....

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 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

97 RRV Fireblade

01 June 2008 by steven.hood7

Bought new in August 97 on an "R" and now showing 102,015 Miles.I would say this bike just got better with more miles i put on it.Bridgestone tyres suit this bike well and have no probs with the 16" front wheel.Had to be quite firm with the gearchanges from new but got progressively better after 30,000miles.My only complaint has been the Alternator windings failing on 3 occasions now along with a couple of Reg/Rec"s.Keep to the 4000/8000/12000/16000 service intervals and the bike will do very high mileages.Top tip from a Honda Technician/Keep the revs down for the first 12miles while the engine gets to working temp and it will last forever.More than happy with this bike even after all the miles on it.It burns NO oil between 4000 mile changes and still does 40mpg when used quite hard.

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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5 out of 5

excellent all round bike

23 April 2008 by Eldar

mines a 98 rrw i've had it sixteen months and averaged a thousand miles a month using it every day all year round for cmmuting to work and weekend rides , fuel consumption is between 45 - 52 mpg depending on what mood takes you , its been absoluteley reliable and is one of the most comfortable bikes i've owned in thirty six years of riding , pillion comfort is good to say's my missus . I won't trade it for later fuel injected model because the fuel consumption on these is dreadfull .

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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5 out of 5

Sort it then ride it... it's a class act.

18 October 2007 by Anonymous

After three dirtbikes, two streetbikes, an rvf400 and a big 'ole Pan, a blade was to be my introduction to sportsbikes. I got it to find out what all the fuss was about and plumbed for the original '92 blade for that reason. Very happy I did too. I got the bike off ebay with 47K miles on the clock but otherwise looking like a minter. My first probs were electrical, solved by replacing the charging system and reg/rect with electrex gear, job done. Second problem was a slight tickiness at start up which seemed to disappear after warm, this was the cam chain. Sorted by replacing cam chain and tensioner (tensioner was fully extended ie. spent). I then bought a claimed 6k mile carb from off a 94 blade and swapped that in.. cheapest carb rebuild in history.. this helped sharpen up the throttle response. One horrible problem showed up as an intermittent loss of power to cyls 1 and 4, this turned out to be a control cable, rotted through. Sorted by splicing in a replacement. The old motad exhaust fell off just a few weeks ago (well just the tip), swapped that for a scorpion. I've now done a total of about 12K miles on this bike. The last 4k have been completely trouble free. It does 150 miles a day commute (rain or shine, day and night), trackies and the odd weekend blat. It does these things effortlessly and without drama -- in the dark it's got the brightest stock lighting of any bike I've owned. Obviously not a green laner but in road-holding terms the most sure footed thing I've ever ridden. Oh yeah, handling. Nearly forgot to mention, the bike came with a 190 rear.. a 190 rear shags the handling, end of story. Use a 180. Also the 16" front wheel will have a 17" rolling radius if the correct tyre is used, this is also very important, otherwise erhh.. shags the handling. Some months later when one of the forks started leaking I took the bike to have a full fork rebuild and front and back setup, result.. massively improved ride, super-stable in turns, really quiet over tarmac snakes and hatching etc, no, repeat, no chatter under heavy breaking and no tank slappers eg under heavy acceleration over hatching or shitty tarmac. So if you're getting any of these symptoms, don't blame the bike, check you have good tyres and pressures and get the suspension set up! Additional stuff learnt during this exercise is that the rear shock is not easily user serviceable. For now mine seems to be working but soon to be replaced with an ohlins unit. Also, front forks (on '92 model) have only rebound adjustment, I've got a set off a '97 which have rebound and compression adjustment, and I believe will bolt straight on, these will be getting the full treatment (linear springs + ktec damping gubbins) before fitting. Eventually I may also swap out the stockers for some lighter dymag wheels, this looks to be the sweetest (if not the cheapest) way to get a 17" front (for better choice of rubber). Lighter wheels will also be fun I think ;) All in all a bloody descent bit of kit, and no fecker's tried to nick it yet... the thieves round our way seem to prefer K7's, guess I would too but plenty happy enough with my old blade for now.

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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4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

1998 Blade

13 August 2007 by The First Ninja

Well its new to me, looked for months and finally got a cracker, looks like brand new, 1998 with 3500 on the clock and all mot's etc to prove it, absolutely spotless and what a bike, handles, goes like stink, yet is just as happy pottering about, even Miss Daisy would feel safe on this, great in the wet, better in the dry, good brakes, bit of patter from the front wheel from over eager throttle and impending kerbside furniture. Huge grin factor and you can actually get stuff in the underseat storage. Only issues after 800 glorious miles in 3 weeks is a slightly noisey clutch, mmmm puzzling and an odd high pitch vibe through right hand bar, sent my hand dead within 20 miles yesterday, but after asking around current thinking is that it needs carbs balancing ???? and or new fluid in the front forks, dunno but I'll give em a try. Otherwise a stonkin bike and plenty fast enough to lose yer licence. Get one, have fun.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5
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4 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Not for real bikers

05 June 2007 by Lightning Boy

I had one of these brand new at T reg and was, like most people, pretty damn impressed with the performance. Many people on this site rave about its handling, for me though, it was too harsh. I ride on back roads, almost exclusively and found it too nervous, too crashy on bigger potholes and generally pretty rubbish to live with. Like all my bikes, I used it every working day and some weekends for good measure. My Blade covered 26k miles in 3 years and was really not all that reliable... various bearings collapsed, alloy surfaces corroded badly and needed constant cleaning and the suspension was fully cream crackered at the end of the 3 years. The list could go on. If you ride this bike on sunny weekend track-days and have the patience to pamper it, it will serve you well. If you want a real bike, look elsewhere.

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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3 out of 5
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5 out of 5
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5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Superb

18 April 2007 by gcoetzee

I love this bike. I've just bought a "T" reg 918. I'm loving it. It is a little hard in the seat, but goes like stink. It makes you look good, as it does all the cornering work for you. Got £ 900 for my old CB 500 "R" reg 57000 miles & only had to fork out an extra £ 1200 for the Blade...what a bargain...Has a tendancy to go too fast, just getting used to how little throttle action is required to get well over the ton...Bit to much speed for our roads, but love it!! Looking forward to a long, hot summer... Later G

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5
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5 out of 5
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4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

The greatest, all-time, litre class sportsbike ever - by far.

07 August 2006 by jjcooper

Back in 92/93 there was nothing close. What made it work was the weight (or lack of it) and, for me, the 16 inch front wheel. Nothing has come close since in terms of all round grin factor. Why doesn't Honda build another just like it but with uprated everything. I'd buy one tomorrow. Strengths: Low weight, ease of cornering, reliability, build quality... everything. Weaknesses: It got through an awful lot of front wheel bearings in the 50,000 mile I did on it. Back in '93 bikes were much more expensive than today in real terms.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5
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5 out of 5
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5 out of 5
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4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

My Review

28 August 2003 by jaso

Having owned many types of bikes, this is the best bike I've owned. It looks good, it sounds awesome and performance is execellent for running around town or going for a hard blast. It does it with ease and I intend to keep the bike for many years.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5
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5 out of 5
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4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

My Review

18 July 2003 by blade175

The bike is the absolute bollox. The choke is a pile of shit. It's could do with being a bit quicker.



Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

My Review

12 February 2003 by rjay1701

Comfortable, but no sports tourer, Blistering acceleration, straight out of the box, Great handling (more sure footed than most bikes of same year). Next service is a biggie at £250. Only gripe is that, in the world of Gixer thous', R1's and 'Busas, its looking a bit tired. You will keep up with 'em but that's about it.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5
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5 out of 5
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5 out of 5
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4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

My Review

20 September 2002 by Linkcctvnorth

The bike has been across Spain and seen two MCN events and still runs strong. Not a problem ever and I mean ever! Would buy another at right price. Insurance very high but worth every penny.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
2 out of 5
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5 out of 5
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4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

My Review

08 July 2002 by markallinson

Flippin great bike! Pity about the clunky gearbox as usual with Honda, not a problem just not as good as Suzuki or Kawasaki. Dealers are a rip off especially for spares, I got excellent deals with David Silver, try them for all Honda parts. EG Honda top fairing, £300 + vat, David Silver top fairing £180 + vat. Same parts! Dont worry about mileage, some low milage bikes are dodgy and some high milage are great. Worry about condition, not bits of paper!

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
4 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

My Review

04 July 2002 by davidmcbride

Went from a CBR600 to the blade. What a bloody great idea that was! Best bike ever!  The ART exhaust end can sounds fantastic!

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
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

My Review

03 April 2002 by pcoupe

The RRS is still a hooligan and not as civilised or easy to ride fast as newer versions. The inexperienced should look elsewhere. Long trips (over 150miles) result in trips to the physio. The bike is very sensitive to suspension settings - get it wrong and you'll ruin the handling. Start with factory settings and increase rebound damping and front preload slightly and the same for the rear (one notch increase in pre-load is all thats needed). It rates at 100% for grin factor and is fast becoming a classic that'll still match pub heroes on GSXRs or R1s in real life on real roads! 100% reliable and still looks great today. Buy with confidence and enjoy!

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
1 out of 5
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5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

My Review

26 March 2002 by Tommi Kristian

Good reliability, fast and very light, good looking, easy to use daily. Dont have anything bad to say because I´ve had it just a little while.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
3 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

My Review

26 March 2002 by McCett

Like the racey position, which isn't uncomfortable on the daily commute to Manc' city centre, or for long distances on A roads. Like the sudden surge of oomph at 8000 to redline. Like mirrors you can see things in! Dont like the way the previous owner had wound all the suspension adjustments up to full to make it a hard ride, thus leaving the springs and damping well abused. Ohlins internals for front and new rear shock on order.... Forks to be dropped and rear to be raised when new shock arrives to sharpen up the steering a little. Other than that, fantastic. Piece of history that still runs with all the pretty R1s and Gixer Thou's out there.


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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5 out of 5

My Review

25 March 2002 by blade99

My dream bike grin factor 110%. Road an R1, well what can I say! Blade wins hands down!!

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
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

My Review

28 February 2002 by dave2

Well, what can I say about this bike. Awesome! Handles fantasic, its reliable, easy to work on. I just can't fault it -  BLADES KICKASS!

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
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5

My Review

05 February 2002 by imajor1

Still find the 16" front end sensitive, but that is purely down to me. Handling is superb. Comfort poor for my 6ft height Pillion comfort surprisingly good (so I am told!) Excellent storage area under the rear seat. Asthmatic below 5000rpm Motor happy at 7000rpm - trouble is that is 95mph! Fitted aftermarket exhaust (Remus) which improves the sound and response (welcome improvement) with no jet changes required. New chain fitted due to poor maintenance of original by previous owner/dealer servicing. Onw maintenance carried out - not too difficult - hardest service is the valve clearance bucket and shim adjustment. Great motor for quiet rides out or for the odd adrenalin buzz.

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

My Review

01 February 2002 by gazzah

Owned for three years, totally reliable, used all year round, no complaints.

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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5 out of 5

My Review

07 January 2002 by raudis4

I purchased this from a racer buddy who didn't ride it anymore. Compared to my cruiser ST1100, this is like being on a rocketship. Almost as comfortable and tons more fun riding in the great twisties in the Santa Monica canyons and Highway 1 up to Big Sur...I will never get close to riding this machine to the max, but having all this great performance in hand is reassuring since it's such a forgiving and responsive machine. My Ducati buddies may be faster, but I'm more comfortable and just behind them.


Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

My Review

12 December 2001 by bandit95

Can't fault this bike, outstandinng handling, lovely smooth power delivery, never change it.

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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5 out of 5

My Review

08 October 2001 by philip anthony

Love the handling and quick turning in. No dislikes at all

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
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5 out of 5
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4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

My Review

28 July 2001 by alsie54

First big bike, px'ed my VFR 400R, fell in love with the urban tiger colours. Gets a bit twitchy on bumpy roads if you're too enthusiastic with your right hand, suffers slightly from brake fade on spirited rideouts. Handling is ace and has got me out of trouble on many occasions...if it drifts wide then just look where you want to go and accelerate and the bike does it for you..! Only complaint after a 200 mile round trip was a numb bum and cramp....but then again I didn't want a tourer...! Glad it's got an electronic speedo so you can still see what speed your doing while on the back wheel...!


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

My Review

16 June 2001 by helyda

Another born again, I bought a VFR800 and within a month realised that I wasn't up for touring, I just want a bike to safely ride fast, just for fun. My 'blade handles beautifully and is forgiving when I mess up. The injection seems to have got smoother or maybe I have got used to it. It is light weight and for the type of bike very easy to ride. The engine rattles and the clutch is noisy, normal apparently. Love it :)

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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4 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 £2,500 to £3,500
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £85
Annual service cost £250
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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