HONDA CBR900RR FIREBLADE (2000-2001) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"It wasn't exactly what fans were expecting"

Honda CBR900RR Fireblade motorcycle review - Riding

"It wasn't exactly what fans were expecting"

  • At a glance
  • 929cc  -  152 bhp
  • 36 mpg  -  140 miles range
  • Medium seat height (815mm)

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

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.

 

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

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.

Engine 3 out of 5

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.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

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 & Running Costs 3 out of 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.

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Equipment 4 out of 5

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.

Owners' Reviews

21 owners have reviewed their HONDA CBR900RR FIREBLADE (2000-2001) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.7 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.3 out of 5
Engine 4.4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.5 out of 5
Equipment 4.1 out of 5
5 out of 5

2000 Fireblade

26 March 2010 by y2blade

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... Read more is running two-up to the Isle of Man TT and enjoying the open road once over there Truly Faultless .... 5 stars from me

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

Best bike I've ever ridden

22 March 2010 by MrDarcyZX6R

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... Read more be disappointed!

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

2000 929cc blade

05 May 2009 by lev2312

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... Read more comfier ride position on long journeys. Pretty practical with a large under seat storage area. All round a superb machine.

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

Stable, composed, refined

04 March 2009 by Titot182

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... Read more 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!

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

CBR929rr

02 April 2008 by Stuhsp

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... Read more 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.

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

fireblade rry/929cc

19 February 2008 by bijou

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... Read more 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.

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

Honda Fireblade CBR929 RRY owned from new in 2001

17 October 2006 by TRussell

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... Read more 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 !

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

cbr929rry - ultimate all rounder.

28 June 2006 by motoraca

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... Read more 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.

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

FireBlade, the hype doesn't lie!

22 August 2005 by Buzzwagon10

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... Read more 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!!

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

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

16 June 2004 by wumpa

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... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
Read all 21 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2000
Year discontinued 2001
Original price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 152 bhp
Max torque 76 ft-lb
Top speed 164 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.7 secs
Average fuel consumption 36 mpg
Tank range 140 miles
Specification
Engine size 929cc
Engine type 16v in-line four, 6 gears
Frame type Aluminium beam
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Seat height 815mm
Bike weight 170kg
Front suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Front brake Twin 330mm discs
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/50 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2000: Honda CBR900RR FireBlade launched.

Other versions

None.

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