HONDA CBR900RR FIREBLADE (2002-2003) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"The last Blade by Tadao Baba is the most exciting to ride and lighter than its successors"

Honda CBR900RR FireBlade motorcycle review - Riding

"The last Blade by Tadao Baba is the most exciting to ride and lighter than its successors"

  • At a glance
  • 954cc  -  149 bhp
  • 39 mpg  -  150 miles range
  • Insurance group: 17 of 17
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  • Medium seat height (815mm)

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

The last Honda CBR900RR FireBlade by Tadao Baba is the most exciting to ride and lighter than its successors. Later Honda CBR1000RR Fireblades were faster but heavier and less involving. Like any Honda CBR900RR FireBlade this one is incredibly fast, surprisingly reliable, amazingly comfortable and well built too. A stunning motorcycle that looks extra tasty in white.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The Honda CBR900RR FireBlade's small size and quality chassis makes this a motorcycle you can get on and ride hard from day one. Once you get used to it you can explore its outstanding abilities. The Honda CBR900RR FireBlade is fast to turn and will shake its handlebars when accelerating, especially if the front hits bumps. It’s just a warning and makes the ride really involving.

Engine 4 out of 5

In-line four is the class standard and the Honda CBR900RR FireBlade's 954cc version was a little smaller than the competition. Yamaha’s YZF-R1 and Suzuki’s GSXR1000 from the same year beat the Honda CBR900RR FireBlade on midrange and top end partly thanks to extra capacity. But if you find the Honda CBR900RR FireBlade wanting you should be a pro-racer. Fuel injection slightly snatchy but that’s nit-picking.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

The odd Honda CBR900RR FireBlade used for racing suffered problems with the engine but motorcycles used on the road are pretty much trouble free. Some engine noise is normal. The original steering head bearings should have been replaced with a recall but not every owner of the Honda CBR900RR FireBlade bothered – if the handling’s bad that might be the problem, especially if the motorcycle is an import.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

Like so many Hondas the Honda CBR900RR FireBlade holds its value pretty well on the used market. It’s quite a sought after motorcycle – the previous motorcycle was less nimble, the successor less exciting so clean 02/03 Honda CBR900RR FireBlades always make good money. That said the Suzuki GSX-R1000 K3 and 02/03 Yamaha YZF-R1s mean the Honda CBR900RR FireBlade's price is never too high. Find a Honda CBR900RR FireBlade for sale.

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Equipment 4 out of 5

The Honda CBR900RR FireBlade is pretty comfy for the rider – acceptable for the pillion if a grab rail’s added – that’s impressive for a pure sports motorcycle. Mirrors are pretty good, underseat storage is accessible and handy, HISS imobiliser’s a boon and upgradable. The Honda CBR900RR FireBlade's clocks are comprehensive, including a fuel consumption read out.

Owners' Reviews

11 owners have reviewed their HONDA CBR900RR FIREBLADE (2002-2003) 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 4.9 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.8 out of 5
Engine 4.8 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.9 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.7 out of 5
Equipment 4.5 out of 5
5 out of 5

CBR 954 2002

27 January 2013 by ty8900

I got my CBR954 2002, a year ago. I carnt fault it, excelent ride, handling, looks, tank range, ect, ect. Ive had many of bikes, but this is a keeper, i bought it with 12000 miles on the clock, it now has 16000, these bike will do 100,000 easy. I... Read more would buy another an store it if i had the money. I love 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

MuttsNuts

17 November 2009 by Anonymous

My bike is now 6 years old and people still say 'I like your new bike' such is the quality and overall finish. To be honest that's why i'm such a honda fan, riding all year you really do need a bike that will stand up to the worst of the weather... Read more Britain has to offer and Honda delivers in spades. After 18k miles the engine is run in nicely, but she still feels taught and incredibaly responsive. This bike is ridiculously easy to ride fast and she holds a line superbly well, but you still have to show her who's the boss when going for it as it is still capable of biting, saying that she is a complete pussycat when ridden at normal pace. The brakes are superb and I have still found no reason to fit braided hoses apart from aesthetic reasons (maybe next year) This for me is the best looking blade that Tadao produced and one of the most comfortable, not only can you still cut it on the twisties with all modern litre bikes, she is also capable of touring with good mpg. I commute 100 miles a day to work and use the bike whenever possible. She is so easy to live with and has never let me down, she will always produce the goods when asked and I have absolutely no reason what so ever to part company with her, infact if i did succumb to buy another bike the 954 would still be in my garage as she really is that good and i will not part with her. if you're reading this it's more than likely you are looking to buy one. Well as NIKE would say 'just do it' its one hell of a machine.

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

cbr954rr

19 August 2009 by scottashcockayne

well where do i start, i went looking for a new bike but had no idea what i was looking for, i looked at R1's, Zx6r's, and the like, and never thought about a blade...... until i saw a low milelage 954..... after reading a load of reviews about all... Read more the bikes i thought.. yes thats the one.......... and its a joy to own... riding it is so easy, the power is a simple matter of throttle control, no nasty power steps that catch you out.... but open the throttle, regardless of the gear and your rewarded with a load of grunt and after a very short time a large speed reading on the lcd display..... once brave enough first and second gear are a ball... with a decent amount of throttle the front wheel lifts and the surge is grin inspiring!! but its the rest of the bike that makes you grin more... the handling is spot on for the roads, not too firm and not to soft, point the front end where you want and the rest of the bike follows... hang off and the supsension seems to get even better!! but its the brakes that make the blast fun....... awesome stopping power, so easy to scrub speed off, with no sudden bite or fade on a run, the brakes are great!! comfort for a sports bike is great too... 100 miles at least before you feel the need to stop and stretch!! which is almost the tank range.... expect about 120 miles before reserve... giving about 35 to 40 mpg... oh, and the snatchy throttle is not a issue.... reviews say its snatchy but being smooth proves its not............ overall its a joy to ride, stunningly fast without trying, excellent headlights, loads of grip, super breaks, comfy, looks great, and engine thats actually road focused... rather than track focused... ( i.e. not all top end power) down sides?? now thats hard, i suppose the only downside is the fact you need to stop every now and again to refuel!!!!!!!!!!

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

Life in the old dog yet!!!

01 August 2009 by daveyb954

Bought 03 954 in March this year,14,700 miles on it and now has 17,500. Fitted BT021's at the time and still plenty life, brilliant grip. Absolutely love it in the black and yellow,power is fantastic and predictable. Very comfortable for a sports... Read more bike and regularly do 300 mile run's. fuel consumption is amazing! 48 MPG at touring mode, 160mls to a tank. Doing the highland and islands again this year, best place in the world!!

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

early days...RR3

04 September 2008 by littledaddy

Day 3 in the Littledaddy house and the Blade is still getting alot of attention! There seems to a constant stream of my sons friends wandering in to garden to have look while he tells them exaggerated tales of bhp and top speed.......which is good... Read more for my (and his) street-cred...But in reality the engine is quite a sweetie really - very linear power and no where near as intimidating as i thought...The riding position is pure sports (after a Triumph RS anyway) and at 5'10" my head feels almost over the (very clear) clocks - the whole package feels teeny weeny (my old wrists are cursing me!)...the ride quality (chasis and suspension) are AWESOME..(some credit to the previous owner here) as the bike is soft and compliant but seems to holding a tight-line (not really hammered it yet - so it may need firming up?) - the build quality is excellent and there are some nice touches with the under-seat storage and bungee hooks...all-in-all i think i've made a good choice - i wanted an everyday superbike with the potential for some proper fun on good roads..especially in Europe (we've already decided we're going back to Spain again now!)...so if the reliability and build last through the winter the bike will be getting a huge thumbs-up from me - the RS will be a difficult act to follow in truth!!

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

Blade 954

19 March 2008 by stuart007

Best bike I have ever owned and there has been alot. Good looking, fast and comfortable for a sports bike. Handling is delightful. Easy enough power for the road. Perfect machine for track days. What a bike! Read more

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

954

11 February 2008 by pussinboots

I had reservations about going from a CBR600 to the 954 'Blade but I'm very glad I did..it is light,manoeuvrable,comfortable and involving to ride with good tank range .I have Pirelli Diablos on mine which is the unusual white & blue version... Read more

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

An excellent bike

12 September 2007 by cfjohnson

Bought new in 2003, and now has 36,000 'weekend' miles on it. Standard except for a double bubble screen and uprated front suspension. Apart from tyres (it eats them) and steering head bearings nothing has broken or worn out. I trust it more than any... Read more other bike I have owned; it does exactly what you tell it to without any surprises. It's reputation as the best of the Blades for road use seems completely justified.

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
5 out of 5

02 Fireblade 954cc

04 September 2007 by Anonymous

Brilliant Bought with 7500 miles in 2004, it now has 24000 miles in all types of weather. nothing broke, nothing fell off, always starts. great storage space, holds a tool kit, lock, and a rain suit. reasonably comfy solo riding, but not great... Read more at 40 to 50 mph all day with pillion, tyres BT 014 BT 020 / 021 rear last forever. handling is brilliant, excellent feedback from front, excellent brakes, very easy to ride

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
4 out of 5

My Blade...

19 June 2007 by queen bodecia

Can't believe there aren't more reviews for this model of Blade, there's certainly plenty of them out there! Anyway, I've had mine for a grand total of 4 days now. It's my first ever inline four, other than a shonky old steel-framed CBR6 for... Read more track, and it's a whole new experience for me. So fast my eyes water, so tiny it feels like a toy bike and so purdy in blue I'm in love for ever more. We're still getting used to each other. Me to his intense turn of speed, lithe handling and general willingness to please. Him to my pudding-level of ability. The only way is up. Good bits so far: Large, comfy seat and useful underseat storage. Lots of buttons and features to play with. Awesome power. Bad bits so far: Legs getting a bit cramped. A bit twitchy on bumpy roads. All in all the best four and a half grand I have ever spent. :)

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 5 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2002
Year discontinued 2003
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 149 bhp
Max torque 78 ft-lb
Top speed 170 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.7 secs
Average fuel consumption 39 mpg
Tank range 150 miles
Specification
Engine size 954cc
Engine type 16v in-line four, 6 gears
Frame type Alloy twin spar
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Seat height 815mm
Bike weight 168kg
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

2002: Honda CBR900RR FireBlade launched.                                 

 

Other versions

None.

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