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.
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.
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.
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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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.