The Honda CBR900RR Fireblade
This cool sports motorcycle beat all its rivals when it came out, mainly due to its lighter weight which gave it the edge on speed even though it wasn't necessarily more powerful. Its competitors were mainly over 200kg in weight, while the Honda Fireblade weighed in at just 185kg, a featherweight by comparison. To this day it remains a practical bike and a fun ride at the same time.
It boasts an in-line four, 16 valve, liquid cooled engine which grew from 893cc to 918cc by 1998 and always gave it plenty of power and speed - especially combined with its lightweight. As it grew up its engine got more powerful and its weight got lighter at every upgrade.
When it was first launched it was considered to be dangerously quick but modern bikes have caught up with it - it was just ahead of its time. Its brakes are excellent and cope well if kept in good condition. Like most Honda bikes the Honda CBR900RR Fireblade is a well made quality bike and can run to 100,000 miles with sound routine maintenance. It was really the best motorcycle of its day and is still a great buy on the used market as long as you can find one that has been looked after well. The early 'round eye' 1992 and 1993 models even look like becoming collectable.
The Honda CBR900RR Fireblade is a minimalist bike in terms of luxuries, but it remains a comfortable ride - even for a pillion passenger. It also has a good boot capacity under the rear seat which is very handy.
Honda CBR900RR timeline:
1992: First launched
1994: Updated with Fox eyed faired in headlights, electric speedo, minor gear box modifications and RR logo on the tail unit
1996: Updated with 918.55cc engine, dual slits on each side of tail unit, power up from 122bhp to 126 and weight down from 185kg to 183kg
1998: New plastics, power up to 128bhp and weight down to 180kg.
All in all a quality reliable bike and a pleasure to ride.
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