Click here for an instaVIN Motorcycle History Report on this 1993 Honda CBR900RR. Additional photos are available here for your perusal.
In the early 1990s, Honda turned the motorcycling world on its head when it released the CBR900RR Fireblade. The ‘Blade’s designer, Tadao Baba, primarily focused on keeping weight down above all else — a must considering his brief was to deliver a modern superbike with open-class power, weighing no more than your average 600 of the day. The “Fireblade” name is actually the result of a mistranslation of the word “lightning”, and it didn’t fit squarely into any of the existing major classes. Rather, Honda’s goal was to create the best possible road-going superbike, and the eventual result was the 900RR.
At the heart of the original Fireblade — which didn’t come to US shores until ’93 — was a 893cc in-line four which was essentially a stroked three-quarter liter mill with a 70mm bore. Though it wasn’t the most powerful engine of its day, the RR’s 124 hp, 65 ft-lbs of torque, and 160 mph top speed were nothing to scoff at, especially with its svelte weight.
This included using a highly-developed lightweight frame, 16” front wheel, conventional forks instead of heavier inverted units (though the 900RR’s front-end was designed to look like an upside down fork) and even the Swiss cheesed-nose.
In the end, Baba-san came through, delivering a 900 that tipped the scales at around 450lbs wet. It was less than 10 lbs heavier than the CBR600, and a whopping 100lbs lighter than most of the open-class competition of the day!
Modifications include flush mount front turn signals, Woody Woodpecker stickers on the front fairings, removal of the license plate mount, carbon fiber covers on the dash and top triple, and a Micron 4-2-1 exhaust.
Mechanically, the bike runs strong and shifts smoothly, but it will need some basic maintenance such as fluid changes, new tires, and a new chain. There are some minor cosmetic issues – the right mid-fairing has been repaired at the back corner by the previous owner. The left mid-fairing is cracked in the back corner (a common issue with these bikes). The right-side tail fairing has a small piece missing at the back corner. The upper fairing has also been repaired on the lower left side by the previous owner.
This first-year CBR900RR is ready to go right now as a rider, or it would make a great base for a restoration – whether you want to tackle that yourself or have our White Glove service do the work for you!