Additional photos of this 0-mile CBR 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. A number of measures were taken by Baba and his team to ensure the Fireblade would hit its target 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! In ’94, the groundbreaking model had its steel upper cowl stay replaced with an aluminum piece, while a magnesium cylinder head cover took the place of the outgoing model’s aluminum unit. 1994 also saw a slight bump in engine efficiency, amongst other changes.
Currently located at our headquarters in Marina del Rey, California, this CBR (VIN: JH2SC2813PM100015) spent years on display in a window at Kolbe Honda in Woodland Hills, California – Honda’s first American motorcycle franchise. If you asked us to find you a 0-mile Honda RC30 today, we know of six that we could source for you. But this is the only 0-mile CBR900RR we’ve ever seen, and as you can guess from the VIN, it’s very early production (January 1992). It’s nearly perfect – the only issue is a flaw in the right side tank logo, and our White Glove service can help make it perfect for a purist.
The bike originally came to us with 4 other super low mile Hondas from the collection of an avid Honda fan that secured the bikes from Kolbe Honda when it closed up shop. We sold it in late 2018 to a collector in Arizona who’s ready to move on. The sale includes comes with the “On-Road Motorcycle Set-up and Pre-delivery Check List”. It’s still in the original owner’s name on a California title, though it’s had three “caretakers” in its life. Will you be number four?