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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.
The seller reports that he changed the spark plugs at 30,000 miles and performed a fluid flush at 30,800 miles.
In preparation for the listing, the seller had us sync the carbs, repair the rear brake switch housing, and replace the speed gear joint. Yonni and Steve did the work, they note the following in their condition report:
Gas Tank Internal: Ok
Tire Year Front: 2218 / Rear: 8218
Tire Life Front: 90% / Rear: 90%
Tire Press Front: 32 PSI / Rear: 36 PSI
Brake Life Front: 90% / Rear: 90%
Hydraulic Brake Fluid Front: Fail /
Oi Quality: Ok Level: Ok
Coolant Quality: Ok Level: High
Drive Chain Condition: Dirty
Suspension Leaks: None
Low Beam: Ok
High Beam: Ok
Tail Light: Ok
Brake Light: Ok
Plate Light: Ok
TEST RIDE: 1/2 MILE
BIKE OPERATES AS DESIGNED
• BLACK WIDOW HEADERS
• SUPERTRAPP MUFFLER
• TRIPASE NIGHT RIDER LIGHT
• TALON REAR SPROCKET
• PLUGS CHANGED @ 30,000
• RADIATOR FLUSH @ 30,800
The sale also includes the stock front and rear seat, some inner fairings, a talon rear sprocket, a cam cover seal, a left engine cover, some stock levers, two used throttle cables, three fuel pumps, some seat mounting hardware, a K&N jet kit, a turn signal relay, a new intake manifold, and a set of Urban Tiger body decals.
Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California (please make an appointment for an inspection), this Honda is offered on a clean California title with registration current through January 2024.