4/26 Update: Thanks to the commenters who requested a photo of the inside of the tank. The seller states that the “tank was cleaned, no rust damage. Has some surface rusting only.” He provided this photo:
Additional photos are available here for your perusal.
Thanks to the introduction of machines like the Ducati 916 and the Yamaha R1, the 90s were a glorious decade for sportbikes. But the start of what we consider modern sportbikes came out of Honda when they introduced the CBR900RR in 1993, and it’s primarily due to Tadao Baba. Baba started at Honda in 1962 out of high school, and he steadily worked his way up through R&D.
The CBR900RR was his first solo project with Big Red, and the goal was to create a sportbike that was easy to ride. In an interview with Cycle World, Tadao noted, “I told people at the time this new bike would change the thinking for sportbike design, that it would be fun both in corners and a straight line. Originally we started with a CBR750RR but we already had the VFR, so perhaps make it a 1000? No. We also had CBR1000F. Instead we saw that if we took the dimensions of a 750, use the base motor but keep same bore and increase stroke it came to 893cc, so a new class was born, the 900 class.”
His outlook on current sportbikes was quite negative:
“How can these be called sports bikes when they are so very big and heavy? They didn’t deserve the name.”
You can probably guess what Baba focused on, and the results were staggering. The CBR900RR was just 4 pounds heavier more than the CBR600F2, and it was a whopping 76 pounds lighter than its lightest literbike competition! Simply put, it was a revelation.
It was also a little twitchy, so when Honda revised the bike in 1998, they wisely added more predictable handling to the list of priorities. Motorcycle.com summed up the changes with: “Although we were hesitant to believe it, the truth of the matter is the new CBR900RR rocks! A few seemingly inconsequential tweaks to engine and chassis have combined to make an animal of an entirely different stripe.”
Manufactured in January of 1999, this example is VIN: JH2SC3303XM302230. The seller acquired this motorcycle a few months ago from the original owner.
During his ownership, the seller has covered five miles. The odometer shows 866 miles.
The seller states they have performed a complete fluid service.
It is riding on Bridgestone tires that have aged out.
The sale includes two keys, the key replacement tag, tool kit, and the owner’s manual.
The seller says that this “motorcycle is a time capsule, no damage anywhere on bike.”
Currently located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, this Honda is offered on a clean Virginia title.
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