The first generation of the Honda CBR900RR, affectionately known as the Fireblade, was a revolution in the large displacement sport bike market. Despite a 50% larger engine, this bike weighed just 4 pounds more than the CBR600F2. Just as important, this bike was a whopping 76 pounds lighter than its lightest competition!
Dynamically, this is an excellent bike with incredible reliability. As Motorcycle News puts it, the Fireblade was “the motorcycle that changed how sports motorcycles were built.” The 893cc motor produced 122 horsepower and 65 pound-feet of torque, enough for a top speed just over 160 miles per hour. The designer (Tadao Baba) wanted conventional forks because they weighed less, so his compromise was to build forks that looked inverted. It was originally going to be called Lightning but “Fireblade” came about due to an incorrect translation. Fireblade is cooler, anyway.
The odometer on this example shows 8,915 miles and the seller considers it to be in “very good to excellent” original condition. He acquired it a couple of years ago as a non-runner and then had the Motor Cafe in Sunnyvale, CA bring it back to life. Aftermarket additions are limited to a period Corbin seat, matching passenger pad, and lower foot pegs (original pegs included). The bike has had lots of recent mechanical work and flaws are limited to some scratches on the tank and the tail. Mechanically, everything is said to work.
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