1995 Honda CBR900RR Fireblade

Summary:

A classic bike that is increasing in value day by day. You would have to be stupid not to own one

Faults:

Nothing during my ownership. It's a Honda...

General Comments:

This is a much sought after motorcycle; a classic. Increasing in value month on month, year on year. It's the Vincent Black Shadow of its day; the bike that changed motorcycling forever.

The SC28 changed the world of motorcycling and won the hearts of many riders in its long production run. The best model to get is a SC28 from 1995 as it's a revision model with improvements on the first ones. The smooth engine being fed by a bank of 4 carburetors, tuned to fly down any road or track. Honda realised quite early on that the early models (pre 1995) had issues and quickly made the necessary changes. This made the bikes sell like hot cakes out of dealers' showrooms. Used in the IOM TT as a race bike, it won many trophies for riders and team owners.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th June, 2018

1997 Honda CBR900RR Fireblade

Summary:

The best all round sportsbike ever

Faults:

According to my mechanic, if sat over a few months, the plugs get damp and bike won't start, and the more you try the worse it gets with some big Honda bikes. Fresh plugs and an air box clean and she purrs now. Also nitrox in the fuel really helps it pull and rev cleanly at lower revs and gear.

General Comments:

Comfy, fast, reliable, well made, and even at 20 years old, looks nice. Best bike ever; get the 02 954cc bike if you can and hold onto it.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th November, 2017

2001 Honda CBR900RR Fireblade

Summary:

Makes you smile, enough performance to give you an adrenaline rush

Faults:

Rear wheel bearings.

Radiator corroded.

General Comments:

I have ridden many motorcycles over 37 years.

I had never ridden a FireBlade, but have experience of 170BHP+.

The combination of over 100BHP in a lightweight package means you have to show restraint with the throttle even with a lot of riding experience.

I have owned many Honda motorcycles from the 1990s and 2000s, so not surprised about weaknesses of electrics and camchains which can be a concern on some of the FireBlades. I found build quality to be better than very recent Hondas that I have owned (VFR1200!) with corrosion limited to the fastenings.

Would easily buy another 929 or a 954 for day to day riding as used prices are reasonable. I'd love an earlier FireBlade as a weekend toy.

In Summary:

Rapid acceleration.

Wheelie prone.

Light.

Limited steering lock.

Tall riding position.

High footpegs.

Enormous standard silencer.

Well built.

Will be blown away by R1's and the like...

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th March, 2017

1994 Honda CBR900RR Fireblade

Summary:

What a legend

Faults:

Wheel bearings.

General Comments:

An awesome and beautiful looking machine. Very fast and exciting, and the sound when it hits 7000 RPM is better than your favourite rock band.

So reliable and the build quality is hard to match.

A nightmare around town, but I love riding long distance on this machine when the weight is off your wrists.

This bike keeps up with pretty much anything, and I don't think I could ever find another motorcycle with such charisma as this one.

Great on fuel too, with 160 miles to a tank, however hard you ride.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th September, 2015

2000 Honda CBR900RR Fireblade

Summary:

The best-handling and most responsive bike I've ever had, plus Honda build quality

Faults:

The alternator (generator) burnt out (twice) at 35,000 and 56,000 miles: Had it rewired.

General Comments:

The handling/steering is ultra-quick; as a result it can shake the bars under acceleration on a bumpy surface, but experienced riders do not need a steering damper (the bike is telling you to lighten off the throttle, just a bit).

The braking is powerful, but progressive and with good feel.

Although not as powerful as its competitors, or more modern large sports bikes, the power is good all through the rev range and, because it is so manageable, can be used more effectively to make up any shortfall. The on/off throttle response is not the problem that journalists make it out to be; a few hours riding is enough to tune yourself into it: after that the instant response is a plus.

For a large sports bike the comfort is very good, it can be ridden all-day (over 500 miles), then the next day! The riding position is more upright and comfortable than its competitors.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd February, 2008

13th Mar 2017, 16:38

A year 2000 model is probably a 929 with fuel injection.

Show it respect despite the reasonable current pricing. It will wheelie if you open the throttle and ride like it's a smaller bike. Otherwise it will catch you out.

Handling is very good once you adjust the suspension correctly at both ends.

Insurance can be high, but for good reason.