2000 Honda CBR900RR Fireblade

Summary:

No fear of GSXRs here..

Faults:

Front left shock has seal leaking - ends up with a fine oil film on the lower fairing.

General Comments:

This bike is fairly stock except for an Erion slip-on, K&N filter, and little larger back sprocket than stock.

Pulls strong from about 4k. It's no slouch below 4k though. Other rider revs their bike to wheelie up. Not necessary here. 1st 3 gears with no clutch popping gets it done very time.

Hitting that 150mph mark is no problem. Even with the gearing I can get 65mph in 1st gear.

And on the 3.5 gallon (or so) tank I can get 160 miles pretty consistently.

Bike is stable, doesn't shake its head coming out of corners. In fact - the faster you go the more compliant it is with your input.

A ride from Sacramento to Yosemite can have you in tears though - while the seat feels OK for short hops - maybe 50 miles, longer than that - say 4 hours will have you winching at every little bump.

Not a lot of heat pours off engine - but it does naturally, as per Honda and forums, run high on temperature. Fan comes on at about 220 degrees. But, it doesn't bog - doesn't feel sluggish. It just runs a little hotter than you might expect. Keep good oil in it and it's not a problem.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd October, 2008

2001 Honda CBR900RR Fireblade

Summary:

Blisteringly fast and fun

Faults:

This bike has remained flawless for the most part...

The only difficulty I have faced with the motorcycle is the battery draining out. The battery seems to die out whenever the bike is left off for more than a week and a half. I am unsure of the cause of it, but after getting it started, it seems to charge back up and has no problems. More of an annoyance than a fault. :S.

Other annoyances:

The fuel consumption on this bike surprised me due to it being lower than my 600 by such a huge margin, especially when you considering that the gas tank capacity is larger on the 929RR.

The hard seat is also known to be an annoyance for anyone who would ride this bike for more than an hour.

General Comments:

I absolutely love this bike. I have bought this bike twice just to prove it. (Totalled my first one due to taking a corner too hard on worn out tires.)

The minor inconveniences of having to refuel it more often than a 600 sometimes gets tiring, and the hard seat does takes a toll on your rear end, but there is no other bike that can put a grin on your face faster with one small pull on the throttle.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th May, 2006

2002 Honda CBR900RR Fireblade

Summary:

A good buy if you can deal with some rough edges

Faults:

Replaced the battery in 2005, but other than that, nothing outside of regular maintenence.

General Comments:

The bike makes plenty of power, but was under the mark for the class leader, the gix1000, which made it a tough sell. I didn't buy the bike to brag about horsepower, I just wanted a bike that would dive into corners hard. The 954 was very flick-able, but it would tank slap if you weren't very careful coming out of turns, I would absolutely recommend a steering stabilizer.

Also, the bike would get extremely hot in traffic. Not a good bike to commute on in the summer, and that's the reason for so few miles on a 4 year old bike (5000).

The seat could be compared to the comfort of sitting on a rock. Go with the Corbin aftermarket seat.

I would buy this bike again only for trackdays, then again, that's its design purpose.

I will say again, the bike gets very hot in 75deg+ weather, way hotter than the gsxr750, r6, fzr1000 bikes that I have ridden for at least 10k+ miles each.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd May, 2006