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The Game Changer – Honda’s Legendary Bike

You can’t talk about superbikes without the Honda CBR900RR Fireblade. Introduced in 1992 as part of the CBR series, the Fireblade grew very fast in popularity among bike enthusiasts. Honda designed the bike using advanced research in an effort to measure up to its competitors in sports bikes. It is considered one of the bike models that revolutionised sports bikes, matching the competition and surpassing it by far. Its improved speed was complemented by a lightweight bike that made the vehicle easier to handle than its rivals. The series got several iterations through the years, giving consumers a number of riding options.

The Honda Fireblade through the years

The first model in the RR series was developed under the tutelage of Tadao Baba. Honda took its 4-cylinder 750cc engine and increased the stroke to come up with the 893cc. The bike had a dry weight of 185 Kg, a wet weight of 205 Kg and a 1.05 mm wheelbase. When the first generation of the Fireblade was launched, it had a fast steering wheel.

Honda’s Legendary Bike

In 1994, the automaker released the second iteration of the CBR900RR, which had a compression adjuster fitted in the front fork as part of the upgrade. Honda also included some style changes, going for a more aggressive look. It got the ‘fox eyes’ that are irregular-shaped reflector lights. The third generation was the 919 cc that included a revised suspension. This version of the Fireblade got an improvement in the riding position when the handlebars went up and back.

In 1998, Honda revised the ergonomics of the sports bike with the fourth model on the RR series. The engine also had some upgrade to reduce friction. The millenium saw the fifth generation, which was equipped with a brand new 929cc engine and titanium exhaust system. It also had a larger wheel diameter, which increased from 16 to 17 inches. The sixth iteration of the CBR900RR Fireblade that had a 75mm cylinder bore, which enhanced the engine capacity to 954 cc. Some of the revisions included in this model were a bigger radiator, an enhanced ECU, a larger fuel injector and a redesigned electronic fuel injection. The CBR1000RR took over for the RR series in 2004.

The benefits

Honda focused on reliability and quality when building the CBR900RR, and they managed to achieve it. The biggest feat that the manufacturer was able to pull off was the light weight of the bike. Competitors like the Yamaha FZR1000 weighed 34 kg more than the Fireblade. The Fireblade comes with 16″ wheels, which can make it hard to find replacement tyres. However, a Honda VFR750F-V 17″ wheel can work with the bike. The liquid cooled engine provided enough power for the RR to turn it into one of the best performing sports bikes. Honda didn’t make the Fireblade more powerful, though it achieved the great riding experiences by maintaining a lightweight bike through its different versions. The bike has an exterior that blends style, ergonomics and comfort.

An owner of a Honda Fireblade can easily find spare parts for a specific model when needed. The secret is to get genuine ones from a reputable dealer.

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