Saturday, November 5, 2011

Honda CBR 900 RR Fireblade


 This was Cols  Honda CBR900RR Fireblade. The MK1 Fireblade is the bike that shaped the future of sports bikes. Back in its day the Honda fireblade was the lightest sportsbike on the market, which made it out handle any of the competition.
The Fireblade has a 16 inch front wheel which gave it a reputation for having dangerous steering which was replaced with a 17inch front wheel on the newer models.


This picture was taken in a white out!

Controls
 The Instruments are of the analogue type, having a speedometer, rev counter and temperature gauge. On the speedo is an odometer and a trip gauge, also the usual lights for indicators and neutral are underneath. The fuses are under the twist grip which is a handy place to get at. The bars are set quite low and the pegs quite high giving an aggresive riders position, but causes wrist,neck and leg ache. The seat is very hard and Col is usually the first to suffer with uncomfortable pains on long journeys. The rear seat is on a hinge that lifts vetically to allow access into a huge empty space. There is room for the tool kit, disc locks 4 drinks cans and some dinner, the most impressive of all the bikes we have owned between us. There is twin headlights on the fireblade that can be switched on or off.

Riding it
 As it has a 900cc engine you would not expect it to keep us with the more modern 1000cc sports bikes but you would be wrong, when its given a handfull of throttle it can easily make the same pace as the younger bikes on the roads along the straights and as its so light can handle very well through the corners. Also when we are adding fuel it always uses less than the 1000cc bikes.
Cols Honda CBR900RR Fireblade

CBR 900RR on our trip up the horseshoe pass to the Ponderosa Cafe

Stats
  • Engine Size - 893cc
  • Top Speed - 160mph (we have seen 160mph still with a bit more available)
  • Power - 128 bhp
  • Weight - 180kg
  • Fuel Tank - 18ltr
  • Average MPG - 43 (we have regularly seen over 45mpg)
  • Tank range - 160miles
  • Insurance group 16
  • Tyres - Front 130/70 16, Rear 180/55/17
  • Suspension - Rear fully adjustable, Front Preload and Rebound only
 Settings
                     Standard Honda settings
                      Front:- Preload - 4 lines showing
                                  Rebound - 1.5 turns out from full in
                      Rear:- Preload - Position 4
                                  Rebound - 1 turn out from full in
                                  Compression 1 turn out from full in
                                   Tyre Pressures F 36 : R 42

                       Performance bikes recommended road settings which we also like:-
                       Front:- Preload - 4 lines showing
                                   Rebound - 1.5 turns out from full in
                       Rear:- Preload - Position 4
                                   Rebound - 1 turn out from full in
                                   Compression 1 turn out from full in
                                   Tyre Pressures F 34 : R 39
    Mods
    Col has changed his end can for a scorpion system, added a rear hugger, changed the large indicators for some smaller ones and added a clock.

    As New
    Fireblade by Bala Lake


    Theres room for a pair of boots, helmet, jacket and 2 cheese and pickle sandwiches under the seat!

    Honda CBR900RR Fireblade,
    With a typical load when touring.
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