Honda CBR 900
Launched in 1992 the Honda CBR900RR set a precedent for light weight in the superbike class. Powered by an 893cc in-line four cylinder engine, the new 900RR weighed-in at just 453 pounds, a mere 4 pounds heavier than the CBR600F2 - with a full tank of gas. Minor changes to the 1994 model included an improved shift drum to cure notchy shifting, and steadier mirrors.
In a move to refine the CBR900RR's handling traits over bumpy pavement, the 1995 model's suspension was upgraded with revised spring and damping rates, and a compression adjuster was added to the front fork. More aggressive bodywork incorporated a "cut reflector" design headlight and fewer of the CBR's unique fairing holes. Slimmer and firmer footpegs were patterned after the RC45 and a shift linkage replaced the original model's backward pedal. A new instrument panel included an electronic speedometer that measured speed from the countershaft sprocket. The only engine change in 1995 was the replacement of the aluminum valve cover with a magnesium piece.
The CBR line has certainly improved over the years but one thing remains the same - Honda has consistently produced high performance, well-bred and affordable sportbikes.
Honda CBR 900
The original Honda CBR600F concept, known as the Honda Hurricane through 1987 and 1988, was the platform of today's entire Honda CBR line. The CBR900RR was on the market from 1992 through 1999, it was replaced by the 929RR for 2000 and 2001 and finally the 954RR in 2002 and 2003. The 900RR series was replaced by the all new 1000RR in 2004. The line has certainly improved over the years but one thing remains the same - Honda has consistently produced high performance, well-bred and affordable sportbikes.