Fire in the name, fire in the engine, and fire on the tracks, this super sport puts other superbikes, motorcycles, and scooters on the back burner and roasts its competition. What else could you expect of a modern model produced by none other than Honda?
A Hotrod’s History
Honda first put the Fireblade into production in 1992 under the alphabet-soup style name Honda CBR900RR SC23. With a name like that, it’s no wonder that people preferred to call it the FireBlade.
In 1992, the first FireBlade set itself up for success when it hit the market, landing firmly as the second lightest motorcycle in the world in the over 750cc category.
The lightweight design of the Honda FireBlade made it capable of going further on less, not that it had to. While some bikes will lower frame weight in order to increase speed capabilities with weaker engines, the engineers at Honda found a way to lower frame weight without sacrificing engine output.
This made for a monstrously powerful ride that could rip through the tracks like, well, a flaming blade through butter.
The Five Fingers of the FireBlade
Five primary models of FireBlades have been produced since 1992, each retaining the lightweight physique that made the original so successful while also adding, removing, and/or improving other parts to make for the best possible super sport.
- CBR900RR SC28 (first and second generation; 1992-1995)
The first model set the stage for those that followed to ride on the coattails of its success for generations, pun intended. Honda’s ingenious ability to put a high-performance, 893cc, inline four-stroke engine inside a lightweight trellis frame proved incredibly valuable as this line showed.
- CBR900RR SC33 (third and fourth generation; 1996-1999)
The engine was increased with the third generation up to a displacement of 919cc as well as improvements to the frame. The fourth generation experienced a near total redesign of the chassis.
- CBR929RR SC44 (fifth generation; 2000-2001)
Once again, the engine was increased, this time up to 929CC.
- CBR954RR SC50 (sixth generation; 2002-2003)
Keeping with the theme, Honda chose to use a larger engine for this model as well: 954cc.
- CBR1000RR (2004-present)
The 2019 model has the largest engine of all them at 999cc, but more edits were made than just to the size. The entire engine was boosted with increased horsepower, torque, and more.
News of the FireBlade
Honda recently announced its plans to continue production of the FireBlade for at least until the end of 2019. Though, with the success that the line has been building over the past couple decades, it is doubtful that Honda will remove it from production any time soon.
Michael Schumaker, a world-famous racer, participated in countless races on the back of a FireBlade with little to no problems. However, in 2009, he had a near fatal crash during a race, in which he skipped across the tarmac and lost consciousness.
If Formula One racers are playing with FireBlades, you can guarantee that their fans are too. Some Honda motorcycle groups have grown into the thousands on Facebook. This one designed for FireBlades is no exception.
The Honda CBR900RR – The FireBlade
FireBlades, like flaming blades, are not all fun and games. When experiencing the exhilarating thrill of driving one of these bad boys, you have to be absolutely sure to dress for the slide, not the ride. After all, if you play with fire, you might get burned.