1992/1993 CBR900RR Fireblade (N/P)
Designed by Tadao Baba, the first Fireblade broke new ground in terms of power and weight, decimating the 750cc sportsbike opposition with its agile handling and over-capacity motor.
In 1989, Honda tested both a 749cc and 893cc Blade prototype.
Baba insisted on using conventional and not inverted forks as they were lighter, so he designed a set of conventional forks that looked like upside-down ones.
Honda claimed the controversial 16in front wheel (130/70 – ZR16) was a weight-saving feature.
The drilled fairing and cowl were claimed to aid aerodynamics and further reduce weight.
The Fireblade name came about after a mistranslation of its intended name of ‘Lightning.’
893cc + 185kg + 160.9mph | 122bhp @ 10,500rpm | 65ftlb @ 8000rpm