THE ORIG­I­NAL

1992/1993 CBR900RR Fireblade (N/P)

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Road Test -

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

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