THE ‘SPORTS TOURER’
1998/99 CBR900RR (W/X)
A minor visual update saw the Blade’s engine tweaked with a friction-reducing coating on the pistons, and new clocks fitted. The chassis geometry was relaxed and the swingarm beefed up for stability. Honda claimed over 80% of the Blade was redesigned. In 1999, Sanyo Honda Britain built the Evo Blade. Costing £18,000 it came with a tuned engine, single-sided swingarm and upgraded suspension.
918.5cc + 180kg + 174mph 128bhp @ 10,500rpm 67.2ftlb @ 9000rpm