HONDA CBR400RR

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - The 1990's -

The first CBR400RR, the NC23 ‘Tri-arm’ in 1988, was de­vel­oped from the CBR400R Aero – and the 1990 NC29 bor­rowed a tweaked ver­sion of the same mo­tor and added it to an im­proved beam frame with Gull-arm swingarm and 17-inch wheels – a baby Fire­blade be­fore the Fire­blade ex­isted.

A proper gem of a Grey Im­port, the NC29 mo­tor fea­tured gear-driven cams (like the CBR750 Hur­ri­cane) and was built, like all Hon­das of the day, with an unswerv­ing ded­i­ca­tion to qual­ity. It was like rid­ing a Rolex wrist­watch. Pre-1993 bikes made nearly 60bhp, but were lim­ited to just over 50bhp from 1994 on­wards.

The RR was re­li­able too, de­spite spend­ing most of its time above 12,000rpm. Huge num­bers were sold in Ja­pan be­tween 1990 and 1999 and thou­sands made their way to the UK.

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