The CBR900RR was introduced in 1993 and was fitted with an 893 cc (54.5 cu in) inline-4 engine. When introduced, it set a precedent for light weight in the super bike class. At 453 lb (205 kg) with a full tank of gas, the CBR900RR was just 4 lb (1.8 kg) heavier than Honda's own CBR600F2, and 76 lb (34 kg) lighter than the next-lightest open-class machine at the time, the Yamaha FZR1000. Minor changes to the '94 model included an improved shift drum to cure notchy shifting, and steadier mirrors.
In a move to refine the CBR900RR's handling traits over bumpy pavement, the 1995 model's suspension was upgraded with revised spring and damping rates, and a compression adjuster was added to the front fork. More aggressive bodywork incorporated a "cut reflector" design headlight and fewer of the CBR's unique fairing holes. Slimmer and firmer footpegs were patterned after the RC45 and a shift linkage replaced the original model's backward pedal. A new instrument panel included an electronic speedometer that measured speed from the countershaft sprocket. The only engine change in 1995 was the replacement of the aluminum valve cover with a magnesium piece.
1996 brought the first major changes to the CBR900RR. In order to achieve a more optimized balance of rigidity, Honda significantly altered the 1996 CBR's chassis and suspension. The frame and swingarm were fabricated from larger, thinner-walled extrusions for reduced torsional rigidity. The fork and shock internals were re-designed, and the swingarm pivot raised by 5 mm (0.20 in). Revised ergonomics brought the bars 10 mm (0.39 in) higher and swept back five degrees more than earlier models, along with a slimmer gas tank. Engine updates included a bump in displacement to 918 cc (56.0 cu in) via a 1 mm (0.039 in) bore increase, slightly higher compression, a curved radiator, larger muffler, extra clutch plates, smaller alternator, and the addition of a throttle position sensor. With the revised motorcycle came a revised name of CBR918RR. The 1996 model carried over to 1997 unchanged except for the updates to color/graphics offerings.
In 1998, Honda continued subtle refinements in the CBR918RR's chassis. It saw frame stiffness closer to the original model's, revised suspension internals, and 5 mm (0.20 in) less triple clamp offset (an almost universal aftermarket upgrade to previous models). New brake calipers acted on larger front discs, the fairing was re-shaped and raised footpegs subtly changed ergonomics again. Eighty percent of the engine's internals were all-new to reduce weight and minimize friction; other updates included redesigned combustion chambers and porting, aluminum composite cylinders, new pistons, a smaller and lighter clutch pack, revised gearbox ratios, larger radiator, and a new stainless steel exhaust header.
A major revision for the open-class Honda resulted in the CBR929RR, aimed squarely at the Yamaha YZF-R1. A completely new 929 cc (56.7 cu in) engine incorporated fuel injection, more oversquare cylinder dimensions, larger valves set at a narrower included angle, lighter internals, and an all-titanium, HTEV-equipped exhaust system. The "pivotless" chassis had the swingarm mounted to the engine cases but incorporated a brace underneath the engine. Updated suspension and brakes included an inverted front fork and huge 330 mm (13 in) front discs; and the 16 in (410 mm) front wheel was replaced for a more common 17 in (430 mm) wheel.
In 2002, engine capacity increased to 954 cc (58.2 cu in) which resulted in the CBR954 name. Larger injectors and radiator, re-mapped electronic fuel injection, and a more powerful computer were also added. The bodywork and fairings were reworked for a sleeker, more aerodynamic feel. The frame was strengthened and a more rigid swingarm added and the riding position/pegs were raised to allow for greater lean angles. Dry weight reduced to 168 kg (370 lb).
The CBR954RR would be replaced by an all new CBR1000RR in 2004.
All specifications are manufacturer claimed unless specified.
|Engine displacement||893 cc (54.5 cu in)||893 cc (54.5 cu in)||918 cc (56.0 cu in)||918 cc (56.0 cu in)||929 cc (56.7 cu in)||954 cc (58.2 cu in)|
|Bore x stroke||70.0 mm (2.76 in) x 58.0 mm (2.28 in)||70.0 mm (2.76 in) x 58.0 mm (2.28 in)||71.0 mm (2.80 in) x 58.0 mm (2.28 in)||71.0 mm (2.80 in) x 58.0 mm (2.28 in)||75.0 mm (2.95 in) x 54.0 mm (2.13 in)|
|Fuel control||EFI DOHC|
|Dry weight||369.9 lb (167.8 kg)|
|Seat height||815 mm (32.1 in)|
|Wheelbase||1,400 mm (55 in)|
|Front suspension travel||120 mm (4.7 in)|
|Rear suspension travel||135 mm (5.3 in)|
|Front brakes||Dual disc, 330 mm (13 in)|
|Rear brakes||Single disc, 220 mm (8.7 in)|
|Fuel capacity||18 L (Template:Convert/LoffAonSoffUSre) with 2 L (Template:Convert/LoffAonSoffUSre) reserve|
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|CBR1000F||CBR1100XX (North American sales ended 2003)|