Honda CBR900RR Fireblade (1996 - 1999)

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Honda CBR900RR Fireblade (1996 - 1999)
A bike that's fast, pleasant and that can boogie hard when asked. The only thing is that it just doesn't quite make you feel like asking it to

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Reviewed: 15 April 2005 by Visordown
Big and bulky Blade beaten by Yamaha's R1. By now Honda had a problem. The Fireblade had been at the top so long that everyone had ample chance to take it apart, scrutinise it and attack it from whichever angle they could. It was Yamaha's R1 which finally wrested away Honda's ...  Continue reading

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16 user reviews of Honda CBR900RR Fireblade (1996 - 1999) See all

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I have money, I'm not poor, but I know I'll have a hard time finding a bike that does all the things I do on my Blade. Every year I hope I'll see a bike that says 'buy me' and I look at the market, and I know w Continue reading...
Very happy with this purchase overall.The engine sounds very healthy with no camchain rattles and only the slight clutch rattle as is the norm.The Generator is sound along with the reg/rec, puts out 14.5 volts Continue reading...
Great bike - I traded up from a hornet and the performance and handling felt like I'd bought some kind of spaceship. It's the last of the carb models, and with an awesome Carbon Can Company silencer on, it pop Continue reading...
Only had my 'blade for a few months after chopping in my ZZR600 in a dealers. So far I'm impressed. Reliable, good build quality with some nice touches for the home mechanic. It's fast enough for anyone unless Continue reading...
Glad I got one when I did before it was changed would never part with it.Itdoes everything I would want in a sports bike and as they say it does what it says on the tin. Continue reading...


Has anybody here swapped out the 16 inch front wheel of earlier Fireblades?

If so, which wheel can be used in it's place?

I've heard that either the 1997CBR600 or VFR800 front wheels can be used.

Can anybody confirm this please?

Posted: 08/09/2010 at 13:25

Cant say for sure but I looked in to this for my 96 blade and it turns out that wheels from cbr 600 and vfr s from the same year will fit and possibly from the vtr/firestorm

 I think the hornets used the 16"

Unfortunately a Shogun destroyed my blade before I got round to changing it

you should try some of the blade forums to be sure though, there are loads out there

If I remember rightly the discs callipers etc all swap straight over without any need for spacers etc

Posted: 14/10/2010 at 22:35


Although this can be done I would ask the question 'why bother?'  There are no handling issues with the 16" wheel.  I had a '98 RRW for several years and used it for everything, including two tours of Spain.  Most guys wouldn't even know that the bike has a 16" wheel unless they read it somewhere and I have certainly never met anyone that claimed this bike had handling problems. 

Save your money and spend it on petrol in the Spring.  You'll enjoy it more that way.


Posted: 27/10/2010 at 11:47

I looked in to it to give me a greater tyre choice. They dont make all tyres in "16 

 trouble is that all the racers use this conversion for the race rubber thats all in 17" ( think there is a class that early blades fit in) so you are unlikely to pick up a bargain but its not crazy money

Posted: 01/11/2010 at 20:20

Hi Mule,

Bridgestone still make the BT016 in a 16" fitment for the front of your bike.  Which they show as being compatible with both the 021 and the new 023 rear.  I have 023's on both my VFR800 and my FZS1000 and I have total confidence in them.  They have great levels of feedback and grip as well as a full-on sports tyre would have done a few years ago.  In addition the 023's on my VFR have clocked up 4000 miles, look hardly worn and show no signs of squaring off yet.  I can't believe how well they are wearing.

Well worth a try.


Posted: 01/11/2010 at 20:51

hi there im only getting 30mpg from my cbr900rrx no matter if i ride slow or fast. any ideas? i thought it should do about 35 - 40mpg



Posted: 12/07/2011 at 21:28

have some that have just come off my blade  been reolaced with magnesium front    have forks discs wheels etc too    

Posted: 16/08/2011 at 02:23

hi a nc30 400 wheel goes in the earley blade,cbr 600 vfr 800 goes in the later bikes 

Posted: 20/08/2011 at 21:38

i did it purley for tyre choice and i sometime buy scrubbed tyres that have hardly any use for a great price, but i found with the new profile and thinner tyre the bike turns in much quicker,

infact the first time i turned in i nearly fell off lol it was quite suprising, with the old wheel it felt a little more sensible and sure but its much more fun now and is definatly worth doing,

one more thing i think the bike front end because its more responsive is also a little bit more of a tank slapper than the sensible 16inch front, i caught a savage cross wind when i was teasting it and found myself steadying the front as the wind caught it, that never happened with the old wheel, its never happened since but im thinking of getting a steering dampner

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 02:23


i have a 1997 fireblade rr 900

i have a starting problem when the is cold

carburators are clean, fireplug clean, chock works, new air filters.

when a try to start, everything goes good but just the motor will not fire up

when the bike starts its feels good. in the workshop they can not find the problem end its cost me over the 400 euro's

does any one have some tips for me please 

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 13:34

Sidestand cut-out switch or corroded kill switch contacts. Also clutch switch contacts could also be corroded. The ignition is very reliable on this model 96/97-RRT/RRV. Better carbs than the RRW/RRX. Owned a 97 RRV for 11 years and 106,020 miles before trading in for an RR6. Hope this helps.......

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 17:12

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Comfortable and still fast by today's standards.
Too much excess weight for a sportsbike.
  • Price: £9265.00
  • Year: 1996 - 1999
  • Top speed: 171mph
  • Price new: 9265
  • Engine capacity: 918cc
  • Power: 128bhp
  • Torque: 68lb ft
  • Weight: 180kg
  • 0-60: 3.5 seconds

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