Honda CBR954RR Fireblade (2002 - 2003)

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Honda CBR954RR Fireblade (2002 - 2003)
Here was this bike, giving me the sort of feedback through the front end that was almost comparable to a race machine.

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Reviewed: 25 August 2009 by Visordown
When I took it out for a spin I was impressed. Here was a machine with a fast, but torquey motor and with a really positive front end to it. My knowledge of road bikes of the time was that they were mostly all over the place and yet here ...  Continue reading


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I've tried 2012 CBR1000RR with full Bazzaz kit...modern Fireblades do not attract me. The 954RR FireBlade, on the other hand, I fell in love with just by looking at the pictures. It looks even better in real li Continue reading...
I have had everything out there. Foggy Replica,R1,Rsv Mille,Sp1,04 Blade and 08 Blade. Went back to a Mint 954 Fireblade.Seriously the best overall sportsbike ever!! Cannot praise the overall Package enough... Continue reading...
The Blade is full of Honda specific cliches. From it's riding position to it's build quality and finish. Everything about the bike is just 'right'. For me I think it is going to be a future classic, but then I Continue reading...

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I am proud to call a yellow/blue 954 mine for 6 months now and it's just a blast. If you are looking for a comfy powerful but very compact bike that can handle anything you throw at it on paved road, look no fu Continue reading...


I live in the U.S. and I own a 2002 CBR954RR. Aside from a 72cc Yamaha Chappy I had to actually get a license for, it's 1st real motorcycle I've owned. I'm the 2nd owner and I bought it w/about 800 miles on it 7 yrs ago and I put about 500 of those 1st 800 before I bought it. It now has 61,000+ miles on it and I love it. It's smokes a bit, but that's to be expected w/the miles that are on it. Beautiful, powerful (enough), affordable and last but definately not least..Dependable! I wish Honda built more than 2 yrs of them.

Posted: 26/08/2009 at 22:02

I have a 954 for 2 years and the first thing I did when I bought it, was to fit a Sprint Steering Damper. Slight head shaking when going for it exiting bumpy corners.Was a bit hairy but never dangerous. All's well now. No slappers. Fuel consumption can be all over the place although throttle use is the cause. Anything from 2.5 mls per ltr to 14-15 mls per ltr. You take your choice.  Hel brake lines make super brakes even better without loosing feel in the front end.  Perilli Corsa tyres suit the bike inspiring confidence. 3000 odd good miles from the front and about 5-6000 from the front. Dead easy to ride fast or slow. Tracks round corners as on rails with loads of feedback from the suspension. I tightened the forks a tad. Best in white with a Remus Carbon end-can, ditching the Bin of an original. I honestly can't fault this Blade and I have been riding all sorts of bike for 30 years plus. It's akeeper and if it proves to be as reliable as my 89 VFR 750 ( 80000 mls ) I will be one happy chap.

Posted: 01/09/2009 at 16:17

Amongst the dozens of bikes I've had including a newer 1000 Blade before I got a mint 954 and can say it's the best bike I've had and the only one I've hung on to. With just the addition of a comfy seat it does everything, 500 mile days, tracks, general hooning, even commuting through traffic while still feeling move alive than the newer blade. Honda should use this as the model for a new v4.

Posted: 23/09/2009 at 10:50

Andy they did !! Mark Marquez rides it.the rc213. They say it will eat a rr1000 for lunch (;

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 14:06

I've bought 2002 954RR in February...and now I bought another one just like the first one, in Winning Red. Had to do it, as the second one only had 3000 miles on the clock. Now have to sell the first one. I love almost everything about this bike, except for the shovel of the numberplate holder and a bit too silent exhaust.

I've tried briefly 2010 (or so) CBR1000RR but did not like the sitting position, but Bazzaz quickshifter was really great.

If I had free money now, though, I would also buy 2015 S1000RR, it's an incredibly enticing motorcycle (though I haven't tried the new R1 yet).

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 19:44

S1000RR is a beast to own and it is a riders delight, and ill probably own this beast in coming few months.

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 12:24

Two Brothers Racing makes a great exhaust can for the 954.  Looks much more sleek than the original and the new sound transforms the bike (not to mention a reported +4.5 hp).

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 17:53

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  • Price: £8985.00
  • Year: 2002 - 2003
  • Top speed: 178mph
  • Price new: 8985
  • Engine capacity: 954cc
  • Power: 134bhp
  • Torque: 68lb ft
  • Weight: 168kg
  • 0-60: 3.3 seconds

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