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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£8985
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2002 to 2003
The best FireBlade ever made
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Submitted by kirky on Sun, 27/01/2008 - 14:20

Overall Review

excellent bike that will excite and scare at the same time.

Strengths

strong engine,fast steering with a planted front end. I did a 900mile a day two up fully loaded(panniers,tank bag to chin and the kitchen sink strapped to the miss's back)to the pyrenne's without any problems apart from the miss's moaning.

Weaknesses

Excitable front end on bumpy roads and cats eyes(needs a steering damper)

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Submitted by Fraser954RR03 on Sun, 27/01/2008 - 22:35

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Top pre 1,000 cc model launch bike

Strengths

Everything it does, it does well. Fantastic build quality

Weaknesses

Tank range is "average" Shakes it's head when thrashed over bumps and dips. Steering damper fitted.

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Submitted by martin macqueen on Thu, 10/04/2008 - 21:11

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A top tool. I have done trackdays scraping the fairing and pegs(with no hero blobs). Rear preload adjustment helps this. Toured South of France but found not enough legroom and a hard seat, otherwise a perfect bike.

Strengths

Looks, handling, brakes, build quality, exciting bike in my opinion much better than the 05 Blade.

Weaknesses

Uncomfortable, hard seat. Very lively front end only cured with steering damper.

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Submitted by Abel (not verified) on Fri, 11/04/2008 - 21:25

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Fantastic bike, equally at home on a track day, sunday blast, weekday commute or tour to foreign climes. I would buy another one, and that doesn't happen too often.

Strengths

Big (relatively), silky smooth power, sublimely accurate handling and excellent build quality make this a bike that can be thrashed mercilessly to within an inch of where you want it to take you and slung in the garage afterwards with only the merest nod towards maintenance. SO easy to go as fast or as slow as you like, making it an excellent alrounder. THE best looking blade IMO, esp in blue.

Weaknesses

Big (relatively), silky smooth power and sublimely accurate handling make it a tad bland in some people's minds. They need to learn that the ride is what makes for excitement, not the bike. Well set up suspension cures the head shaking, no need for a damper.

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Submitted by Mark Austin on Sun, 13/04/2008 - 23:07

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Keeps me away from buying an RC8 or Super Duke which is what I would like given the money, but hey,why does everyone look at my bike in the car park......

Strengths

Smooth and usable power delivery but a must is to have the suspension set up correctly. No need for a damper after suspension set up serious. You will be at one with the bike said Tagg Racing after £30 investment... and you know they were right. Thats a saving of at leat £250 against a damper! Also tried Michelin Pilot Power 2ct v's BT14 Bridgestone...go Michelin for the bigger smile!

Weaknesses

Massive can, changed with Scorpion minus baffle will resolve.

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Submitted by leg-end on Mon, 01/09/2008 - 21:18

Overall Review

Fast, fun and quality in one package

Strengths

A gentlemen's express, just enough edge to make it a great bike, with enough composure to make it enjoyable. The engine provides plenty of oomph so the left foot can take a rest when riding on the road, the brakes can make your eyes bounce off your visor. Excellent build quality with no cheap bits anywhere.

Weaknesses

The sharp steering is good on well surfaced smooth roads, but does benefit from the fitting of a steering damper on less perfect roads (such as the bumpy and rutted western end of the A272)

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Overall Review

In 20 odd years of biking I've been lucky enough to own some great bikes 851 Ducati, 1000 Exup Yam, RSV Mille's etc, but this 954 Blade is the best ride so far, even far better than lots of new bikes I've tried. Destined to be a future classic, and deservedly so.

Strengths

Honda build quality, it is such a sorted and "tight" package on the road. This is my 3rd Blade ( 93 and 98 models before ) I was lucky enough to have £9,500 in my hand to go looking for a new bike, after testing FZ1 Yam, 1050 Sprint ST, BMW R1200s and a few others and being thoroughly dissapointed with them all, I thought I would go back to a favorite bike of mine that i knew would not dissapoint. Found a perfect one owner example in Miami Blue metallic with 7k miles on the clock and I've never stopped smiling since! (and saved a packet! ) More than enough power, starts pulling from 4k revs and is ballistic by 11k! fuelling is perfect, unlike the majority of new bikes due to emission laws. Pin sharp handling, you can place it anywhere on the road to within inches, and scrub 80 mph off your speed with just 2 fingers on the fantastic brakes and feel from the front end of the bike. Take the time to set the suspension up to suit you and you don't need a steering damper. The bike is so versatile and easy to live with, ballistic speed one minute, potter through a 30 limit the next, it does everything you ask of it with effortless, slick ease, some say this trait is bland, I say anything that helps me concentrate on the ride ahead can only be a good thing! Even has a boot to stash lock, phone, camera etc in. Ergonomics are good for a sportsbike, longest day ride so far is 370 miles with no aches. Michelin Pilot Power 2cts suit the bike far better than the original Bridgestone BT014s.

Weaknesses

Slightly hard seat, the odd tingle from the bars if sitting at a constant speed, and clunky gearchange from 1st into 2nd, and that's it, far outweighed by everything else it does so well.

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Overall Review

A really terrific QUALITY Blade that reflects the years of 'Blade evolution that went before it. It is everything the FireBlade is supposed to be, but perfectly tempered like aged bourbon. The lightest 'Blade Honda have ever made at just 168kg. It steers telepathically - be careful where you look! The lack of weight (168kg) and perfect power (150hp) will never have you wanting more on the road. And it's delivered with a silken and raw punch that allows you to always know where you are in the powerband. Comfy enough to tour on - it is not as aggressive a position as other modern superbikes which is a boon on longer rides. A steering damper cures the occasional shake. Later RR4-7 Blades were quicker, but they lost the 'edge' and excitement delivered by the RR2/3. The current 08/9 Blades are just super efficient machines that make every rider feel like Rossi. But if you want your Blade to be slightly raw, but perfectly refined just as Baba-san wanted it, and arguably the best looker when you open the garage, look no further than the RR2/3.

Strengths

'think it and it steers' front end, powerful brakes, comfy and roomy enough to tour, a motor that is perfect for the road, stunning looks, practical (huge) storage, honed and refined Blade-perfection, handling that surpasses many newer machinery

Weaknesses

hard to fault as a real world superbike, but front end can be slightly flighty/fidgety. Cured with a steering damper.

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Submitted by stuart636 on Sat, 05/12/2009 - 16:56

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Strengths

Had a yellow & black one for a yr and did 8000 miles on it. Toured scotland in reasonable comfort and at touring speeds mpg was okay. Handling is good and the bike feels stable most of the time. Increased rear preload to ease headshake and quicken up "turn-in"

Weaknesses

Can be thirsty whne pushing on, only got 85 till the fuel light came on when riding quickly. Build quality a bit dissapointing, not what I had expected from Honda, showing real signs of age at 3 yrs old. Engine is turbine smooth and can feel boring against others with power bands to speak of

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Overall Review

This bike is a classic ride and seems to hold it's value very well. Over 52,000 kilo and no problems have ever surfaced...I run at 275kph the majority of the time I'm on it. It does make an annoying knocking sound when it sits at idle... it's done this since it was new. Installing Michelin Pilot tires made a huge difference...it's the only modification I needed to make.

Strengths

It brakes and handles as good as the new 2010 bikes... some cases even better. The '03 Fireblade is still one of the best looking bikes on the street... it's age doesn't show.

Weaknesses

Even though it makes great power it won't out run the newer bikes.

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