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How good is the CBR 900?

Hi everyone im thinking of getting a cbr900 1997 model, how good is this bike, ive ridden a few but not far , so could someone please give me some stats on them, top end , handling , fuel consumption , reliability etc etc ..thanks in advance
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Re: How good is the CBR 900?

they get 36.17mpg at 125hp. Mpgs change depending on how you ride
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Re: How good is the CBR 900?

Well I have a '98 RRW which is pretty similar to the '97 - I used to get over 50mpg REGARDLESS of how I rode it before I had the dynojet fitted, now I guess I'm in the mid-high 40's. It develops 121bhp at the rear wheel.

Power delivery is fun, enough power & torque in the mid-range for normal-quick riding, but when you go past 7000rpm you unleash hell and it flies!

I've had no reliability issues, but it's still low mileage (14500) but these go on forever, well over 100,000 miles is no problem for these bikes. They are also mechanically pretty simple too - so less to go wrong in the first place, simple to service and maintain as well.

Handling I find excellent, no matter what comes up the bike deals with it, mid-corner bumps etc - the bike just seems to shrug it off. It's a far better bike than I am rider, that's for sure. It loves the twisties!

It took me about a year to 'click' with my bike, which would be my only word of caution - but this is probably just me, lacking confidence after crashing my old bike .

I say go for it , I find my 'Blade to be an excellent bike and would recommend it to anyone looking for a sports bike. They're pretty cheap too at the moment (in the UK at least) so you get a lot for your money. Worst case, even if you hate the bike you'll probably be able to sell it on & get most, if not all of your money back. Good, looked after ones don't cost a lot more than abused ones, so search out a nice one and it'll serve you well.
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Re: How good is the CBR 900?

I have a 92 CBR 900, which is almost the same (minus a few cc's) and I really like it. I owned it for a year, then did a 17" front wheel conversion, mostly for asthetics and tire selection. To be honest, I didn't notice any difference in handling. Unless you are pushing full tilt on a track, I suspect most people would never notice the difference. I have been on 3 trips on it, each about 3500kms over 5 days. I am 6'1", and long distance comfort is ok, but isn't perfect. Really, this bike wasn't built for the long hauls. Normal riding on the highway gets about 300km, and about 250 when giving it. 250km for city riding. It has 68000km on it now, and the only thing to let me down so far is the fuel pump, which was easily bypassed till I was able to fix it for $35. Engine is quite tourqey, but below 5000rpm there isn't too much, which requires a downshift or two to pass cars quickly. Overall, great bike that will still give a lot of new machines a run for their money.
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Re: How good is the CBR 900?

its a honda, which means it's reliable...
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Re: How good is the CBR 900?

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they get 36.17mpg at 125hp. Mpgs change depending on how you ride
My 98' dyno'd 116 at the crank with stage one jets, and full exhaust. It all depends on what you can afford.
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its a honda, which means it's reliable...
reliably.. the alternator will fail
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Re: How good is the CBR 900?

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reliably.. the alternator will fail
and the cam chain tensioner...

I've had one and they are a great bike. I had the 98 model which was meant to be the most torquey and "front end planted" of all the models, but even still I found it quite doughey below 6000 rpm and nervous in the front end. The front end has a tendency to "drop" into corners very quickly, making it feel a bit nervous. Besides that everything is quality.
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Re: How good is the CBR 900?

They are kille bikes I had a 96 with 40k on the odometer. I would have never sold it if I didnt have to. Now I've got a 929. Honda all the way
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Re: How good is the CBR 900?

I've got a 97 900 with 90,000km on it. I also have a Bandit 1200 so I definitely notice the lack of torque down low. I ran out of fuel yesterday, all city riding, and got 281km from the tank. It's a lovely civilised bike when pottering around but get the revs up and it's an animal. A fun animal. Handling is as good as my mates 03 954 which I rode on the track the other week. You get a lot of bike for the money.
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Re: How good is the CBR 900?

Bikes have alternators??????? Or maybe a stator is what you speak of
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Re: How good is the CBR 900?

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Bikes have alternators??????? Or maybe a stator is what you speak of
The "stator" is one half of it.
An alternator or a dynamo (and their electric motor equivalents) have 2 parts - one part moves (rotates), the other remains stationary. They are called rotor and stator - guess which stays stationary.
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Re: How good is the CBR 900?

Any time you're looking at a 10 year old bike, its speed and handling are going to be subpar compared to the latest and greatest. The questions you should really be asking are:
1) Do I like how it looks
2) Do I like the riding position
3) Is the price right
4) Does the owner seem trustworthy
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Re: How good is the CBR 900?

I think the 97model was the best of the carb models, and i've had a few early blades, just me opinion though.
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