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Worth reviving a 1993 Honda CBR900RR that's been sitting for four years?

Coworker of mine has a 1993 Honda CBR900RR. Black and orange colorscheme. It's been sitting in a wood shack for four years because a previous tenant left the motorcycle behind. It's abandoned. It has a fireblades.org sticker on the back of it but clearly a careless owner.

Question I have is if it's worth going through the restoration/repair process for this bike? It owes over $700 in back taxes because it was never put into non-op status in California and in order to register it is a huuuuge fiasco (lien sale, sell to me, I try to get a new title, etc. etc.). I'm thinking I wouldn't ride this on the street much because I don't want to bother paying $700+ in fees. Maybe I'd convert it into a track bike but I feel like there are less collectable bikes out there that would be better suited as a track day bike... Just wondering what anyone here thinks about it. I've considered having a family relative in another state register it under their name to avoid the taxes and then I insure and ride it. But, again, a lot of trouble for a 25 year old bike...

Thoughts? I haven't seen it in person yet so I can't even decide if it's not total garbage yet. The one picture I saw made me think it's at least not completely busted but who knows. The engine might be completely destroyed AFAIK. Assuming it's just abandoned and not destroyed - what would you do?
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Re: Worth reviving a 1993 Honda CBR900RR that's been sitting for four years?

Black and RED?

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For $700 a non running RR that would eventually cost you, say $1700 to get road worthy, is surely worth every penny.

Making it a track bike might even cost you more money in trick track parts.

The one in the above pic was mine from 94-99, and if I had to put a value on the man hours and parts I put in it, it was a $30,000 bike. I sold it in 1999 for $11,500.00. Still less than a brand new 99 model if I remember correctly.

I bough this (below) non runner (sat for the better half of 5 years) for $500. Put some sweat equity in, and a full rebuild including rings, etc. probably got $4,000 into it now all said and done (man hours included), but its fairly custom too.

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I also saved a 99 that had a chunk of engine case missing from under the stator. Had it welded, cleaned it up, painted the engine, all sorts of trick track bits, but got it for FREE because it was abandoned. In a few years it will be vintage, and wont need a title in CT in order to register it if I want.

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My opinion is totally biased, as Im sure others will tell you. Im a sucker for carbied 900RRs. So when I say go for it, you have to take it with a grain of salt
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Re: Worth reviving a 1993 Honda CBR900RR that's been sitting for four years?

I would definitely scoop that up and bring it back to life. Can't beat
the price for it. Go for it. If you do get it, post some pics of the
old girl.
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Re: Worth reviving a 1993 Honda CBR900RR that's been sitting for four years?

Yeah. It might be black and red. It looked orange in the pic I saw but the color scheme looks the same.

Well, I'll check it out and at least see if the engine isn't destroyed. Any suggestions *besides* starting it up (since that would probably just make things worse) to see if the engine isn't just exploded internals? EDIT: Doubt I could start it anyway. There's no key.

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Yeah. It might be black and red. It looked orange in the pic I saw but the color scheme looks the same.

Well, I'll check it out and at least see if the engine isn't destroyed. Any suggestions *besides* starting it up (since that would probably just make things worse) to see if the engine isn't just exploded internals? EDIT: Doubt I could start it anyway. There's no key.
I'd take a socket set with you, make sure its not in gear take cover off and try turning the crank ( clockwise) from the righthand side just to make sure there's no interference inside the engine, take it slowly and if it stops don't force it
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Re: Worth reviving a 1993 Honda CBR900RR that's been sitting for four years?

I think so. So do a lot of others on here. Here's my before and after. I paid $800. You be the judge.

Super fun to ride. Lighter than most 600's. This is the bike that changed everything. It's really a piece of motorcycle history. If you don't want it, someone on here will.

Between Ebay, Craigslist and Amazon, we've gone to a "worth more in pieces" mentality about old bikes. They are just disappearing. Get her while you can before she ends up scattered on Ebay.

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Re: Worth reviving a 1993 Honda CBR900RR that's been sitting for four years?

I bought mine for 700, it had been standing in a garage for ten years, it arrived like this.



And now looks like this...



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I think so. So do a lot of others on here. Here's my before and after. I paid $800. You be the judge.

Super fun to ride. Lighter than most 600's. This is the bike that changed everything. It's really a piece of motorcycle history. If you don't want it, someone on here will.

Between Ebay, Craigslist and Amazon, we've gone to a "worth more in pieces" mentality about old bikes. They are just disappearing. Get her while you can before she ends up scattered on Ebay.

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Always liked that Rothman's livery. Lovely bike.

If someone 'round here offered a deal like that, I'd go for it. Sounds like a lot of work though...
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Always liked that Rothman's livery. Lovely bike.

If someone 'round here offered a deal like that, I'd go for it. Sounds like a lot of work though...
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Re: Worth reviving a 1993 Honda CBR900RR that's been sitting for four years?

Checked it out today. It's got a lot of work ahead of it. Body work is in decent shape. It was definitely a track bike (or wanted to be) at some point because it has all the safety wiring done.

There's quite a few mods but I can't tell 100% what's stock and what isn't. There are some strange things on the bike and the person who had this clearly loved to record video with it.

https://imgur.com/a/GHJCA

It has about 28k miles.
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Checked it out today. It's got a lot of work ahead of it. Body work is in decent shape. It was definitely a track bike (or wanted to be) at some point because it has all the safety wiring done.

There's quite a few mods but I can't tell 100% what's stock and what isn't. There are some strange things on the bike and the person who had this clearly loved to record video with it.

https://imgur.com/a/GHJCA

It has about 28k miles.
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Can we still buy the .org stickers? I’d love one on my bike


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Re: Worth reviving a 1993 Honda CBR900RR that's been sitting for four years?

All of our bikes start somewhere... if you have the time and the budget to restore and bring her back to life she is definitely worth saving.

Someone at some point was doing things with her, the wire locked bolts on the clip ons make me curious that there may be more interesting things to find within.
Even if you bought a better bike you'd only end up spending the same amount on it to make it your bike.

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That was my journey, 1st image took of her to the last one I have....

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Checked it out today. It's got a lot of work ahead of it. Body work is in decent shape. It was definitely a track bike (or wanted to be) at some point because it has all the safety wiring done.

There's quite a few mods but I can't tell 100% what's stock and what isn't. There are some strange things on the bike and the person who had this clearly loved to record video with it.

https://imgur.com/a/GHJCA

It has about 28k miles.
That's like looking at a broken woman after a harsh divorce. Someone once loved that bike and love could bring her back again.
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