First introduced 1992, Honda’s CBR has continuously reset expectations of what an open-class sport bike should be, with a holistic “Total Control” design approach that focuses on cornering, acceleration and braking. In March 1992, Honda had only one thing on their mind when they first launched the CBR900RR, to annihilate the competition. Lovingly known as the father of modern sportsbike, Tadao Baba was the chief engineer and the visionary that saw this dream of ‘Total Control’ to fruition by launching the CBR900RR. This iconic motorcycle went on to change the face of sports bikes as we know today.
Named after a miss-translation of the word ‘lightning’ into Japanese, the Fireblade was the brainchild of Honda designer Tadao Baba. Back in the early 90s, computer aided design (CAD) was making it’s way into automotive design in a big way and Honda relied heavily on this technology to design the CBR900RR. Tadao Baba designed the Blade with a fanatical obsession to weight saving. The first-generation CBR900RR was based on an advanced research stage model known within Honda as the “CBR750RR”.
With the objective of improving the acceleration numbers, Honda increased the stroke of its inline 4-cylinder 750cc engine and thus raised displacement to 893cc this coupled with the bike’s dry weight of just 185 kg, wheelbase of 1,405 mm and a body almost identical to that of the advanced research stage model meant that Honda had done well on their resolution for the year 1992.