1997 Honda CBR900RR Motorcycle
1997 Honda CBR900RR

The recipe sounds simple: Design a sportbike as light as a 600-class machine, but with the hard-hitting punch of a 1000cc open-classer. And while you're at it, make sure it has impeccable handling, excellent ergonomics, an impressive racing resume, and legendary reliability. Maybe now you're beginning to understand why the 900RR has never had any real competition.

With its major update in 1996, the 900 got a bigger engine, a new frame, new suspension, and a more comfortable riding position. All those changes are keeping the RR way out in front in 1997. Short of putting a headlight and a license plate on one of Kevin Erion's championship-winning SuperTeams bikes, the CBR900RR is the biggest advantage you'll ever have.

engine919cc DOHC liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder
bore and stroke71 x 58.0 mm
compression ratio11.1:1
transmissionclose-ratio six-speed
final driveO-ring sealed chain, 16/43
front suspension45mm HMAS cartridge fork with spring-preload adjustability and adjustable rebound damping and compression damping
rear suspensionPro-link Hmas single shock with 7-position spring-preload adjustability and adjustable rebound damping and compression damping
front brakesdual full-floating discs with four-piston calipers
rear brakessingle disc with single-piston caliper
front tire130/70ZR-16 radial
rear tire180/55ZR-17 radial
ground clearance5.5 inches
seat height31.9
wheelbase55.1 inches
dry weight403.4 pounds
fuel capacity4.8 gallons, including 0.9-gallon reserve
colorsyellow/black/white; black/red/gray; red

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