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1998 Honda CBR 900 RR

Light. Unsettled. Peaky. What do words all have in common? were frequently used to the last incarnation of Honda’s sportbike, the CBR900RR.

So when the specs came floating our desk claiming more less weight and more handling for the new Fireblade, we were And we wondered if it still had the 16-inch wheel.

Well, yes, the wheel is making a return, but only the beginning. American dragged us kicking and screaming right) out to the Las Vegas Motor first for two days of Freddie High Performance Riding and then for a full day of riding the new on the AMA Superbike track — banks and all.

Although we were hesitant to it, the truth of the matter is the new CBR900RR A few seemingly inconsequential tweaks to and chassis have combined to an animal of an entirely different

The two peskiest demons of the ’96-’97 of CBR900RR were its very chassis and lightning-quick steering Some street riders its twitchy steering, while didn’t care for the flex railing through corners. clearly hopes to make all happy with the new, setup.

About 17 percent less in the chassis as a whole (close to 40 in the new tapered swingarm) and a bit more makes for a planted-yet-flickable ride, immensely by both sportbike-initiate Editor Billy (cool-I-dragged-knee) and seasoned racer Editor-in-Chief (I’ve-been-hanging-out-with-Higbee) Plummer, who turned the and fastest laps, respectively, the assembled journalists.

All this stiffening, coupled with an aerodynamic upgrade, resulted in pounds. So the engineers at Honda in an aggressive weight-loss plan, pounds off of everything from the to the new eight-plate clutch to the wafer-thin panel. In the end Honda claims the is now seven pounds lighter the 1997 model.

Other enhancements include pistons, new, authoritative brakes, and a larger, curved

Honda CBR 250 RR
Honda CBR 250 RR

Honda thoughtfully brought several ’97 RRs for comparison. down, the 1998 version the old one. Leaving the garage, the thing noticed is a crisper response.

Throwing it at the curves and of the Las Vegas Speedway, you are greeted on your style and skill by both an extremely light-feeling that pulls strongly off exits (for the recent school grad) and a predictable that cleanly slides the out of aggressively attacked corners racer-type).

After riding the ’98 RR, our sport-rider gave the ’97 four laps before and hopping back on a ’98. On Bartels complained of tucking the with the ’97 mount he didn’t get on the gas quite soon Boss-man Plummer didn’t give it that many

He still had fever dreams our 9 Vs. 9 shootout, and complained that the 900RR just didn’t a line like the ’98. the old ‘Blade is arguably a quicker-turning the ’98 features increased and forgiveness, allowing its pilot to it into corners without a Besides, it’s silly to any 400-pound bike ‘slow

All we can say is that with the 1998 a little bit goes a long Congratulations Honda, but what so long?

Look for the new CBR900RR and the sportbike illuminati (GSX-R750, ZX-9R and others ) in our ultimate challenge, coming in February to a near you.

Honda CBR 250 RR
Honda CBR 250 RR
Honda CBR 250 RR


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