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2002/3 Honda Sportbikes
All-new CBR600RR high lights the 2003 Honda sportbike range as the outdated
and out classed Open CBR954 awaits a complete redesign scheduled for 2004


T heCBR954 offers one of the best power to weight and handling packages in the sportbike market.

Honda CBR954RR
Son of the
AMA Formula Xtream Champion
2002/3 Suggested Retail Price $10,599

The 2001AMA Formula Extreme Champion and what Honda claims to be the best selling Open Class Sportbike, the CBR929 gets bored out as far as the current engine design will allow to 954cc for the 2002 season. This is a stop-gap solution prior to an all new bike with full 1000cc capacity engine expected for the 2004 seasons, in an all new chassis to stiffen up what is rumored in racing to be a Flex-i-flyer. But still, you can argue with success as Kurtis Roberts claimed another Formula Extreme Championship on the Erion Racing CBR929RR model during the 2001 race season amid stiff competition from the full 1000cc Yamaha R!s and Suzuki GSXR1000s.

CLICK HERE to see Kurtis with his race bike and FastDates Calendar model Rebecca Chaney

SPECIFICATIONS Model: 2002/3 CBR954RR
ENGINE:
954cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder Bore and Stroke: 75.0mm x 54.0mm Compression Ratio:
11.5:1. Valve Train: DOHC; four valves per cylinder. Carburetion: PGM-Fuel Injection with automatic enricher circuit. Ignition: Computer-controlled digital with three-dimensionalmapping

  • Ignition: Computer-controlled digital with three-dimensional mapping. Honda's Variable Intake/Exhaust Management System (HVIX(tm)) manages the intake and exhaust charges.
  • An intake valve in the airbox maintains a constant-velocity, variable-volume flow of cool, fresh air to the PGM-FI system.
  • The unique Honda Titanium Exhaust Valve (HTEV(tm)) located in the exhaust collector provides the scavenging and power benefits of a 180-degree exhaust collector design at 0-3000 rpm, and transitions exhaust flow to a 360-degree collector design at 3000-7000 rpm, then combines 180-degree and 360-degree configurations at engine speeds above 7000 rpm to maintain maximum power output.
  • Round, liquid-cooled aluminum oil cooler is lightweight and efficient.
  • Transmission: Close-ratio six-speed. Final Drive:530 O-ring-sealed chain

CHASSIS / SUSPENSION: Lightweight, twin-spar extruded aluminum frame features a pivotless swingarm design utilizing a cast aluminum bracket attached to the swingarm pivots. This combination provides an exceptionally light, tuned-flex design offering superb road feel and excellent rigidity. Tapered and braced box-section swingarm provides exceptional lateral and torsional rigidity. A cast aluminum bracket reaches underneath the swingarm and attaches to the swingarm pivots, forming a D-shaped swingarm mounting enclosure that increases the rigidity of the swingarm-to-engine mounting

  • Front Suspension: 43mm inverted HMAS™ cartridge fork with spring-preload, rebound and compression-damping adjustability; 4.3-inch travel
  • Rear Suspension: HMAS Pro-Link® single shock with spring-preload, rebound and compression-damping adjustability; 5.3-inch travel
  • Front Brakes: Dual full-floating 330mm discs with four-piston calipers
  • Rear Brake: Single 220mm disc with single-piston caliper
  • Front Tire: 120/70ZR-17 radial
  • Rear Tire: 190/50ZR-17 radial
  • Wheelbase: 54.9 inches
  • Rake (Caster Angle): 23.45 degrees, Trail: 97.0mm (3.8 inches)
  • Seat Height: 32.4 inches
  • Dry Weight: 370.0 pounds
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.8 gallons, including 0.9-gallon reserve
  • Colors: Red/Black, Silver/Black


All new 2003 CBR600RR with Fuel Injection
inspired by Honda's RC211MotoGP bike....
Suggested Retail Price: $8,599 availabe March 2003

ENGINE
Engine Type: 599cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder Bore and Stroke 67.0mm x 42.5mm
Compression Ratio: 12.0:1, Valve Train: DOHC; four valves per cylinder
Carburetion: Dual Stage Fuel Injection (DSFI)
Ignition: Computer-controlled digital transistorized with three-dimensional mapping

DRIVE TRAIN
Transmission: Close-ratio six-speed Final Drive
#525 O-ring-sealed chain

CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES

Front Suspension: 45mm HMAS cartridge fork with spring-preload, rebound and
compression-damping adjustability; 4.7-inch travel
Rear Suspension: Unit Pro-Link HMAS single shock with spring-preload, rebound
and compression-damping adjustability; 4.7-inch travel
Front Brakes: Dual 310mm discs with four-piston calipers
Rear Brake: Single 220mm disc
Front Tire: 120/70ZR-17 radial, Rear Tire: 180/55ZR-17 radial

DIMENSIONS
Rake: 24.0 degrees, Trail: 95.0mm (3.7 inches), Wheelbas:e 54.7 inches, Seat Height: 32.3 inches
Dry Weight 370.0 pounds
Fuel Capacity: 4.8 gallons, including 0.9-gallon reserve

OTHER
Emissions California version meets CARB 2004 emissions standards. Available Colors
Black, Pearl Yellow, Red/Black



The World Superbike Championship
Winning VR1000 ...er RVT? ... no SP2 ...opps RC51!
2002/3
RVT1000R, Suggested retail $10,999

Whatever they're calling it this week somewhere in the world, Honda says the RC51 introduces affordable Superbike performance to enthusiasts seeking the most powerful, best-handling V-twin sport bike on the planet. It's just like the bike that took American Colin Edwards to the 2000 and 2002 World Superbike titles, except maybe 80 pounds heavier, with 60 fewer horsepower and $100,000 less costly. Now in its 3rd year of production, the 2002/3 version of the VRT called the SP-2 gets an 11 pound reduction in weight (what did they leave off it?), a slight boost in engine power, and a longer swingarm for more stable handling.

ENGINE SPECIFICATIONS Model: RVT1000R Engine Type: 999cc liquid-cooled 90 V-twin engine is specially designed to withstand the rigors of Superbike competition. • Prodigious power is produced across a broad engine-rpm band, peaking with 126 bhp at 9000 rpm and 75 lb./ft. of torque at 8000 rpm in street-legal trim. • Centrally mounted ram-air intake duct routes cool, pressurized air directly through the frame's steering head structure to the 9.0-liter airbox, improving intake efficiency while slimming the aerodynamic profile. The ram-air duct doubles as a front cowl stay, shaving 12 ounces off of a conventional mounting system.

  • Bore and Stroke: 100mm x 63.6mm Compression Ratio: 10.8:1 Valve Train: DOHC; four valves per cylinder Carburetion: PGM-FI with two injectors per cylinder Ignition: Computer-controlled digital with three-dimensional mapping
  • Each cylinder head features large, 40mm intake and 34mm exhaust valves with a 24-degree included valve angle. This provides a short, direct path for the air/fuel charge entering the combustion chamber and results in high power output. Innovative head gaskets minimize distortion caused by head bolt tightening, improving sealing performance and maintaining combustion pressure for consistent high power output in competition conditions.• Direct shim-under-bucket valve actuation system ensures high-rpm durability, and allows 16,000-mile valve maintenance intervals.
  • Gear-driven camshafts utilize three-axis drive gears to maintain accurate valve timing and durability at sustained high engine speeds.
  • High-pressure programmed fuel injection (PGM-FI) delivers fuel at 50 psi to two injectors per cylinder, mounted opposite each other in huge, 54mm throttle bodies. Fuel is delivered through four nozzle tips in each injector, producing a very fine spray and a highly combustible air/fuel charge for maximum combustion efficiency and power output.
  • Cast aluminum pistons are screen-printed with solid LUB-Coat finish to minimize friction between the piston and cylinder wall. • RC45(tm)-inspired aluminum composite cylinder sleeves are high-pressure-formed from sintered aluminum powder impregnated with ceramic and graphite. The lightweight composite sleeves provide better wear resistance and superior heat dissipation compared to conventional sleeves. •Nutless connecting rods feature bolts threaded directly into tapped holes in rods. Design is lighter than conventional bolt-and-nut combination. Carburized rods provide strength and durability under high loads. • Crankshaft center lubrication system carries oil to main and connecting rod bearings through passages in the crankshaft as well as conventional journals, allowing lower main-gallery oil pressure and a smaller oil pump design, consuming less horsepower at high engine speeds.
  • Electronic CPU provides digital 3-D fuel injection and ignition maps for each cylinder, creating ideal fuel mixture and spark advance settings for maximum power and throttle response. • Iridium-tipped spark plugs require less voltage and maintain ignition performance in demanding conditions.
  • Side-mounted dual radiators utilize low pressure of airflow passing over outer surface of cowling to draw air through from the inside. Side positioning allows optimal placement of engine for a low center of gravity and superb handling and permits flow of air to reach cylinders and exhaust pipes for enhanced cooling efficiency. • Aluminum water pump housing. • Air-cooled aluminum oil cooler. • Magnesium head cover, clutch cover, and left rear sprocket cover.
  • All-stainless two-into-one-into-two exhaust system with two 5.3-liter canister-style mufflers featuring a buffed finish. • Seven-plate clutch design is compact and tough, featuring durable friction plate material.
  • Smooth-shifting close-ratio six-speed transmission features ratios carefully matched to the engine's power band. • Durable #530 O-ring-sealed drive chain.

CHASSIS / SUSPENSION: Twin-spar extruded aluminum frame weighs 25.8 pounds and features a modified Pro Frame(tm) design utilizing a swingarm pivot that incorporates both engine-crankcase- and frame-mounted pivot points. The frame sideplates extend underneath the swingarm and join to form a D-shaped swingarm mounting enclosure. This combination provides an extremely rigid chassis while offering excellent road feel. Tapered and braced box-section swingarm provides exceptional lateral and torsional rigidity.

  • 43mm inverted aluminum-slider Honda Multi-Action System (HMAS(tm)) cartridge fork features spring preload, rebound, and compression damping adjustability, l and offers precise action and superb rigidity.
  • Pro-Link(tm) rear suspension features a high-quality 40mm HMAS shock with integrally cast damper reservoir. Spring preload, rebound, and compression damping adjustability produce superior rear wheel control, 4.7 inches travel.
  • Braking system features 320mm front discs floating on seven stainless steel pins with four-piston calipers, and a 220mm rear disc with a single-piston caliper for exceptional stopping power.
  • Lightweight aluminum-alloy wheels have six U-shaped HRC-style spokes and feature race-spec 3.5-17-inch front and 6.0-17-inch rear dimensions.
  • Wheelbase: 55.9 inches Rake (Caster Angle): 24.5 Trail: 101mm (4.0 inches) Seat Height: 32.1 inches Dry Weight: 430 pounds Fuel Capacity: 4.8 gallons, including 1.2-gallon reserve.
  • Tires Front: 120/70ZR-17 radial; Rear: 190/50R-17 radial
  • Color: Red/Metallic Silver

ADDITIONAL FEATURES: Distinctive bodywork features a dual-headlight design, a narrow-profile fuel tank, and a single-piece tail section. • Removable aluminum rear subframe. • Fuel tank designed with sculpted indents for knees, arms, and handlebars. • Unique bank-angle sensor shuts off fuel supply to PGM-FI system if the motorcycle tips over, but is unaffected by bumps and vibration during normal operation. • High-output, 329-watt AC generator. • Electrically quieter regulator/rectifier eliminates interference with sophisticated PGM-FI and ignition circuitry. • Dual-headlight features computer-designed multi-reflectors and two 55W H7 bulbs behind clear plastic lenses, providing a broad lighting pattern and superb illumination. • Lightweight instrument display includes electronic LCD tachometer and speedometer, fuel indicator, odometer, tripmeter, and temperature gauge. 8 Lightweight front brake lever has a new compact adjuster design and incorporates the return spring in the master cylinder. • Convenient ignition switch/fork lock for added security. • Lightweight, recyclable oil filter cartridge. • Transferable one-year, unlimited-mileage limited warranty. • Ownership includes one-year complimentary Membership in the Honda Rider's Club of America. Benefits include discounts, travel benefits, roadside assistance and much more. For HRCA details, call 1-800-847-HRCA. AVAILABLE ACCESSORIES • Tank pad. Magnetic tank bag (Black). California version differs slightly due to emissions equipment.




CB900F
2002/3 CB900F, Suggested Retail Price: $7,999
Honda brings back the first generation CBR900RR as a naked bike at a great price. But we are disappointed that this bike weighs 60 pounds more without a fairing than the current generation CBR926/954 because it uses the old style frame and dual mufflers. At least a race style 4-2-1-system would be 20 lbs. lighter. We also don't like the one color choice available, the rough dull finish Asphalt Black. Still, we did buy one ourselves. Read our owner's report at right.

Engine Type: 919cc liquid-cooled DOHC inline four-cylinder
Bore and Stroke: 71.0mm x 58.0mm, Compression Ratio: 10.8:1.
Valve Train: DOHC; four valves per cylinder
Carburetion: PGM-FI with manual enricher circuit
Ignition: Computer-controlled digital with three-dimensional mapping
Transmission: Six-speed
Final Drive: #530 O-ring-sealed chain
Front Suspension: 43mm cartridge fork; 4.7-inch travel
Rear Suspension: Single shock with seven-position spring-preload
adjustability; 5.0-inch travel
Front Brakes: Dual full-floating 296mm discs with four-piston calipers
Rear Brake: Single 240mm disc with single-piston caliper
Front Tire: 120/70ZR-17 radial
Rear Tire: 180/55ZR-17 radial
Wheelbase: 57.5 inches
Rake (Caster Angle): 25.0 degrees. Trail: 98.0mm (3.9 inches)
Seat Height: 31.5 inches
Dry Weight: 427.0 pounds
Fuel Capacity: 5.0 gallons
Color: Asphalt



Just added!
Colin Edward's Laguna Seca winning USA painted Honda SP-2

American Honda Announces its 2003 Roadracing Teams.
Ben Bostrom is back,
Doug Chandler to
Formula Extreame

After a great 2002 season that saw Honda capture the AMA
Superbike title and tie for the points lead in Formula Xtreme, it's hard to imagine that the Red Riders could get any better, but their prospects again for 2003 look really good.

"2003 is shaping up nicely," said American Honda's Chuck Miller, Manager,Motorcycle Sports. "Kurtis is healthy and ready to go, Miguel is excited about the new 600 and we're very pleased to have Ben Bostrom back.
Internally we've added some new team members and everyone is excited about the new season

."For AMA Superbike racing, Honda will retain the services of Miguel Duhamel, the winningest rider in AMA history. Kurtis Roberts returns as well in 2003, and he's fast, hungry and healthy. Competition beware. New to the team is former Honda Superbike Champ, Ben Bostrom. Fresh back from Europe where he was a top contender on the World Superbike circuit, Ben looks
forward to returning to the team that helped him win a Superbike
championship in 1998. All three riders will compete on Honda's mighty RC51, the machine that won both the 2002 AMA Superbike title, as well as the 2002 World Superbike Championship.

"The AMA 600 Supersport class better watch out. Miguel Duhamel is back on the all-new CBR600RR with technology inherited directly from the awesome MotoGP Championship winning RC211V (pardon the PR writer's hype here since it takes longer to develop a new production bike than the new GP machine it was supposedly derived from).

"Honda supported Erion Racing will field a team of two riders competing in both Formula Xtreme and 600 Supersport.
Roger Hayden returns and is looking stronger than ever. Returning to the Erion team is Jake Zemke. After finishing the Formula Xtreme season in 2002
tied for first in the points standings, Jake is looking forward to getting back to his winning ways in 2003. Alex Gobert joins Erion Racing for the 2003 season, concentrating exclusively on 600 Supersport competition.

"The number of support teams riding Hondas keeps growing. Back this year is the Bruce Transportation team contesting both the Formula Xtreme and 600
Supersport series with rider Marty Craggill.

"Two new Honda support teams
will compete for AMA National titles this year as well, including Annandale Racing with riders Ty Howard and Craig Connell, and No Limit Motorsports with Jason Curtis and former Superbike Champion Doug Chandler. Both teamswill be using the new CBR600RR and CBR954RR to compete in the AMA 600
Supersport and Formula Xtreme series."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CBF900F Editorial
Long Term Report
Our FastDates.com editor, likes the naked bike concept, having grown up on good handling Suzuki GS models back in the 1980s. Naked bikes make a great choice as a 2nd bike to your hard core sportbike, perfect for running errands around town, carrying packages, or riding your girlfriend on the back. Thelower price also makes them less worrisome to have stolen when you park them somewhere for a few hours.

Back in 1999 we bought one of the new Kawasaki ZRX1100 Edie Lawson replicas when they first came out. It was a great feeling, practicle bike with 2 major faults which it carries over to the current 2002/3 ZRX1200 verson. The 5-speed gearbox has one cog too few and always feels like it needs another gear for cruising. And the fact it handles like shit in stock form. The chassis is a flexi-flyer and the bike weaves and wobbles like crazy in high speed corners. Not wanting to spend a lot of money on what is susposed to be a cheap naked bike, we sold the ZRX and picked up the new Honda CB900F in June 2002 after a brief test ride. We also tested the Yamaha YR1000 but just didn't like the overly big feeling bike which rode like on sofa couch with a big electric motor that lack any personality.

The good side of our CBF is that this bike does have a 6-speed transmission and seems toi be better gear for most riding situations. And in cornering the bike is smooth and stable. Good Japanese sportbike brakes. We liked it fairly much...

...except the transmission shifting is horrible, it's a real clunker -noisey and not smooth. Plus its difficult geting into neutral when stopped at a light. Think old BSA or Triumph from the 1960s and you know what we mean.

...except tthe fuel injection/throttle control is horrible. Our California model was delivered to us so lean as to be really unpleasant to ride -snatching and jerking like crazy with no smooth transition between off and on. The British sportbike magazines who will give you and honest test evaluation (unlike the American magazines) had the same complaint. The solution is installing a DynoJet Power Commander ($350) to recalibrate the electronic fuel injection and now it runs much, much better.

...except the rear shock is horrible. It feels like a jackhammer for our 200 lb riding weight, and of course this econo bike offers no adjustability. We're just too cheap to spend $800 for a good name brade aftermarket shock on a bike we only ride a couple of times a month.

...other gripes? Our old ZRX had huge underseat storage and a nice external helmet key lock. The CBF has no underseat storage, no helment lock both of which are really important deatils for a bike you want to run errends with around town.

The moral of our tale with the CBF and the ZRX? You get what you pay for, unfortunately, in these naked bikes from the Japanese.If you plan on keeping the bike for a while and what it to be perfect, better spend the higher initial purchase price and get a better performing and handling Triumph 509 or Aprilia Tuono.