Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade 2004 Review (2004)

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Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade

Having tried out newer Blades I really cant see a better looking / balanced one.
- Rating: 10 / 10

What Is It?

The Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade is a dedicated premium sports bike and is powered by a liquid cooled 998 cc inline four engine, producing 172 bhp at 11,250 rpm and maximum torque at 10,000 rpm.

Specs

  • Seat Height: Average (820 mm / 32.3 inches)
  • Dry Weight: Average (179 kg / 395 lbs)
  • Economy: Average (40 mpg / 7.1 l/100km / 14.2 km/l)
  • Range: High (160 miles / 257 km)
  • Top Speed: Very high (175 mph / 282 km/h)

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Quality finish
  • Handling
  • Reliable
  • Power
  • Looks

Cons

  • Suspension
  • Toasty seat

What Is It Like?

Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade

About Me

I'm a 62 years young male, 5 foot 9 inches tall. I've never driven a car and have a total of 45 years riding experience without a break over 15 bikes. I tend to get attached to them.

Why did you choose it?

I had the 900 RRW for few years and swore by it until I saw an advert in a local motor store with a photo of this one.

What is good about it?

Its a Honda for a start ...Well thought out design plus usual high quality finish.

What could be improved?

The front brakes are not as good as 2006-2007 model and did they need so many fairing fasteners.

What's the economy like?

I honestly don't know but a full tank on long trip with mix of A roads and motorways needs fuel after about 100 miles.

Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade

Any mods or upgrades?

  • Carbon Beowulf
  • Hi Flo air filters
  • Power Commander 3 fine tuned on dyno
  • Hel brake and clutch lines
  • Rearsets
  • Larger Rad with RRG fine mesh guard
  • CRG short levers
  • Single seat with pillion pegs removed
  • DID chain
  • Renthal sprockets plus 2 teeth on rear
  • 100 watt headlight bulbs
  • LED mini flashers
  • Puig tail tidy with micro plate
  • Carbon Fibre all over it

How is the engine?

Solid. It's done 21,000 miles and in the 11 years I've owned it I've only put 10,000 miles on her.

How does it handle?

It could be better with aftermarket shock and fork springs.

What are the brakes like?

It's had new discs and pads recently but with Hel lines and fresh fluid plenty good enough.

Is it comfortable?

It was 10 years ago but at my age a run of say 40-50 miles sure aches, but can live with that and it will never be sold long as I can ride.

How reliable have you found it?

Extremely but having said that I tend to check and replace high mileage parts ahead of them failing. It's had the usual Reg/Rect disaster but that's an easy fix.

To Sum Up

Having tried out newer Blades I really cant see a better looking / balanced one and as a bonus there are no rider aids. Suits me fine.

- Jake M, 2020

Deals, specs and pics

Price Guide

Year
Dealer
Private
Part Ex
Mileage
2005
£4,700
£3,750
£3,300
26,600
2004
£4,550
£3,650
£3,200
29,600

Gear & Accessories

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