These powerful Hondas have much the same reputation problem as the 1985 GSX-R 750; the Fireblade was so much lighter and quicker handling than the contemporary liter bikes it was scary. It is mostly a totally conventional bike for its day, but the fear comes from the 16” front wheel when most bikes had moved to 17" rims. A smaller wheel makes a bike turn in quicker, which is a good thing if you are hustling up a tight canyon, but a bad thing if you are stunting from the bar to the beach in a half helmet and flip-flops. There is no reason to be scared of the CBR900RR unless you are a nervous rider who hasn’t learned throttle control and proper steering inputs, but that being said, it is not a bike for newbies.