Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird (1996 - 2008) review

Supreme top speed tourer that will impress with its performance and civility.

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By Visordown on Thu, 25 Jun 2009 - 12:06

Details
Manufacturer:
Honda
Category:
Sports Tourers
Price:
£ 8349
Overall
4
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‘Go Directly To Jail’ top speed
Fast, comfortable, handles and looks great? That'll be the Blackbird...
Not as comfy as a Pan, not as nimble as a CBR.

Agile hyper-tourer, with build quality to match outrageous performance and ‘Go Directly To Jail’ top speed. VTEC and other updates planned for ’05Agile hyper-tourer, with build quality to match outrageous performance and ‘Go Directly To Jail’ top speed. VTEC and other updates planned for ’05

Agile hyper-tourer, with build quality to match outrageous performance and ‘Go Directly To Jail’ top speed. VTEC and other updates planned for ’05.

Launched at the end of 1996, the bike was lauded as being a technical tour-de-force before quietly slipping behind the times as Suzuki's Hayabusa and then Kawasaki's ZX-12R trumped it for speed and power.

But Honda simply refined their beast, adding fuel-injection, a classier dashboard and very little else, making the 2001-on Blackbirds pretty much faultless. It should have been outclassed, but bizarrely the Blackbird kept popping up and giving them a bloody nose in group tests long after it shouldn't have.

It was graceful with awesome build quality where the 'Busa was ugly and poorly finished; it had comfort and 'legs' where the ZX-12R was cramped and had poor range. If you don't believe us about the build quality, check the picture above and try and guess which one is the S-reg bike and which is the '05 bike.

Read more: http://www.visordown.com/road-tests-used/used-review-honda-cbr1100xx-super-blackbird/4325.html#ixzz0vdD7mvzR

Length (mm) 2160
Width (mm) 720
Height (mm) 1200
Dryweight (kg) 227
Seats 0
Seat Height (mm) 810
Suspension Front 43mm HMAS cartridge-type telescopic fork, 120mm axle travel
Suspension Rear Pro-link with gas-charged HMAS damper, 120mm axle travel
Adjustability Rear Rebound damping
Wheels Front 17 x MT3.50
Wheels Rear 17 x MT5.50
Wheels Made Of Hollow-section triple-spoke cast aluminium
Tyres Front 120/70 ZR17
Tyres Rear 180/55 ZR17
Brakes Front 310mm x 5mm dual disc with 3 piston callipers
Brakes Rear 256mm x 5mm disc with 3 piston callipers
Tank Capacity (litres) 23
Wheelbase (mm) 1490
Ground Clearance (mm) 130
Trail (mm) 99
Chassis Diamond; triple-box-section aluminium twin-spar
Length (mm) 2160
Width (mm) 720
Height (mm) 1200
Dryweight (kg) 227
Seats 0
Seat Height (mm) 810
Suspension Front 43mm HMAS cartridge-type telescopic fork, 120mm axle travel
Suspension Rear Pro-link with gas-charged HMAS damper, 120mm axle travel
Adjustability Rear Rebound damping
Wheels Front 17 x MT3.50
Wheels Rear 17 x MT5.50
Wheels Made Of Hollow-section triple-spoke cast aluminium
Tyres Front 120/70 ZR17
Tyres Rear 180/55 ZR17
Brakes Front 310mm x 5mm dual disc with 3 piston callipers
Brakes Rear 256mm x 5mm disc with 3 piston callipers
Tank Capacity (litres) 23
Wheelbase (mm) 1490
Ground Clearance (mm) 130
Trail (mm) 99
Chassis Diamond; triple-box-section aluminium twin-spar
Cubic Capacity (cc) 1137
Valves 16
Max Power (bhp) 150
Max Power Peak (rpm) 9500
Torque (ft/lb) 88
Torque Peak (rpm) 7250
Bore (mm) 79
Stroke (mm) 58
Valve Gear DOHC
Compression Ratio 11.0
Ignition Computer controled digital transistorised with ele
Cooling Liquid cooled
Fuel Delivery PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Stroke Type Four Stroke
Drive Chain
Cubic Capacity (cc) 1137
Valves 16
Max Power (bhp) 150
Max Power Peak (rpm) 9500
Torque (ft/lb) 88
Torque Peak (rpm) 7250
Bore (mm) 79
Stroke (mm) 58
Valve Gear DOHC
Compression Ratio 11.0
Ignition Computer controled digital transistorised with ele
Cooling Liquid cooled
Fuel Delivery PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Stroke Type Four Stroke
Drive Chain
Max Torque 81.7
Max Torque Revs 7100
Top Speed 178.3
50-100mph 9.76
50-60mph 1.85
50-70mph 3.74
50-80mph 5.65
50-90mph 7.61
Standing Quarter Mile - Terminal Speed MPH 130.38
Standing Quarter Mile - Time 11.75
Standing Start 0-100mph 7.35
Standing Start 0-60mph 4.01
Max Power 139
Max Power Revs 9300
Max Torque 81.7
Max Torque Revs 7100
Top Speed 178.3
50-100mph 9.76
50-60mph 1.85
50-70mph 3.74
50-80mph 5.65
50-90mph 7.61
Standing Quarter Mile - Terminal Speed MPH 130.38
Standing Quarter Mile - Time 11.75
Standing Start 0-100mph 7.35
Standing Start 0-60mph 4.01
Max Power 139
Max Power Revs 9300
Score Breakdown
Overall
4

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