Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird (1996 - 2008)

‘Go Directly To Jail’ top speed
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£8349
Available from
1996 to 2008
Fast, comfortable, handles and looks great? That'll be the Blackbird...
Not as comfy as a Pan, not as nimble as a CBR.
Supreme top speed tourer that will impress with its performance and civility.

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Submitted by templer on Fri, 11/01/2008 - 09:51

Overall Review

The blackbird will cover long distances with ease and still put a smile on your face when you get to the twisties. A bike with almost cult status.

Strengths

hugely powerful engine which is sliky smooth at the same time. Great build quality. comfortable but still with a sporting edge.

Weaknesses

Insurance premiums and running costs are high. getting a bit dated now.

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Submitted by mr tack on Fri, 11/01/2008 - 12:14

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It really is just pack up and go 4-5 thousand miles in 3 weeks ? an absolute doddle .2 up with tent,lilo's swimming cossie,toothbrush and its adriatic with ease .

Strengths

Comfort,reliability Finish

Weaknesses

Very occassional generator/rectifier problems

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Submitted by gonch on Fri, 11/01/2008 - 14:53

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I love my Blackbird, it's great over distance or around town. Feels solid on the road and handles well. I do find it to be a little thirsty, but it is a big engine. The only issue I've had with mine is that both mirrors started to delaminate. Warranty covered it and dealer said it's very rare in their experience.

Strengths

Reliable, comfortable and well built compared to other makes I've had.

Weaknesses

Thirsty, fiddly to fit a Sat Nav to the bars due to hydraulic clutch reservoir.

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Submitted by to the max on Sat, 12/01/2008 - 20:09

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just love my bike, she does all I ask and more. me finks the 'Blackbird' is one of the bestest bikes Mr Honda has ever give birth to bless him. she looks liks she's doin' a ton when she's parked up !!! not many bikes can do that

Strengths

so many for a sports tourer- comfort, power delivery, handlin' for a big bike, stabillity at very high speeds, naughty boy! she loves the roads around northern Spain !!! yabadabadoo

Weaknesses

bit greedy on gas when cruizin' over a ton, but dont give a shite, the fun out weighs the wallet if you gets my meanin'

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Submitted by 1100xx on Sat, 12/01/2008 - 21:32

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I made a few changes and now the blackbird fits like a glove I've owned it 6 years and before I got it I changed my bikes every year

Strengths

speed distance and comfort (subject to changing seat and fitting bar risers) as for the linked brakes they are fantastic well up to the job ,although when I fitted braided lines it took me 3 days to bleed the rear caliper

Weaknesses

dodgy electrics (wiring loom block failure} thirst weight

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Submitted by adamprescott on Sat, 12/01/2008 - 22:12

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Top bike esp in titanium!

Strengths

Looks, power, handleablility

Weaknesses

Nowt.... yet!

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Overall Review

Can't keep off it. Sadly, neither can the Missus. First Honda and one of the best bikes I've owned.

Strengths

Plenty of torque, plenty of fun

Weaknesses

Suspension, a bit skittish over white lines. Linked brakes take some getting used to.

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Submitted by User 68529 (not verified) on Thu, 17/01/2008 - 16:12

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there isnt a bike to beat it , zzr 1400 well just ask the boys at TWO they'd rather ride the bird

Strengths

strong engine, excellent power,great styling (wont go out of date) strong chassis

Weaknesses

bit heavy for lightweight riders

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Submitted by Dirty Sanchez on Fri, 18/01/2008 - 00:28

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Great long distance machine, but dated now. I never did get used to the brakes so sold mine in 2003 after 30k miles and 2 years ownership. Any potential buyer should test ride the new Busa; it's superb.

Strengths

Great engine Superb long distance machine Build quality although paint on tank was too soft and o/e chain on my old 2001 model was pants.

Weaknesses

Suspension - unadjustable front!!! Limited rear. Ground clearance is a real issue when riding hard. Pegs will touch down and then the fairing scrapes - oops! Early Learning Centre brakes are annoying Weight!

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Submitted by Paulie G on Tue, 18/03/2008 - 21:24

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cool and easy to use

Strengths

big smooth engine nice brakes

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