Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird (1996 - 2008) review

Supreme top speed tourer that will impress with its performance and civility.
Details
Manufacturer:
Honda
Category:
Sports Tourers
Price:
£ 8349
Overall
4
Average: 4 (1 vote)
‘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.

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Length (mm)2160
Width (mm)720
Height (mm)1200
Dryweight (kg)227
Seats0
Seat Height (mm)810
Suspension Front43mm HMAS cartridge-type telescopic fork, 120mm axle travel
Suspension RearPro-link with gas-charged HMAS damper, 120mm axle travel
Adjustability RearRebound damping
Wheels Front17 x MT3.50
Wheels Rear17 x MT5.50
Wheels Made OfHollow-section triple-spoke cast aluminium
Tyres Front120/70 ZR17
Tyres Rear180/55 ZR17
Brakes Front310mm x 5mm dual disc with 3 piston callipers
Brakes Rear256mm x 5mm disc with 3 piston callipers
Tank Capacity (litres)23
Wheelbase (mm)1490
Ground Clearance (mm)130
Trail (mm)99
ChassisDiamond; triple-box-section aluminium twin-spar
Length (mm)2160
Width (mm)720
Height (mm)1200
Dryweight (kg)227
Seats0
Seat Height (mm)810
Suspension Front43mm HMAS cartridge-type telescopic fork, 120mm axle travel
Suspension RearPro-link with gas-charged HMAS damper, 120mm axle travel
Adjustability RearRebound damping
Wheels Front17 x MT3.50
Wheels Rear17 x MT5.50
Wheels Made OfHollow-section triple-spoke cast aluminium
Tyres Front120/70 ZR17
Tyres Rear180/55 ZR17
Brakes Front310mm x 5mm dual disc with 3 piston callipers
Brakes Rear256mm x 5mm disc with 3 piston callipers
Tank Capacity (litres)23
Wheelbase (mm)1490
Ground Clearance (mm)130
Trail (mm)99
ChassisDiamond; triple-box-section aluminium twin-spar
Cubic Capacity (cc)1137
Valves16
Max Power (bhp)150
Max Power Peak (rpm)9500
Torque (ft/lb)88
Torque Peak (rpm)7250
Bore (mm)79
Stroke (mm)58
Valve GearDOHC
Compression Ratio11.0
IgnitionComputer controled digital transistorised with ele
CoolingLiquid cooled
Fuel DeliveryPGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Stroke TypeFour Stroke
DriveChain
Cubic Capacity (cc)1137
Valves16
Max Power (bhp)150
Max Power Peak (rpm)9500
Torque (ft/lb)88
Torque Peak (rpm)7250
Bore (mm)79
Stroke (mm)58
Valve GearDOHC
Compression Ratio11.0
IgnitionComputer controled digital transistorised with ele
CoolingLiquid cooled
Fuel DeliveryPGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Stroke TypeFour Stroke
DriveChain
Max Torque81.7
Max Torque Revs7100
Top Speed178.3
50-100mph9.76
50-60mph1.85
50-70mph3.74
50-80mph5.65
50-90mph7.61
Standing Quarter Mile - Terminal Speed MPH130.38
Standing Quarter Mile - Time11.75
Standing Start 0-100mph7.35
Standing Start 0-60mph4.01
Max Power139
Max Power Revs9300
Max Torque81.7
Max Torque Revs7100
Top Speed178.3
50-100mph9.76
50-60mph1.85
50-70mph3.74
50-80mph5.65
50-90mph7.61
Standing Quarter Mile - Terminal Speed MPH130.38
Standing Quarter Mile - Time11.75
Standing Start 0-100mph7.35
Standing Start 0-60mph4.01
Max Power139
Max Power Revs9300
Fast, comfortable, handles and looks great? That'll be the Blackbird...
Not as comfy as a Pan, not as nimble as a CBR.

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