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Buyer Guide: Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird

The ultimate buyers guide to the Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird written by the people who actually own the bike…

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Newest is best, right? Not so in the hyper sports class. Honda’s Super Blackbird scythed its way to the top spot in 1996 and 12 years later, nothing’s really knocked it off its perch as the best all round machine. Kawasaki’s ZZR1400 and Suzuki’s GSX1300R Hayabusa have overtaken in the spec sheet points war but in terms of an overall package the Honda still has them beat. It’s not only an insanely fast, fine handling motorbike which can carry two people and their luggage huge distances, it’s also staggeringly well built and reliable. It’s a flagship machine in every true sense of the word.

There have been rumours of an all-new Blackbird for years – possibly even a V5 VFR1000 replacing both the Blackbird and VFR800. Even if a new version is released, the current ones will retain their following and their used value. They have a near cult-like status including some folk who reckon the original carb’d version is better than the later FI model. That’s normally the sign of over loyal crackpots but with the Blackbird there’s some credibility to their arguments. Anyway, there’s no denying it’s a well loved bike with a massive following and deservedly so.

This month 66 Blackbird owners filled in our online survey, telling us all about their bikes and what they’re like to live with. Amongst them, they’ve covered over a million miles on these bikes. Here’s what they’ve got to say…

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Honda CBR1100XX Super Black Bird Specifications

1996 Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird

Engine l/c, 16v, injected in-line four, 1,137cc Power 162bhp @ 10,000rpm Torque 88ftlb @ 7,250rpm
Dry weight 223kg Seat height 810mm Fuel capacity 22 litres Insurance group 16 Top speed 175mph

1999 Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird

Engine l/c, 16v, injected in-line four, 1,137cc Power 164bhp @ 9,500rpm Torque 88ftlb @ 7,500rpm
Dry weight 223kg Seat height 810mm Fuel capacity 23 litres Insurance group 16 Top speed 175mph