1996 — 2007 Honda CBR 1100 XX Super Blackbird motorcycle review @ Top Speed

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Honda CBR 1100 XX



Build the look of speed and with to back it up, the CBR 1100XX Super was the fastest production motorcycle it was launched back in 1996 but Honda decided to concentrate on a great sport-touring model as and Kawasaki were fighting for extra mph that would a motorcycle much better.

Honda first introduced the CBR Super Blackbird in late as a 1997 model in the original Black, Titanium and Red. a great product, it soon a popular motorbike for its combination of powerful engine, good comfort, reliability and quality. You notice that the biggest CBR suffered important improvements the years as it was bulletproof built the beginning.

The year 1998 bring any changes to this except the update to the thermostat The colors available were the (depending on what part of the you were in). As you already now the Super Blackbird could be in any color as long as it was black in the U.S in the first years of production).

In Honda decides to change to PGM-FI Fuel Injection Slight changes were found at the tail light, air RAM Air ducts, oil cooler, and clutch. kept the Black color for the but in Europe Blue entered the

After those significant and the adding of a new color, Honda that their sport-tourer need any more changes for so the motorbike remained virtually the

For 2001 the Blackbird was upgraded to a dash and Silver was added for This is the year when the changed for the U.S. Red was preferred of Black.

2002 doesn’t any changes except the adding of for the U.S. only to return at initial color (Black) in when the last model of the was released in the U.S.

Honda producing the Blackbird for the European but it only changed the colors: marks the introduction of two-tone color scheme, the 2005 and models received Silver and Blue two-tone while the 1100XX features Iron two-tone color scheme.

As you see the Blackbird kept is original through the years and it is still strong in a class with desired supremacy.


In any but especially when it comes to building, bigger and faster is the aim and made no exception when it their biggest model in to steal Kawasaki’s crown. succeeded and the Blackbird became the fastest production motorcycle. But the didn’t last long Suzuki had prepared their model for 1999, the GSX1300R when the title “The Fastest Production Motorcycle” was with 5 extra mph.

Kawasaki later introduced monsters and the main competitors for the and Hayabusa, ZX-12R and ZZR1400. Kawasaki models reached mph at the top end so the battle today is taken Suzuki and Kawasaki, Honda a comfortable sport-touring alternative a lot of power only a twist of a away.


When I approached the Blackbird, back in I was astonished of its size. This is a large motorcycle and frankly it of scared me because I was expecting to follow the tendency of increasing the of horse power positioned in a small frame. But they the aerodynamic nose design on of an aircraft which owned the of the world’s fastest aircraft for a while and that is pretty as well as the bike’s design.

A motorbike, even a pseudo one, is unusual and I don’t many shapes could it off. This, however, to look classy and somehow at the same time.

The initial of the CBR 1100XX hasn’t changed the year because, as I already it is kind of the only thing reflects the motorcycle’s capabilities. The thing that changed the colors but I believe that the black paintwork with gold wheels and titanium echoes the aeroplane even

Today we encounter the same dimensions and sharp look we already gotten used to Nail two-tone painted the impression of bare metal, of the aeroplane’s fairing in the early


Would a motorcycle count if it wouldn’t perform the way it I’m sure we all know the but thanks to Honda’s engineers who sure that the Blackbird have a big heart (1137 cc inline four cylinder which is compact and lightweight), we have to worry about performance.

Those same Honda people came the idea of incorporating a dual-shaft system, a unit which up very smoothly eliminating the secondary vibration. This into a directly bolted to the dual spar, triple box aluminum frame without rubber mounts, obtaining further overall rigidity.

The system, combined with the lightness, provide it with agility and satisfying maneuverability still maintaining the main characteristic: comfort.

Such a and big motorcycle needed a performance system in order to come to a stop and Honda had it just for mounting. The Dual-Combined Brake which actuates the front and brakes by either pulling the lever or pressing the foot is a ingenious solution for fast in complete safe. Kind of we would expect from

Test Drive

Don’t buy such a machine if you reached a high level of or if you think that this will help you gain it. It

Just take a look at its which simply say: for beginners!”

They say that are afraid of what they control and I have to recognize I got a little scared of this Don’t get me wrong! The CBR 1100XX Blackbird can be controlled, the rider is the one who get his hand off the throttle. I was surprised to the bike’s weight vanish me as I started accelerating and, through the gears, I felt I was floating on a very fast

What seems unwieldy and at a standstill becomes stable and at town speeds and even stable and reassuring at highway And when it comes to highway the big Honda has it right. I sat at well 130mph for just about a tank of fuel. The Stealth-inspired protected me from the wind and other drivers wonder was passed them on: a motorcycle or a

And I was perfectly relaxed, the kind of that you want to have you ride at those speeds.

face it: this machine is to accelerate and give its best on a line but doesn’t it need to How does the Blackbird feel in Well it is still a great

Handling is little slow, but that we are talking about a heavy bike, not a sharp supersport motorcycle.

At the end of the day I had to put my test to a stop so I used the reliable brakes that Honda for this motorcycle. It is very how they take an idea and with it improving and refining it it eventually becomes something of the name Honda.

Overall the was excellent although it requires a lot of used to and I still believe it was a little too much for me. But hey, me. If you like the bike and you’ve other bikes through the I guess you could make the of buying it.


And if you are determined to that step this is the to find the prices for such a You will find the price because the CBR 1100XX Super stopped being sold in the

A 2002 Honda CBR 1100XX Blackbird properly maintained, low miles on board won’t you more than $6500 but again you have to think well what you are buying and what do you want to use it for. luck with that!

Featuring many of Honda’s innovative technologies all integrated a sleekly aerodynamic sportive the CBR 1100XX Super Blackbird an unmistakable image of high machine starts as its bullet-shaped and rockets through to its aerodynamic


Engine and Transmission

1137.00 ccm (69.38 cubic

Cooling System: Liquid


Transmission type drive: Chain

Chassis and

Front Suspension: 43mm cartridge-type telescopic fork, axle travel

Rear Pro-link with gas-charged damper, stepless adjustable damping, 109mm axle

Front Brakes: Double

Front Brakes Diameter: (12.2 inches)

Ground 130mm (5.1 inches)

1.490mm (58.7 inches)

Dry 224.0 kg (493.8 pounds)

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