1996 Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird
Just like the aircraft it is named after, and that is very fast
Nothing whatsoever, even though it is 20 year old machine.
The general finish of the motorcycle is excellent and even the original exhaust system looks like new. All switches still work and feel solid. All locks work as good as new.
As for the engine, I just am blown away at hard it pulls from low down the rev range. I can be in 6th gear at 1000 RPM (30mph) and a slight twist of the throttle, I am easily doing motorway speeds. The engine performs effortlessly. Try to open it up in first, I have to back off and it just wants to launch for the horizon.
I decided to remove the cylinder head and decoke the combustion chambers and re-lap the valves for piece of mind. When doing so, I took the opportunity to inspect the cylinder bores and I could still see the honing marks. This means the engine has not had any wear at all and is like it was when left the factory, even after 46500 miles.
The hydraulic clutch is light to the touch and the gearbox is precise. The braking is responsive and the suspension works well.
The riding position is comfortable, but would be more comfortable for taller riders as I am 5'8". The fuel tank holds 22 litres on the carburettor version. My only complaint with equipment is you don't get the four tie hooks and little compartment (ideal for fitting a 12 volt socket) that is found on the Kawasaki ZZR models.
Fuel economy is OK as I managed 50 MPG on a run, and that was with several blasts of the throttle, as the acceleration of this beast is so addictive. For short around the town trips, the Blackbird can be juicy and get about 30 MPG, but then this is a machine that is meant for long distance touring. This is why I use my CG125 for local trips and the Blackbird for blasts further afield.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th February, 2017