Written on: 17/05/2013 by massblackbird
The fuel-injected Honda CBR1100xx Blackbird or "Superblackbird" is still the best made and most usable sport touring bike out there. I have owned ten bikes the last 35 years or riding, including sport bikes, sport tourers and Wings by Ducati, Honda, Harley and Kawasaki. I also have a few seasons of track experience and made it to intermediate level on technical tracks. The bird is no sport bike by any means, it is a fast and graceful road bike that should be left stock after purchasing... (read more)
Written on: 22/04/2013 by Subzeroryder
Got crazy looks for riding to my first track day on the heavy old '98 Warbird in Sport Touring dress. Stripped her down at the track, fired her up, got in line behind the instructor and she never missed a beat. I'm told "That's a heavy bike, don't get discouraged by the smaller bikes passing you up." After three laps hugging the instructors tail he calls the 'Bird out, "The guy on the CBRXX, you're ready to move up to the next class, the ZX10 and CBR600's need more instruction"! Spent the... (read more)
Written on: 23/03/2013 by hobgoblin222 (3 reviews written)
A very well made bike, easy to ride and fairly economical, good finish apart from furry fork sliders, easily scotchbrited.....1998 carb model. However, it wobbled at 40mph,worse with a top box, (empty) even a rack affected it...and wore the front tyre strangely, making lumps round the outer tread., with plenty of tread depth, this happened with sport smarts, metzelers...and Maxxis tourers. I tried everything, new bearings, fork springs, oil, rear shock, frame alignment. After nearly... (read more)
Written on: 07/11/2012
I bought my BB New in 1998 and was immeditely struck by it's awesome, brutal Power, it Revs High and screams up to Frightening Acceleration which can lift the front wheel without warning, It is like being projected from a Crossbow, bloody fast,smooth and rapid, a wonderful machine,what dreams are made of ! (read more)
Written on: 12/04/2012
Like most people I have owened loads of bikes but I must confess that this is without doubt the best bike I have ever had. I have ridden bikes for about 35 years and have enjoyed every second of it. At work I have a FJR 1300 and until recently I had a Daytona 955i which I must say was also a good bike. As good as that was though it does not compare in any way to my current BB, indeed for me any I don't think any other bike could. Whilst I have only owned one for a short period I am totally... (read more)
Written on: 10/03/2012 by Duncan Moffatt (1 review written)
This is my sixth two wheeled vehicle in the last 2 years! I started with a 400 Burgie, loved it, underpowered! then a Honda Silverwing, Loved it, underpowered! Then a KTM SMT, low speed fuelling a deal breaker, spent loads on trying to smooth it out, gave up in the end and sold it, glad to see it go! then a Suzuki Intruder 1800, I love it, loads of power, but strictly for cruising, posing and cleaning! still have it, so I needed a day to day bike that was Powerful, smooth, comfortable,... (read more)
Written on: 29/02/2012
What can I say about the Blackbird that hasn't been said already!! Here goes. After being off a bike for 20 years I had the urge to get back to biking so I purchased a CBR600, after 14 months i went looking for an upgrade, I spent quite some time researching many different bikes, I had made my mind up that I needed to pick the right bike from the outset because I could not afford to change bikes on aregular basis. It soon became clear that the Blackbird would be on the shortlist. After... (read more)
Written on: 10/05/2011 by kurodori (2 reviews written)
In six years my 2005 Blackbird has covered just shy of 60,000 kms and has not missed a beat. It's been ridden in all conditions from one side of Australia to the other, on one occasion 1000 kms in one day in 40 degree heat.
I have three other very desirable road bikes but still ride the 'Bird the most. In my 45 years of riding all sorts of road and off-road bikes I have not found one that satisfies me as an all-round ride the way the 'Bird does. It has however presented me with one gigantic... (read more)
Written on: 11/04/2011 by Petrozthegoatslayer (1 review written)
I bought my 1998 bike off a mate who bought it new. The bike had around 12000 miles on it when I got it. It looks new. My mate was always too busy to find time to ride. I bought the bike literally checked the tyre pressures changed the oil and rode to the south of France/Spanish border in a day. Spent one day pottering about in the sun and then 1300 miles back home. All I ever have to do with this bike is make sure it has petrol, with a bit of restraint I can get around 50 mpg at French auto... (read more)
Written on: 08/04/2011
Without a doubt the most reliable and satisfying bike i have ever owned. You want to commute no worries,ride Europe no worries ,tour the world no worries. Go fast, go slow ,tour, commute, go crackers,do track days whatever this bike lets you do it all. As an everyay ballistic cruiser its every thing to all men. Many new bikes have come and proudly have stated that they are more than the Blackbird. I paid less than £2700 for my bike cash,and sold at 5 years later with 32000 miles on top of... (read more)
Written on: 14/03/2011
hi i bought my blackbird the day in blackpool and rode it all the way to greenock on 1 tank of fuel that cost 24 pounds exlant considiring thats 178 miles never had to get off the bike onece due to complete comfort even though i have a sprained right ankle but hey thats ok cause it wasnt my left lol anyway back to the bike you can sit easy at well over the 100 mark and the bike wont miss a beat and for theese people that say its heavy i could not dissagree more i found the bike very agile... (read more)
Written on: 07/03/2011
I bought a 2000 model Blackbird in May 2010 after spending my first year of biking on a CBR600F. When I looked around for a larger bike I kept coming back to the Blackbird as having everything I wanted, sports bike style, pillion friendly, exciting performance, touring comfort, good looks etc etc etc. Then I got to ride my first one as a test ride at a local bike shops open day, it was everything I had hoped and more and the bike was mine half an hour later.
I have done about 6,000 miles on... (read more)
Written on: 15/02/2011
Love it, love it, love it. Recently rode the vfr1200 and it didnt come close to the exhilarating felling the blackbird give me every time I ride it!!!!!! (read more)
Written on: 28/01/2011
SIMPLY THE BEST BIKE IN THE WORLD, I'M 67 YEARS OLD HAD A BIKE SINCE 16, I LOVE MY BIRD CAN'T WAIT TO GET UP IN THE MORNING TO GO FOR A RIDE! DO ALL MY OWN SERVICING CARB MODELS ARE MY FAVE! SO EASY TO LOOK AFTER! (read more)
Written on: 13/01/2011
There is a lot of truth in the comments already posted by other reviewers on the Blackbird, and many consistent themes, from reliability mated with a mighty engine to such a good overall ride experience that its hard to think of a better replacement.
The standard Blackbird is almost perfect out of the crate - powerful, not too heavy (but heavy enough to damp out bumps), quick enough steering but stable, great performance yet with economy and big tank to give true tourer range of 200 miles... (read more)
Written on: 01/01/2011
Having owned everything from Harley's, BMW's to NC30's to Aprilia's Tuono, finding my ideal bike has been an eventful journey. After nearly 30 years of biking I do believe that I have settled, yet again, for Honda's Blackbird.
I have read that some people refer to the BIRD as too refined, lacking in character etc. Nothing could be further from the truth. I absolutely love the sound that resonates through to your skull as the revs slowly climb. This is accompanied by the seemingly never... (read more)
Written on: 29/12/2010
Bought our blackbird 18 months ago - one owner - been all over uk & Brittany on it with wife as pillion. Absolutely brilliant machine. As we are both short arses (5'-2")we have a lowered gel seat (highly recomended) & fitted carbon cans to reduce overall weight. Been looking at what to replace it with - cant find anything to touch it as a wonderful sports tourer - so we will keep it until we are too old to ride! (read more)
Written on: 19/12/2010
Awsome! awsome! awsome!. Best bike I've ever owned. Smooth, reassuring, and quick, though I've nowhere near reached the bike capabilities. Go for the fuel injected machine the best in my opinion! Although there isn't a bad Bird. Most owners keep their bikes for a very long time a testament to their quality, they become part of the family..... Great in the city, country lanes and on the open road. Word of warning, I would not recommend the Bird as your first big bike, get 12-24 months... (read more)
Written on: 15/12/2010
having had mostly supersports bikes i was a bit unsure about the blackbird but it made sence to buy one as i do a lot of miles and will be touring europe next year . so i went out and bought a 05 plate bird with low miles and lots of extras and wow what a machine this bike is pure class , a little heavy but you dont notice that once your moving and boy does it move , the build quality is great my bike looks like it has just come out the showroom i ride in all weathers and it never lets me... (read more)
Written on: 29/10/2010
Having had a variety of bikes over the past 20 years from 50cc to 750cc the day I sat on the Blackbird was the day I was converted.It is the ultimate bike. Minimal servicing with no complaints.Very comfortable and with luggage a superb sports tourer that is much more fun than a BMW. This really is my dream bike and I will endeavour to find a low mileage newer model to tuck away for the future. It goes like the veritable off a shovel and ALWAYS gets looks. Perfection! (read more)
Written on: 23/10/2010
Having owned a CBF600 as a first bike after passing my test, I was in the market for a larger capacity bike with more grunt. I was booked to test ride the Triumph Daytona, CBR 600RR and a Fireblade. Having looked for a Blackbird but not able to find one, I decided that I would try out those bikes first. However, on the day of my test ride, the shop had just recieved two secondhand Blackbirds! I opted for the first ride on the Bird. I was sold on it almost as soon as I wound on the throttle!... (read more)
Written on: 17/10/2010 by richinbrill (1 review written)
I have had many bikes over the years and never kept one as long as I have had the Bird; just over 8 years now. I sort of hate it because I cant replace it with anything better. It really is the best bike in the world! So; why is it so good? The beast is fundamentally a sports tourer. In this capacity I took it from Cornwall to Germany for a two week break in summer of this year (2010). I travelled with my wife and we did about 250-300 miles per day with no probs. The bike was a tad heavy on... (read more)
Written on: 12/09/2010
Awsome! Love the Bird. Great manners, road presence and effortless riding. No need to mess with the bike HONDA has done a good job. Although bar risers will benefit some riders as they did for me. Fuel economy is good I'm getting 160-180 a tank. Power is awesome and smoothly delivered. I would suggest if your new to biking get experience on a 600cc first as the bird is a little heavy to manoeuvre when stationary. All though saying that it has excellent manoeuvrability on the move even... (read more)
Written on: 12/08/2010
i have had 4 blackbirds all from new. a great all round bike a pity they dont still make them,cant find anything to compete with it so will be sticking with the one i have (read more)
Written on: 26/07/2010
Like most, changed to a Bird in 99 after owning and riding a number of CBR1000's. I loved it from day one and still do. I have been looking at whats out there that compares and might be a replacement but so far nothing does. Super smooth, ultra reliable, a capable and able sports bike and two up tourer that never ever lets you down. Honda have made a mistake in not keeping the Bird in its stable, the all new VFR1200 just doesnt cut the mustard, poor tank range and heavy, you may as well but... (read more)
Written on: 12/06/2010
Think I've just bought the best bike IN THE WORLD! I have owned a 96 Blade, a 929 a zx12 a gsx-r1000 and ridden plenty of other sports bikes, cruisers and tourers and this thing trumps the lot...hands down the BEST all round bike you can buy. Mine is an 03 with 41000 k's on it and still feels new... Love looking at it, ridding it, cleaning it...I am obsessed and in love with my Bird. The new VFR1200 needs to be a benchmark not just a replacement modle for the Blackbird to be better. Almost... (read more)
Written on: 09/05/2010 by gresty (1 review written)
i think the cans are to heavy and they look better as 4 in to 1 on one race can.on the other hand its very reliable extremely fast and very comfortable and easy to manage. gresty (read more)
Written on: 10/04/2010
Had my Bird for 8 years now. Very reliable not one hiccup every MOT she flies through.Perfect road manners. Fast, Smooth and above all comfortable. Been to France and Ireland twice two up with luggage no problem.She lives outside all year round and the finish is as good now as it was when she was new, Just a quick polish and she ready to go. (read more)
Written on: 20/01/2010
HAD THIS BIRD 11 YEAR ONLY AND HOPE TO KEEP HER UNTIL THE END OF MY DAYS AND SHE NEVER NEEDS ANYTHING APART FROM TYRES AND SERVICE BITS AND FUEL DO ALL THE WORK MYSELF WERE OUT IN ALL KINDS OF WEATHER AND WINTER I HAVE HAD ALL SORTS OF BIKES OVER THE YEARS AND THIS IS STILL THE BEST GREAT BIKE
ONLY DRAWBACK IS PASSENGER SEAT+FOOTPEGS WIFE HATES IT SHES ONLY BEEN ON IT 3 TIMES AND SAYS FAR ITS TO FAST ??? BUT MY BOYS THINK ITS GREAT AS THERE FEET CAN REACH THE FOOT PEGS ALL IN ALL 1 OF THE... (read more)
Written on: 31/12/2009
I have had two Blackbirds since 2001 (ridden bikes for 30 years) they are just the dogs. My first pristine red (best colour) only bit the dust a couple of months ago under the front of a white van and I was devastated (had ridden it confidently as far as Gibraltar never ever had a problem with performance) so much so, two weeks later bought a second hand low milage 06 plate (while still on crutches). Now looking forward to several more years of solid Blackbird performance. It is a very... (read more)
Written on: 28/11/2009
got to agree, only down side is the lights alright at 50 MPH above that well might as well walk any one else think the same or any ideas how to inprove please tell thanks
dave s (read more)
Written on: 07/11/2009
the blackbird has been a great bike from day one!!! i had three cbr 1000-f before i roll this one off the dealers floor....last one he had....never look back....my question is that has any one swap out for a later motor like a 2001model year that is a fi not carbs...if so will carbs work and will the rest of the stuff bolt up and go in to my old bird...i want to keep the carbs....she is getting a little old 104957 miles now. but still pulls out 36mpg every day to work . thank you.any help... (read more)
Written on: 19/10/2009
only one thing to say about the Super Blackbird XX wish all bikes were like it Best bike ever (read more)
Written on: 05/08/2009 by HockeyMonkey (1 review written)
This is my second Honda CBR1100XX Blackbird. Awesome machine, does everything I need it for. The only thing I wasn't keen on were the Michelin 'Hi-Sport' tyres. I've Michelin 'Pilot Power' on now & they make a huge difference. Loads more grip & so much better in the wet. There is nothing on the market what I'd swap it for. Super quick & rock solid at silly speeds. I'm really gonna struggle to find something which is as good. (read more)
Written on: 14/07/2009 by bigdannio (1 review written)
I am GUTTED that Honda have stopped producing the Honda CBR1100XX Blackbird.
My hope is that the gorgeous 2004 Bird I own lasts long enough for the current, misguided Honda management and design team to be superceded by a new guard who realise that Honda created the perfect motorcycle in 1996.
I have $20,000 waiting to spend on a bike that is a worthy replacement - NOT a stylised V4 bored-out VF800R-hybrid mistake.
Why does everything have to change? The wheel cannot be improved, can... (read more)
Written on: 10/07/2009 by 2008Blackbird
The Blackbird build was bullet proof from day one. The final (2008) Blackbirds retained the build quality/reliability of earlier models. The only part which is vulnerable to salt is the forks and these are very easy to protect. It is a doddle to keep this mighty machine in mint condition. I use mine every day - summer and winter - and it remains in unmarked condition. The ZZR 1400 and Hayabusa may notionally be marginally quicker (albeit very few riders would notice the difference), but the... (read more)
Written on: 01/06/2009
4th year on my Honda CBR1100XX Blackbird and like eveyone states.
ROCK SOLID in everyway!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (read more)
Written on: 15/05/2009 by choppernorgate (2 reviews written)
The Honda CBR1100XX Blackbird is a nice slow ride as well as not many sports bikes tuch it only one so far. A great all rounder (read more)
Written on: 08/05/2009
after riding a Pan European ST1100 for many years, my recently purchased used Honda CBR110XX Blackbird seem,s quite light in comparison for moving around. Also like The pan once your rolling the weight disappears. However after only several months, i wish i had bought a Bird years ago, if you have read many of these reviews, you will see the extraordinary love owners have for them. they are very near the complete bike. a mile cruncher that has class and speed.There are are some must have... (read more)
Written on: 06/05/2009 by led (1 review written)
Despite a design nearly 14 years old, its a quality design that continues to excite and provide unmatched touring ability and thrills with its sheer power. Breathtaking speed, comfortable, the HONDA build quality that is always quoted is true when it comes to the honda blackbird. Have covered around 6 k on mine since moving from a VFR Vtec, the rush of speed is simply awesome. I think it makes a real statement and fellow blackbird onwers without exception always wave and sometimes race me !... (read more)
Written on: 03/05/2009
My previous bike was a Fireblade and unless i rode like a nutter it was an unsatisfying ride (unless i was on a track)
I sold it 3 years ago and bought Honda CBR1100XX Blackbird a Brilliant bike, fast smooth and comfortable, looks good too.
Have had mine for 3 years now, it handles well but you have to work it. which to me is more enjoyable than riding a sports bike on the road
It is a big heavy bike to manhandle but once on the move it is very balanced (able to hold its own in a slow... (read more)
Written on: 11/04/2009 by mutsnuts64 (1 review written)
The Honda CBR1100XX SuperBlackbird is at the end of its lifecycle - honda knew it and after owning four of them, two out of the crate and two pre-owned, I now know it. What I have just written has saddened me, but it is what I believe. They have let me down by compromising on build quality by handing production over to another European country and permitting the inevitable degradation of build quality to save a few quid per machine. Every one of my machines has been destroyed - and I mean... (read more)
Written on: 05/04/2009 by whites1977
I upgraded from a CBF600 to a BB 2 weeks ago, and at the time of picking it up, i'd not ridden for 6 months. After a couple on tentative hours i was confident enough to ride in to central London in rush hour. One day later i set off on a 2300 mile european tour and it didn't miss a beat! It was comfortable to ride for hours on end at 100+ mph as it was navigating through busy traffic in marseille!
Written on: 21/03/2009 by carlsbacon (2 reviews written)
The Honda CBR1100XX Blackbird is comfortable and planted at speed. confidence inspiring, good looking and still as good as its modern day competition. I have had super sports bikes, sports tourers, enduro and the blackbird beats the socks off them all. I can highly recommend this bike for your all rounded experience. (read more)
Written on: 14/03/2009
Smoothness, speed, agility, comfort, fit and finish. However Honda CBR1100XX Blackbird not a ST1300 riding position. In my opinion a perfect all around bike. Excellent maintenance record, extremely smooth, comfortable, fun all around bike. (read more)
Written on: 03/03/2009 by mooch727 (1 review written)
The Honda CBR1100XX Blackbird is a great bike, comfortable, smooth at 20mph severe I found it wobbled at the front. sadly after that parked it up and will never ride it again as concerned if done the same thing at speed, it could be dangerous. checked tyres and pressures. still severe wobble at low speed Really gutted as before this problem loved the bike (read more)
Written on: 25/02/2009 by choppernorgate (2 reviews written)
I had XJR1300 before i got the Honda CBR1100XX Blackbird 1100cc its much faster and gets more looks n interests. I wanted FJR1300 but happy i've got this won't ever change it now i've ridden it.The CBR 1100XX Blackbird is smooth comfy and the height and length is just right for slow control. High speed is very steady with no wobble at 165mph (read more)
Written on: 23/02/2009
The Honda CBR1100XX Blackbird has amazing acceleration and speed. Size and stability.
I got a 2003 silver model a month ago, and I am really happy with it. It accelerates like a jet plane taking off, has a comfy ride. Has a Yoshimura fibre Carbon exhaust, and double bubble screen.
Performs amazingly at 260 KMH on the highway, stable and smooth.
Is easy to ride and and very docile at 20 KMH going to the supermarket for shopping
Does nearly everything well. Pity it has been discontinued
Written on: 01/02/2009 by renpetra (1 review written)
ride mine honda blackbird from 1997 for 10 years now to a 115000 kilimetre
make all the trips big fun to ride.
Destroyed by an fire i am to buy another bird now a younger one of course.
a bike for grant touring and very fast driving if you dare. (read more)
Written on: 03/01/2009 by blackbirdradford
I am on my third Honda CBR1100XX Blackbird and will continue to upgrade every few years until they stop making them. I am 6ft and it fits me like a glove. I have commuted, toured, scratched, well just about everything and I just do not get fed up with them. (read more)