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★★★★★

“Will Run After Others Long Gone”

Written on: 17/05/2013 by massblackbird (1 review written)

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 and… Read Full Review

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“Blackbird can own the Road and the Track!”

Written on: 22/04/2013 by Subzeroryder (1 review written)

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 rest… Read Full Review

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“Big wobbler”

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 running… Read Full Review

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Massblackbird's Response to hobgoblin222's Review

Written on: 17/05/2013

This is not a bike for a top box. I have long experience my '03 and would advise to stay with soft bags. I have taken this bike to the airstrip at Loring, ME and begged off at 170, though I learned that the stock bike gets to 180 mph, so the aerodynamics are really excellent.

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Hobgoblin222's reply to Massblackbird's Comment

Written on: 17/05/2013

Quote..".it wobbled at 40mph,worse with a top box, (empty) even a rack affected it.."
40...not 170. Why say its ok at 170 ?what relevance does that have to harmonic frequencies of offset steering heads, 40mph and 60mph ?
Had mine to 185..so what, it still wobbled at 40 top box or not.
Some do some dont.
I have owned hundreds of bikes.

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Massblackbird's reply to Hobgoblin222's Comment

Written on: 18/05/2013

Now I remember why I don't join in these forums.

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Hobgoblin222's reply to Massblackbird's Comment

Written on: 18/05/2013

You still haven't said whether you noticed a wobble at 40, not 170...the reason some bikes wobble at 40 is there is a tendency, because of castor, to shimmy, this does not occur at 170, so comparing those two speeds is irrelevant, so, yes, stay away from making irrellevant comments.
If you have a bird that doesnt shake, fine, I'd have one, but don't hijack a comment with irrelevancies.

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★★★★★

“Fanbloodytastic”

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 Full Review

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“Awesome Blackbird ”

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 Full Review

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“What I imagined a Motorbike to be!”

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 Full Review

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★★★★★

“CBR1100XX4 Super Blackbird”

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 testing… Read Full Review

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Guest's Comment

Written on: 07/03/2012

How are they working the handle bars of the VFR 800, I have heard the ones from the old VFR 750 could be better........Did you bought them new or second hand ???

ThXX

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Tadjer's Comment

Written on: 11/04/2012

Hi Bill,

I found a reel of reflective tape in my garage recently so decided to try covering the front of the forks. My forks are not smooth or shiny but more of an orange peel effect. Only time will tell if the tape stays on.
I think I will also be looking at your option from Wilkinsons when I get dragged around the shops by wife.

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Guest's Comment

Written on: 06/04/2012

Hi,

With regard to the front forks, I protect them with adhesive clear film which i got from Wilknsons. You can cut it to size and protect the whole fork whilst maintaining a polished (protected look)

Bill

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Tadjer's Comment

Written on: 08/03/2012

The VFR800 bars were bought new, they were easy to fit (1hr) they have made quite a difference to me in that they sit me up slightly and take my weight off my wrist's. I don't know if you get any better using VFR750 bars.

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★★★★★

“In six years my 2005 Blackbird has covered just shy of...”

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 Full Review

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Guest's Response to kurodori's Review

Written on: 22/06/2011

Exactly my sentiments, love my Blackbird.

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★★★★★

“I bought my 1998 bike off a mate who bought it new....”

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 Full Review

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★★★★★

“Without a doubt the most reliable and satisfying bike...”

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 the… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“hi i bought my blackbird the day in blackpool and rode...”

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 and… Read Full Review

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“I bought a 2000 model Blackbird in May 2010 after...”

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 Full Review

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★★★★★

“Love it, love it, love it. Recently rode the vfr1200...”

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 Full Review

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“SIMPLY THE BEST BIKE IN THE WORLD, I'M 67 YEARS OLD...”

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 Full Review

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“There is a lot of truth in the comments already posted...”

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 or… Read Full Review

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“Having owned everything from Harley's, BMW's to NC30's...”

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 ending… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Bought our blackbird 18 months ago - one owner - been...”

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 Full Review

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★★★★★

“Awsome! awsome! awsome!. Best bike I've ever owned. ...”

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 Full Review

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“having had mostly supersports bikes i was a bit unsure...”

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 down… Read Full Review

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“Having had a variety of bikes over the past 20 years...”

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 Full Review

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