Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird Overview
The Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird is a comfortable sports tourer with great power. It is a reliable, good looking Honda package and we have to say, one of the best all-round motorcycles on the market. It is quite highly spec’d up and feels a real treat when you get out on the open road.
This bike is stable if not a little heavy, weighing in at 223kg. We would expect something under 200kg from the latest sports bike. But when it goes, it really goes. It also gives you an acceptable amount of low down power. This bike works well as a long distance commuter model or a run-around on the weekend- it can handle anything you throw at it in most weather conditions. It is also quite a comfortable ride so you can spend a couple of hours on it without getting too tired.
The Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird’s reliability is also fantastic. Not only this, but it is likely to hold its value well. Older models can still be priced very high so if you’re after value for money you might try and seek out a newer model. Like with all Honda bikes, you know you’re buying into a good, reliable name and so parts can be found quite easily and cheaply at most dealers.
Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird Spec
- Top speed178mph
- Weight (wet)254kg
- Average fuel consumption36mpg
- Seat height810mm
- EngineFour stroke, DOHC, 4v, liquid cooled
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Heavy at low speed but fantastic once going not great for filtering as it’s a bit chubby for some of the smaller gaps.
Plenty of low down grunt lots of easy useable power!
I’m happy with it easy 175 mile on a full tank on a motorway.
For a nearly 20 year old bike it’s fantastic! Rev reg has had a melt down but otherwise faultless!
Brakes are great but not a fan of the linked system!
This bike is the smoothest bike I've ever ridden. I know a lot of sports bike riders criticize the bike for it's weight and neutral handling. It does take a little getting used to. It won't flick through the twisties as fast as a sports bike but with plenty of counter steer and rider 'participation' and of course when you hit the straights there's still not a lot of sports bikes that can keep up.
Of course for it's age the Blackbird is still incredibly powerful. It is outgunned by a number of other bikes like Kawasaki ZZR 1400 and Suzuki Hayabusa but without putting them side by side on Santa Pod I think you'd be pushed to tell the difference. And it's still better looking.
The bike still amazes me for its fuel consumption. Its pretty average round town for a big bike but on a run such as I spend most of the time doing I can often achieve 200 miles before the 4 litre warning light flashes . From the 23 L tank that's a very respectable 10.53 Miles/L or 49 Miles/gal
It's a Honda!
Again there's been a lot of criticism of the linked braking system. Personally I don't have a problem with it although does take some of the rider choice away when urgent breaking is required. It stops well in the wet and dry overall but obviously the weight over a sports bike will affect its breaking.
On the heavy side but very forgiving. Expect to work hard to keep up with super sports.
Enough for most people.
Can be thirsty when ridden hard but still able to cruise good distance on a tank 180 miles when touring.
Just Faultless. One battery in eighteen years.
Has its limitations being linked system. Most of the time you can forget that it is. Would be nice to have ABS.
Stable and sure fotted not out and out sports
With 147bhp and 75 ft/lbs I can outpace almost anything. Place the bike with little effort. Cruise with ease at any speed.
I would improve the brakes and upgrade suspension
It's a Honda. Quality paint thick chrome has been through 19 winters
Powerful,progressive. But will delink the combined brakes and how front and back independent
Bit heavy in town traffic, nothing I can do about that. I'll live with it.
Very easy to ride and very usable
The look from the rear, the 2 exhausts make the bike look smaller than it is and it's a bit ugly
Honda, say no more
Some people may not like linked brakes but they work very well
Handles well for a big bike. Smooth in all gears.
Best part of the bike. Pulls like a train in all the gears, scary top end speeds.
Apart from oil changes every 4000 miles and regular servicing, running costs are very reasonable. Never had a breakdown so no new parts.
Usual Honda build quality, which is first class. Slight pitting to fork bottoms but after nearly 19 years on the road, what do you expect.
Linked dual brakes. not everyone's idea of fun but I'm used to them now. Stops the bike, 'nuff said.
for a heavy bike it rides well an it flickable , power is smooth delivery and rides almost perfect
when you think they stopped making the super blackbird in 2006 and it still has the power to keep with alot of newer bikes in its class an typical honda bullet proof engine
can get 190 miles to a tank on a long journey or 140 miles to a tank on commuting an scratching
honda need i say more
personally i like the linked brake system it suits me
Great ride, smoothes out the corners and eats up the miles in a way I've never experinced.
I've never experienced power like this from a bike before, it's instantaneous. Only having gotten a fraction of the power out so far. The 0-60 happens in the blink of a eye, so be sure to keep wide eyes
From what I have found, this will come down to the rider. A full tank can either last a day or a week, dependent on how heavy handed you are. Insurance it's a cost well below what I would pay on a smaller bike and the tax for the tear is a great price.
The bike has been built amazingly, the only slight problem I have found is in slow moving traffic the engine will heat very quickly
The brakes work well and have not let me Down. The cold can have a minor effect it doesn't take long for them to warm up