The Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird was a Honda motorcycle made from 1996 to 2007. The bike was developed to challenge the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-11 as the world’s fastest production motorcycle, [ 9 ] and Honda succeeded with a top speed of 178.5mph (287.3km/h). [ 2 ] [ 10 ] Two years later the title passed to the Suzuki Hayabusa. which reached 194mph (312km/h). [ 9 ] [ 11 ] [ 12 ] The Blackbird is named after the Lockheed SR-71. also a speed record holder. [ 9 ] [ 13 ]
Development [ edit ]
In the mid 1990s, Honda was determined to produce the world’s fastest production motorcycle and to take over the associated bragging rights and marketing impact, at the time held by Kawasaki’s Ninja ZX11. [ 9 ] This led to the creation of the CBR1100XX Super Blackbird. The Blackbird name is a nod to the Lockheed SR-71 aircraft, the world’s fastest aircraft. [ 13 ]
In the February 1997 issue of Sport Rider magazine, the CBR1100XX was tested at a top speed of 178.5mph (287.3km/h), [ 2 ] compared with 175mph (281.6km/h) for the ZX-11. [ 14 ] Its supremacy over the ZX-11 was confirmed in April 2007 by Motorcycle Consumer News . although the speeds achieved were slightly lower and the margin was narrower. [ 5 ]
In 1999 the Suzuki Hayabusa GSX1300R overtook the CBR1100XX. It was listed in the 2000 Millennium Edition of Guinness World Records as the world’s fastest production bike with a top speed of 194mph (312km/h). [ 11 ]
Production history [ edit ]
Production of the Blackbird began in 1996 and halted in 2007. Imports to North America ended in 2003 but sales continued in Europe until 2007. Major changes to the Blackbird were introduced in 1999, when Honda switched from carburetors to PGM fuel injection.
The 2001 Blackbird received an LCD instrument cluster. Since then, mostly the color schemes have changed but changes to the exhaust and fuelling systems have been made to meet emission standards and maintain or improve fuel efficiency.
Specific variations to the initial model are:
1998 Modification to the thermostat housing. The other changes are minor. 1999 Major update.
PGM FI fuel injection system is introduced.
Ram-air system is introduced. It provides engine with more air at high speeds (above 200km/h or 120mph) using aerodynamic pressure, thus raising power output to a claimed 164bhp (122kW) at 9,500rpm (at the crank). [ citation needed ]
Revised linked brakes with altered proportioning between front and rear.
Fuel tank capacity is increased from 22 to 24liters.
The choke lever is removed from the left side switch assembly as it is no longer necessary.
To accommodate the ram air tubes, the oil cooler becomes lower and wider.
The inner and outer fork bushings are wider, changing the fork lowers and sliders.
The sidestand warning light on the instrument cluster becomes the FI warning light.
The wide part of the front axle (left side) becomes 10mm longer, which makes the left-front axle space 10mm shorter.
The two bulbs in the tail light are vertically aligned, in previous years they were side by side.
Front wheel hub is enlarged, the brake rotors are changed.
The ignition switch is changed, and the keys are longer.
The rotor carriers, stator cover and clutch cover are a light titanium color.
The number of clutch plates is reduced from nine to seven.
The rear inner fender changes shape to accommodate additional electronics.
Manufacturer’s power and torque figures are 164hp (122.3 Kw) and 91.5ft-lbs (124 Nm) [ citation needed ]
2000 No changes 2001 New dashboard now has a digital speedometer and other indicators, except tachometer. which is now in center of dashboard. 2002 New EFI mapping to comply with emission standards and eliminate abrupt throttle response at low speeds. Manufacturer’s power and torque figures reduced to 152 hp (113.3 Kw) and 87.8 ft-lbs (119 Nm) 2005 Honda factory manual states fuel tank capacity is 23 liters.
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