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35Honda CBR 1100 XX Super Blackbird – We Want It Back

1137CC 164BHP 124NM 223KGS




Can we start a petition for the reintroduction of the Super Blackbird? It appears like a good idea to do so because it is such an awesome sportbike. It has been almost 10 years that the Super Blackbird last rolled out of a Honda factory (its production was stopped in 2007), but this motorcycle still lives in the hearts of everyone who has ridden it.

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Named after the Lockheed SR-71 “Blackbird” aircraft, the CBR 1100 XX Super Blackbird was the fastest motorcycle in the world when it was launched in 1997 and till 1998. Honda developed the Blackbird to dethrone Kawasaki’s ZZR 1100 which earlier held the unofficial record for the fastest motorcycle in production. And Honda named it so because the Lockheed SR-71 is the fastest manned aircraft… till date.


The Specialness and the Cult

Even today, the Blackbird is known for the excellent balance it strikes between sportiness and long distance comfort. The 1137cc engine is one of the smoothest inline 4 units ever produced and it is still hard to fault. Highly reliable and long-lasting, the CBR 1100 has acquired a cult following in various parts of the world and enjoys a legendary status that rivals and, at times, surpasses the likes of Hayabusa.


Producing around 164 BHP of maximum power and 124 NM of torque, the Blackbird could reach top speeds of up to 290 Km/h. Some unconfirmed tests have reported it to go past 300 km/h as well. Its status as the world’s fastest motorcycle was short-lived, though, as Suzuki came out with a considerably faster Hayabusa 1999 which eventually resulted in all sportbike manufacturers from Japan and Europe coming together to create the memorable Gentlemen’s Agreement.


Honda only upgraded the Blackbird marginally during its lifetime. Most notable of the updates is the fuel injection system that was incorporated in 1999. This resulted in smoother throttle response throughout the rev-range enhancing the riding experience even further.


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Discontinuation and disappointment

There has been a visible disappointment among Blackbird fans on the discontinuation of the Super Blackbird. Most or many of its owners have chosen not to part ways with it. Even though the current Hyper-tourers like the Hayabusa and the ZX-14R, which is possibly the best of the bunch right now, offer more performance and features, the Blackbird continues to enjoy the undying fan following. Among high-speed sport-tourers, it has one of the strongest sentimental values.

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Honda could have done so much with the Blackbird and, we believe, it could have clearly been the most iconic in its class. Right now, it is arguable.

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We would like to believe that Honda realizes what it had and could have been, only that it isn’t. Though they have the VFR1200, which is the closest to what comes to a hyperbike from the Honda stable, we really don’t think that is meant to be a replacement for this icon.

We only hope that the company has a plan in place to bring it back because that would be one of the most awesome events of the 21st century. Just thinking about it being announced gives us goose bumps! Honda, it is time to relive the classic design.

Last but not the least this bike was my first big bike: Perhaps, I might still find one on OLX and that would literally be like going back in time. What a trip that would be!


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The sixth pic is featuring daytona 675.


the thumbnail images show that of Triumph Daytona…which is utter disastrous. Pls correct asap


@Sanjay & Sumesh: Thanks for pointing it out guys! Apparently this powerhouse left us a little overwhelmed! No worries though, we’re back in our senses and have fixed it!



    Haha..totally understandable..:D

Satya Nidhi Tandon

I’m the proud owner of the featured bike since last 9 years. I’ve had the pleasure of riding in all kinds of terrain including Nepal and Bhutan. For me it was ‘ love at first sight’ and till ‘ death do us apart’. It has the amazing torque of a hyper sports with the riding comfort of a street bike. I’ve changed the colour of my beauty from black to golden to its present avatar of blue but can never think of changing the machine. It’s a perfect machine, well balanced and silk smooth. Honestly I wonder which bike could Honda call its successor ? None at all. Then why discontinue? I am a member of the Blackbird International Forum and the cult following of this bike, even after 10 years, since the last model rolled out from a Honda factory, is seen to be believed. Thankfully the best part of hard core loyalists is, till today, there is no dearth of spares. Thanks Sandeep for the amazing coverage of the bike. Cheers !!


A Blackbird at #35 !!! I wonder who is genius behind the ratings! A Educational Scrambler is #34??? I don’t think there is anything more to read here.


    Hi Akilesh,

    We are not really ranking motorcycles here. Do not go by the number they are at. :)


Probably one of the most iconic sports-tourers ever made. Honda seriously missed a trick when it phased this out without a replacement. The VFR1200 was touted as a successor but was never worthy. Have been riding my Blackbird now for over 10 years and am still as madly in love as when I got the bike, if not more. Inter-city rides like Bombay-Delhi and riding across the highways in Rajasthan make the bike feel completely at home. Is one of those bikes that rarely ever comes up for sale in India since most owners never want to sell. Glad to see it on here.