Posts by tag: Blackbird

Kawasaki March 26, 2018 posted by

The Dark Knight: 1992 Kawasaki Ninja ZX11

No computers no launch control no ABS, just 1052cc's of grunt fed by 4 carbs all wrapped up in bodywork that would make the dark knight drool. And with less than 9,000 miles since new, this 1992 Ninja ZX11 is a treat to behold.  I know the ZX11 might not seem like a rare sportbike but its important to remember the big Ninja was the fastest production sportbike from 1992 to 1997 in large part thanks to its ram air system.  This means it meets the RSBFS technology and historical significance criteria and when you add in the  mileage/condition of this particular unit it seemed worthy of a post.

1992 Kawasaki ZX11 with 8775 miles on ebay

We have seen previous posts here on RSBFS regarding the ZX11 which is also known as the ZZR1100 outside of the USA.  An evolution of the ZX10 (which is currently shooting up the price chart in a big way for collectors) the ZX11/ZZR1100 took the preceding model and no pun intended, turned it up to 11.  Launched in 1992 the big Ninja introduced ram air systems to the big bike segment while also offering wind tunnel based bodywork that made it far too easy to just be cruising along in comfort and suddenly realize you are well over the speed limit.  The ZX11 held the crown of fastest production motorcycle until the introduction of the Honda Blackbird  in 1997 and is considered by many to be the progenitor of the hyperspeed-touring market segment.

Another plus for the ZX11/ZZR110 is that even though it is now over 25 years old it still looks great.  I still like the fairing "wing" integrated turn signals more than the current trend of back side of the mirror embedded units and there is no eye-watering 1990's graphics package to overcome (cough-Vance-and-Hines-Yamaha-cough).  While the ZX11 was offered in several monochromatic schemes include my personal favorite of Candleberry wine red, the sales leader for the big Z was always "Ebony Pearl" or as the sales people often referred to it, Batman black.

This particular ZX11 is in excellent condition having covered only 8,775 miles since new.  Even better is the fact that the current owner seems to have kept up the the bike, although no mention is made of tire age/rubber.

Here is a summary of the info the seller has provided

  • 3rd owner of this bike and have put <800 miles on it since I purchased it 3 years ago.
  • Has a full D&D header system, K&N, Jet kit & ignition advancer (use premium fuel).
  • Recently changed all the engine & brake fluids and it has new EBC brake pads.  Also changed the fuel filters and fuel bowl transfer tube O rings, as well as the temperature sending unit in the radiator as the temp gauge didn't work when I took delivery. 
  • No cracks, rashes, abrasions, chips, etc. There is a small area on one of the fork lowers where the prior owner had to have a registration tag and it has pulled some of the paint off the lower left fork tube, but everything else defies this classic's age.
  • Will come with a number of spare new parts and gaskets to keep this beast humming well into the future.

Note:  I did communicate the seller and he indicates the OEM windscreen and exhausts are not available.

So is this big black beastie worth the Buy It Now price of $4,300 USD?   Well I have to admit I have a weakness for the big Z even though it is a BIG bike and a bit too tall for me. Also the pictures on this one are good but not great (there is no clear pic of the license plate area) and I would have much preferred to see it out in sunshine /daylight.  Lastly I am not sure what the holes are that appear in the frame under the gas tank on the riders right size, I think the cover shroud from the fairing might have been removed but this would need to be confirmed.

Overall I really think the question is what is your intent for acquiring this bike.  The listing seems targeted towards day-to-day riders rather than collectors or perhaps a nostalgia-rider who never got to experience the big Zed.  For any collector considering this particular ZX11 the main question would be whether the recent dramatic price jumps in the predecessor ZX10 model means they think the ZX11 will see similar appreciation in the near future.  All I can say is that if I bought this bike I would be putting in the earbuds and go for a late night or early morning blast listening to this.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

The Dark Knight: 1992 Kawasaki Ninja ZX11
Honda October 26, 2017 posted by

Big Bird: 2002 Honda CBR1100XX

Before the Suzuki Hayabusa swept in at the turn of the century to claim world's fastest production bike status, the Honda CBR1100XX Blackbird ruled the top speed roost. When it came out in 1997, the Blackbird, named for the Lockheed SR-71 spy plane, stopped the motorcycling press in its tracks.

2002 Honda CBR1100XX Blackbird

With 135 horses to the rear wheel from its 1,100 cc inline four, the biggest, heaviest CBR screamed all the way to 178 mph, giving it a 3 mph edge over the Kawasaki ZX-11. Two years later, both bikes were relegated to the back pages with the 'Busa's introduction, but the Blackbird soldiered on as a potent sport tourer until 2003 in the states and 2007 across the pond.

The looks have aged well, and the bike has smoother flanks and crisper lines than the Suzuki, and still strikes a handsome profile nearly 15 years since it left this market. This 2002 Blackbird has been kept in close to perfect shape, with a few choice upgrades and all of its original take-offs in a box.

As a later example, this bike carries Honda's PGM-FI and ram air, which means no-choke starting and a power boost at high RPM. It has covered 20,000 miles and should be dead reliable for the next owner.

 

From the eBay listing:

2002 Honda Blackbird for Sale in Excellent to Immaculate condition. Bird has always been garaged covered and all maintenance is up to date within the last 500 miles. Bike has only been ridden 2x this past year alone and always hooked up to a battery tender in my shop. Bike has new DID chain, new sprockets, and comes with factory seat plus a Corbin seat with silver pin striping. Has HID low beam headlights, customized mirror extenders, shorty levers, and I customized 2 accessory outlets for a radar detector and GPS. Comes with Ram mounts for a Radar Detector (not included) and Garmin GPS and is included. I have installed a Throttlemeister cruise control, stainless steel covers for fluid levels, and I changed all gauges to Blue LED lights. The bike also has a multicolored light kit with different patterns of lights throughout the body. Cover is included. I have all original manuals and a factory service manual that I put in a huge binder with laminated pages when working on in the shop. Bike needs absolutely nothing and owner will not be disappointed if looking for a classic Bird. The bike is an eye catcher. I will be including all knick knacks that I have for the bike. I do have the factory windscreen and as well as a Zero gravity double bubble to go along with purchase. some extra oil, and an oil filter. I also have 2 travel bags to throw in. Basically, anything that I have street-bike related will go with the Bird. I am just cleaning out my Street Bike collection as I will NO longer be riding! Bike sold as is. Feel free to email with any questions.

Buy-It-Now is set at a very reasonable $4,500, which will net the buyer an immensely capable sport touring ride with a very special name.

Big Bird: 2002 Honda CBR1100XX
Honda April 12, 2010 posted by

2003 Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird With 113 Original Miles

This is an iconic CBR1100XX with 113 original miles!  Located in Smithtown, New York is a, one owner, 2003 Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird in showroom new condition.  The seller states that for personal reasons, and having two other bikes, he was unable to use this bike and that is why it has accumulated such low miles.  No mention of maintenance history is given but, it is a Honda and only seven years old so a fluid flush and once over should cover it.  The Blackbird remained, relatively, unchanged throughout it's production life as  a testament that the original design was enough to carry it through to the end regardless of what the competition had to throw at it.  This was the the fastest, production, motorcycle when released in 1996 but, it's crown was usurped by Suzuki in 1999.  These are larger and heavier bikes--267kg wet--but, I'm sure the additional weight is comforting when wind speeds approaching 200mph.  This bike will always be my preference over the other super-supersports from the late 90's as it started out as the fastest production bike and aged gradually into a more mundane super-tourer while skipping the airbrushed skulls, spiked fairing bolts, and neon all together.  If you'd like a museum quality example of a Super Blackbird, see this bike on eBay .

AG