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Habu – 2000 Honda CBR 1100 XX Blackbird

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2000 Honda CBR 1100XX Blackbird

The Blackbird holds a bit of a mythical legend status in the hyperbike category which is ironic because this bike was technically categorized as a sport tourer. Although it had a 9 year production run, there aren’t many clean, low-mile examples left today. Most have seen many miles of pavement or have been modded beyond the point of saving but a few still pop up here and there.

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The Blackbird focused more on the sport than the touring. The bars were set lower and further forward than you would expect which resulted in a much sportier riding position. With a 167hp at the crank, the engine was no slouch either and is liable to munch highway miles or dominate highway drag races. However, the touring wasn’t forgotten either as can be seen by the massive 6.3 gallon fuel tank which was the larger than both the ZX14’s and Hayabusa’s tank.

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Although Honda blends in a bit with the other manufacturers today, they used to separate themselves from the crowd by offering advanced technologies and making them very reliable. The Blackbird came with a linked braking system that is common on many touring motorcycles today. The Blackbird also came with a dual counterbalanced engine that resulted in minimal vibrations. A benefit of this is that you can bolt the engine directly to the frame and have a much stiffer chassis.

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The Blackbird could use almost of all of its speedometer. With a 178 mph top speed, this bike held the record for the fastest production motorcycle for a couple of years until it was dethroned by the Hayabusa.

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From the seller:

2000 Honda CBR 1100XX “Blackbird”. EXCELLENT condition with only 4,222 miles. Great price!! It is extremely hard to find one of these with original parts and very low miles. This bike has never spent the night outside. It has never been dropped. The few minor abrasions sadly come mostly from being in the garage. Photo of minor abrasion on lower left fairing included. All original parts. New Tires and battery!Two keys, Original paperwork, Cover, Tank Bra, Extra foot pegs. This bike lives in Terre Haute, Indiana and buyer is responsible for retrieving it.

It’s a shame Honda decided they didn’t want to participate in the top speed battles that occur at 1 AM on empty Mexican freeways. An attempt to bring the VFR1200 in as a replacement wasn’t super successful as it didn’t address the same market that the Hayabusa and ZX14 do.

Blackbirds are already becoming quite collectible and this example with very low miles would be a great addition to any collection. The homage to the SR-71 combined with top speed record make this bike historically significant and the limited availability should drive up prices of well-kept bikes over time. At $10K, this isn’t a bad deal considering the condition and upside.

-Norm

5 Comments

  • Beautiful bike. Shame about the frame sliders which obviously have not done much to keep the fairings from being beat up. Absolutely completely absurd pricing for this bike. I have been watching the Blackbird market for about two years and this one is about double what it should be on eBay. Yes, it has low mileage but for that mileage and asking price, it should be absolutely mint.

  • Very nice looking bike. Looking at those big holes for the frame sliders is painful. I have a 97 that is very enjoyable. Fast bikes! Mine has carbs, compared to the fuel injection of this 2000. $10k is high for an XX. Maybe 5 months ago on BaT, (Lol) but not today. I’ve seen them go for up to $6k, but that’s about it. Will be interesting to see what this one will fetch.

  • My brother just bought a ’99 with average mileage and a bunch of extras for 5K CDN, and it’s near mint.

  • The return to pricing sanity is going to be a rougher ride for some than others. I don’t hate on anyone for trying but this is just another example of a complete disconnect from reality.

  • What puzzles me are those passenger pegs…
    Mist say, if i had a CBR1100 to move out, posting up while this bike is live would seem to move a $5k offer that much faster.

    All Things considered, for the $ i would be looking for a (faster) S100rr, circa 2010.

Comment rules: Add something useful and constructive, and don't be a jerk. Comments that don't add value will be deleted. Comments will automatically close after 30 days. Thank you. -dc

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