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The Super Honda Blackbird

The Super Honda Blackbird is a sport motorcycle that was first developed in 2007 to challenge the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-11 for the title of the world's fastest production motorcycle. The Blackbird managed to claim the title for two years with speeds of 287.3 km/h before the title passed to the Suzuki Hayabusa that reaches speeds of 312 km/h. While the super blackbird is no longer the fastest motorbike in the world, with an acceleration from 0-90 mph faster than the Suzuki Hayabusa it is still up there with today’s speed monsters the ZX-12R and ZZR1400!

Features of the Super Honda Blackbird

The Blackbird has undergone some major changes since it was first launched back in 1997. In 1999, the Blackbird switched to PGM fuel injection from carburettors and in 2001 it was enhanced with an impressive LCD instrument cluster. Since 2001, only minor changes have been made to the colour schemes and the fuelling and exhaust systems to improve its overall look, fuel efficiency and meet emission standards.

The Blackbird features an CBR-XX engine that gives a super-smooth power delivery purged of every last vibration using a unique Honda dual-shaft balancer system never before used on sport bikes. The engine is angled forward to lower the centre of gravity and improve the Blackbird’s balance.

The Blackbird’s PGM-FI fuel injection system employs air-injectors on all exhaust ports to ensure complete burning of all residual fuel mixture on the exhaust stroke. The engine cylinder is kept as light as possible with a block designing policy that emphasises on minimum excess material. The bike’s exhaust downpipes are specially designed and shaped to boost midrange torque instead of just providing a way out for spent gasses.

Honda has kept production for the European market and the original characteristics of Honda Blackbird the same over these years with only occasional colour changes. In 2004, Honda introduced two-tone Black/Silver colour scheme; in 2005 and 2006 the blackbird received Silver two-tone and Blue two-tone colour schemes; and in 2007 the bike featured an Iron Nail two-tone colour scheme.

Overall

The Super Honda Blackbird is designed with a look and feel of speed and the performance to back it up. It is a powerful, comfortable, tidy handler that is a pioneer in its class and still going strong. According to a survey, 78% of the Blackbird riders say they would easily buy another one. The bike is one of the best all-round sport tourers in the market.

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