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Bought a Honda Super Blackbird 1100
« on: July 27, 2015, 12:55:51 PM »
Anybody owned one? Up and downsides?

I'm looking at a fairly clean (well washed but the odd scratch) 1997 38000 miles one. It has clearly been exceptionally well maintained and it's a good price.
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Re: Speak to me about the Honda Super Blackbird 1100
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2015, 01:15:15 PM »
Been a motorcycle tech for 35 years. And I've never seen one for anything other than an oil change and tires. Oh yeah I forgot........installed an exhaust and dyno tuned one. About as solid as they get.

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Re: Speak to me about the Honda Super Blackbird 1100
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2015, 02:32:06 PM »
My buddy is on his second XX. Had such regret he sold the first one that he had to buy another one. I have some decent miles on it. SMooth, turbine like powerful engine, is a little porky in the handling department, but overall great bike. Make sure you like the ergos - fairly sporty lean to the bars.

Can be modified into excellent tourers as well (hard luggage, etc.)

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Oh - and I second the 1st Gen Tuono. Like my buddy with his XX, I sold my first Tuono and bought the same year, same color and everything as a replacement... great bikes with a great motor, and a pretty good jack of all trades other than long touring days. Can be had for cheap these days...

 
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Re: Speak to me about the Honda Super Blackbird 1100
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2015, 04:35:35 PM »
as mentioned it is a bit fat, but nice smooth power delivery and bullet proof.

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Re: Speak to me about the Honda Super Blackbird 1100
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2015, 05:16:12 PM »
absolutely love mine, will try to not sell it ever, hope to give it down to my daughter so she can enjoy its smooth, comfortable, just pull your hands off the grips power.

some of the other 'bird' riders have well over 100k on them, other then some small maintenance, no issues.

and can they be a blast to ride? you have to try one.

Just go try one.

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Re: Speak to me about the Honda Super Blackbird 1100
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2015, 05:31:40 PM »
...it is a bit fat, but nice smooth power delivery and bullet proof.
Bang on!
One friend sold his to another.
Friend #1, expressed regret as time went on, while Friend #2 maintained a permanent grin.
A bit lighter than my ZZ-R1200, the Blackbird could hang pretty close in a tussle.
I would focus more on the suspension, than the driveline, with "seniority" such as this...
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Re: Speak to me about the Honda Super Blackbird 1100
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2015, 06:35:02 PM »
Brother in law has one- LOVES it.  I'd guess his mileage up on the 60's somewhere, no problems.  As has ben mentioned- you cane get a GIVI rack and hard luggage for it as well, if Bob's yer uncle...
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Re: Speak to me about the Honda Super Blackbird 1100
« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2015, 09:17:19 PM »
Seems all I ever hear about them is that A) Honda should still make them and B) I regret ever selling mine.
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Re: Speak to me about the Honda Super Blackbird 1100
« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2015, 09:39:58 PM »
Not to pop all your cherry's but wasn't there a stator & rectifier issue? I know of two that have failed.
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Re: Speak to me about the Honda Super Blackbird 1100
« Reply #9 on: July 27, 2015, 09:56:27 PM »
Not to pop all your cherry's but wasn't there a stator & rectifier issue? I know of two that have failed.

Yep- I would say that's the one known weakness. 
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Re: Speak to me about the Honda Super Blackbird 1100
« Reply #10 on: July 27, 2015, 10:42:09 PM »
I thought what Honda translated to in English was charging system issue.

But seriously folks you can upgrade to a MOSFET regulator and cut the problem down. Can be done on the VFR as well.
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Re: Speak to me about the Honda Super Blackbird 1100
« Reply #11 on: July 28, 2015, 08:54:24 AM »
Not to pop all your cherry's but wasn't there a stator & rectifier issue? I know of two that have failed.

That was all Hondas, not just the BB, so it doesn't count.
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Re: Speak to me about the Honda Super Blackbird 1100
« Reply #12 on: July 28, 2015, 12:33:35 PM »
I was considering a Blackbird when I bought my first VFR.  The one thing I didn't like about the Birds was the fuel mileage.

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Re: Speak to me about the Honda Super Blackbird 1100
« Reply #13 on: July 28, 2015, 01:41:08 PM »
I was considering a Blackbird when I bought my first VFR.  The one thing I didn't like about the Birds was the fuel mileage.


I hear it's 30-40 mpg. Not great.

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Re: Speak to me about the Honda Super Blackbird 1100
« Reply #14 on: July 28, 2015, 02:01:26 PM »
I'd hit it (with your cash).
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