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post #1 of 39 Old 10-04-2014, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
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Ohhhhhh yea, it's exactly what you're thinking

I picked up a 1999 Honda CBR1100XX Blackbird today in Memphis, rode out to see a friend in Bolivar, TN, and finally ended the day back home in Lonoke, AR.

The Blackbird is an AMAZING bike. It is everything I wanted it to be... and more! Seriously, SO MUCH POWER!! She likes being bad, and does such a clean job doing it. I thought the 919 was a rocket, but the XX is named after the SR-71 Blackbird for good reason. I never had to pin the throttle for a thrill, it just surged with my thought of giving her a blip. It will have to take some getting used to, and I will certainly fear the bike's power for a while until I get the hang of it.

The XX is a perfect interstate cruiser, which was the biggest reason I decided to acquire it and sell my 919. The suspension feels smoother and it stays firmly planted through turns.

This bike already had heated grips, progressive front springs, fork brace, heli-bars, and an aftermarket screen. The heated grips are sweet!! I'm happy with the stock exhaust for now, but may find something cheap if it presents itself on eBay or the XX forum.

Enough talking... PICS!!

Feel free to ask me questions comparing it to the Honda 919!














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Very nice, are you going to paint it white?


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Looks great .... and super clean.

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Congratulations!

Sold my XX today, incredible machines, leave the 919 for dead, no comparison.

Check the cam chain tensioner, if it does not have double green dots, replace it. Only about $40.

Also, replace fuel regulator w/ later version, more pressure, good solid mod.

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Oh Black Betty, bam ba lam, she is always ready.

That is sweet. Happy riding. A friend told me one day at a meet and greet that Honda named it as a slight to the Zuki Hayabusa. He told me why but I can't remember.

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range and mpg?

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Thanks everyone! Supposedly the CCT was replaced at 25k when it went to crap on the PO. I was truly surprised with how nicely the bike cleaned up. The seller was a genuinely nice older guy, and it was obviously bittersweet for him to pass the torch.

Not bad for $2750 But he did talk me into buying his Bagster Tank Cover/Bag setup and a Corbin seat for an additional $100 bill.

However, I already have the bike down for personal amusement and inspection. When pulling out of the seller's driveway, Clark (PO) nonchalantly tells me that the bike MAY need wheel bearings. As I drive off, there is a very slight bit of a grinding which set me in panic mode. More or less like a click, that would only happen when the wheels were in motion, proportional to speed, yet would disappear at certain speeds.

Turns out, he didn't properly install the master link in the chain I went out the bike tonight to diagnose it and there is a considerable amount of compression/expansion in the master link. He also had a Hawkoiler which made a nasty mess on the left side of the bike, and all under the seat where the reservoir was. I removed the Hawkoiler now that I have found DuPont Teflon Chain Saver (Thanks to WT!) I also noticed the upper fairing had some strange squeaks at times... due to the windscreen bolts being held in with electrical tape wrapped around the bolts! Those are a few things that triggered me into tearing into the bike since it will be my daily/commuter. Sunday is gonna be busy!

I'm having a hard time deciding whether or not to paint the Bird. I think I'll buy a few cans of Plasti-dip for now and hold off on sanding such a nice OEM finish.

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Nice pick-up! She's gonna be a beast on the corners by the looks of it but that speed and that highway comfort is probably going to be super nice on trips.

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I'm looking at Black 03 with 5000 miles on it, they are incredible machines.

The Suzuki is named after a falcon that eats blackbirds.....

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Sweet bike. I wanted one for a while, heli bars and heated grips are definitely good mods.
Leave that baby black!

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Now that's one very clean and sweet Blackbird. What a find.

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I'm looking at Black 03 with 5000 miles on it, they are incredible machines.

The Suzuki is named after a falcon that eats blackbirds.....
Oops, I had it backwords. Still a nice BlackBird.


When I bought my 919, I told people I found a naked Japanese model, threw her in the back of the van, and keep her in the garage.

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I agree ... don't mess with that clean OEM paint. She is so pretty!

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She's gonna stay black for a while. Never had a black girl before The OEM finish is almost showroom quality even after 15 years. I've never had a bike that didn't NEED a paint job, or a bike that has never been down. I simply don't know how to act! The bike didn't look this good in his craigslist ad, so it was a done deal after I saw the bike in person.

I talked with a friend of mine (Al, who owns a local cycle shop) about the chain and sprocket dilemma, and he professionally recommended replacing the chain and sprockets all-together. With a goofed up master link that likely goofed up the two links beside it, I'm just gonna pony up the dough for chain and sprockets. Since I'll be commuting on the interstate, it all has to work.

I've also been PM'ing a guy on the CBRxx forum about a set of slip-ons! I'm going to punch the baffles for now since motorcycle funding will be tight after chain/sprockets.

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And this is how my weekend was spent!

Annual inspection complete, pending road worthiness status until further notice.
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That is one nasty filter probably a pony or 2 caught in there.

Common sense. So rare it's a god damn super power.
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New chain and sprockets installed She rides like a new bike! And the power, I cannot get over the POWER.

Now I gotta save up for brake pads and Pilot Road 4s

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And the power, I cannot get over the POWER.
I just looked up the power specs and it's very in line with the Aprilia T...

Now you know why it's hard to look back to the 919!!!

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I just looked up the power specs and it's very in line with the Aprilia T...

Now you know why it's hard to look back to the 919!!!
The things I wanted but the 919 couldn't deliver, is nicely wrapped up in the Blackbird. When I was at the cycle shop today, all of the guys said I certainly traded up, and got a wicked deal on so much motorcycle. A few of them even had a hard time believing it was a 1999 model!

The 919 is a very versatile bike. I toured on mine, took her through backroads, towns, and everywhere in between. However, 90% of my riding is interstate and commuting. The reality of it was the 919 sucked at interstate travel. And what I find funny is that the Blackbird was cheaper than any decent 600 supersport I could find. After lots of hours browsing and studying the Blackbird, I decided that was the way to go.

My buddy who bought the 919 is perfectly content with the bike's capabilities, and it's a better match for him than a Blackbird would be. He lives in the heart of Little Rock, knows every back road to get where he needs to go, and rarely sees a stretch of interstate. The 919 fits him much better than it fit me. I feel like I'm going to hold on to the sofa-rocket for a while.

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We are 5 min from the interstate and I do a good amount of frewway travel on the 919. I have a Power Bronze Bikini screen on mine and I gotta say it is comfortable droning up to 80mph. Of course I think the OEM seat is comfy too so maybe I'm a bit off.

I had a FJR for a bit and that thing was like a turbine couch on the freeway.

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range and mpg?
About 180 miles per tank without the low fuel light coming on, and 38-40mpg, which is reasonable since the bike is never going the speed limit

Compared to the 919, I fill up at the same interval and it typically cost $1-2 more. Totally worth it.

I'm sure I can get 45mpg if I play nice with the throttle, but that ain't happenin' anytime soon

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@shark god I miss my fjr it did everything really well and it was a cruise missile with a lazy boy strapped to it. I'm currently working sport tourer a zx14r

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I just looked up the power specs and it's very in line with the Aprilia T...

Now you know why it's hard to look back to the 919!!!
hard to compare them like that.
T is 400lbs dry, XX is 500lbs dry. Totally different power to weight ratio.
My vfr12 is close to 170hp with the same weight as XX. Power to weight ration is close to T. However it still feels different. T has very rough and light feel to it. VFR feels smooth and more girthy. You have to pay more attention to VFR as it gets you up there in speed without you noticing, when with T you feel every moment of it with big on your face.

From what I heard, XX feels somewhat similar to VFR, never tried one though.

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It was a bittersweet transaction. I'm happy to get such a good price, yet the bank account still hates to see so much money go away. Thank goodness for Al's Cycle Shop, where I bought new Michelin Pilot Road 4s for $160/rear and $127/front.

Al also quoted me for a pair of PR2s, which were $142/rear and $111/front. Seeing the prices side by side, I went ahead and spent the extra $34 or so on getting PR4s instead of 2s.

I almost went with Contimotions since Al had rears in stock for $87 and fronts for $72, but seeing as how most XX guys get about 3500 miles or less out of a rear, it seems like a lower overall cost per mile to pony the up front costs of the PR4.

The PR2 rear I had on the 919 survived well over 12k miles of abuse and commuting and was sold with the bike. Cruz then put several more thousand miles on the tire and it's ready to be replaced. Hopefully the PR4 is gonna give me comparable mileage even though the XX is a bigger gal with more abuse on tap. We'll see and I'll get some pics of the Blackbird in her new shoes once I get them installed.

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They are very nice bikes. I have great memories of mine. They handle good on the back roads, and will definatelly eat up a straight away. As far as interstate roads, I never really got on them unless it was just neseccary. I am new to my 919, so I will not make a comparison. I think both would have distinct traits and advantages under cirtain conditions. Depends on your needs. With your dicription, iit sounds like a good trade for you.

Again, congrats!

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Your idea of "abuse and commuting", I would have to imagine, is vastly dissimilar to mine.

The best I ever got out of a rear on the 919 was 4500 miles off of a Conti Road Attack. 12k out of a rear is out of the realm of possibility in my world. And I'm not saying that you didn't do it. I'm just saying that there's no way I can. BTW, I think the Road Attacks lasted as long as they did because, they started out with more rubber. They were a noticeably heavier tire when you put them on.

I always like the Blackbird from a distance. They were a little ahead of their time by putting the turn signals in the mirror housing. The tail and headlight looks a bit dated, but the rest of the bike has aged very well. I can see how people are in disbelief of the age. But most bikes will look fab if you don't hack them up, keep em clean and waxed, and out of the sun. Neglect is a m-fer.

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Your idea of "abuse and commuting", I would have to imagine, is vastly dissimilar to mine.

The best I ever got out of a rear on the 919 was 4500 miles off of a Conti Road Attack. 12k out of a rear is out of the realm of possibility in my world. And I'm not saying that you didn't do it. I'm just saying that there's no way I can. BTW, I think the Road Attacks lasted as long as they did because, they started out with more rubber. They were a noticeably heavier tire when you put them on.

I always like the Blackbird from a distance. They were a little ahead of their time by putting the turn signals in the mirror housing. The tail and headlight looks a bit dated, but the rest of the bike has aged very well. I can see how people are in disbelief of the age. But most bikes will look fab if you don't hack them up, keep em clean and waxed, and out of the sun. Neglect is a m-fer.
In all honesty, most of the miles I rack up are from droning down the interstate at about 75-85mph. And 'abuse' consists of laying into the throttle every once in a while on a back road. I always ride on the side of caution since I'm always fearful of that random car that will pull out in front of me just beyond the next blind curve. Or the random patch of gravel/sand off someone's driveway. I'm happy to say that I'm easily amused and having fun is easy to do without riding like a squid. Quite often I've seen squids racing through traffic, weaving in and out like they're racing against themselves. Not me, I ride more like a geezer out on the street. If I want to go fast, I take to the skies

I agree with you on the looks of the Blackbird. The whale tail is a bit dated (although it is supposedly shaped to look like the front end of an SR-71), and the big goofy headlight reminds me of a medieval knight's mask. But, I like the looks more than most bikes, and much like the 919 I greatly enjoy people walking up to the bike and asking 'what kind of bike is that?' The blackbird has been the perfect blend of go-fast rocket and almost-comfortable sport-tourer. A supersport-touring machine It is the first bike I was happy with from the start. In very stock form, I was happy about the turn signals and rear fender as well as 99% of the cosmetics, not to mention I actually left all the stock reflectors on.

And most importantly, I'm happy to own a motorcycle named after an airplane!

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They are very nice bikes. I have great memories of mine. They handle good on the back roads, and will definatelly eat up a straight away. As far as interstate roads, I never really got on them unless it was just neseccary. I am new to my 919, so I will not make a comparison. I think both would have distinct traits and advantages under cirtain conditions. Depends on your needs. With your dicription, iit sounds like a good trade for you.

Again, congrats!
I just saw your visitor message asking how I like the XX now that I have a bit more seat time. And, long story short, it impresses me every time we go for a ride. Now that she has new Pilot Road 4s (LOVE those tires!!) and up to date on most maintenance (brakes, chain, etc.), I get to enjoy just how well-built this bike is. My brother pointed out how 'finished' everything from how nicely the fairings line up, and the dashboard has cover panels... Much more plush than his 636 Ninja

Yesterday, a buddy and I went riding around (he recently bought a 919) and after swapping back and forth he fell in love with the XX. The tires felt glued to the road, the motor has a smooth delivery of ridiculous amounts of power, and the ergonomics just begged to be ridden all day. Linked brakes have grown on me, the hydraulic clutch has spoiled me, and heated grips have come in very handy.

I rode Tyler's 919 and it felt like a toy, or at least like a raw motorcycle. It was fun, and it sure felt like I was going super fast, but a quick glance at the speedometer and I was barely out of legal limits My 919 had stock bars, whereas Tyler's has Renthals that I don't much care for. Too wide for my taste. The 100lb. difference between the bikes is noticeable, with the 919 feeling a bit more nimble and easier to ride fast through twisties. The XX handles like she's on rails, and will launch out of a corner like there's something spooky behind her.

Dad rode the XX not too long ago, and he favors the 919. The XX has noticeably less leg room (Dad is 6'4), and he complained that none of the cars will get out of the way

So far my ranking on bikes that I've owned:
1) 1999 Honda CBR1100XX Blackbird
2) 2003 Honda CB900f Hornet
3) 2000 Kawasaki ZX-6r Ninja
4) 2001 Suzuki SV650n
5) 2003 Honda Shadow 750 ACE

The SV650 and Ninja are pretty neck and neck, both very fun, but still fall short of the character of the 919. The Shadow was my first bike and I enjoyed all 6k miles in the year that I owned her.

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My XX was the last bike I owned over 11 years ago. Everything you described is exactly correct. Those bikes handled better than anything in ts class at the time. In 1998 I was very much into performance and going fast. I did quite a bit of work to mine including a diet that put it @ 485 lbs with about 3/4 of a tank of fuel. The bikes were not only fast but refined, a quality peice. My buddy has over 100K on his and still owns it. I have to say I looked at it just before buying my 919 recently and it stirred up some real emotions.

But at this time I made my decision not on performance but more about naustalgia. You see when i grew up bikes did not have fairings, and yes a bit more un-refined if you will. I liked that era and the 919 takes me right back there. With some up-grades of course, but still basically the bikes I was first impressed with. So when I finally do get to ride it, we'll see if I chose right. As far as the Renthals, i agree 100% too wide for my taste. I have cut 4" off already. In any case, enjoy your new XX, it will not let you down.

Thanks for your response. I enjoy hearing from people that appreciate diversity in what they ride.

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In 20 years, the 919 will be the classics like the 900fs and cafes of yesteryear. Ive made my mind to keep it just for that. If im wrong, oh well, itll be a fun 20 years at any rate

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Great pics ! The Blackbird is definitely a classic machine. A rare machine that's worth seeing over and over again.

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Thanks! Here are a few more recent photos with the Hindle pipe, removed grab rail, and stock windshield. Now I just need the weather to cooperate!






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Fantastic bike and unquestionably the best value on Craigs right now if you can find one below $3500

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that headlight + windshield area looks sexy as hell

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that headlight + windshield area looks sexy as hell
Why thank ya! I've been enjoying the heck out of this bike. I'll roll 50k here before too long! Then she'll come apart for a lot of preventive maintenance like wheel bearings and valve inspection. It will be a busy winter!

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i saw this thread and wanted to congratulate you on your chick .......iwasnt man man enough for a menage a trios with these 2 BAD BLACK chicks after app 4k mls on each i tucked and went back home to my yellow 919
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