Honda CBR1100XX

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Honda CBR1100XX
Also calledSuper Blackbird
PredecessorHonda CBR1000F
ClassSport touring
Engine1,137 cc (69.4 cu in) liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC inline-four
Bore / stroke79.0 mm × 58.0 mm (3.1 in × 2.3 in)
Compression ratio11.0:1
Top speed1997: 188 mph (303 km/h)[1]
1999: 188 mph (303 km/h),[1] 186 mph (299 km/h),[2][3] 188 mph (303 km/h)[4]
Power164 hp (122 kW) @ 9,500 rpm[5][6]
164 hp (122 kW) @ 9,750 rpm[7]
Torque126 N⋅m (93 lbf⋅ft) @ 7,500 rpm[5]
126 N⋅m (93 lbf⋅ft) @ 7,500 rpm[6]
Ignition typeComputer-controlled digital with three-dimensional mapping
TransmissionClose-ratio 6-speed sequential manual
Final drive: #530 O-ring sealed chain
SuspensionFront: 43 mm HMAS cartridge-type fork, 120 mm travel
Rear: Pro-Link HMAS with gas-charged damper, rebound adjustable 120 mm travel
BrakesDual combined braking system
Front: Three-piston caliper with dual 310 mm (12.2 in) discs
Rear: Three-piston caliper with single 256 mm (10.1 in) disc
TiresFront: 120/70 ZR17
Rear: 180/55 ZR17
Rake, trail25°, 99 mm (3.9 in)
Wheelbase1,490 mm (58.7 in)
DimensionsL: 2,160 mm (85.0 in)
W: 720 mm (28.3 in)
H: 1,170 mm (46.1 in)
Seat height810 mm (31.9 in)
Weight1997: 492 lb (223 kg)
1999: 496 lb (225 kg)[8] (dry)
1997: 556 lb (252 kg)[6]
1999 563 lb (255 kg)[1] (wet)
Fuel capacity23.0 L (5.1 imp gal; 6.1 US gal) (including the 4 L reserve)
Fuel consumption39 mpg‑US (6.0 L/100 km; 47 mpg‑imp)[6]
RelatedHonda X11

The Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird is a Honda motorcycle, part of the CBR series made from 1996 to 2007. The bike was developed to challenge the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-11 as the world's fastest production motorcycle,[9] and Honda succeeded with a top speed of 177 mph (285 km/h).[2][10] Two years later the title passed to the Suzuki Hayabusa, which reached 193 mph (311 km/h).[9][11][12] The Blackbird is named after the Lockheed SR-71, also a speed record holder.[9][13]

It has the largest-displacement engine in Honda's CBR range of motorcycles.


In the mid-1990s, Honda was determined to produce the world's fastest production motorcycle and to take over the associated bragging rights and marketing impact, at the time held by Kawasaki's Ninja ZX11.[9] This led to the creation of the CBR1100XX Super Blackbird. The Blackbird name is a nod to the Lockheed SR-71 aircraft, the world's fastest production aircraft.[13]

In the February 1997 issue of Sport Rider magazine, the CBR1100XX was tested at a top speed of 178.5 mph (287.3 km/h),[2] compared with 175 mph (281.6 km/h) for the ZX-11.[14] Its supremacy over the ZX-11 was confirmed in April 2007 by Motorcycle Consumer News, although the speeds achieved were slightly lower and the margin was narrower.[5]

In 1999, the Suzuki Hayabusa overtook the CBR1100XX. It was listed in the 2000 Millennium Edition of Guinness World Records as the world's fastest production bike with a top speed of 194 mph (312 km/h) Hayabusa is the Japanese term for the Peregrine Falcon, a species of raptor which preys on blackbirds.[11]


  1. ^ a b c "Performance Index '10" (PDF), Motorcycle Consumer News, Bowtie Magazines, 2010, archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-02-15, retrieved 2011-02-14
  2. ^ a b c "Motorcycle Performance Numbers: Honda". Sport Rider. February 1997. ISSN 1065-7649. Archived from the original on February 12, 2008.
  3. ^ Smith, Don. "Honda CBR1100XX 1997-2003: speed king at one time, the biggest CBR drew fans for other reasons." Sport Rider Aug. 2010: 63+. General OneFile. Web. 14 June 2012.
  4. ^ Brown, Roland (2006), The Ultimate History of Fast Motorcycles, Bath, UK: Parragon, pp. 214–215, ISBN 1-4054-7303-7
  5. ^ a b c Coonan, Big Joe (April 1997). "Honda CBR1100XX vs. Kawasaki ZX-11". Motorcycle Consumer News. ISSN 1073-9408.
  6. ^ a b c d "Hard Numbers." Motorcyclist July 2000: 136. General OneFile. Web. 14 June 2012.
  7. ^ Carrithers, Tim. "1997-2004 Honda CBR1100XX." Motorcyclist Dec. 2008: 98. General OneFile. Web. 14 June 2012.
  8. ^ Coombs, Matthew (2007), Honda CBR1100xx Super Blackbird Service and Repair Manual, Sparkford, UK: Haynes, p. 0.10, ISBN 978-1-84425-752-2
  9. ^ a b c d Brown, Roland (2005), The Ultimate History of Fast Motorcycles, Bath, UK: Parragon, pp. 216–217, 242–243, ISBN 1-4054-5466-0
  10. ^ Terri, Sievert (2002), The World's Fastest Superbikes; Built for speed, Capstone Press, ISBN 9780736810609
  11. ^ a b Guinness World Records 2000 Millennium Edition. Guinness World Records Ltd. 1999. p. 179. ISBN 0-85112-098-9.
  12. ^ Hoyer, Mark (June 2007), "'Busas, Baby! Looking Back at Suzuki's Steamroller of Speed", Cycle World, Newport Beach, California: Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S., ISSN 0011-4286, archived from the original on 2007-08-22
  13. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-07. Retrieved 2008-05-25.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ "Motorcycle Performance Numbers:Kawasaki". Sport Rider. February 1997. ISSN 1065-7649. Archived from the original on February 12, 2008.
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