1997 Honda CBR1100XX Blackbird Motorcycle
1997 Honda CBR1100XX Blackbird

There's far more to the CBR1100XX than just its speedometer, such as a fairing that's easily the most aerodynamic ever produced for a streetbike. A new "piggyback" type headlight with a free-form multi-curvature reflector let Honda's engineers stack the high and low beams for a sleeker front profile. And a 16-valve 1137cc DOHC engine with liquid cooling, twin counterbalancers - a first for a modern sportbike - and huge 42mm flat-side carbs.

With Honda's latest Linked Braking System, twin-spar aluminum chassis, 43mm cartridge-type fork, 5.8-gallon fuel tank, and superb ergonomics, the CBR1100XX Blackbird is as unapproachable in overall performance as it is on the top end.

SpecificationsCBR1100XX Blackbird
engine1137cc DOHC liquid-cooled inline four cylinder
bore and stroke79.0 x 58.0 mm
compression ratio11.0:1
final driveO-ring sealed chain, 17/45
front suspension43mm HMAS cartridge fork
rear suspensionPro-link Hmas single shock with spring-preload adjustability and adjustable rebound damping
front brakeslinked braking system: twin front discs with three-piston calipers
rear brakeslinked braking system: single rear disc with three-piston caliper
front tire120/70ZR-17 radial
rear tire180/55ZR-17 radial
ground clearance5.1 inches
seat height31.9
wheelbase58.7 inches
dry weight491.6 pounds
fuel capacity5.8 gallons, including 1.1-gallon reserve
colorsmetallic black

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