I couldn't contain my delight knowing I was riding the best bike in the world. More so than cars, I've not yet met a biker who isn't almost psychotically fanatical when it comes to the maintenance and care of their riding machine. I bought a 2000 model Blackbird 3 years ago from its original owner - he was very reluctant to sell it but was forced to do so due to arthritis and the insistence of his wife! It may not be the fastest any more , nor the most agile but within that sensible-looking package, it's stupidly powerful and will accelerate nearly as fast as gravity. Not a big deal really on the Blackbird but will see if it happens again. It can take all the punishment a British winter can throw at it and still come up bright as a new pin with just a jet-wash and rub-down. Like most people I have had numerous makes of bikes but since I have had a Blackbird I cannot find anything comparable to do what I do that is Tour and also use it as a toy.
I can't get over how well this bike carries weight, in some respects it's actually easier to tip into corners fully loaded because it requires less counter steering to get it over. They can get the thing set up to the rider's specific weight and riding style too. You can delete or block all cookies but some parts of the website will not work. The other has headwork done, full Akrapovic 4 into 1 Titanium exhuast, FactoryPro Jet Kit with +5 Ignition Advancer pushing 156hp on the rear wheel. They are renowned for being reliable work-horses and as they attract the more 'mature' owner, they are generally very well looked after. Think of it is a big comfy Fireblade. It isn't the best bike in any one characteristic, but excels in all aspects.
Hond should have updated it and kept up with Kawasaki and Suzuki etc. The chain has a propensity to stretch so keep on top of routine maintenance. I cant stop grinning when I've had a little play on it and Im looking forward to a trip to France on it, all I can say is its fantastic 01 March 2008 by hondated I am now onto my forth new Blackbird and I cannot wait to collect it from the showroom next week. Depending upon who you are sending your birthday card to you should personalize your message. In 1996 Honda managed it.
Windshield must be replaced with a double bubble. I wrote my first one off then bought another. My wife loves going on the back. I've lit up deer eyes at about 200 ft even on low beam! Some riders are put off owning the Blackbird because of its reputation for speed, however this is only a very small part of its vast repertoire. Despite hanging onto their value, lower end bikes can be had for a most reasonable £2,000, while a late, mint, low mileage example will set you back between five and seven grand. They revalved the front and rear, and changed the fork springs.
It's comfortable, has a fun factor that is through the roof and has a spirit akin to the finest thoroughbred. Bought new in 2004 when on special for 15990 and never happier for the purchase. Progress is effortless, sending the rider surging down the road on riding a tide of power. Short or long distance, I'm never uncomfortable. Its a Honda, best Japanese build quality, a lot of bike for your buck, silky smooth power delivery, everything.
All in all, thats my biggest complaint. The lifter is longer with a slightly stiffer spring. Whatever you do, make sure you send somebody a birthday card It's their crucial day and they will be sure tickled pink you remembered them. So lucky it rides like a new bike. It should have been outclassed, but bizarrely the Blackbird kept popping up and giving them a bloody nose in group tests long after it shouldn't have. This bike is completely unflustered taking everything in stride with power and grace. Not only this, but it is likely to hold its value well.
Performance, comfort, reliability, build quality, price. For touring, loading up to recommended max load seems to make no difference to handling, acceleration or braking. If pushed, the Kawasaki is certainly faster, especially at the upper end of the dial. Although I think the front end could be stiffened more. The motor is incredibly smooth smoother than any other bike I have ridden , and it has bucket loads of power. But after a few weeks learned to trust it.
Lovely, silky smooth power delivery. I'm sure there's others that I don't remember as well. A Corbin, Sargent, etc probably a good investment. Comfortable and still keeping up with brand new machines. Which is saying something about the excellence of the package. I said to them that I didn't really understand why Honda stopped producing the Blackbird. Specific variations to the initial model are: 1998 Modification to the thermostat housing.