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Introduced two years ago as Honda’s flagship entry to the big-bore Super Sport
class, the CBR1100XX Super Blackbird soon took centre stage with a class-lead-
ing combination of advanced high-speed aerodynamics, breathtaking power,
effortless middleweight-class handling, and peerless long-term sport touring
riding comfort. Developed under the guiding concept of ‘The World’s Greatest
Super Sport,’ the ‘Double-X’ soon gained a devoted following, as affirmed by its
subsequent unit sales far exceeding projected figures.

Featuring such advanced technolo- For its next generation, the Super These new systems also make
gies as the first dual-shaft balancer Blackbird’s design team set out to possible the development of a
ever used in a Super Sport motor- improve upon its power and potential new low-emissions version of
cycle engine for remarkably smooth with the addition of several new, the Super Blackbird to be intro-
operation at all engine speeds, yet proven technologies to carry duced in Germany and Switzerland
Honda’s innovative Dual Combined it higher still into the upper realms as further proof of Honda’s uncom-
Brake System for the ultimate in of superbike performance. With the promising dedication to reducing
braking confidence and control, logical inclusion of a programmed the impact of motor vehicles on
and an attention-grabbing ‘piggy- fuel injection system, a new high- our fragile environment. All these
back’-style dual headlight for the pressure Direct Air Intake system factors come together in the all-new
smallest frontal area (and related and other high-precision engine CBR1100XX Super Blackbird as
drag coefficient) of any streetbike control systems, the Super Black- it reasserts its claim to the title of
in its class, the Super Blackbird im- bird achieves a full-bodied increase ‘The World’s Greatest Super Sport.’
pressively redefined the standards in overall performance coupled
of ‘big-bike’ performance and sport with smoother, easier operation
touring excellence. and enhanced reliability.
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Styling Concept

Unchanged from its introduction, wind resistance and drag. This was the CBR1100XX’s superb level
the CBR1100XX’s air management achieved with a remarkably small of wind protection for both rider
design takes an unprecedented bullet-nosed front cowl made possible and pillion passenger. The fairing’s
approach to aerodynamic efficiency by a revolutionary new ‘piggyback’ organic design cuts through the
and high speed potential. Rather headlight design, and a narrow air like a bullet, providing light
than throwing more brute horse- frontal aspect that reduces its and easy handling and a comfor-
power at the barriers to higher coefficient of drag to levels less table ride at even the astounding
speed, the XX’s design team chose than that of a 250cc machine. autobahn speeds the XX is easily
the ‘path of least resistance’ by capable of achieving.
minimizing the most significant Even more remarkable is that no
obstacle to ultimate top speed: corners were cut in maintaining
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Colouring Concept

The new-generation 1999 • A deep pearlescent black that that changes colour as the angle
CBR1100XX Super Blackbird shimmers with rainbow-coloured of reflected light changes.
features three new, high-quality reflections under the sun, and Also, new matte-finish gold-co-
colour variations that give dynamic projects a sinister urban sophisti- loured engine case covers replace
emphasis to its stunning, high-speed cation in keeping with the the gloss black covers featured on
aerodynamic design and blistering CBR1100XX’s world-beating the current model, gold coloured
performance. Cleanly executed with performance potential. aluminium brake rotor hubs replace
no lines and graphics except for the current model’s black-painted
identifying markings, these colour • A lively, eye-catching new candy stainless steel hubs, and chrome-
variations project a strong, purpose- blue that quickens the pulse and plated louvers positioned deep
ful image that draws attention to tickles the heart like nothing inside the nose cowl’s new air
the CBR1100XX’s muscular, perfor- ever seen before in this class intake ducts replace the currently
mance-oriented lines. They include: of motorcycle. used mesh steel inserts.

• A regal, wine-coloured candy red Other styling changes for the new Colours
that accentuates the Super CBR1100XX include an eerie new, • Candy Glory Red
Blackbird’s curves with a luxuri- multi-hued diffraction coating on • Pearl Prism Black
ous look of shimmering luxury. the lower half of the windscreen • Candy Phoenix Blue
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Air Management Design

Although the Super Blackbird’s basic this second generation Super Sport this power-packed difference can be
external design remains identical touring flagship lie several major seen in the nose ducts of the fairing,
to the slim, highly aerodynamic changes that result in a significant which now contribute an eye-open-
speed machine that debuted in 1997, increase in the CBR1100XX’s over- ing surge in the Super Blackbird’s
under the distinctive bodywork of all performance. The first clue to high-speed power output.
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New Direct Air Intake System

While the CBR1100XX’s cavernous vres positioned deeper in the duct to ing capacity might be something
9.5-litre aircleaner still receives a keep insects and other foreign objects closer to a straight tube, in the real
steady stream of cool outside air from entering the system while max- world of ever-changing variables
from the two ports located on either imizing the system’s free-breathing the engine’s intake demands when
side of the fairing’s upper cowl, the performance. Specially moulded the throttle is snapped opened at
two nose ports that used to direct deep in the one-piece air ducts, lower speeds would suck all the
air only to the oil cooler are now the recessed positioning of these air out of the ducts before a speed
connected to a pair of specially de- louvres ensures a steady buildup of could be reached that would create
signed intake ducts that feed large air pressure inside the duct, since enough air pressure to sufficiently
volumes of high-pressure air directly the forward-positioned screens of replenish the air in the system.
into the aircleaner for a major boost the current model would tend to Therefore, the Super Blackbird’s
in top-end power and high-speed deflect nearly as much air as they new Direct Air Intake ducts were
performance. The only visible out- let pass through at high speeds. designed with uniquely shaped large-
side difference is in the replacement volume air cavities that ensure
of the screens positioned immediately Although the ideal shape for these a steady supply of air to the engine
behind the port entrances of the new Direct Air Intake ducts under for quick acceleration from all speeds.
current model by a set of vertical lou- controlled conditions at full operat-

Direct Air Intake (Top view) Direct Air Intake (Side View)
! Air flow # Louvre ! Louvre # Intake duct
@ Aircleaner box $ Intake duct @ Aircleaner box $ Air flow

Direct Air Intake (Top view) Direct Air Intake (Side View)



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Compact, Lightweight and Powerful its innovative dual-shaft balancer, the benefits of several new tech-
1,137cm3 Engine which makes possible its remarkably nological developments that not
The CBR1100XX’s high-powered, smooth operation and permits only give it a stronger surge of
liquid-cooled DOHC inline-4 engine the engine to be rigidly mounted in power and performance to keep
features the same compact configu- the machine’s lightweight dual-spar it running at the top of its class,
ration and advanced, high-perfor- diamond-configuration aluminium but also ensure it provides its
mance design with which it first frame, and its high-accuracy 3D map- riders with long years of flawless
debuted. Unchanged are the en- type digital electronic ignition system, operation, fewer annoying distrac-
gine’s open-deck casting and side- which ensures superb response tions from the joys of riding and,
mounted cam drive, which help throughout the XX’s wide powerband. in a sign of the times, minimized
realize its ultra-narrow design, For 1999, the XX’s engine receives impact on the environment.
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New PGM-FI Electronic Fuel Injection System other specialized components, fuel mixture is delivered to all cyl-
Like the ’98 VFR that debuted last the system helps make possible the inders for reliably smooth, power-
year to worldwide acclaim, this year’s achievement of some of the lowest ful and efficient performance in all
new Super Blackbird now comes emission figures ever attained in weather conditions.
equipped with a high-performance a large-displacement motorcycle.
computer-controlled PGM-FI Even the injector bodies’ plastic
Programmed Fuel Injection system While large volumes of cool, velocity stacks have been specially
based on the system originally devel- power-producing air are supplied tuned for optimal performance.
oped for Honda’s RC45 Superbike by the large-capacity, free-breathing The two velocity stacks for cylin-
racer. Featuring an advanced design aircleaner, which receives an extra ders 2 and 3 are 10mm longer
that integrates its Electronic Control boost at higher speeds from the than those for cylinders 1 and 4.
Unit (ECU) with the digital elec- new Direct Air Intake system, This difference in length helps
tronic ignition in a single compact the PGM-FI system’s four 42mm smooth the intake timing for each
‘black box,’ this all-new system throttle bodies are fed a steady sup- cylinder. Likewise, the internal
ensures ultra-precise fuel metering ply of fuel from an electronic fuel diameters of the stacks narrow
for top performance over a wide pump built into the large, 24-litre by approximately 1mm at their
range of operating conditions and fuel tank. The incoming fuel is then base in order to maximize their
an 8% improvement in fuel consump- preheated by a line feeding off the venturi effect and accelerate the
tion figures over the current model. coolant system to ensure optimal flow of air into the cylinders.
Also, in combination with some fuel atomization and a stable air/

PGM-FI Fuel Injection Programming Maps

! Position Throttle Map
@ Ignition Timing Map
# Intake Pressure Map

PGM-FI Fuel Injection Programming Maps

# @
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New Automatic Bypass Starter resistance that is too great for temperature. Upon initial cold start-
A quick inspection of the Super the fuel injection system alone up, this actuator holds the bypass
Blackbird’s right-side handlebar to overcome, thus making cold starter piston open to optimize the
controls finds the distinct absence weather start-ups difficult and flow of air into the intake ports
of a choke lever. However, the lever initial warm-up operation rough relative to engine temperature.
wasn’t merely repositioned, it was and irregular. As the engine heats up, and the
eliminated entirely. Partly this is The bypass starter features a small extra air is no longer required,
due to the incorporation of the piston built into each throttle body warm coolant passing through the
CBR1100XX’s new fuel injections which opens and closes an internal actuator causes an internal wax to
system, which provides precisely auxiliary air passage. When open, melt, expand, and push the piston
the correct volume of fuel for most these air passages provide an extra rod in to gradually close the
operating and starting conditions. shot of air into the combustion cham- auxiliary air passage. At this point,
But mostly this is due to the incor- bers that enhance combustion and an adequate volume of air flows
poration of a new Automatic By- temporarily increase the idling speed. through the throttle bodies to en-
pass Starter system that provides On the system used in the VFR intro- sure steady idling without requiring
an extra shot of air to assist starting duced last year, this piston is manual- assistance from the bypass starter.
and warm-up when coolant tempera- ly operated by way of a handlebar- With the addition of this automatic
tures fall below 40° C. Below this mounted lever, what would be the bypass starter system, start-ups are
temperature, fluid viscosity becomes ‘choke’ lever on a conventionally now as quick and simple as the touch
thicker, internal mechanical friction carbureted machine. However, of the starter button, warm-up
increases, and fuel tends to condense the XX’s new bypass starter system operation is kept to a minimum,
along the inside walls of the throttle features an actuator that automati- and engine operation is as smooth
bodies and intake ports. These fac- cally adjusts the bypass starter’s as can be—whatever the conditions.
tors combine to create an inertial position in response to engine

By-Starter Auto-Choke System

! Warm conditions $ Wax & Cold conditions
(Over 40°C coolant temp.) % Coolant (Under 40°C coolant temp.)
@ Air flow ^ Intake port * Min. stroke
# Max. stroke ( Air/fuel mixture

By-Starter Auto-Choke System

! @ & @
# *

% %
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New ‘Knock Sensor’ The Super Blackbird’s new digital it at the optimum angle just below
Whether mechanical or electronic, ignition system now features a new where detonation occurs.
an engine’s maximum spark advance ‘knock sensor’ that automatically
for each engine speed range is usu- and precisely adjusts the spark The addition of this system greatly
ally set at a much lower degree advance to maintain it at the optimal improves engine performance,
than would be best for optimal setting for all engine speeds while response and drivability, especially
combustion, particularly at higher minimizing the occurrence of deto- in the 3,000 to 6,000rpm range.
engine speeds. This setting discrep- nation, or knock. Mounted to the However, while it is designed to
ancy owes to the problem of deto- rear of the cylinder block, this knock prevent detonation under normal
nation or ‘knock’ that can occur if sensor detects even the most minute operating conditions, the system is
the ignition timing becomes too far instances of detonation and trans- NOT designed to compensate for
advanced. Thus, the spark advance mits that information to the ECU. the use of low-octane fuel nor protect
is generally set below the lowest The ECU then quickly and automat- the engine from other unusual condi-
level in the engine’s entire rev range ically retards the spark advance tions that might induce detonation.
that detonation is likely to occur. in intervals of 2’ until no further
This setting maybe fine for elimi- knocking is detected, then gradually
nating ‘knock,’ but is not the best increases the advance in much
for achieving an engine’s most smaller intervals of 0.35’ to maintain
efficient performance.

Knock Control System

! Engine conditions # Knock sensor ^ Ignition signal
(Engine speed, throttle angle) $ Knock IC & ECU
@ Engine % Ignition controller * CPU

Knock Control System


@ $ %

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New Stainless Steel 4-2-1-2 Exhaust System To give the engine a more solid new Direct Air Intake system
The CBR1100XX’s new stainless boost of low-to-midrange power more than compensates for the
steel 4-into-2-into-1-into-2 exhaust and stronger acceleration, the ar- loss with its big surge in high-
system features thinner wall rangement of the exhaust pipes speed performance.
tubing for a 300g loss of weight was changed from the current
compared to the painted steel model’s 180° pairing of the pipes
system it replaces. Its large 6.4-litre leading from cylinders 1 & 2 and
polished stainless steel canister-style 3 & 4 to a 360° pairing of cylinders
silencers were also modified with 1 & 4 and 2 & 3. While this new
thinner-wall internal plates to grouping tends to reduce the
achieve a 640g reduction in com- engine’s top-end power output
bined weight. somewhat, the Super Blackbird’s
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Low-Emissions HECS-3 emissions output to unprecedented silencers’ inlet tubes. Remarkably,

(Honda Evolutional Catalyzing System) levels for its class. First introduced the system’s resulting emissions
Demonstrating Honda’s concern last year on the new VFR, the system’s figures are below even those tentati-
for the environment and dedication low emissions figures are made vely proposed for Europe’s future
to minimizing the motorcycle’s con- possible by the incorporation of the EURO-2 emissions regulations,
tribution to air pollution, Honda has engine’s new fuel injection and air while its fuel consumption figures
chosen to incorporate its highly injection systems and the further are fully 15% lower than for the
effective HECS-3 catalyzer system addition of an exhaust pipe-mounted current model.
into the German and Swiss versions oxygen sensor and a pair of compact
of the CBR1100XX to reduce its cylindrical catalyzers built into the
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Air Injection System and a reduction in carbon mono- This oxygen sensor constantly mea-
Now featured on several Honda xide (CO) and hydrocarbon (HC) sures the fluctuating oxygen levels in
models in the interests of reduced emissions that ensures complete the engine’s exhaust gases, allowing
exhaust emissions, and included on compliance with Europe’s current the CPU to instantly calculate com-
all versions of the ’99 CBR1100XX, EURO-1 emissions regulations. bustion efficiency and adjust the in-
this new, relatively simple system take’s air/fuel mixture accordingly.
directs a precisely timed jet of fresh ‘O2’ Exhaust Sensor In order to maintain a precise balance
air from a small airbox mounted Like the system featured on last year’s of hydrocarbons (HC) and carbon
atop the engine’s cylinder head VFR, the ECU of the CBR1100XX’s monoxide (CO) emissions on one
cover down to each cylinder’s ex- new PGM-FI system continually hand and nitrous oxides (NOx)
haust port, just behind the exhaust monitors several critical variables of emissions on the other, this ‘O2
valve. This shot of extra oxygen to engine operation in order to ensure feedback’ system maintains the air/
the hot, pressurized gases rushing precise fuel control. For the low-emis- fuel ratio within a pre-designated
out of the combustion chamber sions version of the XX, the ECU tolerance range centred on an opti-
helps prolong the burning of the also monitors the digital output of mal ratio of 14.7 : 1 that permits
exhaust’s residual fuel and pollutants a single oxygen sensor mounted in the catalyzers to perform at their
into the port. The result is more the exhaust system just before the highest efficiency under most
complete and efficient combustion, junction leading to the two silencers. operating conditions.

Air Injection System

! Air flow # Exhaust port
@ Intake port $ AI reed valve

Air Injection System

$ @

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‘3-Way’ Catalyzer New Transmission Friction Damper New, Lighter-Action Clutch

The final components in the In an effort to minimize the annoy- Although the CBR1100XX’s hydrau-
CBR1100XX’s low-emissions ing ‘clunk’ of metal against metal lic clutch action was never especially
system are the cylindrical catalyzer that often occurs when motorcycles heavy, efforts were still made to make
units installed in the exhaust are shifted into gear from neutral it as light and easy-to-use as possible.
system immediately before each at stop, particularly in cold condi- This lighter action was achieved with
of the canister-type silencer bodies. tions, the CBR1100XX’s engineers a change in the clutch ratio and im-
These compact ‘3-way’ catalytic developed a simple yet effective new provements to the master cylinder
converter elements complete the damping system that softens the jolt. that combine to reduce clutch lever
system’s high-efficiency operation Mounted on the transmission’s main pressure by approximately 15%.
by chemically minimizing the emis- shaft, this hard rubber ‘friction’ The use of a newly developed clutch
sions of CO, HC and NOx gasses. damper quickly slows the spinning friction plate material and stronger
main shaft when the clutch is pulled springs also permitted a reduction
in to reduce the difference in speed in the number of plates from nine to
between it and the stopped coun- seven while maintaining the same dia-
tershaft, thus reducing the shock to meter and rugged capacity to match
the gears on the two shafts as they to the engine’s enormous power.
mate, and significantly reducing
the resulting ‘clunk.’

Low-Emissions System
! Air injection system # Catalyzer element
@ Fuel injector $ O2-sensor

Low-Emissions System

! @ #

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Maximized Cooling Efficiency of rotating within a circular frame, directly to the upper edge of the
The new CBR1100XX’s cooling as in a conventional design, the blades radiator, where it catches a steady
capacity was also improved with of the fan are now joined to the outer current of air entering the fairing
the addition of a new, larger-volume ring, which now also rotates close from above the front wheel, the new
aluminium radiator. Positioned to the rear surface of the radiator. oil cooler was also made wider for
lower in the fairing to make room This new design concentrates the fan’s a significant increase in volume that
for the new Direct Air Intake system, suction effect through the radiator, combines with the new positioning
this new radiator features a thinner rather than also drawing air ineffec- to ensure greatly increased cooling
core (reduced from 32 to 24mm) tively in from around the blades, capacity over a wider range of
but a broader surface area that im- thus maximizing its suction power. riding conditions.
proves cooling efficiency.
The CBR1100XX’s oil cooler was
The radiator also features a new also moved down from its current
fan that draws air more efficiently position in front of the steering head
to ensure optimum cooling when to make room for the new Direct
stopped or stuck in traffic. Instead Air Intake system. Now mounted
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Rigid, High-Performance Aluminium Frame Already built to the highest specifi-

Providing a superb balance of light cations, its only modification was
weight and rigidity, the CBR1100XX’s made to the shape of the crossbar
aluminium frame features a pair of extending between the frame’s main
massive extruded dual-box-section spars just behind the steering head.
spars welded to a rigid cast steering The previous extrusion had a
head and lightweight gravity die-cast tendency to resonate and amplify
pivot plates in a diamond configura- certain engine sounds such as gear
tion that incorporate the low-vibra- shift noise. The irregular oval shape
tion engine as a stressed member of the new crossbar eliminates this
for exceptional structural strength noise problem.
and remarkably lightweight handling.
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Optimized Cartridge-Type Front Fork of the current fork’s steel pieces

The Double-X’s highly rigid and for a small but significant weight
responsive 43mm cartridge-type reduction, and the fine-tuning of its
front fork still features the same damping settings to provide smoother
H.M.A.S. design for confident operation over a wider range of
handling and compliant damping. riding conditions. The fork’s steel
The only modifications to this sys- stanchion tubes are still protected by
tem include the substitution of new cast resin chipping guards mounted
aluminium cartridge rods in place on top of the fork sliders.
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Refined Dual Combined Brake System a balanced distribution of braking

The CBR1100XX’s ‘Evolution’ forces to both wheels for smoothly
version Dual-CBS is essentially assured braking control when either
unchanged from the current model. the front brake lever or rear brake
Exclusive to Honda’s most advanced pedal are used.
motorcycles, the system features
a complete set of three specially A delay valve smoothes front brake
designed three-piston calipers inter- engagement to minimize front-end
connected by two separate hydraulic dive during minor speed corrections
systems and a compact servomech- for more confident ease of operation
anism that applies a controlled ratio over irregular road surfaces, such as
of hydraulic pressure to the rear slippery downhill grades and wet
brake whenever the front brakes cobblestone roads.
are engaged. The system provides
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To further enhance the system’s of the rear wheel’s braking force inserts instead of the six used by
sport riding performance, this year after the rear brake’s maximum the current machine’s stainless steel
its integral proportional control pressure limit has been reached. inner rotors. An increase in the size
valve (PCV) received new settings of the front wheel bearings also re-
that provide a more powerful feel Further changes to the brake sulted in a wider spacing between
of front wheel braking forces, espe- system include new aluminium the rotors’ mounting bolts. The rear
cially when the foot brake is used. inner brake rotors like those used disc brake features the same stand-
The new PCV settings also provide on the CBR900RR Fireblade that ard, single-piece 256mm rotor.
a smoother, more linear roll-off hold the floating rotors with seven
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Electrical Accessories

New Anti-Theft Ignition Security in every other way, the ignition

As concerns about motorcycle theft This new anti-theft system features remains switched off and the en-
continue to grow, Honda has made a special coded chip implanted in gine cannot be started. Likewise,
concerted efforts to help its customers each of the keys supplied with the since the engine is disabled at the
protect their investments. From intro- motorcycle and a coil antenna built ignition’s ‘black box,’ it cannot be
ducing convenient carrying spaces into the ring surrounding the upper bypassed by either hot-wiring the
for carrying strong ‘U’-locks and edge of the key switch that instantly ignition or exchanging the combi-
chains to providing handy and effec- detects the presence of an encoded nation switch module. The system
tive lock-down points in a motorcy- key. This code is then transmitted also features a more robustly con-
cle’s frame and bodywork to secure to the ignition and fuel injection structed combination switch that
them, Honda motorcycles help their system’s ECU (electronic control unit) more effectively resists tampering.
owners fight back against theft. and compared against the two code
numbers (one for each key) that the While the Super Blackbird’s new
Being introduced this year for the ECU is programmed to recognize. anti-theft ignition system cannot
first time ever on Honda’s newest, protect the motorcycle against every
most popular motorcycles—and If the code is correct, as indicated possibility of theft, it does effecti-
notably on the Super Blackbird— by the new LED positioned in the vely prevent the motorcycle from
is an innovative new anti-theft lower right quadrant of the tacho- being ridden away, thus preventing
ignition system that prevents the meter, the engine can be started one of the most common forms of
engine from being started by any normally. However, if the key theft, and hopefully convincing
other than the motorcycle’s two code doesn’t match the ECU’s potential thieves and joyriders to
original keys. code, even if the key is identical look elsewhere.
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Electrical Accessories

New Design Taillight in the same over/under ‘piggyback’

The Super Blackbird also features layout as the headlight, and features
an all-new taillight that now draws a distinctive new dual multi-reflector
a stronger design parallel to its design that provides a brighter,
distinctive ‘piggyback’ headlight. more attention-getting view for
This larger new ‘dual element’ those following from behind.
taillight positions its two bulbs
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Advanced Radial Tyres and handling comfort at high

The cutting edge of tyre technology speeds. As before, these are
also continues to advance each mounted on elegant, lightweight
year, and the CBR1100XX keeps hollow-section triple spoke cast
the pace with a new set of ‘Z’-rated aluminium wheels.
tyres that ensure optimum control
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Larger, New 24-Litre Fuel Tank The tank incorporates an electric

The addition of the CBR1100XX’s fuel pump to ensure a steady supply
new fuel injection system also allowed of fuel to the injectors, while the
the aircleaner to be repositioned low-emissions version of the Super
several centimeters farther forward Blackbird features a narrower, ‘lead-
while maintaining its current volume. free-type’ inlet that prevents leaded
This repositioning provided an extra fuel from accidentally being added,
space into which the underside of the which could seriously damage the
fuel tank could be expanded, resulting exhaust system’s built-in catalyzers.
in an additional two litres of fuel (This special inlet reduces capacity
capacity, and subsequently a sig- to 23 litres.)
nificantly extended touring range.

Fuel Tank Cross-Section Comparison

! Fuel tank # Current model (22 litres)
@ New CBR1100X (24 litres)

Fuel Tank Cross-Section Comparison

! @

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Weight-Saving Componentry lever was trimmed, although for So, to minimize the chance of this
To keep the CBR1100XX’s weight a slightly different, somewhat odd, unexpected effect, the brake
to a minimum, even with the addi- amusing reason. lever’s frontal aspect was slimmed
tion of its new fuel injection and and rounded to make it more ‘ae-
Direct Air Intake systems, no com- It seems that at the nearly rodynamic’ and thus less likely to
ponents were overlooked in the 300km/h autobahn speeds the be moved by the wind. Strange,
quest of lighter weight. The CBR’s Super Blackbird is capable of but true, and all in the interests
aluminium footpegs were reduced reaching, the wind pressure on of making EVERY detail of the
in size for a savings of 100 grams, the current brake lever’s frontal CBR1100XX Super Blackbird
handlebar castings were redesigned, surface area was strong enough the best it can possibly be.
realizing another 80 grams weight to engage the brake light switch.
reduction, and even the brake
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Specifications CBR1100XX Super Blackbird (ED-type)

Engine Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC inline-4

Bore ´ Stroke 79 ´ 58mm
Displacement 1,137cm3
Compression Ratio 11 : 1
Carburation Electronic fuel injection
Max. Power Output 164PS/9,500rpm (DIN) (121kW/9,500min-1)
Max. Torque 12.7kg-m/7,250rpm (DIN) (124Nm/7,250min-1)
Ignition Computer-controlled digital transistorized with electronic advance
Starter Electric
Transmission 6-speed
Final Drive ‘O’-ring sealed chain
Dimensions (L´W´H) 2,160 ´ 720 ´ 1,170mm
Wheelbase 1,490mm
Seat Height 810mm
Ground Clearance 130mm
Fuel Capacity 24 litres (including 4-litre warning light reserve)
Wheels Front/Rear Hollow-section triple-spoke cast aluminium
Tyres Front 120/70 ZR17 (Radial)
Rear 180/55 ZR17 (Radial)
Suspension Front 43mm H.M.A.S. cartridge-type fork, 120mm axle travel
Rear Pro-Link with stepless rebound-adjustable gas-charged H.M.A.S. damper,
120mm axle travel
Brakes Front 310mm ´ 5mm dual hydraulic disc with Combined 3-piston calipers
and sintered metal pads
Rear 256mm ´ 5mm single hydraulic disc with Combined 3-piston caliper
and sintered metal pads
Dry Weight 223kg
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All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice.