1,180 miles from new
1999 Honda CBR1200XX Super Blackbird 50th Anniversary Limited Edition
Registration no. T2 TON
Frame no. JH25C35A1WM110020
Engine no. SC35E3005106
'World-beating build quality, unique braking system and the fastest bike in the world...' Bike magazine.
Knocking Kawasaki's ZZ-R1100 off its 'King of Speed' throne, the Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird arrived in 1996 and helped to establish a new category of motorcycle: the 'hyperbike'. In fact, the Blackbird wasn't that much faster than the ZZ-R1100, recording a top speed of 177mph against the Kawasaki's 174 in Bike's 1997 test, although it proved to have significantly better handling and stability. 'For real riding on real roads the balance of tyre grip, suspension and ground clearance was just about perfect,' declared Britain's No.1 motorcycle magazine. As a pillion mount the Blackbird was considered the best on test, only the linked brakes spoiling the package in the opinion of some of the testers. (De-linking kits have since become available). The Blackbird remained substantially unaltered until production ended in 2007, the adoption of fuel injection in 1999 being the only significant upgrade. Celebrating Honda's 50 years as a motorcycle manufacturer, Honda Britain released a series of enhanced, limited edition models in 1998, the Blackbird upgrade being entrusted to V&M Racing. V&M bored out and tuned the engine (this example comes with a dynamometer printout recording a maximum of 183.1bhp!) while the chassis was improved by fitting a Penske shock absorber and LSL rear-set footrests for increased ground clearance. Out of a planned build of 50 only 25-or-so were made, each of which cost £15,595 (around 50% more than the stock item).
First registered 'T187 LLD' by Honda Motor Europe Motorcycle Division in London, the example offered here is number '16' of the series. Aled Jenkins (its first private owner) acquired the machine in May 2000 and had the registration changed to 'T2 TON', a reference to the theoretically possible maximum speed of 200mph. Currently displaying a total of only 1,180 miles on the odometer and last taxed to 31st March 2007, the machine is offered with sundry invoices, V&M service information sheet, various magazine articles, Swansea V5 document and CBR1200XX factory brochures (one signed by Jack Valentine and Steve Mellor of V&M). No reserve.
- The Frame no. is JH2SC35A1WM110020