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Motorcycle Talk => Other Motorcycles => Topic started by: coffee_brake on April 27, 2017, 01:44:09 am

Title: Blackbird
Post by: coffee_brake on April 27, 2017, 01:44:09 am

What have I done?!?!  :-[

Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: Gumby on April 27, 2017, 01:48:02 am
Why wouldn't ya? :017:
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: txfatboy on April 27, 2017, 02:01:41 am

What have I done?!?!  :-[

Apparently you acquired a bad-a** bike. I rode one (many moons ago) and it was the first bike I exceeded 150 on. Did it effortlessly.
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: Zarticus on April 27, 2017, 02:46:57 am
Nice  :beerchug:
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Post by: Diz on April 27, 2017, 08:59:13 am
Wouldn't say you put your license in any more jeopardy but you might have raised your insurance rates. Very nice, are you acquiring a stable?
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: seagiant1 on April 27, 2017, 09:30:44 am
Hi,
        Congrats, that was the fastest thing out of a box, at one time....I think!!! ;D >:D >:D >:D
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: ZG on April 27, 2017, 11:26:59 am
 :great: :great:

What year is it? I think the earlier ones were carbed and later ones were fuel injected right?
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: Rico on April 27, 2017, 11:39:47 am
Very rare bike and it looks great too. Congratz!
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Post by: MizzouMike on April 27, 2017, 01:25:23 pm
Woo Hoo!!!
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: coffee_brake on April 27, 2017, 01:50:07 pm
I stumbled on it looking for a Yamaha...I didn't know the earlier years were carbureted ('98 CBR1100XX carby here), and yes it is effortlessly fast. Not terrifying enough, it's planted steady at triple digit speeds.  :-X

It had a really sloppy cam chain noise but a little research yielded that it's common and an easy fix with a manual tensioner. It's the tensioner that goes bad, not the cam chain.
So that drove down the price and was a $30 fix.
Classic Honda fit and finish, it comes apart and goes back together well.
Seat hurts my big butt, I've re-done enough seats that this one won't be bad. I already have everything at hand to make it better on my bountiful booty.

The linked brakes feel like wood, and with 20 year old lines, that's the only real outlay of cash I need to make here. It's so smooth, and has such good street manners...it could tour very well. I'm getting 40 mpg  haulling a$$ on the interstate and the chain is acceptable because there's a center stand.

So here's this summer's hot weather bike while my Connie gets suspension and bearings and tires all around, and maybe a re-paint. It's not toothpaste-blue enough. Needs glitter.  :nananana:
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: ConcoursKZ on April 27, 2017, 01:55:13 pm
You really need to post some better pictures of that. I got all excited and you left me hanging.
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: jettawreck on April 27, 2017, 04:31:35 pm
You really need to post some better pictures of that. I got all excited and you left me hanging.

Yes, that was my first thought also. Get that beast outside and let's have a good look!
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: LakeTrax on April 27, 2017, 05:20:25 pm
:great: :great:

What year is it? I think the earlier ones were carbed and later ones were fuel injected right?

You're right Jay... without looking it up, I'm pretty sure the 1998/99 models had carbs and 2000+ were FI.

Nice bike! :great:
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: Patrick on April 28, 2017, 12:16:11 pm
Great bike, I had one for many years. 1997 and 1998 were carbed, 1999 to 2003 are FI. They quit selling them new in 2003 in the states and in 2007 everywhere else. I put VFR bars on my 2000 model and lowered the footpegs. I toured all over the place in it using a Ventura rack.
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: Daytona_Mike on April 28, 2017, 02:13:45 pm
Holy Cr@p Jen that is an awesome bike. Congrats on that one. :beerchug: :beerchug:
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: connie_rider on April 28, 2017, 02:36:51 pm
Looks good!!!!

Good to see your posting..
Haven't seen any of your posts in awhile..

Keep us posted on progress...

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: coffee_brake on April 28, 2017, 02:40:17 pm
Great bike, I had one for many years. 1997 and 1998 were carbed, 1999 to 2003 are FI. They quit selling them new in 2003 in the states and in 2007 everywhere else. I put VFR bars on my 2000 model and lowered the footpegs. I toured all over the place in it using a Ventura rack.

which VFR bars fit it? If I could get my upper body up just a bit more, I'd be completely comfortable doing head checks. Right now that's difficult, getting my head around when my shoulders are at that angle.
What's a Ventura rack?
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: Dave Scott on April 28, 2017, 02:45:54 pm
You really need to post some better pictures of that. I got all excited and you left me hanging.

Just like a woman, huh?   :D :rotflmao: :nananana:

Jen...beautiful bike!!!!!   :great: :great: :great:
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: coffee_brake on April 28, 2017, 09:27:16 pm
Jeez y'all, it ain't nothing but a stock bike. Ain't even painted it pink...yet.

Here's the Beastie.
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: Dave Scott on April 29, 2017, 12:50:31 am
yep...need some nice hard bags on that thing!  she looks pretty for her age though!   :great:
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: SilverConnieRider on April 29, 2017, 01:00:59 am
Jeez y'all, it ain't nothing but a stock bike. Ain't even painted it pink...yet.

Here's the Beastie.

Looky there she even has a BRA.

Just like my Busa has.

Enjoy it.
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: connie_rider on April 29, 2017, 01:32:33 am
Move "AWAY" from the spray paint!!

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: seagiant1 on April 29, 2017, 01:55:39 am
Hi,
        I'll keep my C14! :-X

But.....I understand the attraction!!! ;D ;D ;D >:D >:D >:D
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: coffee_brake on April 29, 2017, 03:12:49 am
Hi,
        I'll keep my C14! :-X


Well I ain't getting rid of my C10! Not after all we've been through, and not with how good that bike fits me. It still makes me smile every time we leave the driveway and the rotors never get a chance to rust. That's saying a lot.
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: Bob_C_CT on April 29, 2017, 11:08:28 am
Nice find Jen, I likely. Maybe a radar detector could be mounted on it, ha ha. Friend of mine had one back in the day when it was the fastest production bike.
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: jettawreck on April 29, 2017, 11:29:05 am
Nice find Jen, I likely. Maybe a radar detector could be mounted on it, ha ha. Friend of mine had one back in the day when it was the fastest production bike.

Probably wouldn't help too much. That just looks crazy fast even sitting still. It might be hard to keep a clean driving/riding history very long on that. I think that's a possible ticket magnet but no doubt fun enough to be worth it.
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: Jorge on May 01, 2017, 01:15:59 am
They're beautiful bikes, that's for sure.
But Jen... it's a BLACKbird, not a PINKbird...
Like Ted said... move away from the paint can...and noone gets hurt; especially me
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: funsize on May 01, 2017, 08:29:02 pm
Jeez y'all, it ain't nothing but a stock bike. Ain't even painted it pink...yet.

Here's the Beastie.

I love your new bike!  Good going girl.
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: coffee_brake on May 02, 2017, 02:19:29 am
Jeez y'all, it ain't nothing but a stock bike. Ain't even painted it pink...yet.

Here's the Beastie.

I love your new bike!  Good going girl.
Not even a LITTLE bit of pink?    :engel016:
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: connie_rider on May 02, 2017, 02:57:22 am
Ok,,, OK,,,, OOoooooTayyyyy!!
You win,,

You can have a pink "Key ring"...........   :nananana:

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: IngolfStern on May 06, 2017, 02:24:55 pm
dat motor!

I had one.

It was my first and only bike that went an actual 200 mph.

It took some gear changes and a bit of road, but I got there.

Lemme tell ya - relativity aint no joke. At 200 the wind is a dragon trying to rip you off the seat. Anything not tucked-in gets bitten.

Deer killed it. ****** t-boned me. He lept out of the woods, put his head down, and rammed me while I was cruising south at a gentle 35 mph on 101 near Hoodsport in Washington.

I loved that bike. The engine is like a turbine. I liked the little "UFO" screw thingies.
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: coffee_brake on May 08, 2017, 07:31:43 pm
dat motor!



I loved that bike. The engine is like a turbine. I liked the little "UFO" screw thingies.

lol i thought they were aftermarket! I just got in the manual for this bike. I think I'm gonna keep it!
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: MAN OF BLUES on May 08, 2017, 10:33:12 pm
Jeez y'all, it ain't nothing but a stock bike. Ain't even painted it pink...yet.

Here's the Beastie.

I love your new bike!  Good going girl.
Not even a LITTLE bit of pink?    :engel016:

Hey, go PINK... seriously, its your bike, and think about it.... what ignorant fool would steal it, and hope to get away.... :rotflmao: :)) :)) :))

(https://d1jo0zet24jmxt.cloudfront.net/content/12145/96b9d6e160f4360f07645153d03ff448.jpg)

And after saying that, I wouldn't have an issue of taking it for a test ride..., I'm secure with my gender...heheheheh


(https://resizing.flixster.com/ENKpuWpxcQxAjj_8_oHvQ5NZ3fQ=/300x300/v1.bjszOTYwNDtqOzE3MzI1OzEyMDA7MjA0ODsxNTM2)

Unlike some ney sayers.
 :nananana: :nananana: :nananana: :great: :great:

Great bike girl, just be safe, and welcome to the world of saying... "dayum, I just put that back tire on 3 monthes ago... sheeeshh"

 :great: :great: :motonoises: :great:
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: Jorge on May 09, 2017, 12:42:13 am
Wow Rich...thanks a LOT for those photos; some things should not be seen.
Jen, if you do decide to go pink, It will definitely be you :great:
I know your C10 was done some time ago, but I think it' still cool!
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: coffee_brake on May 15, 2017, 09:34:14 pm
Why do you think I leave the keys in the Connie? No thief would be caught DEAD on "Toothpaste."
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: MAN OF BLUES on May 16, 2017, 12:03:27 am
Why do you think I leave the keys in the Connie? No thief would be caught DEAD on "Toothpaste."

Well, them CrackHead kids ain't always thinking right, and may not have a color spectrum... but PINK is PINK... not toothpaste blue..

Love ya kiddo, me and Dona miss ya, and will hook up when we can get down there....
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: Cap'n Bob on May 17, 2017, 08:44:02 pm
That BlackBird looks really nice in the pictures. I found them to be very comfortable as well as fast. I've ridden a few and found them to be top notch. They were just a little too tucked in and especially the foot pegs for me though. Had I been a little younger and more flexible, I would have went for one. Typical Honda fit and finish was head and shoulders above the Busa and ZX14. Which makes up for the slight power disadvantage. IF they were all still new bikes, I probably would have went with the Honda.

Nice bike Jenn. :great:
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: mtnbandit on May 17, 2017, 11:59:20 pm
   They were referred to as 'A Gentleman's Sport Bike". 
   It was a great motorcycle.   ;)
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: funsize on May 18, 2017, 12:53:34 am
Thanks Rich, I'm  going to have  nightmares tonight after seeing those pics you posted. 
 :)) :)) :))
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: TJ on June 03, 2017, 11:24:17 pm
Had a 2001 Candy Glory Red Blackbird, one of the nicest colors I have ever seen on that bike.   Heli bars helped the ergos for me, 1 of the many bikes I wish I still had. 

Not mine but was identical
(http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b116/brianm767/IMGP9920.jpg)
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: coffee_brake on June 05, 2017, 01:46:06 pm
sweet color. I better stick to black, doesn't stand out so much.  :motonoises:
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: connie_rider on June 05, 2017, 01:47:15 pm
Jenn, which bike are you bringing to the National?
Connie or Blackbird?

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: coffee_brake on June 05, 2017, 02:03:16 pm
Jenn, which bike are you bringing to the National?
Connie or Blackbird?

Ride safe, Ted

Connie--if the cam chain replacement goes right, and quickly.
But I'm gonna throw a rear tire on the Blackbird so it will be able to make the trip, if necessary.
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: WillyP on June 05, 2017, 03:07:04 pm
sweet color. I better stick to black, doesn't stand out so much.  :motonoises:

Toothpaste black!!!
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: coffee_brake on June 06, 2017, 12:39:24 pm
sweet color. I better stick to black, doesn't stand out so much.  :motonoises:

Toothpaste black!!!


Ew... :(
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: WillyP on June 08, 2017, 11:43:49 pm
hmmm... How about Bubblegum Black?


 :))
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: Douglas on June 24, 2017, 09:01:22 pm
Jen, do you really think you're going to ride the C10 again now that you've stepped up to this kind of power? It reminds my of a ZZR1200 I once had. Very sleek look to the Blackbird for sure. I'll be interested to hear if you change the sprocket sizes to change your ratios. If that is carb'd the trick is to pull the pilot welch plugs and turn the screws out to 2 3/4 turns on that bike. BTW: those are damping rod forks. You're going to want to get the internals serviced. That design is the same as the C10.

Welcome to a new level of performance and be safe. See you and your Blackbird at the Wolf?  ;D
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: Jorge on June 25, 2017, 06:22:56 pm
Doug, she's still riding her Connie...
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: coffee_brake on June 26, 2017, 12:58:52 pm
The 'Bird has all the power I want stock, but I'm gonna pick the bars up an inch or so, and re-work the seat for better long distance comfort.

Yeah, Connie is still my number one favorite bike for everything and if I could have only one, it's the C-10. That said, I sure do like the Blackbird as an extra option!
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: parttimer` on June 26, 2017, 01:45:32 pm
Nice ride, I had one in the early 2000's, so smooth and easy to ride.  I had a silver one, just a nice nice ride.  Enjoy!
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: Kelly E on July 14, 2017, 08:40:16 pm
The closest I have been to a Blackbird is installing the rear shock from one on my 84' Honda Sabre. ;D
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: danodemotoman on July 14, 2017, 10:51:33 pm
 Kelly, thinking of a cost effective shock upgrade for mt 85 V65 Sabre. I am a heavy rider. How did it work for you?

The closest I have been to a Blackbird is installing the rear shock from one on my 84' Honda Sabre. ;D
Title: Re: Blackbird
Post by: Kelly E on July 17, 2017, 03:02:58 pm
Dan, I was wondering if I would recognize anybody here. The shock works awesome on the small Sabre since they weigh almost the same as a Blackbird, just half the power. I tested the crap out of it down in Oregon at the V4Musclebike meet up and my Sabre rides like a long sportbike now. ;D I can start rolling on the throttle even before the apex now. I was beating everybody out of the corners, something not normally associated with a small Sabre.  :nananana:
I convinced Elliot(Sugerkryptonite) to use one on his V65 Sabre cafe build instead of the CBR600 shock he was going to use. He said it worked out great. I have it set at 2 on the damping and the preload is about halfway. At the worst you would have to change the spring. :beerchug: