Friday Forum Foraging: The Honda Blackbird Sport-Tourer

Troy Siahaan
by Troy Siahaan

This Blackbird is ready to take you anywhere. Fast.

If it weren't for the Suzuki Hayabusa, the Honda Blackbird would be far better known. A case of bad timing, I guess. Still, that doesn't take away from the fact the Blackbird was, and still is, one fast motorcycle. And much like the 'Busa, with the right accessories, it makes for one hell of a sport-touring rig, too. This is the perfect example.

As you can see in the photos, this 1999 'Bird has been tastefully modded to get you from one coast to the other super comfortably. And quickly, too. The tall touring screen will deflect a lot of the air away from you (though it might be a little hard to see through at night), while the saddlebags and top case will haul all your stuff. Plus, you can ride in comfort thanks to that plush seat. It seems like the total package, and it only has 37,000 miles. That's nothing for a Honda. At $4,800, if you're looking for a capable sport-touring rig, this might be your ride. Below is a copy of the seller's ad. To see the full listing, go to our sister site, where you can also reach out to the seller.

Legendary Honda Blackbird in the best color... BLACK! Silky smooth power modded to be a comfortable hyper-tourer. Throttle is directly connected to the smile on your face! I wouldn't hesitate to ride this bike anywhere. Clutch friction and steel plates replaced 1 month ago. Clutch slave cylinder rebuilt at the same time. Fluids changed regularly. Bike is perfect mechanically and good condition cosmetically. Nicks and rubs here and there.

I've ridden mostly in NC...mountains to coast. Commute on it often. Thinning the herd.

Greensboro, NC (Fly and ride, GSO or RDU airport)

37,000 Miles

$4,800 Cash

Fuel injected

Lowered foot pegs front and rear

Two brothers exhaust

Zero gravity touring windscreen

Corbin seat with backrest

SW Motech racks with Givi top and side bags (Bags and racks come off in seconds!)

Convertibars handlebar risers

Extra length control cables

Rear tire hugger

Front fender extender

Ohlins rear shock

Manual cam chain tensioner

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Troy Siahaan
Troy Siahaan

Troy's been riding motorcycles and writing about them since 2006, getting his start at Rider Magazine. From there, he moved to Sport Rider Magazine before finally landing at in 2011. A lifelong gearhead who didn't fully immerse himself in motorcycles until his teenage years, Troy's interests have always been in technology, performance, and going fast. Naturally, racing was the perfect avenue to combine all three. Troy has been racing nearly as long as he's been riding and has competed at the AMA national level. He's also won multiple club races throughout the country, culminating in a Utah Sport Bike Association championship in 2011. He has been invited as a guest instructor for the Yamaha Champions Riding School, and when he's not out riding, he's either wrenching on bikes or watching MotoGP.

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  • Rendell Dolan Rendell Dolan on Aug 19, 2023

    I remember this motorcycle well. It was the ZX-11 Ninja killer according to some comparisons of the two machines. I would like to have a Blackbird NOW in 2023. The new model of motorcycles have too many electronic gadgets which I am not a fan of. Look at a simple machine like the Ducati Scrambler, they messed it up with all the tech in my opinion. I know some people love the flat screens for a speedo and tachometer. I prefer the pure motorcycle experience that I fell in love with long ago.

  • Fkat28 Fkat28 on Aug 20, 2023

    What a Beautiful examples of the CBR1100xx. I used own a silver one 10 years ago. If you are local (calif), I'd be so interested.