Reader Feedback: Honda CBR1100XX Vs. Kawasaki ZZ-R1200
Torrance, California, September 29, 2002 --These two lovelies were both cutting-edge big bikes built for the top-speed battles of the mid-1990s, until a bike named after a falcon called the Hayabusa came along and changed motorcycle history like only a small percentage of models ever do. It effectively relegated bikes like the venerable Blackbird and the ZX-11 (aka ZZ-R1100 in Europe) to second-tier status and opened up the market for other wacky shenanigans from Nippon, like the ZX-12R and the GSX-R1000. One of the side effects of all this activity was an unofficial high-speed moratorium put into effect in 2000 with a lid of 300kph/186mph rumored to be the "gentlemen'sagreement" among the major bike manufacturers (much like the 155mph top speed limit agreed upon by most European car makers).
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