‘They call it the RothBird’

HONDA CBR1100XX JA­SON NEWELL

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“THIS BIKE IS the rea­son I have grey hair and the rea­son I love bikes! It’s a 1997 Su­per Black­bird with a few cheeky mods to help her bloody a few sports­bike noses.

“Apart from the Roth­mans paintscheme in­spired by the VF1000R and NS400R, she has a 1998 Blade shock, with an 8mm spacer to lift the rear a tad, up­rated lin­ear-rate fork springs, with heav­ier weight oil, and since this pic­ture was taken the brakes have been de-linked, too.

“My next project is to put her on a diet as she’s still a bit of a fat lass. Sim­ply throw­ing away the stan­dard ex­hausts and re­plac­ing them with a pair of SP Engi­neer­ing cans saves sev­eral ki­los.

“As it stands, with the sus­pen­sion mods and sticky Met­zel­ers fit­ted, she han­dles way bet­ter than she should – which makes my favourite game of ‘chase the sports­bike’ loads of fun!”

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