‘They call it the RothBird’
HONDA CBR1100XX JASON NEWELL
“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!”