Blackbird

Name: Roger Beedham From: Nottinghamshire Riding for: 50 Years

Price paid for the bike: £6000 in 2002 from Germany

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What type of riding do you do:  Fast touring

Tell us about the engine: It’s very, very quick and reliable, yet still manages to be really smooth.

What’s the chassis like? The Honda Blackbird chassis gives very good del, though it’s heavy compared to today’s machines.

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What’s it like to ride? It’s really comfy, allowing me to cover 500 miles in a day with no problems. The only parts I’ve replaced have been the usual wear and tear items, like pads, chains, tyres etc. I keep on top of the electrical connections to prevent them corroding, and keep an eye on the regulator/rectifier to avoid damage to the battery etc.

If it was still being made, I’d buy another tomorrow!

Give us three good points: Speed; comfort; good build quality

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And three bad ones: Poor electrics; suspension a bit soggy; expensive spare parts.

More info: Website

 

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