Olly Hamilton

Production history Production of the Blackbird began in 1996 and halted in 2007. Imports to North America ended in 2003 but sales continued in Europe until 2007. Major changes to the Blackbird were introduced in 1999, when Honda switched from carburetors to PGM fuel injection. The 2001 Blackbird received an LCD instrument cluster. Since then, mostly the color schemes have changed but changes to the exhaust and fuelling systems have been made to meet emission standards and maintain or improve fuel efficiency. Specific variations to the initial model are: 1998 Modification to the thermostat housing. The other changes are minor. 1999 Major update. • PGM FI fuel injection system is introduced. • Ram-air system is introduced. It provides engine with more air at high speeds (above 200 km/h or 120 mph) using aerodynamic pressure, thus raising power output to a claimed 164 bhp (122 kW) at 9,500 rpm (at the crank). • Revised linked brakes with altered proportioning between front and rear. • Fuel tank capacity is increased from 22 to 24 litres. • The choke lever is removed from the left side switch assembly as it is no longer necessary. • To accommodate the ram air tubes, the oil cooler becomes lower and wider. • The inner and outer fork bushings are wider, changing the fork lowers and sliders. • The sidestand warning light on the instrument cluster becomes the FI warning light. • The wide part of the front axle (left side) becomes 10 mm longer, which makes the left-front axle space 10 mm shorter. • The two bulbs in the tail light are vertically aligned, in previous years they were side by side. • Front wheel hub is enlarged, the brake rotors are changed. • The ignition switch is changed, and the keys are longer. • The rotor carriers, stator cover and clutch cover are a light titanium color. • The number of clutch plates is reduced from nine to seven. • The rear inner fender changes shape to accommodate additional electronics. • Manufacturer's power and torque figures are 164 hp (122.3 Kw) and 91.5 ft-lbs (124 Nm) 2000 No changes Only available in titanium in the USA, other colours such as candy blue available in other markets. 2001 New dashboard now has a digital speedometer and other indicators, except tachometer, which is now in center of dashboard. Only available in slow red in the USA, other colours available in other markets. 2002 New EFI mapping to comply with emission standards and eliminate abrupt throttle response at low speeds. Manufacturer's power and torque figures reduced to 152 hp (113.3 Kw) and 87.8 ft-lbs (119 Nm) Only available in Silver 2003 Only available in Black in the USA, other colours available in other markets. 2005 Honda factory manual states fuel tank capacity is 23 liters. 2007 Australian models receive ABS brakes and available in black