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Old 06-05-2012, 09:24 AM   #41
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LOL, guess the 2012 GSXR 1K is borderline obsolete already.

Yea. Suzuki really needs to get their together.
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Old 06-05-2012, 09:58 AM   #42
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I've reconsidered my earlier response.

Yes, it's obsolete...as a favor I will take it off your hand for $100.

Really, it's a stretch, but I feel I can do you this one favor, this one time.


Let em know when to pick it up....
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Old 06-05-2012, 12:08 PM   #43
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That is a pretty sweet bike buddy! It stands out, and like the previous posts stated...that's what you want!
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Old 06-05-2012, 04:04 PM   #44
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IMHO, a bike shouldn't be considered obsolete until the bike can no longer keep up with the rider's abilities. That being said, pretty much no bike is truly obsolete for the majority of us. Newer bikes are just prettier with more fancy bits on them.


Take the money one would spend on a new bike and invest it in riding classes and then the bike won't matter.

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Old 06-05-2012, 07:18 PM   #45
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If the Blackbird is obsolete, then the entire HD production over the past 60yrs were all obsolete.

Maybe with the exception of the Vrod.
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Old 06-05-2012, 09:59 PM   #46
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If the Blackbird is obsolete, then the entire HD production over the past 60yrs were all obsolete.

Maybe with the exception of the Vrod.
No one denies that.
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Old 06-05-2012, 10:14 PM   #47
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the xx aint going anywhere. i was just wondering what everyone thought. it has a few tricks to it. Just dont take it lightly.
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this whole thread is obsolete..... making me obsolete......
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Old 06-06-2012, 12:49 AM   #49
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I <3 my obsolete bike.

Banana seat, carbs, heavy.

And one sweet ride.
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Old 06-06-2012, 02:36 AM   #50
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If have to get an 01 or later though so I could get fuel injection.

They are smooth riding bikes with plenty of power. You can get good deals on black birds when you find them available.

99 was the start of fuel injection.

I still love the Blackbird. I did a ride with a Blackbird group in Eureka Springs last month, don't let anyone tell you they are slow. The bike was way ahead of it's time!! Some of the smoothest power you'll ever feel, fit and finish get high marks, the link brake system work very well. To bad Honda didn't keep building on it..... I would buy a new one tomorrow!!
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Just dont take it lightly.
why not?
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Old 06-08-2012, 01:44 PM   #52
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Cool still looks good

If you dont think think this is a mean bike you crazy.
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My bike is 10 years old, has 35K miles on her, is obsolete (production ended in 04 and has note been updated since) and I still get lots of compliments on her.

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Old 06-08-2012, 03:05 PM   #54
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Well built bikes...smooth power..comfortable ..If you can ride it and handle it better than the guy with the 2012 bikes ..who really gives a ...unless you care about the way it looks and the date it was manufactured..

IMO..if ..in 2013 a bike manufacturer provides a factory bike/ street legal bike with turbo 250hp...abs, traction control, built in gps and radar detector/ lazer jammer/ and ask "siri" options...I still would not consider the rest of the bikes "obsolete". Extra feateres on a bike are attractive to certain people..not all...
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i ride a tl1000s, and most people think i shortened a busa and ripped the lower fairings off, or put a harley motor in my gixxer, etc. its old, its bulky, but its mine, not something you see everyday, blackbirds def not obsolete. sick bike!
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Well built bikes...smooth power..comfortable ..If you can ride it and handle it better than the guy with the 2012 bikes ..who really gives a ...unless you care about the way it looks and the date it was manufactured..

IMO..if ..in 2013 a bike manufacturer provides a factory bike/ street legal bike with turbo 250hp...abs, traction control, built in gps and radar detector/ lazer jammer/ and ask "siri" options...I still would not consider the rest of the bikes "obsolete". Extra feateres on a bike are attractive to certain people..not all...

blackbird still has carbs.... face it. it is obsolete. still a fun bike and very functional, but dated
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Old 06-09-2012, 07:32 AM   #58
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There are a lot of really good models that are obsolete because of the whims of the marketplace and/or mechanical issues (like emissions) that were too costly to re engineer based on sales when a model just didn't find it's niche market as hoped.

Another reason can also be the print media. Some bikes like the Blackbird had iffy reviews in the US because they weren't 'focused' sportbikes (not cutting edge, too heavy, too big and etc.) while European publications often presented to readers where and how the model could fit into a buyer's wants. A term oft used was "real world sportbike" which now is more or less the realm of sport tourers.

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Old 06-09-2012, 07:40 AM   #59
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As long as parts are still being manufactued/support, it's not obsolete. Fuel injection means nothing. , German WWII warbirds had FI. Doesnt make them current "tech".


Parts accessability, determines the "obsolete" factor. Dated? maybe. obsolete? no.




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Old 06-09-2012, 07:40 AM   #60
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The Blackbird came to be as an evolution of the CBR1000f which started its run from 1987. It was refined to a point of being a "boring" 170mph motorcycle even though it is was the flagship for Honda. Compared to any new 1000cc or bigger bike it is a turtle. They are a great motorcycle and stone reliable, just lacks the fun factor.
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