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Blackbird or Hayabusa

Postby kraszus » Wed 06 Feb,2008 20:25

Well folks...I think it's time to graduate from my trusty CBR 600FW. My 600 is still running great, has been used year round in all types of weather for nearly 3 years, has had minimal maintenance, has never let me down... and has been a great companion.

Now, I have a little money to spend and was considering the Hayabusa. Strangely enough, I like the K8 model. However, I have never ridden anything but Hondas and have heard great things about the Blackbird!! I've never ridden anything above 600cc.

Can anyone point out the pro and cons of both bikes.

Bear in mind the bike will be used as a daily commuter in all weather types (about 15miles / day).

She will be used at the weekends for the odd excursion.

I still sometimes scare myself on the 600 hehe...and even after 3 years of daily riding, consider myself a 'learner'.

I plan to buy new, but obviously would consider s/h if the price / condition were right.
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Postby Chuff » Wed 06 Feb,2008 20:40

gotta be the 2008 busa

the blackbird has been around for years mate :wink:
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Postby Iggy » Wed 06 Feb,2008 20:52

Chuff wrote:gotta be the 2008 busa

the blackbird has been around for years mate :wink:


But the Busa is F U G L Y ! ! ! Image

I've only ridden the BlackBird so can't really comment on the Busa..

If push came to shove now.. would I want a Bird?? :dunno:

Big heavy bike that munches rear tyres as a commuter?...
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Postby cbrog » Wed 06 Feb,2008 21:05

Iggy wrote:"If push came to shove now.. would I want a Bird?? :dunno:


Oh how he would not :lol:
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Postby Noodle » Wed 06 Feb,2008 21:30

Neither - Whilst you can do most things on most bikes, some are better at things than others. I think your choices limit you to motorway miles mainly (that's where they live best).

I'd get a BMW GS or KTM Adventurer based on what you'd use it for. The GS is more expensive but doesn't have a chain so can be easier to maintain over the winter months, the KTM is cheaper (by no means lesser though) but has a chain.........both will happily commute, tour and scratch.
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Postby kraszus » Wed 06 Feb,2008 21:47

Yeah...I know that neither the blackbird nor the hayabusa makes 'sensible' choices as a commuter / weekend toy.... but it will be one or the other for me regardless :D

I just can't make up my mind which...

The all-new flashy Hayabusa... or the trusty, established and bulletproof Blackbird?

/boggle
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Postby Chuff » Wed 06 Feb,2008 21:51

bullet proof blackbird :lol:

not been on a dedicated owners forum then :wink:
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Postby Noodle » Wed 06 Feb,2008 22:00

kraszus wrote:Yeah...I know that neither the blackbird nor the hayabusa makes 'sensible' choices as a commuter / weekend toy.... but it will be one or the other for me regardless :D

I just can't make up my mind which...

The all-new flashy Hayabusa... or the trusty, established and bulletproof Blackbird?

/boggle



Boosa then
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Postby kraszus » Wed 06 Feb,2008 22:00

The Blackbird isn't reliable???

Any Honda I've ever owned has been great with regard to reliability. Like I said, I ride daily in all weathers with very scant servicing hehe.

Having said this I've never owned a Blackbird.
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Postby Noodle » Wed 06 Feb,2008 22:02

kraszus wrote:The Blackbird isn't reliable???

Any Honda I've ever owned has been great with regard to reliability. Like I said, I ride daily in all weathers with very scant servicing hehe.

Having said this I've never owned a Blackbird.



They are much of muchness IMO re: build quality...........they're all gonna rust if you ride through the crap weather and don't look after it.
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Postby buzzman » Wed 06 Feb,2008 22:52

Got to be the Bird, the old and new busas are the ugliest bikes on the planet ;)

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Postby Chris » Thu 07 Feb,2008 10:12

Have you ridden them both? Take a test ride and decide for yourself rather than choosing one based on forum opinion!
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Postby wiper » Thu 07 Feb,2008 10:34

Rather have the zzr1400 than those 2, if had to choose would be the busa
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Postby JB » Thu 07 Feb,2008 10:59

Choosing either for commuting you want your head looking at, they'll eat tyres, they're big as a house and besides they're both fugly :shock:

If your using a bike mainly for commuting you want something cheap and reliable, I'd be looking at a Hornet, Fazer, ER-6 or similar, they'll all do the job plus be plenty enough for a weekend tear about.

My 2p anyway :wink:
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Postby andybike » Thu 07 Feb,2008 13:31

JB wrote:Choosing either for commuting you want your head looking at, they'll eat tyres, they're big as a house and besides they're both fugly :shock:

If your using a bike mainly for commuting you want something cheap and reliable, I'd be looking at a Hornet, Fazer, ER-6 or similar, they'll all do the job plus be plenty enough for a weekend tear about.

My 2p anyway :wink:


agree with those options but why not a late model vfr750,excellent all rounder.
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Postby Chuff » Thu 07 Feb,2008 15:00

if you were doing big mileages a day then yeah get a blackbird or a busa ( you can get 8k out of touring tyres. )

but 15 miles a day is nowt - but i would go for a naked - a slow speed drop on a busa or a blackbird can and does cost a fortune to put right.

and try the gtr1400 too.

like chris said - go ride them - but for a 15 mile commute you really dont need a hyper tourer :wink:
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Postby kendo600 » Thu 07 Feb,2008 15:11

yep agree with JB, strange choice of bikes for 7.5 miles each way?

id buy a push bike for that milage, and a real nice bike for playing on at weekends....

....or for the price of an 08 fugusa, get a fazer type bike and a blade for playing on

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Postby kraszus » Sat 09 Feb,2008 16:01

JB wrote:Choosing either for commuting you want your head looking at


Thanks for all the advice folks.

I dont much like naked / half-faired bikes. There is a 954 Blade at my local Honda dealer for
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Postby JB » Sat 09 Feb,2008 16:11

That's a little bit steep for a 954, if you could knock him down a few hundred quid you'd be near enough....same problem though, litre bikes eat tyres, as long as you can live with that then go for the 954, I'd have one of them over the other 2 every time, no question.
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Postby kendo600 » Sat 09 Feb,2008 16:45

and so would I ;)
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