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My FI tank is 6.3 gallons and I have never had a problem with my 2001 PGM FI. Nor with my linked brakes... especially after flushing them and finding out that my rear pedal had some air in there. Now I can push it and the bike noticeably slows down! Still interesting perspective. Although I wouldn't call the CCT a problem as at 25,000 miles mine is fine and it's an easy fix to put in a new one.
https://www.bennetts.co.uk/bikesocial/classic-bikesocial/buying-advice/which_bike_have_you_nearly_bought_blackbird

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This is just someone saying what they think of the BB, mentioning a few facts and saying what you should look for when buying a 20 year old bike. Useful of you're looking to buy one but not really a review.
"When Honda fuel-injected the CBR in 1999 their PGM system was ok, but not quite as smooth as it would become in a few years time"
That might be, mine is a 2000 and I haven't tried a newer one, but it's still just as good as the few other bikes I've driven from the same time.
 

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06, All stock, 78,000 kays, Chucked it down the road at 75,000 kays, Nothing wrong with the bike, Insurance writeoff, Repairs were worth more than the bike was,
13 year old bike, Cost me one battery, Honda dont make batterys,
Demo model, Bought with 354 Kays on the clock,

05, 105,000 kays, 14 year old bike, All stock, Cost me a front fork seal at around 90,000 kays, Did the slides while I was in there, one wheel bearing,
3 sets of Chinese Fairings, One Broken shoulder, Shit tyres, one broken collar bone, Extreme fun and sand across a hair pin, Hahahaha
Honda dont make seals, slides or Tyres,
Bought with 40,000 kays on the clock,

The linked brakes are grouse, I love them,
PITA till I figured out how to bleed them properly, Bit of a struggle doing them on my own,
Rear pedal is solid and works instantly, Not that I use it very often,
Front lever is solid and works instantly also,

Loom fix, CCT, R&R, Still original on both bikes, I use Dino Oil and 91 Octane on both,
 

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Nah mate.... stick with 95...... 91 carbons the cylinder head more than 95/98 - the BB will run ok on 91 (non ethanol) but it runs better on 95.

98 is not worth the extra cost.

I've heard some say if you mix 91 & 95 (alternate 1/2 tank top ups etc) you get better fuel mileage...... but I don't know if this is true or just a coincidence.

long term, your motor will love you if you mostly run good non ethanol 95 octane (I've found Caltex has been the best here in Queensbloodyland with BP suspected of putting ethanol in their 98, and lately Shell 95 seems to be a bit stale...... might just have been unlucky last time and got some old fuel).

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To quote the article; "
Plenty of early Birds were crashed because the linked brakes and soft suspension, without ABS make it easier to lock the front wheel than on many other bikes." I think the author needs to get his hand out of his trousers and back on the keyboard. Way too many knobs in motoring journalism typing shit.
 

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I thought it was a typical " a little knowledge is dangerous" article !
Baring in mind it was written by/or for Bennett s then I will say no more !!
 

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06 and 05 owners books that came with my Birds both stated 91 octane,

But you can run it on 95, 98, 110, ethanol, Diesel, kerosene, turps, Metho, Its you bike, Run it on what ever you think is best for you,
Its you that will be paying for the rebuild of your motor,
 

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personally i dint get much out of the reading , i have learned more from the guys on this site :)

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Of course and so have I. I thought it was interesting to get someone's view who doesn't own one and has other bikes. Me I own one and love it. I have other bikes. I don't agree with everything he said. But interesting to hear. I upgraded my suspension but the brakes are stock and will stay linked as I don't race.

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