1983 Honda CB1100F

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Honda CB 1100 F
Honda CB 1100 F

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Claimed power: 108hp @

Top speed: 144mph (period

Engine type: 1,062cc 16-valve air-cooled transversely-mounted four

Weight (wet):

Price then / now: / $2,000-$4,000

Between 1969 and Honda rolled out an amazing of four-cylinder bikes. The legendary CB750 got the wheels rolling, everything from the little Four to the middleweight CB500/550. Yet as as it was, by 1978 the CB750 was a little long in the tooth, a that eventually led to the development of the Honda CB1100F.

Rivals Suzuki and Kawasaki were all more technically exciting and Honda needed to catch up. To the market’s attention, Honda its legendary CB750 a comprehensive equipping the 1979 CB750 an up-to-date dual overhead cam with four valves per that improved the breed

Taking off

Sales of the new DOHC available both in Super and K variations, surged as buyers appreciated the added power and of the new engine. The Super Sport was as the “F” model while the dressier wore the “K” badge. Ergonomics on flavors were improved the previous iterations, and the new bikes complete with a host of and cosmetic enhancements.

Yet the horsepower were in full fight, and the public, being what it is, viewed even the twin cam 750 as more power. New models Suzuki and Kawasaki in particular, more powerful engines and quarter-mile times, also move Honda’s progress

1980 saw the introduction of Honda’s a cruiser-style four that a five-speed, dual-range gearbox a low range for boulevard cruising and a range for stretching out, on the highway. Although using the developed from the then Honda CB900F. which was a further development of the twin cam the “C” models were pitched to the Crowd, offering a more perch and less sporty

A harbinger of things to come when Honda finally the CB900F to the U.S. lineup for The enlarged Super Sport more power than the and delivered an even sportier The CB900F (as well as the 900C) for 1982 with few changes to the year’s model.

Meanwhile, the rest of Japan’s Big were keeping busy ever larger and more bikes. The Kawasaki GPz1100, GS1100 and the Yamaha XS1100 bigger, faster machines, and were beginning to throw the into the shadows. Although riders thought the CB900F was the 1100s were nearly a faster in the quarter mile.

not, Honda had a decision to about which path it take to meet and beat the which was eroding Honda’s image.

Several options bandied around, but the engineers at chose to bring a new bike to the without reinventing the wheel. based on the CB900F, the CB1100F enhancements that would it an entirely different beast.

the CB1100F

In the early 1980s, technology was still fairly Most bikes used steel crade frames of the common for the previous 20 years or so. super-rigid extruded frames still a few years away, yet who rode them fast the CB1100F didn’t flex or when pressed hard.

Thanks go to the CB1100F’s extra gusseting, revised frame and properly chosen components larger forks, mag wheels and a swingarm riding on needle

The 1100F’s 1,062cc mill was an design taking advantage of Honda had learned with the 750 and 900 that came before it. and surprisingly free-revving given its long 69mm …, the and not especially lightweight CB1100F pounds-plus with a full of fuel) could reach in first gear, and you could 80 in second.

In a three-way shootout the CB1100F, Kawasaki GPz1100 and GS1100ES, Cycle magazine off a standing-start quarter mile in seconds at 121.78mph aboard the That was slightly slower the GPz1100 and GS1100ES (10.8 and seconds, respectively), but the upside of the longish … was impressive grunt for real-world riding.

The of the engine was draped in black, as was fashionable, with a few spots of alloy to offset the darkness. in an evil shade of gloss chrome, the four-into-two exhaust was a touch on the 1100F’s red, and blue (or if you preferred, red, and black) paint scheme. A of four 33mm Keihin meted out the fuel and air blend rivaling some of today’s setups.

Final drive came via which remains the norm for bikes today. Shaft may be quieter and require less but it also robs power, Honda couldn’t allow this bike. The five-speed was generally well regarded, some riders complained of shift quality, and a few thought the needed even stiffer springs than it already borrowed as it was from the CB900F.

it up

Suspension on the 1100 was a nice of form and function. The front were built around (for the period) 39mm and featured air-assist and three-way Honda’s TRAC system Reactive Anti-dive Control) anti-dive valving to give stopping distances without the

The brake pads used on the end had beveled edges to deliver response to the anti-dive hardware.

spring shocks kept the in line and were also for compression, spring preload and damping. The CB1100F was often into duty as a sport mount and the adjustable suspension, with very cool handlebars, allowed the rider to his CB to his preference when long in the saddle arose.

Speaking of the saddle on the 1100 was a spacious yet it sat almost half an inch to the tarmac due to the use of smaller hoops and aft. Supplanting the Comstar used on the CB900F, the CB1100F on cast wheels, an 18-incher at the and a 17-incher at the rear. Beefy Mag Mopus rubber stretched both wheels, providing of grip regardless of how hard you to mimic your favorite racer.

While more powerful the 900 (up almost 20hp), it also about eight pounds fully fueled. It was, weight the CB1100F’s extra quickly swallowed. Although the claimed 108 horsepower, Cycle dyno pegged the 1100F at real world horsepower; for almost 145mph before the was over.

On its own

Unique features of the CB were the small fork-mounted fairing and the cluster of gauges behind it. At speed the fairing help to move some of the around the rider, but offered no protection in inclement weather. The of the body work, including tank, duck-tail spoiler and covers, was fairly typical fare when compared to the CBs had come before.

Color were Pearl Shell and Candy Pearl Maui Red black accents, or the same White with Candy Capiolani Blue and red accents. choice was striking.

At the time of its in the States, the CB1100F carried a tag of only $3,698, which, compared to the features, power and all performance of the machine was deemed a bargain by pundits of the day. The that it outperformed nearly other liter machine in its was only icing on the cake.

Honda continued to build fitted with inline engines, but the Honda CB1100F all but a few in the years to follow. Each model borrowed something those that came allowing Honda to constantly their product line being forced to begin a blank slate.

Although owned a number of earlier inline fours, the CB1100F has so far my personal grasp. Assuming I win the perhaps some day I can finally one home. I’ll be sure to an open space in the garage. MC


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