2013 Honda CB1100 – First Ride Rider Magazine

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2013 Honda CB1100 – Ride

Greg Drevenstedt

16, 2012

When I was a young my father introduced me to the joys of Dad would take my brother and me on rides in the country aboard his CB750 Four. In the late I was too young to know or care the significance of the CB750, that its in-line four cylinder with overhead camshaft become one of the most popular configurations of the late 20th that its electric starter, front disc brake and quality were ahead of time, and that the enormous from this model Honda to launch its automotive

The Honda CB1100 was shown at the Tokyo Motor Show.

No, all I cared about was how exhilarating it to ride on that motorcycle, my larger-than-life father at the controls.

forward three decades. 2009 and I’m the Road Test for Rider . in Japan for the Tokyo Show and the world press of the Honda VFR1200F. On display in the booth is the CB1100, a modern of the legendary CB750. It stood throwback to another time in a sea of concept bikes.

The CB1100 was in Japan and Australia, but the rest of the had to wait.

A week before Honda announced that it bring the CB1100 to the U.S. for and released details and pricing, I had a to ride one—the only model currently on our shores. The was brief, no more than 30 and mostly on traffic-choked streets Los Angeles, but it was enough to get my juices

The Honda CB1100 features injection, triple disc with optional ABS and modern

Honda calls the CB1100’s “timeless,” which is another way of that the original CB750 looks good and provides of inspiration for an homage. Front and is the 1,140cc air-/oil-cooled in-line engine with dual camshafts, four valves per and four polished header that converge into a chrome muffler on the right

Old-school touches abound, the 18-inch mag wheels and wide, seat to the chrome on the fenders, mirrors, turn signals and around the round headlight and gauges. Even the blast-from-the-past rear shocks are finished in

Aside from styling, the is very much a 21st motorcycle. It features Programmed Injection with an automatic circuit, digital transistorized with electronic advance, disc brakes of contemporary with optional ABS and Bridgestone radial tires.

Sitting on the took me straight back to my Dad sold his CB750 long I was old enough to ride it myself, a rivaled only by the fact my grandmother sold her red Oldsmobile 442 before I got my driver’s license. I the starter and the in-line four up quickly, ran at fast idle for a few and then settled into a hum.

It clicked easily into the of five gears with a pull on the cable-actuated clutch

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The Honda CB1100 provides a no-frills riding experience.

out of Honda’s sprawling campus in the power was smooth and linear. Honda won’t divulge horsepower figures, but we’ve reports of the high 80s from For a motorcycle with an 1,140cc and a 540-pound curb weight 549 for the ABS model), it won’t blow socks off, but it isn’t to do so.

The CB750 may have been the production superbike, but these Honda’s CBR line handles duties, thank you very

The CB1100 feels solid, and it the sort of relaxed comfort expect from a re-imagined The 31.3-inch seat height and mid-mount foot pegs plenty of leg room, and the reach to the is relaxed. There’s no windscreen or to divert the wind around body, but that’s part of the

Simple, elemental.

Climbing a road up to Palos Verdes, the steering was neutral and the steel frame felt reassuringly No hinge in the middle, no wallowing The brakes provided plenty of power, but the suspension—adjustable only for preload—felt bouncy and underdamped.

has nailed it with the CB1100. It respect to the motorcycle that put it on the map and the company’s long line of models. Cue the nostalgic emotions of of Baby Boomers who rode CB models throughout the ‘70s and

The CB1100’s 3.9-gallon fuel comes in Candy Red only, and the will be available in March for $9,999 ($10,999 for ABS).


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