Honda CB1100 2013 review Ash On Bikes

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Honda CB1100 2013

Honda has raised the bar with the new it’s not just the style is retro, the handling and engine been given an old school too.

That’s not to say the bike and bobs through high corners or runs on two cylinders in the but there has been a deliberate to reproduce more than the styling cues with the CB. Honda put experienced engineer Fukunaga in charge of the project, a of how important it was to them, and sure he’s worked retro deep into the bike’s as well as its look.

The CB1100 is to celebrate air-cooled Honda generally, rather than any one in particular, and there are plenty of visual cues. The exhaust at the 1970s 400-Four, the tail-light and dials are generic seventies the wheels are Comstar inspired, the are chromed and the engine has the look of the air-cooled, DOHC models as the CB900F, largely due to the widely camshafts with their end caps.

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But there’s a lot more to it. The fins for example are a thin 2mm in at their tips, as they to be three decdes ago, in to enhance that seventies but also because these and ping characteristically when the cooling after a hard run and sure enough, they do. On one and two, the inlet valves slightly earlier than on three and four, a move to give the engine a slighly lumpier feel in imitation of designs.

The chassis revives narrow and bigger wheels, using a front and 140mm rear on 18 rims, and the Metzelers fitted a single radius profile, as tyres used to. The geometry is old too, with a 27 degree angle, long 1490mm wheelbase and 114mm (4.49in) You also get twin shocks and a steel double cradle although a closer look the tubes are much thicker they would have 30-odd years ago.

The hides plenty of modern despite its retro appearance. As as the staggered intake timing, are air vents through the head and routed oilways inside it, all to keep the spark plugs Heat dispersion within the is helped by the use of all-aluminium barrels sintered aluminium sleeves, and older Honda fours, are four valves per cylinder.

The two exhaust pipes exit at an so they can clear the two frame

The relatively low power output of (85PS, 66kW) means the is not highly stressed, so even this is Honda’s first new four for 20 years, it passes all and predicted emissions regulations. No carburettors though, so the CB gets 36mm throttle bodies fuel injection. The bore and dimensions are less oversquare current practice generally, at x 67.2mm, a ratio of 0.914 with 0.753 for the Fireblade.

Theer are plenty of neat like the fuel tank being made narrow so you see the engine below when on the bike, and the brakes are Honda’s ‘hubless’ disc design, the front discs are attached to the wheel rather than on a carrier. This gives the end a cleaner look. Like the light, the indicators have a look, and you also get helmet on each side of the seat, like old bikes used to — there’s even a stand, remember those?

The has been available in Japan for years now but there are significant in the European version’s spec, a wider air cleaner aperture, no in the silencer and revised fuel settings, which together given the engine a substantial in torque below 3,000rpm.

wouldn’t matter on a lot of bikes, but the has the most tractable engine ever used. Even in gear (top) I found I was lower and lower revs, because the engine was comfortable it, until as an experiment I let the revs to 500rpm, and still the bike away without a hint of protest and strongly enough for riding. That’s half the speed!

As an experiment I left the in top gear across one of the small we rode through, which some red traffic lights and where I had to stop, and aside a little more clutch than usual it coped fine.

This is very much a low and engine, as you’d expect, and strong and responsive here threatening to rip your arms But the bike overtakes cars little need to drop a and gets fast enough to be and stretch the chassis. Some of tingling vibration come and go as the rise, but there’s nothing although at some steady speeds you could end up with the odd digit.

This isn’t an generally though, and the engine have a pleasing, gravelly that’s a more welcome from the past. Spin it the red line above 9,000rpm and it flat, but that’s not what the is about, and it has enough muscle for but harder sports riding, with, ironically, more than the original four-cylinder whcih inspired it.

Honda a fuel consumption figure of (18.2km/l, 5.49l/100km, 42.8mpg US) in riding, which wasn’t to check on the presentation, but generally I get 10-12 per cent less Honda’s claims so 45mpg is a expectation, and it could be better. would mean a range of 145 (230km), which will be for many buyers but some find it restrictive, especially venturing on the longer trips the bike is perfectly capable of. going to put a few people off, for sure.

Comfort is good after a day in the seat caused me no problems and the forward lean and spacious position are fine for most of riding. The seat is low — the figure is 31.3in (795mm) but the tank and front part of the help in reaching the ground

In keeping with the attention to the general finish is outstanding, the deep, liquid gloss of the paint. This comes in red or black and looks stunning in red in the while many other are deep chrome, polished or a high quality plastic. The is that Honda really about this bike, as if it’s flying the flag for the heritage they’ve needed to put in extra effort.

What riders might not get on with is the handling, simply because so different to what they’re to. All those retro chassis have had an effect and the feel is different as a result. The steering is light, which is fine for around town but there’s feel in the straight ahead while the bike rolls a turn with disconcerting then changes direction

It’s all a bit odd unless you’ve had of seventis bikes, in which there’s something familiar it. What you don’t get though is the feeling of lots of mass around the headstock that bikes used to have, the instead having excellent at low speeds which also it around town. It steers too, just occasionally at a tendency to drop into at lower speeds which really seems to materialise.

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The suspension meanwhile works well, getting just a choppy on bumpy roads at speeds but providing a really and sometimes plush ride the rest of the time. There’s retro about the brakes which have plenty of with decent feedback and ABS as

Honda says its research has many customers will be interested in classic bikes but who want the hassle and reliability of riding a 30 or 40 year-old machine. little doubt the CB1100 be utterly dependable, and it will meet the desire for some even as a pastiche of a range of machines, as the lineage is clear and the excellent.

What surprises people though is how many are going for this kind of — it’s the same Bonnevilles and the W800, as these are many new riders think of as like proper motorbikes. The does the same.

Another is how few accessories Honda has produced. The is lining up to do the same job as the Bonneville and for Triumph and Kawasaki, the Monster for or even the Sportster for Harley, yet you can buy a handful of bits and bobs for it, these other machines, the European and American ones, whole catalogues of extras.

though is still uncertain sales, which is why the bike has not come to Europe until and the company’s rich heritage had the same appeal here as the grown brands’. But if any bike can that, it’s the CB1100. a handsome machine in its own right, it has all the styling cues but it also some real character with hints of the feel and of an older machine.

The fact that some actively didn’t like it, as to be being unmoved either to me confirms Fukunaga has done an good job here. The big fear was the CB1100 would be bland and but instead it’s evoked and opinions in people. I happen to it a lot and particularly appreciate the care and to detail that’s gone the engineering as well as the styling.

tested: Honda CB1100

UK £8,950

Available: March

Engine: in line, four air cooled, dohc 12v,

Power: 84bhp (85PS, @ 7,500rpm

Torque: 69b.ft @ 5,000rpm

Honda CB 1100 Customize Concept
Honda CB 1100 Customize Concept
Honda CB 1100 Customize Concept

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