Conceived as a love letter to Honda’s most loyal home-market customers by executives who yearned for the halcyon days of the company’s 1969 CB750 ur-Superbike, the CB1100 stands out from the retro pack in two significant respects. Road & Track participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means we may get paid commissions on editorially chosen products purchased through our links to retailer sites.

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The CB1100, brought to Europe in 2013, met a growing demand for a modern Honda motorcycle that paid homage to the company’s legendary four-cylinder past. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at, The New Toyota Supra Should Have Been an SUV, Factory GT Cars are Replacing Homebrew Racers, How Chrysler's Aging Sedans Compare to The Accord, The Challenger, Charger and 300 Could Live Forever, Motorsports Resolutions to Get You Racing in 2019, The Lexus GS-F Will Be a Major Future Collectible. The Yamaha XSR900 is basically the FZ-09 upright sportbike made-over to look like it came out of a Portland cafe-racer shop. CB1100 Preview. Which is not to say that said steps were unnecessary.

Just visit your local motorcycle dealer.

The CB1100 is styled as a Universal Japanese Motorcycle. That’s fine for me, because when I was sixteen years old in 1988 I’d have shed blood for a Nighthawk. Total damage to the bike: about two hundred bucks.

We picked up one of the new CB1100 EXs from Honda last week, and so far we’re impressed with its higher level of finish and new suspension with better control. The places that used to switch off the “Vacancy” light when Peter Egan arrived to tear up the town now aggressively court the touring riders who travel in brightly-colored phalanxes of thirty-thousand-dollar V-Twins. When I arrive on the big round-headlamp Honda, it’s like I’ve become David Lee Roth in the “Panama” video. BMW’s got the RnineT. There are still some pretty rough dudes out there on two wheels, but over the past few decades the character of the typical motorcycle owner has changed significantly. A local Good Samaritan stood it upright and it started right up. The 2017 model was updated with front and back LED lights, a new lighter exhaust, a seamless fuel tank made of pressed aluminum, and the addition of a slipper clutch. The real problem with the bike, however, and the reason that Honda discontinued the CB1100 at the end of 2014 after just two years in our market, was that it wasn’t retro enough.

I have some odd neighbors.) That kind of money can’t get you a decent Japanese-brand used compact with 75,000 miles on the clock but it will get you this finely-crafted jewel of a traditional aircooled Japanese standard.

Ducati’s hottest model at the moment is the unassuming Scrambler, a dog-slow exercise in Starbucks-centric posing. Ensconced in special all-weather leg blanketry cover thing. The Yamaha’s engine has its design roots somewhere in the Jurassic period. I can't find it on the honda website at all.. Our product picks are editor-tested, expert-approved. My wife suspects nothing when I take a sportbike across the state for the whole day but if I’m ten minutes late from a lunch meeting on the CB1100 I have to endure a time-and-expenses audit that would make an IRS auditor blush. A similar treatment has been applied to Kawasaki’s Z900 to create the Z900RS.