The CB 1100 did not wait for time and schedules to update. Released in 2013, this more vintage than nostalgic roadster listened to the opinions of its first owners. He informed Honda, asked for some small improvements, and was quick to share with customers in 2014 and beyond..
The instrumentation takes the opportunity to gain an engaged gear indicator and an autonomy indicator while the headlight rises 25 mm. New turn signals complete the update.
Is there a place for a big neo-retro roadster in our high-tech world? Oh yes, and more than ever. It will therefore be a real pleasure to see the CB 1100 on the road – a modern reinterpretation of the famous 1969 CB 750 Four. An old-fashioned motorcycle, in style as well as in technique. It gives off an authentic, nostalgic scent, which makes you want to indulge yourself. To believe that it was manufactured in the 70s and that a dealer jealously kept it locked in a padded cellar to bring it out in Europe today. I specify in Europe because this CB 1100 already exists in Japan for several years. A half-novelty in short, but we appreciate it as it is.
The CB 1100 is pure vintage juice, with the quality and current methods. A real croc-en-leg to modern motorcycles, where jostle aluminum frame, abundant digital functions, horses galore and excited style.
The Honda plays elsewhere, on emotion, serenity, the desire for the beauty of the past. A nice round headlight, chrome mudguards, instrumentation with needle counters, a flat saddle, two side shocks, a beautiful tank without artifices or appendages – it’s an ode to the timeless.
On the technical level, the CB 1100 has enough to trigger violent spat between lovers of vintage and fans of progress. The bike is built on the basics of the essential, ignoring the overbidding that rages from streetfighter to hypersport. And we revel in it. With such a silhouette, it is impossible to imagine anything other than this: an ultra classic double steel cradle frame, a non-inverted 41 mm diameter fork, a rocking arm that could not be more basic, an exhaust that looks like an exhaust, narrow tires (110 and 140) on 18-inch rims, and the heart of this bike: an air-cooled four-cylinder.
Ah yes, fins, clicking everywhere once you have switched off the ignition, a wonderful mechanism to watch. How many are left of these 4 legs refusing the multiple benefits of coolant? Apart from the Yamaha XJR 1300, you won’t find any multicylinder that smells like rock, hot, Pink Floyd, jeans and pill..
This engine looks full of charm, even though its specs are light years away from a modern block. 1140 cm3 of metal for less than 90 horsepower at the output … derisory. But we don’t mind the power. What interests us are its cooling fins, which are only 2 mm thick, the thinnest in the history of the Honda range. It is this retro aspect of the cylinder head, whose curves follow the camshafts and the central distribution chain. However, this mill is not an antique. It has been given enough to pass the anti-pollution standards and optimized its cooling with an additional 335 mm oil cooler.
When the curves reveal stratospheric speeds to smack of excessive efficiency on the latest pugnacious roadsters, the engine of the CB 1100 will respond with a much greater availability in daily use: maximum power is obtained at 7,500 rpm, torque still earlier, at 5,000 rpm. Old-school saddle, raised handlebars, natural driving position bordering on relaxed, the CB 1100 will not encourage you to attack but to ride. Want to pick up the pace? Not sure that the machine wants to follow very long. The chassis is not that of a sports car, there are 250 kilos under there, and that is not its philosophy. Rest assured, the level of safety is much higher than that of a machine from the 70s. Three brake discs are present with ABS.
The CB 1100 is a beautiful motorcycle, vintage as we like and frankly welcome. With a little bit of the soul of the 750 Four, it will trigger waves of emotions. But this will come at a price: we are dealing with a Premium type product, and the price for this kind of category is generally far from being the most accessible for a manufacturer. But what class !
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CB 1100 2014
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medium: 5.40 l
about 200 km / h
The technical aspect
Honda CB 1100 2015
- Tank: 14.6 liters
- Width: 835 mm
- Height: 1130 mm
- Wheelbase: 1490 mm
- Weight in running order: 247 kg
- Train before
- Secondary chain transmission
- Rear axle
(73.5 x 67.2 mm)
at 7,500 rpm
at 6,000 rpm