For years, only the streamlined version of the CB 1300 has remained. The big roadster, which has won over many fans of big torque and generous mechanics at the same time as it filled with enthusiasm with its dynamic qualities, made its passengers dream of the open sea..
But, wait, watch, scrutinize, appeal to your memories. This CB 1300 S, it calls out to you. Can’t take that thought out of my mind "I’ve seen her before somewhere, she reminds me…" And it does not come. But this line, these colors, this graphics, it is…
A tribute to the famous CB 1100 R Bol d’or! One of the best machines of its time. With this bike, Honda makes us relive its past and immerses us in the superbikes of the 80s. The design office has done things right: check out the lateral shapes of the fork crown, with its small orïventilation systems; block on the colors that takes you straight into 1983; Tear off a tiny bit of retina on the golden brake calipers. It’s beautiful, and it rocks your brains.
This top of the fairing, in addition to strongly affirming the personality of the CB 1300, will allow you to travel with more enthusiasm and serenity. Designed to provide optimal aerodynamic protection, it should also promote stability at high speeds. No more worrying about putting in the toll ticket or change: the inner returns of the fork crown are fitted with 2 glove boxes of 1 liter each. The one on the left can even be locked.
The CB 1300 S benefits from recent mechanical improvements made on the standard 1300, namely a retouched mapping as well as a clutch and rear torque dampers revised to further improve the smoothness of the response to acceleration..
We knew, in the wave of nostalgia for the category, the Kawasaki ZRX 1200 R "Lawson replica". In 2005 there will also be the Honda CB 1300 S "80’s gold bowl replica". With this big roadster turned road, Honda offers a serious rival to the ZRX 1200, the S like the R. The GSX 1400 and XJR 1300, which are not dubbed a semi-faired version, are starting to pull the plug. A case to follow? No, to taste.
A thought runs through your head with every ride with the CB 1300 S: Generous! Like the breath of the motor, powerful, torquey, endowed with a sacred chest and beautiful biceps. Like the quality of the damping, which really invites you to rest the buttocks for hours on the Honda saddle. Like this smoothness in the transmission, which eliminates the inconvenience and jolts without depriving you of the essential – the strength of the big 4 legs. Like this half-fairing that opens the way for you, an invitation to cut the course until you are thirsty.
Stalled at half speed on the large ribbon, the boiler purrs gently, but always ready to pounce as soon as an order leaves the right handle. A driver of size is properly protected at the highway speeds, although we feel that only a few km / h are missing for the forces of Aeolus to gain the upper hand and that various upheavals invite themselves on board.
If the asphalt tongue transforming into a virulent course at will, we exploit the muscle of the 1300 and the rigor of the chassis to offer ourselves a good dose of pleasure and / or rolling – Your choice or all , the CB 1300 S likes the 2. To calm the pace or prevent a sharp turn, you can brake in peace. The system does not lack power, can be dosed without worry and receives the reinforcement of an ABS.
The painting is nice and rewarding; especially since even if it may seem expensive, the CB 1300 S offers you a lot: beautiful line, good finish, suspensions, chassis and engine of quality, ABS. It just lacks the center stand and a cabbageïhas protection. But, the passenger was so happy…
(Text of the essay inspired by the article by T. Baujard
Moto-Jounal n ° 1 661 – manufacturer photos)
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CB 1300 S Fairing C-ABS 2010
Model marketed in
sup 230 km / h
The technical aspect
Honda CB 1300 S Fairing C-ABS 2011
- Tank: 21 liters
- Width: 790 mm
- Height: 1215 mm
- Wheelbase: 1,515 mm
- Dry weight: 236 kg
- Weight in running order: 269 kg
- Train before
- Secondary chain transmission
- Rear axle
(78 x 67.2 mm)
at 7,000 rpm
at 5,500 rpm