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Old 08-27-2012, 08:50 AM   #16
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If the engineers at Honda can get an XR650L through emissions, this should be a piece of cake. Not to mention all the air cooled BMW's, Harleys Triumphs, Guzzis etc.......
You're probably right, though there will be fewer and fewer air cooled bikes going forward as standards get stricter. If they axe the CB1000R and price this significantly below that, I could see it doing pretty well.
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Old 08-27-2012, 09:23 AM   #17
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You're probably right
No. He's definitely right.

No one holds a candle to Honda when it comes to powertrain engineering. Emissions testing worry with Honda is like asking Evel Kneivel if he can drive a 6 speed.
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Old 08-27-2012, 12:20 PM   #18
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Ummm. There were also reports of them showing the bikes here with positive results 2 years ago.
True. But the article in Motorcyclist says, and I quote: "American Honda officials were spotted at the recent Motorcycle Sport Touring Association's STAR 2012 gathering in Avon, CO, in late June with a pre-production CB1100 in tow, soliciting comments from prospective buyers. Reaction was reportedly positive."

Now why would they have a bike on hand if they're not planning on selling the bike?
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Old 08-27-2012, 02:09 PM   #19
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Now why would they have a bike on hand if they're not planning on selling the bike?

Get a feel for the public's reaction. There have been lots and lots of bikes that have come here to vet their market viability and have never made it past that process.
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Old 08-27-2012, 03:28 PM   #20
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True. But the article in Motorcyclist says, and I quote: "American Honda officials were spotted at the recent Motorcycle Sport Touring Association's STAR 2012 gathering in Avon, CO, in late June with a pre-production CB1100 in tow, soliciting comments from prospective buyers. Reaction was reportedly positive."

Now why would they have a bike on hand if they're not planning on selling the bike?
They did it back in what, 2009 or 10 when it was first introduced also. They had at least one CB1100 in California and I remember one of the motorcycle magazines had a litte writeup on it. They were gauging reactions but for whatever reason they felt it wasn't the right time back then. This might even be the same bike.
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Old 08-27-2012, 04:18 PM   #21
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I can't imagine this bike not selling. Triumph is selling scads of those underpowered, over-styled twins. This bike is tight. Make mine the red one with a silver engine...! ,BK
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Old 08-27-2012, 04:32 PM   #22
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True. But the article in Motorcyclist says, and I quote: "American Honda officials were spotted at the recent Motorcycle Sport Touring Association's STAR 2012 gathering in Avon, CO, in late June with a pre-production CB1100 in tow, soliciting comments from prospective buyers. Reaction was reportedly positive."

Now why would they have a bike on hand if they're not planning on selling the bike?
I was asking myself that 2 years ago.

Pre-production? It's been in production for 2 years. Print the warning labels in English, put on a MPH odometer, and call it good.

Damn you Honda if you hadn't already sold me an NC700X when I had the cash in hand to buy this last year.

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Old 08-27-2012, 05:17 PM   #23
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I'd buy this one,

but the one you guys are talking about does zero for me.
Yep! That'll be the first bike I every buy new. My wife doesn't have to worry about me dropping the money for it cause Honda will never build it and if they somehow do, it'll never come to the US.
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Old 08-27-2012, 05:17 PM   #24
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It'll sell if the price is right. Under $9.5k would work, any more and it'll gather dust on the show room floor.

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Old 08-27-2012, 05:34 PM   #25
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I think I'll stick with my 919.
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Old 08-27-2012, 08:49 PM   #26
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It'll sell if the price is right. Under $9.5k would work, any more and it'll gather dust on the show room floor.

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$9,999.00? Symbolically under 10 grand...
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Old 08-27-2012, 11:50 PM   #27
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I really like this bike, it looks great and I like the classic looks a great deal. That said, it doesn't excite me enough to drop 10k on it, I'd be a bottom feeder hoping to pick up a 3-4yr old used one dirt cheap.

Given the specs, it'd have to be one of those bikes that just worked fantastically well to sell in any viable quantity at all. Being a Honda it very well have what it takes though.
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Old 08-28-2012, 01:39 AM   #28
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I can't imagine this bike not selling.
They've been selling them in Australia since they were released in Japan and they haven't sold very well, despite the huge market for 'retro' stuff here. You can hardly spit without hitting a Bonneville or Sportster and the Kawsaki W800 has sold in hundreds. (I own a W800 - brilliant bike - and an 07 XL Sportster myself.) The 1100 is around $AUS14K on the road - about the same as the entry-level Sportster, $1K more than the base model Bonneville and about $2K more than a W800.

Having owned about half a dozen CB750s over the years I was very interested in the 1100 until I chucked a leg over one. It is pretty enough in its way, but up close it is physically small, the seat is nasty, the riding position for both rider and pillion is nothing like a CB750, being more like a Suzuki Bandit, and the tank only holds about 3.5 US gallons. The single exhaust doesn't do much for its looks on the left side either. I'm a big fan of old bikes having started riding in the 60's, but this one just hasn't done anything for me at all, mainly because the ergos are standard modern stuff; not a good pillion bike. A mate had one and was very disappointed with it - the motor was OK but the rest of it - ergos, handling, fuel range, general build quality etc - was a big letdown. He has done ground up rebuilds on several K1 and K2 CB750s and owns a good selection of 'classic' Honda 4s in various models so he has had enough experience with the originals.

If you want to see some more pics, here's a link for the model on an Australian bike sales site.

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Old 08-28-2012, 07:22 AM   #29
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Print the warning labels in English, put on a MPH odometer, and call it good.

Do you really think it is that simple?

Hell, they can just throw a few in a box, put it on a boat, and see what happens. That might be OK for a small manufacturer, do you think that is a workable solution for the goliath Honda?
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Old 08-28-2012, 09:03 AM   #30
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Do you really think it is that simple?

Hell, they can just throw a few in a box, put it on a boat, and see what happens. That might be OK for a small manufacturer, do you think that is a workable solution for the goliath Honda?
Fireblade/CBR is the same bike but with US appointments. That seems to work.
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