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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by cabanza, Aug 24, 2012.
I saw one a year or so ago. It looks even better in person.
the new 2013 cb1100 is the best looking motorcycle in the world for sale at a half way decent price . i still have an irresistible attraction to the ultra cool black 2013 bmw k1300s but this is an entirely different kind of appreciation . the latest modern german fairings and sport touring designs are awesome . now honda releases a retro style bike with four pipes running to the rear and not one square inch of modern fairing design on the whole bike . this is honda at its best . it is as if francis coppola decided to make a new godfather movie in 2013 and it was even better than the original . the cb1100 looks like an old style motorcycle without being ridiculous about it and trying to be retro modern ( like some recent retro modern cruiser style bikes ) . the release pictures for the up coming usa import show impressive works of modern no nonsense industrial design . there was another pic of a black model floating around :
this black model ( which unfortunately will not be sold in the usa ) appears to have a black engine along with its other black parts and black gas tank . also this black model appears to have black wheels . i much prefer this black 2013 cb1100 to the red model with chrome engine that will be imported to the usa . i would also like honda to offer additional black parts for the cb1100 black model . the main suggestion would be an optional set of all black four into FOUR exhaust pipes and optional black fenders and optional black headlamp and optional detachable very tall highway windshield plus a short detachable passenger back rest and black rear luggage rack heated grips and cruise control and floorboards for rider and passenger . a totally blacked out four into four pipe 2013 honda cb1100 could be the most beautiful motorcycle ever built in my humble opinion . i would appreciate advice from the knowledgeable readers of this thread if i can possibly contact the honda factory and have these modifications done buy honda motorcycle technicians ( for an extra price ) . it would be worth the price .
new york ny
Buy a set of after market pipes of your choice, immediately send them off for ceramic coating in black. It will look awesome (I've seen a Valkyrie with this done). You will likely want pipes with a bit more volume than factory anyway... so don't worry about getting Honda to supply them.
Find someone to custom paint the fenders (with matching paint code from Honda) to match the tank. Price varies from one paint shop to the next... so do your homework before you decide on a painter.
As for the engine... this is a bit more difficult. painting will require removing it from the frame. I would suggest powder coat.
That's the best advice I can come up with at the moment. I hope it helps you out.
all of your suggestions are excellent . there still remains the problem of the black engine . although your solutions may be the only available modifications here in the usa -- there still may be some european shops and japanese shops that have this black engine black wheels and black gas tank model sitting in their showroom . i can have it shipped to me at fob new york international port facility on city island ny . then i would only have to replace the chrome four into two exhaust with a black four into four set then paint the fenders glossy black . is it difficult to get honda's cooperation in trying to import the black model ( if it actually is being sold somewhere ) ? thanks for your input .
new york ny
the two worst looking accessories for any bike are luggage and floorboards . floorboards give the slow leisurely rider ( who can't lean more than 12 degrees without crashing ) a place to rest his feet while holding on to the toe shift and break peddle . some of us are a little older than we used to be and need added creature comforts on their new bike in order to travel that four hundred miles between motels with as little fatigue as possible . adding floorboards to the 2013 cb1100 is a sign of real noobianship .
new york ny
My bet is that it will be a lot closer to 40 than 60 mpg in everyday use and touring duty. 1100cc air-cooled, inline-four, unfaired, etc. All the bikes getting 60 these days are generally smaller, water-cooled, twins with some semblance of a fairing (NC700X, Wee, etc.).
45 mpg x 3.9 gal = 176 miles to pushing. Means that when you're touring you'll probably be looking for gas every 100-120 miles to have a safe reserve. Not a deal-breaker, but 4.5-5.0 used to be more/less the standard UJM fuel capacity - wish Honda had managed to stick to at least this.
Honda Canada shows 14 litres. Not anywhere near enough for a bike like this as far as I can see. With a motor that size, it's probably about 200 kms per tank. My old 900F has a 20 litre tank, a little more appropriate for a big bike.
When some time back I heard that my local Honda dealer here in Oz had a CB1100 on the floor I couldn't get in there quick enough. I'd read up on all the specs, was disappointed by the fuel tank size but thought hell, I'll work something out.
But when I saw the bike in the metal I was dismayed; it's tiny. I'm 61yo and 187cm, when I sat on the bike that was the deal breaker. The seat to pegs distance was too short, I felt hunched over the bars and cramped for room. I haven't even bothered to chase up a test ride, I love the look of the CB, but I won't be buying one. A friend of mine who is 172cm loves the riding position, it's just right for him, that says it all.
I hope Honda sell heaps of 'em, but I doubt it. My local dealer still has that bike on the floor and I've yet to see one on the road.
Damn. Looking at the pictures of it, this is what I'm afraid of. I'm about 183cm tall and...."fluffy"
I have a feeling this bike as pretty as it is, isn't going to work for me. Damn.
40mpg would be a deal breaker for me. According to that article ,valve checks are recommended every 12,000km (roughly 7,500 miles)!? OUCH!! :huh I hope that is a misprint or the MCN News guys misread the manual. Let's hope Honda was courteous enough to not set this bike up with a shim under bucket design .
That's why my eyebrows went up when I saw the 75 mpg (imp gal) figure quoted.
Honda did an online intro last week for all their dealers, and I spoke with someone who participated in it. All of these new bikes were specifically designed to fill a market segment where they felt they were lacking. Not only in the size of the bike, but in the cost as well. That is why there is such a wide range of bikes. If you list all the bikes in the Honda line by cc, then another list of the MSRP of the bikes, you get a better picture of what their statagey is. The CB 1100 was not designed to be a tourer...no windscreen, no bags. It competes heads up with the Triumphs Bonnevilles and Harleys Sportsters. The 700 competes against the V Strom and small BMW's. The new Goldwing competes against the Harley StreetGlide. All at an equal or better price point, combined with traditional Honda reliabity and competitive cost. And if some of these bikes just happen to look like some of the the best selling older Hondas, well, all the better. It's taken a long time to revamp the line, and overall, I think they did a pretty good job. A couple of them have me thinkin', and that usually costs me money.
Maybe one of our European readers can tell me if valve adjustments are shim under bucket or tappet type adjusters. No one in the United States has seen a service manual. That would be a deal breaker to me to have to shim 16 valves. Probably very expensive as well.
Pretty sure it has been reported they're screw/locknut, thus the relatively short adjustment interval.
Not sure is relates in any way, but my 09 CBF1000 (4 cylinder, FI) has a lifetime average of 44 mpg (US) since new. It is a low-revving, big torque engine, probably similar to the CB1100, with a little more horsepower.
Sure hope your right. PLEASE if anyone knows for sure a post would be most helpful
Its a Honda, shim under buckets never need to be adjusted as long as it was made in the last 10 years. Checked so many (Goldwings, ST1300's, CBR600RR, CBR1000RR, VFR800) none of which have needed adjustment, Yet. The older bikes are the exception, as well as dirtbikes.
I heard it even has a warning sticker on it, saying to call the dealer, if you get an erection lasting more than 4 hours.
Yesterday I emailed two dealers in England asking if the valves were shim under bucket or tappet adjusters. I thought these bikes were already available overseas. I got a reply this morning that one dealer phoned Honda and they said this information would be realeased at the International Conference to occur later. Whats the big secret?
Also it says on Honda's own site 71 mpg. Could it possibly be because the bike has a single fuel injection body serving all four cylinders?