2013 Honda CB1100

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by cabanza, Aug 24, 2012.

  1. The other Ferret

    The other Ferret Motorcycle nut

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    If I considered selling my 125 hp Yamaha FZ 1 to buy a 919 with 25 less horsepower, youd tell me the 919 would have plenty of power and that id be perfectly happy. Same analogy for the CB.

    On my FZ1 most of the hp comes on between 8 and 12k rpms. I personally spend 99.9 percent of my riding below 6k rpms. Fact of the matter is this 87 hp @ 7500 rpms Honda may actually be putting out more hp in the range I typically ride in, than my current 125 hp motorcycle does.
  2. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    Easy with the logic there, you might get some people wound up.
  3. dirtdreamer50

    dirtdreamer50 long time rider

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    The FZ1 compares more to the CB1000R than the 1100. Neither are retros, like the 1100. I agree that the HP and torque of the 1100 are probably better at 6k than either the Yamaha or the 1000R. It's a choice of whether to ride in the midrange or closer to redline. Different strokes, I'd say. If a retro is your thing, go the 1100. If naked sport is it, either the FZ1 or 1000R, is a better choice. That concept Kawi might be even more fun....Just saying. tp

    Not wound up, just thinking things thru.........a bit.
  4. M3-SRT8

    M3-SRT8 Been here awhile

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    True, but HP and Torque fixes are amongst the easiest fixes.

    You already have the displacement in the Honda cb1100, along with good flowing heads and a decent exhaust. It's my guess it's in a mild state of tune. 100+ HP is probably within easy reach.

    If that's all that's holding you back, then I'd go for it.:bmwrider
  5. The other Ferret

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    i know, but for the sake of the argument about diminished horsepower, I was comparing it to the 919 both sport standards...and what I was really saying is comparing peak horsepower to peak horsepower is only valuable for those that tend to ride in that range, mostly racers and not street riders.

    Im on the FZ 1 board as well and those guys used to scoff at the only 100 hp suzuki bandit 1250 but when you look at dyno charts the Bandit also had more torque and horsepower below 8k than the FZ. The Fz has a mighty hp kick between 8 and 12 k but if youre not revving that high, you are not getting the benefit of the peak hp.

    Btw the R1 guys used to scoff at the FZ guys cause they were riding around on detuned R1 motors which only made 125 hp instead of the R1 s full 150

    Then there are the ZX 1400 guys ........

    For cruising around (and not racing) the CB 1100 should have plenty of power.
  6. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave I cannot abide.

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    Even with my ZX-7R, I used to take it easy on it when I wasn't going hog-wild. This meant using low RPM's and just cruising it for touring.

    I agree that lower RPM's and higher low-end torque would probably serve more riders who are getting older (and, thus, riding diffierently) better.

    I used to believe that no bike under 90 HP was worth riding for highway use and getting around... but now I'm on a DR650 and doing just fine (sort of... would rather it be a two-cylinder 650)... Anyway, the make or break with the CB1100 is all-day, every-day comfort - does it have it in spades like the old UJM's?
  7. Mobiker

    Mobiker Long timer

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    Your point is well made IMHO. I used to have a first gen FZ1. Great motorcycle. It had lots of power everywhere. I seldom got above 7-8k rpm. Based on published dyno charts it looked like I using maybe 80-85hp most of the time. A full blown redline run was exhilarating. Their just wasn't much place for it on public roads.

    I sold it and kept my 50 hp BMW.

    I miss the power when trying to pass on tight twisty roads, but really, 80hp in a 500lb bike, is enough for me. I'm pretty sure the CB1100 will be enough, power wise, for most riders.
  8. The other Ferret

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    My only concern about the CB 1100 is the footpeg placement. According to cycle ergos dot com my knees are going to be bent more on the CB 1100 than on the FZ which makes no sense to me. This 62 year olds knees aren't bending so tight anymore. I'll just have to wait until it comes in to see if its acceptable. I sure hope so, because other than that the CB looks like a really nice all around motorcycle.
  9. Starkmojo

    Starkmojo Chief Totberry

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    That seat looks pretty skinny. At 6 1/2 ' tall I usually redo the seat on all my bikes to get the leg room I need.
  10. The other Ferret

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    For example according to cycle ergos the original 69-78 CB 750 had a seat height of 32.6". For my 5'7" bod this bike shows a forward lean of 5 degrees and a knee angle of 105 degrees. The new CB 1100 has a seat height of 30.5" and shows a forward lean of 13 degrees ( more forward lean) and a knee angle of 85 degrees.(sharper knee bend). What I dont know is if my leg length vs torso length will make any difference, and if those few degrees of forward lean or few degrees of knee angle makes any appreciable difference. Only time and a test ride will tell. I know the lower seat height will make me more comfortable at stops and when backing up.
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    xrcris Been here awhile

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    Dunno bout that rear cowl, kind of looks out of place with such a chopped off ass-end - kind of like a cat without a tail would; something's missing. Depending on how the plate was mounted, that could complete the look for me......
  12. JerryH

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    That, and the height of the bars, are my biggest concerns. It definitely has a sporty riding position. At least the bars could be raised.

    I don't understand all the fuss about a few HP. Doesn't anybody "just ride" anymore? Does there have to be some kind of high performance involved? Besides comfort, maybe that is something else that has always attracted me to cruisers, but on the other hand, I've had a number on inline four cruisers with plenty of power. When you just want to cruise down the road for a few hundred miles, you don't really need that much power, and power above 8000 RPM is pretty much unusable on the street, unless you want to lose your license.
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    KMC1 There is no spoon.

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    Maybe their ergo's are a bit off? Honda lists the seat height at 31.3,and I double checked since I already boned the redline!!!!:lol3

    http://powersports.honda.com/2013/cb1100/specifications.aspx
  15. The other Ferret

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    At 31.5" that changes my numbers to 15 degree lean and 90 degrees on the knee angle ( more lean, less knee angle).

    Personally im not that worried about it, but since it wont be here until April I have nothing to do but obsess about it lol
  16. The other Ferret

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    Check out the 2 versions of this bike at whouse.jp/ A classic 69 style and a cafe' style. Very cool!
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    Mambo Dave I cannot abide.

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    OK, so how much taller could a seat be made, and what's the rise on the current CB1100 bars? A seat and bar raise could alleviate a lot of whatever questionable ergonomics Honda threw on it.
  18. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    Then this type of bike isn't going to be your cup of tea. Most of us here aren't looking for a super powerful modern bike that looks somewhat retro. We are looking for a retro bike that has modern reliability. I would take this bike with 50hp if it meant better fuel consumption rates. :D
  19. M3-SRT8

    M3-SRT8 Been here awhile

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    I'm going to the New York International Bike Show at the Jacob Javits Center tomorrow. I'll be sure to check out the cb1100 up close. It will be the first time I'll see it in person. I'll take some pics, of course, and try to talk to some Honda engineers or factory personell present.

    I'll post some pics and a report.:bmwrider
  20. HondaFanatic

    HondaFanatic To Ride Is To Live

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    And for your viewing pleasure, here's some nice (and one not so nice lol) pics of CB1100 owners personalizing their rides

    Love the old school knee pads!
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    If diamond plate or carbon fiber is your thing
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