2013 Honda CB1100

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by DOUBLE-O G, Aug 24, 2012.

  1. M3-SRT8

    M3-SRT8 Been here awhile

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    When I waa at the New York Motorcycle Show, the cb1100 was a big question mark at the Honda display. They don't know how well it will be received, so they are walking before they run on this bike.This according to a factory rep I chatted with.

    Will they be around? I'm sure there will be bikes to be had. This economy is still a bit soft, and it is January still. If you go down to your local Honda dealer and order one, I'm sure it will show up around April. Just in time to ride.
  2. Gas Hog

    Gas Hog Two Wheel Fanatic

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    Mmmm..so the issue isn't the suspension as much as its the size of the bike..bigger than your 500 ninja so it cant possibly be a true adv bike? :huh

    If you are buying a new bike and it is dangerous to ride right out of the box..you are doing it wrong :deal
    YMMV :wink:
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  3. siyeh

    siyeh Lawn Nazi

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    hmmmmmm,,,,
    $632 on webbike from Japan

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    that along with a Givi Trekker and my elcheapo Cabelas duffel bag ought to get me on the road for a 10,000 miler

    :clap
  4. The other Ferret

    The other Ferret Motorcycle nut

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    LOL ..hardly a troll and for the record at this point in my life ( about to turn 63) i'm 5' 7 and weight 177. Although when i started street riding in 1965, I only weighed 103. Been riding 46 years, have owned 40 something motorcycles... Harleys, Hondas, Yamahas, Suzukis, Kawasaki, Triumph, BSA and I raced motocross and enduros for 10 years in the mid 70 s to 80's.I currently own 3 having just sold a 750 Nighthawk to make room for the CB1100 I have on order...but I still have a Honda ST 1300 for touring,a Yamaha FZ1 for sport riding, and a Majesty scooter for running around locally. My wife and I have toured all over the US some in Canada and 5 countries in Europe. I worked in the motorcycle industry for 17 years from 1972 to 1989. I consider myself a very experienced rider and figure somewhere between 850,000 and 1 million miles under my belt. These days I am a conservative rider, but there was a span of about 20 years im suprised I survived because I rode very fast all the time.

    With regards to the 19 posts, thats because I was cruising the net for info on the CB1100 and surprisingly this website popped up with the most active discussion on the bike. I read for a few days, then decided I wanted to talk as well, so I joined. I'm not really an ADV rider, they are generally too tall for me, and I no longer ride off road on purpose, but I wih I was about 6'2 so I could ride some of these neat taller bikes. I have tens of thousands of posts on ST-owners and FZ -1 OA and RideOhio websites where I usually frequent.

    Im not saying updated suspension wouldnt help some riders, but I am saying, most people could not tell the difference in their daily rides with stock or modified suspension. With regards to the CB 1100 Ive read probably a dozen tests now,and all but one commented about how well the basic stock suspension worked. None of the test riders going around curves or thru esses seemed dangerously out of control in the videos I have seen. The same was true with my FZ1 and the ST 1300. The magazines all commented about how nice the stock Suspension works, but when you go online, some " experts" will tell you the first thing you must do is upgrade the suspension.

    Judging from posts above this one I am not the only one who doesn't see a lot of benefit from spending thousands of dollars on suspension mods.

    Sorry about the hijack, lets get back to talking about the CB1100.
  5. Guth

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    This is one of the underlying themes that I've picked up on in all of the reading I've done thus far as well. Based on the majority of reviewer comments, for the bike's intended purpose, it sounds like the stock suspension works surprisingly well.
  6. Guth

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    It's doubtful that I'd ever toss the bike around any more than the guy in this video. Probably says more about me than about the bike itself.

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  7. xrcris

    xrcris Been here awhile

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    Not true! These are exactly the people who benefit! Everyone who rides daily and complains about hitting that expansion joint of the freeway, or how the bike dives too much on braking when they hit the same corner or how harsh the ass end is over a particular patch of rough pavement.

    Once the suspension is set up for their weight and riding style, you can tell HUGE differences from the compromise that comes stock from the factory.
  8. furious_blue

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    Hi, I'm new to the forum. I was an interested forum lurker when the CBR250R was introduced. Now I'm interested in the CB1100A and this thread is most interesting. Time to join up.

    I put down a deposit at my dealer a few weeks ago. He told me I was #3 in line. That was a bit unexpected.

    About people's demand for suspension excellence. In my experience, most riders aren't even aware when their tire pressure is low :-)

    Stock suspension does just fine for these folks...
  9. The other Ferret

    The other Ferret Motorcycle nut

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    OMG that guy was so close to dying in some of those curves on that stock suspension .... A couple of times I was sure he was going to eat it........ .j / k

    Why would a manufacturer spend billions of yen developing a bike and then send it out on " dangerous" suspension? You'd have thought they would have discovered how " dangerous" it was when they were doing all the development miles in Japan, Europe and the US. Since its been released in Japan and Australia for 2 years, has there been a rash of accidents and death reported on these? Because I have not read that anywhere.

    Seriously if you are not not racing, the suspension should be plenty adequate for 99.9 % of the people that buy this bike.
  10. Starkmojo

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    Welcome to the Hotel ADVer...
    Props for admitting you ride a scooter on an ADV site!:eek1


  11. Starkmojo

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    As a man who runs in excess of 250 lbs and often has a lot of stuff on my bike, I know that my bike would handle faster, corner stop better if it had better suspension (or if I laid of the french fries for a year or two) seeing as I am not getting suspension and the laying off the french fries is going slowly, I do this other thing callled ADJUST MY ATTITUDE FOR MY VEHICLES LIMITATIONS. That means a little more breaking distance, a little slower in the curves. I still ride plenty quick but no need to drop a knee on every corner. This is a riding bike not a race bike.

    In my life it might be me alone, me and a young person, me and an adult or me and an adult and a ton of shit on giant boxes. I am not changing the suspension every time I get on the bike. I have it sprung pretty hard and just adjust my style of riding to the load I am carrying (not to quick with the wife or kids and all you know.. but alone back from the grocery store ? I Just make sure the milk is secure in the case cause if it shifts in a corner your back wheel will do shit you never dreamed it could. Ask me how I know.)

    What I would really want for this bike is Hepco and Becker hard case mounts so I could stick my trax boxes (from a tiger 1050 no less) on it and hear the purists cry mercy.
  12. xrcris

    xrcris Been here awhile

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    If all you aspire to is just being "adequate", well then drive the hell on....
  13. Gham

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    I couldn't agree more!This bike addresses most every complaint I have with my CB900F.The only thing I need to do is sit on it and check out the ergo's for myself.The more rear set pegs is what I have to be honest with myself about.The 56 year old back may protest too loudly but I'm cautiously optimistic that the CB1100 is my next bike.As for the suspension....C'mon!!!I have never seen so many people looking for any reason to dislike this bike
  14. Starkmojo

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    No I simply aspire to be on two wheels, upright, and not divorced (again). So far its working for me.:D
  15. Gham

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    http://www.cb1100f.net/Other/MotorcyclistApril1981/April1981MotorcyclistRoadTestArticleCB900F.PDF

    These guys were at least "adequate",you run the specs,it's essentially the same damn bike with better rubber,shifting,and yes suspension!!!! The brakes are a far cry better also.I don't think the new CB1100 will do sub 12-sec 1/4 mile runs but I would bet it's close!!!!
    This bike was built to look like a late 70's Honda with early 80's perfomance and better braking,fuel injection and ride comfort.Mission accomplished.
    It's not meant nor designed to go head to head with a modern superbike
  16. Mambo Dave

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    You may not, but that dude looks ... smaller like a typical french guy. I just spent some time trying to figure out who that presenter is in order to find his weight. Merely posting some dude riding a bike and saying you won't ride it any harder makes about as much sense as the fat guys in weapon forums who tell anyone and everyone that X big and heavy pistol is easy to carry and conceal.

    Stats, or suggested rider weights from manufacturers - we need them; Japan has screwed American riders over far too often to go into anything blindly anymore. Based on me, alone, I'm an average 5'10", and I think I'd look larger on that bike than the French guy, so... either my perception is off, or him carving roads up means nothing to me. It does matter when I am contemplating my first new bike purchase ever, as it should to anyone here who may not have the extra cash for a fork rebuild budgeted when buying a bike, accessories and gear.

    If one really doesn't care about fit, then that person could just go put their money down on one and skip participating in a thread that seems to be trying to figure it out. I mean, really, why even participate here (or spend the time to read posts about it) if it has a motor, a fuel tank, a Honda emblem and if you're already happy with any bike ever made?

    I don't mean to be a dick, but I don't understand what people are looking for if they're simply happy knowing the colors and if it has a motor.
  17. The other Ferret

    The other Ferret Motorcycle nut

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    Seriously..all I desire to be is happy. When the bike comes in, if I throw a leg over it and roll away and it rides well, goes, well, shifts well, brakes well, and puts a smile on my face everytime I look at it or take it for a ride it will be everything I ask out of a bike.
  18. M3-SRT8

    M3-SRT8 Been here awhile

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    I trust Honda.

    All this talk about inadequate suspension, and we haven't even ridden the bike yet.

    But many reviewers have. And the majority seem to like it, suspension, brakes, engine, etc, just fine. It appears to be a well sorted out bike. It is NOT a superbike.

    I don't think Honda would send this bike out with an inadequate suspension, or an inadequate anything, for that matter.

    I've owned a Honda. I had a CBR0600RR from 2003 and it was a sweet bike, right out of the box. Zero problems. Rode the heck out of it.
  19. Guth

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    That's the thing, I'm 5' 8" and weigh in at 165 on a good day. This bike has me excited. A number of other reviews have featured reviewers that appeared to be taller/larger than me judging by the photos — and they to seemed to be satisfied by the suspension. I've got no problems with someone upgrading a bikes suspension. I've done that myself on my Hawk GT. While I can certainly detect differences, I know that I'm not taking full advantage of the chasis/suspension combo as it is right now anyway. The upgrades occurred primarily because the suspension on my now 25 year old bike was flat worn out.

    I also realize that it's a bit illogical to argue over such things when none of us have ridden the bike yet. But as far as I've been able to discern so far, the CB1100 sounds very encouraging to me.
  20. ECN-ROL

    ECN-ROL Been here awhile

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    If I thought this CB1100 was a far better bike than my 1982 CB900F I would consider buying one. But one thing that really puts me off buying one are the skinny wheels and tires. If Honda had put 17 wheels on it with a 120 front and at least a 160 rear, I would definately have been interested, as that is one of the major shortcomings of an old bike.