2013 Honda CB1100

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

  1. markjenn

    markjenn Long timer

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    Depends on your POV. It may be a "shortcoming" in terms of outright grip and corner speed, but it also gives a standard bike the crisp, light, linear turn-in that makes older bikes handle so nicely while seated in a straight/upright riding position. Modern sport bikes with super wide tires are optimized for riding at 9/10th and above, with forward riding positions, and aggressive body inputs. That's not what this bike is about. Everything is a compromise.

    A 180+ tire also wouldn't have "the look".

    Honda already makes an aggressive, high-powered, wide-tired naked: the CB1000R.

    - Mark
  2. M3-SRT8

    M3-SRT8 Been here awhile

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    +1. Mark's observations are spot-on. He gets what this bike is all about.

    The bike is a Time Machine, executed by 21st century craftsmen.
  3. Gham

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    I understand your point completely,skinny tires are hard to get used to looking at.I grew up with the skinny tires so it's not as big a deal for me.You can also be limited with selection/choice.
    Even several CB900F riders swap wheels and swingarms with early model CBR's !!!!! It's a common mod to upgrade to modern rubber.
  4. Lars1974

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    Hi all,

    I had a chance the test the new 2013 bikes last week out in Portugal. The weather was not very kind to us, but we did have a great time on the machinery.

    We had the new CB1100A and also an old CB750 to play with and the first choice was which one to take: white or red?

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    As i could not make my mind up i tried both. We rode up to the Coba da Roca - Europe's most westerly point!

    Now a few comments on how it rides! Best word is creamy! The engine is silky smooth and power is everwhere from 1k rpm! Suspension is very comfortable and with the front a little on the soft side. Due to the wet and sandy road conditions i did not go to test maximum lean angles but everthing i asked the bike to do it did with ease! Brakes are usual Honda standard with abs and plenty of feel and bite.
    I love the clocks and with the tank reasonbly slim you can see the engine top from your sitting position.
    The bike does have lovely details from the old style indicator to the petrol cap etc..

    Here a photo i took on my phone at the cape
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    And here a photo pf the cabo da roca plaque...

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    All in all despite the weather the ride was great and the new bike are very good!
    I also tried the old 750 and it was amazing to feel how much like family the two CB's are.

    Finally I did also have a chance to have a first little play on the new MSX125! I know i look a bit silly on it but it was fun!:lol3

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    So, anyway once the bikes hit the dealer try one!
    Thx Lars
  5. Gham

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    Nice review Lars! I had no idea the MSX was that small:lol3

    Every review I've seen says the FI is perfect so I am not suprised at the creamy smooth comment.

    You look like a large fellow(maybe over 6'1 or so) how did it fit you..????
  6. Guth

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    Awesome!

    Thanks for relating your experience Lars. Any more impressions that you might care to share would be greatly appreciated.
  7. M3-SRT8

    M3-SRT8 Been here awhile

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    Excellent review, Lars. Thanks for your pics and observations.

    Damn, I wish the cb1100 coming to the States had a silver engine...
  8. Gas Hog

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    Lars,
    First off you suck! :wink:
    Second why oh why when you get the chance to test ride all of these beauty's..the weather is crap :dog
    Thanks for the review and pics! Cant wait to throw a leg over one of these machines.
    Gary
  9. Eddy Alvarez

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    :huh I have no idea what you are referring to...??? That guy looked like he was out on a leisurly ride at less than half throttle. :scratch
    I have heard nothing but positive reviews regarding the plush, stock suspension. As you mentioned, it will suffice for 99.9% of riders. If one wants to ride at a 95% pace, leave the CB at home and take the CBR to the track.
  10. The other Ferret

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    Eddie...the j/k means " just kidding" I was being sarcastic and letting everyone know that I was kidding. Maybe you guys don't use that over here on ADV, they use it on other forums I frequent because its hard to express intent on the internet sometimes. The point was at the pace he was riding everything looked perfectly ok and the suspension looked to be performing as it was designed. He didn't look like he was having any handling issues at all.

    Lars, nice report. You lucky dog. Creamy is good for me, exactly what I am looking for. That little 125 looks like a mini CBR 1000 naked. Bet its fun to be a teenager over there.
  11. Eddy Alvarez

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    LOL, OKAY! I'm up to speed now! I'll ask my 9 year old daughter for more tips and hints!
  12. Reduxalicious

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    Did you check with Bob Lunsford's Northwest Honda Ducati on I-45?
  13. Lars1974

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    Thanks guys for all your comment.

    @Gas Hog: i know work can be hard sometimes, but someone has to do it! :freaky

    To answer the other question: i am 6ft2 and just over 105kg and yes that makes me look like a giant on that MSX.
    Was fun to ride...

    The CB1000r is very much like Honda of old just with modern suspension and brakes. It rode very stable and i could take 90 degree turn or roundabouts almost in 3rd gear. I even tried u
    Accelerating from just over 50km/h in fifth (top) gear and it did so without any strain or juddering! Very milky smooth.

    Like i wrote due to weather i could try how it performs and higher rpm and speeds.

    Thx Lars
  14. kpmsprtd

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    Thanks you for posting those photos, Lars. The CB1100 is simply a work of art. Despite the destruction of my retirement plan, I will have no choice but to purchase one. I am currently riding its older sibling, the 2003 CB750 Nighthawk, a perfectly fine bike in all respects, but a man has the right to have at least one of his lifetime dreams realized, hasn't he?
  15. furious_blue

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    yep, I had a CB750 Nighthawk. I loved it for it's cooling fins and 4 headers that I kept gleaming (so many of these bikes can be seen with headers rotting from being dirty). At one point in time whilst going uphill on I-80 in Wyoming laden in top gear, downshifting to get some oomph, I remember starting to think 'I wish this were a 900'..

    Dreams can come true (and with decent brakes too :-) )
  16. The other Ferret

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    i just sold my 2000 750 Nighthawk...nice bike. Needed more power and better brakes. I always thought a liter Nighthawk would be the cats meow.
  17. Andylaser

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    You're lucky. Honda UK want to arse rape us to the tune of £9000!!!

    Thats the wrong side of 14K USD.
  18. The other Ferret

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    Wow, thats a lot of money for that bike. Its arguably worth $ 10 K, but more than $ 14 K I wouldn't be buying one.
  19. DesmoTull

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    I'm sure that the some of that has to do with the VAT...
  20. markjenn

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    The more I see these Euro bikes, the more I wish we were getting the silver engine in the USA. I'm obviously nitpicking, but I sure prefer the looks.

    - Mark