2013 Honda CB1100

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

  1. The other Ferret

    The other Ferret Motorcycle nut

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    I use a cut down shield on my FZ1 and my ST 1300. I generally like my head in clear air, but like to keep it off my chest. A small clear silhouette spitfire windshield should be plenty in the spring and fall, and totally naked in the summer on the CB 1100.
  2. Starkmojo

    Starkmojo Chief Totberry

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  3. waveydavey

    waveydavey happy times!!

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    I thought i was the only one who rode like that...
  4. dogjaw

    dogjaw plays well alone

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    Tried a windshield on my DR yesterday, had the exact same result as when I tried on on my 919; seemed to dump the air in one spot rather than spread it out, and helmet noise was much louder... I'll be staying nekkid,
  5. Gas Hog

    Gas Hog Two Wheel Fanatic

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    I thought I was the only one who thought that.
    Of course my abs of steel aren't what they used to be either :rofl
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  6. Gregster

    Gregster Been here awhile

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    People love to bash Honda for making such bland bikes, for making bikes with no soul, for not keeping up with the times, for continuing to put out bikes that are way past what most would think of as a sensible product life, and so on. Funny how many hits, comments, and enthusiasm there is for a bike that should epitomize Honda's booring reputation. :wink:
  7. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    true dat! and sometimes the gas isn't where it was supposed to be. I was running low in Iowa a couple years back, planned to get gas at the next exit - but the exit was closed. The next two exits were also closed. :eek1 I made it to a pump, though. On the way back thru Wyoming, three little towns in a row where the only place to buy gas was either out of business or closed by the time I got there. I made it to a pump, just as the proprieter was shutting down for the day.

    But you can plan for these things. To me a small gas tank is not really a problem for travel. Just carry a couple gallons of extra gas, just in case. Where it would be a problem is having to fill up the bike every time I rode it. In any case, it's not a deal breaker.
  8. jon_l

    jon_l Long timer

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    Just a comment - this thread is one of the most civilized discussions on ADV.

    Perhaps what they say is true: You meet the nicest people on a Honda
  9. M3-SRT8

    M3-SRT8 Been here awhile

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    LOL! Very good. Perhaps you are right.

    Besides, what's to fight about? Maybe it's because we're a bit older, on average, and with nothing to proove.
  10. ZappBranigan

    ZappBranigan Been here awhile

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    I've actually had two bikes with gas gauges, both were Kawasakis. An 84 ZN700 (a "tariff buster") and an 82 Spectre 750. The gas gauges on both bikes were 100% worthless. They would show me as "empty" when I still had 1.5 gallons left.

    I think the problem with gas gauges on a tank that small (both were around 4 gallons) is that the gas sloshes and moves around so much as to render the gas gauge useless.

    Same here. Been riding 30 years, never ran out of gas on a bike (now in a car, that's a different story...) I do it the way I've always done it: Set the trip meter to zero, figure out how far you go before hitting reserve, and then commit that to memory.

    As to the issue of having to stop at every gas station, given the style of bikes I ride, that's not an issue. It can take me 3 hours to go 150 miles if I'm in the twisties, and you better believe I'm ready to get off and stretch my legs after riding that long!
  11. dirtdreamer50

    dirtdreamer50 long time rider

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    Granted that may be the case for some of their products, but not so for the first CB750's. It was the most exciting thing to happen to motorcycling in years. A light weight, smooth running, sand cast IL4, with a disc brake, exceptional HP for the day, and comfortable seating for two... A move that changed the direction for motorcycles from singles and twins to what we now know as supersoprts bikes, excepting Ducati, of course.

    Those of us that were riders when it was introduced went through a wonderful period of motorcycle innovations and industry excitement. A time now gone, that may never be seen again. tomp dd50
  12. Gham

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    All true,and mostly the Honda was reliable!!!!!:lol3
  13. The other Ferret

    The other Ferret Motorcycle nut

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    late 60s 70 s early 80 s were a wonderful time to be a motorcyclist :wink:
  14. xrcris

    xrcris Been here awhile

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    as were the 90's for their technological advancement, the 00's for proliferation of true superbikes & "racebikes with lights" (although that era also gets gigged for the whole chopper / reality show soap opera). The teens are shaping up well too, with the European brands taking the technological lead from the Japanese. Who knew that BMW, once known for doddering bikes with, ahem, design "quirks", would now have some kick ass superbikes and sport tourers, and Honda, born of necessity and proven through racing, with their screaming sixes and V4's are now more content to make entry level bikes and flashbacks to their past.:eek1
  15. HapHazard

    HapHazard Waiting for Gudenov

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    I think that the 60's thru 80's was a time that motorcycling itself changed greatly - sure, now "you meet the nicest people" and it opened to a wider participation. The CB750 was big news and a giant-sized bike then, people wondered why anyone needed a bike that large with so many cylinders - now, riding my friends '75, it seems so small (and light, and nimble (and neat)). I think it was 1972 when the term "Superbike" came into being. I've got that copy of "Cycle" magazine somewhere with the giant Superbike comparison test: the "old guard" Sportster, Norton Commando, CB and the new Kawasaki H2 and Z1, Ducati 750 (and some others I can't recall offhand). It was rapid evolution from unreliable, greasy mastodons and tiny tiddlers of the 50's and early sixties to 11 second quarter mile, 150 mph top end bikes you could ride across the country without worry at a price a lot of people with ordinary incomes could afford.

    I remember another article, in "Motorcyclist", on the 20th anniversary of the Kawasaki Z1, where they compared the original bike to the then-current ZX-10. The impression that they gave was "see how far we've come - what awful limitations the rider of the Z1 had". Sounded like bullshit then, and even more so now. Those "vintage" bikes are capable of everything anyone asks from them on the street (even when nobody is looking:evil). The latest evolution adds little capability for the street rider - to the racer, sure, but how many race, really? Or the proliferation of useless electronics like keyless ignitions, that most buyers would probably prefer to avoid.

    I think that's why the CB1100 is so interesting to so many. Yes, nostalgia has a bad connotation about seeing the past through rose colored glasses, that things were better then than now. But Honda seems to have cleverly distilled the look and capabilities of the "good old days" better than the others who've tried before (Kawasaki did a terrific job with the W650 and Drifters, but they represent smaller niches, and compromised capability). The CB1100 reaches a larger, more receptive audience. Sure, we can pick nits about colors and how big the gas tank is, but for fans of the UJM, past and present, this bike is on the money. I hope to see lots of them out on the road!

    So endeth the sermon...:lol3
  16. Guth

    Guth Been here awhile

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    I've never bought a new bike before, and my 1988 Hawk GT is the newest bike I've ever owned. Do any of you know if you can still buy a factory service manual from Honda for the bikes they are producing these days?
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    markjenn Long timer

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    Since we're talking whimsical trips down nostalgia lane...

    http://www.kawtriple.com/mraxl/articles/1973 Superbikes/superbikes1.htm

    - Mark
  18. siyeh

    siyeh Lawn Nazi

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    my dealer called me yesterday

    he's got four CB1100's ordered

    Honda said he might only get one

    and it's mine. :clap
  19. M3-SRT8

    M3-SRT8 Been here awhile

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    Hold on, Padre. That's a little too dismissive...

    The New Bikes are really light years ahead of whatever was offered in the early 70's. Yes, the performance numbers were impressive back then (in a straight line, in particular) but today's bikes are quicker, brake better, handle better, far more reliable, safer, etc.

    I have one vintage automobile, a 1958 Plymouth Fury 2Dr HT (a real one, not a clone) and when I hear someone say "they don't make 'em like they used to!" I say to myself "Thank God."
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  20. brucifer

    brucifer Long timer

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    Yes they were. I'm glad I was here to live it.

    Everyone has an opinion of what they consider a good looking motorcycle but to me most of the new sportier bikes look like technical origami experiments with wheels.