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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    spent 13 days motorcycle touring Europe two years ago. Never saw a German motorcyclist that looked like he gave a hoot about mileage. They ride seriously fast over there.
  2. Oldgoat01

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    As in a sucker is born every minute. I went ahead and placed my deposit for an ABS variety. Was told April but the dealer also said you never really know. I was their first CB1100, which surprised me a bit. I had the pleasure of sitting on one for about 5 secs at the IMS and even though a tad tight (6' 32" inseam) it fit OK. Not that anyone cares about my thought process but maybe it will help confuse others in the same way that this thread has confused me. :D

    I looked at a rode the Guzzi V7 Stone. If I could have multiple bikes the Guzzi would have a place in my stable. I can understand the enthusiasm owners have for these as the bike is so very visceral. You can feel the rumble (had Agustini exhaust) deep in your gut and the movement of the cylinders in the spine. Wonderful bike but cramped for me (my legs actually cramped twice on the ride and trying to standup to relieve it was problematic) Likely a few adjustments would have resolved it.

    I looked at the Triumph classics but I liked the look of the V7 (and shaft drive) better and they just didn't feel good sitting on them so I saw no reason to test ride. I also looked at and road the Tiger 800 roadie (coming off a BMW X-country, this bike was a logical upgrade). The opposite of the Guzzi in terms of engine. I can't fault anyone that loves that triple. Silky smooth. Bike handles great, lots of power and would have been my choice if I decided to stay with a more adventure style bike. In fact if things don't work out I'll probably go that direction.

    Alas, I decided on the Honda. All of the negatives on the bike were largely irrelevant to me. 1) Tank too small- my X-country had a 2.5 gallon tank and that was fine for the type of riding I do 2) Honda won't sell enough and drop the line here - I had an X-country for God's sake. Other than the X-moto, BMW probably set a record for dropping a bike. Plus I was looking at a Guzzi with its extensive dealer and support network. Heck even Triumph ain't much to brag about when it comes to support network. I figure it's a Honda, there will always be dealers, and it will be well built. 3) It's only got 80 HP (At the IMS I heard someone say in a loud voide so everyone could hear "Can you believe that 1100ccs and less than 90 HP. Who would buy that?") - Can I go 75 and still have enough to pass a car? I'm confident it can. 4)- It's too small - OK that has me a bit concerned but I figure with a thicker seat and risers I can adjust enough if needed and since I sat on it I know I'm talking at most an inch here an inch there.

    When I bought my X-country I thought it was a beautiful bike that could do anything I needed. And I was right (I think BMW really missed on marketing that bike). When I look at the CB, I see and feel the same things.

    Maybe PT was right but at least this sucker has a smile on his face :D

    Now I just need you other suckers to be the guinea pigs and sort through the accessories for me, specifically panniers and wind protection so I'll know what to (and not to) buy.
  3. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    Hey, that's me too. 6' and 32" inseam. I had the same insight. Just thought you'd like to know someone cares about your thought process. :freaky
  4. rider33

    rider33 Long timer

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    I think it will do better than many people might imagine, its a very nicely built bike. If not, it' will become rare and likley hold its value about as well as my W650 did. In the mean time Honda is one of the best supported bikes out there and this has been in production for several years so I doubt parts or service are going to be an issue. In the end, you buy the bike that speaks to you. Fail to check that box first and the rest of it never really matters.
  5. dirtdreamer50

    dirtdreamer50 long time rider

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    As has been mentioned here, some are saying $10k is too expensive, 88HP isn't enough, etc, etc... I decided to check out an equivalent size roadster, and chose the R1200R.

    It has more HP, 110. It has fancy suspension both front and rear, It has easier to find 17" tires, and it sells for $13,975.00 plus any accessories. It will do 125+mph, but I'll bet the 1100 will too, but who wants to travel at those speeds on a nekked bike for any length of time? It is a beautiful bike, if you like the BMW look, which I do, but is not a beautiful retro, like the 1100.

    For someone who wants a standard, go most anywhere, inexpensive to own and ride motorcycle, the 1100 is the perfect machine. Not as fancy as the 1200R, but with a $4+K difference in price, that 4 into 4, $3,000 exhaust system could be added, and still have money left over for hundreds of gallons of gas to enjoy.

    I have an R1200RT, a great motorcycle, but if my choice was between a CB1100 or an R1200R, I'd go with the 1100 every time, and know what a great deal and motorcycle I owned. tomp dd50
  6. Plungerhead

    Plungerhead Long timer

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    I LOVE IT!!!
    120+pages on a bike that no one has ridden yet. Honestly, I hope Honda DOESN'T sell a lot of these bikes. It just adds to the appeal.
  7. dirtdreamer50

    dirtdreamer50 long time rider

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    Either its appeal or its demise, which most hope won't happen to the 1100.
  8. dpg

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    Yes that is halarious.

    The R1200r really got my attention too. Sat on it and it just felt too big. What an awesome bike though. BMW is also coming out with a retro bike this year. It looks like it may be the real deal too. The v7 was mentioned too and I was even more smitten with that. Just thought it was the end all in pictures and character and everything. Kept riding different variations of them and thought the stone would be it for me. Saw it in person but when I sat on it I thought it just didn't feel right. Duh, its the same bike I rode and it just didn't do it for me. Of course the same might be true once I finally set eyes on the 1100. But I have a hard time getting away from Honda, cars or bikes. Honda just does it for me. It actually took me a while to warm up to the 1100 but the money has been put down now so I think you know how I feel. Oh BTW, the German website is: http://translate.google.com/transla...a=X&ei=uAk4UZ-vCYHn2AWH5YCIBQ&ved=0CHYQ7gEwCQ


    There is a little information on the above German website as I said previously. It is funny how similar the observations are but truly halarious how some of the post are translated. Kind of interesting in many respects. Maybe we should all just move our conversation over to that forum since they are actually riding the 1100 already. Who will be the first? I'm sure the poor google translation will make for some interesting banter.


    ....and now for something completely different!
    Lego cb1100

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    Again coincedental but I am also 6'0, 32 inseam. Sounds like that is the outer limits for ergos, stock anyway. Easy to change if needed I would think. I will say that there is certainly a common thread between the taste and priorities of the people that seem interested in this bike. And even though it should be common sense, I am still a little surprised about the apparent similarity in other bikes considered along with the 1100 by fellow posters. Bonneville, thruxton, v7, duc gt1000 and monsters, sportster, r1200(x), etc.

    BMW retro. Notice proper suspension on front end, spoke wheels and very attractive tank, and shaft drive.

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  9. dpg

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    Great post! Thx.
  10. ECN-ROL

    ECN-ROL Been here awhile

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    They want $14759 Canadian for it. Who in their right mind living in Canada would pay that when they can cross to the U.S. and get it for around $10,000. I agree in buying locally, but almost 50% more, no way.
  11. dirtdreamer50

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    This is a retro boxer. I had an '86 R65 monoshock, beautiful but not popular. The R75 is air head wonder, to me.
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  12. Tripl Nikl

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    Wow, it's a good time to be into standards! There's so much more in this market than just a couple of years ago even. :clap

    If that teaser and this...

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    ... are anywhere near where the Beemer ends up--I dig it!

    Don't get me wrong, I'm glad I've got my DR650--it's a great, practical bike. And I could dirt knobbies on it and make it more of a off-road oriented bike without having too much overlap in the MCs. I'm pretty darn stoked!!
  13. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    I agree that it's a great time to be an American who is into standards. :clap
    I find myself wanting a different bike every day. Guess I need to build a bigger garage first. :lol3
  14. Oldgoat01

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    I see you are in Asheville. I'm in Charlotte so if you get one, I'll drive up there AND make the call to Guinness so they can confirm the record for the most CB1100's in the same location! Then we can have a Guinness!
  15. Oldgoat01

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    In my feeble way of thinking, I am fine with the demise. The only negatives to its demise are lack of on-going product support and lack of aftermarket products. I'm not at all worried about the first (on-going support). It is a Honda after all with a huge dealer network. As for aftermarket products, I'm just not a big farkler (is one who farkles a farkler or a farkerator?) Now if tons of stuff comes out, I may add bits and pieces but all I really need is some sort of luggage system, windshield and heated grips. If the volumes are small my selection will be small and, therefore, the price may be higher but I'm OK with that.
  16. yogibiker

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    Not very important, but I posted a video of aftermarket 4 into 4 system from Pipemasters. This was maybe two months ago. They were quoted to me at 1950.00 plus 200.00 shipping from Aus. To North Carolina. Another person was quoted at somewhere around 1600.00 I believe. Still expensive, but 3000.00 or more is way high.
  17. ZappBranigan

    ZappBranigan Still Riding

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    Just noticed from the pictures that the CB1100 has a hydraulic clutch. Nice. My 01 Thunderbird had a hydraulic clutch and it was very smooth.

    It's definitely a gorgeous bike. Unfortunately I won't be in the market for another motorcycle for at least a year, so I'm hoping this one hangs on until then (although to be honest I'd rather buy a lightly-used model than a new one anyway.)
  18. The other Ferret

    The other Ferret Motorcycle nut

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    An R1200R is a really neat bike. Thats what I rented in Europe. Light weight, plenty of power, awesome front brakes, good trans, gear indicator, good suspension. My only complaint was, well I have several, first they are geared to the moon 5 th and 6th are really overdrives and the only place I used them was on the autobahn running in excess of 100 mph. Secondly they are absurdly expensive over here, like $15 grand. Add another $1500 or so for Bmws luggage, and theres still no wind protection...plus Beemer dealers are few and far between and maintenance is expensive. Still, I seriously considered buying one until I found out the CB 1100 was finally coming to the U.S. Other than the shaft drive, I think the CB 1100 will actually be superior to the R1200R for my uses.
  19. OldF7Guy

    OldF7Guy Been here awhile

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    Somehow, I skipped over that detail. I was on a long trip once and a friends 1400 Suzuki Intruder lost his clutch in 100 plus degree weather. I am not sure to this day what the cause of it was but after it cooled off it came back. The bike was new also. Im no expert on the subject but a cable operated system is much more simple. My Sportster had a very easy clutch pull with no hydraulics. I am not crazy about this system but it is what it is. Perhaps one of you gurus can tell me why hydrualics are better.
  20. M3-SRT8

    M3-SRT8 Been here awhile

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    The Suzuki having problems with a hydraulic clutch would seem to me to be point data, unless someone can show that it was a problem with that model. The hydraulic line was probably routed too close to engine heat, or it could have just been partiallyfull of air or low fluid.

    The Honda, on the other hand, I'm not too worried about. Reviewers, BTW, have remarked how smooth the clutch is on the cb1100.