2013 + Honda CB1100

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

  1. ysrebob

    ysrebob yessiree, Bob.

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    Have been experimenting with windscreens since the CB is currently my main longer-distance bike.

    This is the best setup I've been able to come up with: keeps wind pressure off your torso, without creating any turbulence at helmet level. It's a Givi Airflow AF49. To prevent helmet buffeting, I had to slide the upper adjustable portion of the screen to its lowest position. I cut off the (unused) lower half of the sliding part of the shield for a cleaner appearance... otherwise it looks kind of odd with the sliding part all the way down. I still think the CBs looks their best without any windshield at all, but this setup has proved to be very functional for longer distance / higher speed rides.
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  2. ysrebob

    ysrebob yessiree, Bob.

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  3. CbDude

    CbDude Been here awhile

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  4. CbDude

    CbDude Been here awhile

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    DCT cb1100 on the way?

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  5. kaertner

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    It has a foot gear lever, which on a DCT is never on the bike unless its added as a rare option.
  6. pekingduck

    pekingduck Long timer

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    I read that it is automatic clutch, not DCT, so it is lighter and simpler. The CB1100 is oriented generally towards older, more experienced riders who are more used to using the clutch and don't mind it. I don't like their DCTs because you lose that ability to feather the clutch at low speeds, or fan the clutch for a bit more power. You also lose the smoothness of the engine braking.
  7. kaertner

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    I had a VFR1200X DCT, no problem with smooth engine braking using the manual shift up/down buttons. No problem at all using DCT at low speeds. For more power you just turn the throttle by how ever much you need. The DCT was the only thing I liked about that bike and will feature in one of my future bikes, brilliant tech that transforms riding into the next level and makes quick shifters feel prehistoric.
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  8. Scoobynut

    Scoobynut Been here awhile

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    I agree, kaertner; a friend let me ride his VFR1200 (the sport touring one) and the DCT was the best part of the bike. I went into it expecting to hate the DCT, but after riding it I was surprised by how much I liked it.
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  9. pekingduck

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    I borrowed a VFR1200F DCT, and while splitting lanes in LA traffic, at lower speeds, it would transition into neutral and lose the engine braking connection. Also when doing tight feet-up turns. I also tested the NC700X in both versions, and I could always shift smoother with the clutch. But then, my car and truck are both manual transmissioned, and I greatly prefer them to an automatic even in stop-and-go traffic
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  10. cblais19

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    My AT’s DCT never goes into neutral unless you’re at a stop - it does a great job of clutch slipping at very low speeds. It doesn’t revmatch on downshifts, so it can be a tad lurchy there dropping down, but the 18+ fixed that. The latest ones also tie the six axis IMU in, so they’ll avoid up shifting at lean in the sportier drive modes.

    Either way, not sure an auto really fits with the “classic Honda” purpose of a CB.
  11. Scoobynut

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    cblais, I hear what you're saying about an auto on a retro-style CB, but myself I would be interested in at least checking it out. I drive a car with a DCT and I have to say it's just more enjoyable than a regular automatic. Leave it in drive and you have what acts for the most part like a regular automatic, but put it in sport and play with the paddle shifters and it can be damn near as much fun as a manual, without the drawbacks a manual can have in congested city traffic. Don't get me wrong, overall, considering different conditions it's probably a wash as to which is preferable, and certainly a manual still gives the best direct connection to the vehicle and more pure fun, no doubt. In any case, Honda certainly isn't afraid to try new directions sometimes and I give them all the credit for that.
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    Yes, I literally just said I love Honda’s implementation of the DCT in bikes...

    I do think an “automated clutch” would be an interesting addition though, since that harkens back to their old Hondamatics and the like. Wasn’t that kind of how Yamaha did their clutchless option on the FJR?
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    Sorry, didn't mean that it goes into neutral, I meant that it disengages 1st as if the clutch were pulled in. To me, it's the answer to a question not asked.
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    Maybe this was unique to the older implementation on the VFR? I’ve never had this issue under any sort of speed with the AT, and I frequently use it crawling through extremely slow stop and go.
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    Well, it was a 2010 model, so if it's improved, great. Having clip-ons didn't help either.
    Hopefully the automatic clutch is more seamless.
  16. kaertner

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    Honda CB400A was an 'automatic' model from the 1970s, very retro to have such a gearbox on a new 'retro' CB but hopefully it will be DCT this time if they take this route.
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    Just curious, how's the job of valve checking and or shim replacement on the CB1100?.
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    HapHazard Be Kind - Rewind

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    ^Very nice, but what do y'all make of the extreme bluing at the front of the muffler?


    (The headpipes make an early Hinckley Bonnie look clear, as well - extreme leaness?)
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    It’s titanium, done on purpose for the aesthetic effect.
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