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Phil West  says:

Video: Honda CB1100 first ride

MCN Executive Editor Phil West traveled to Valencia in Spain last week to ride Honda's completely new CB1100 retro roadster. Check out his opinions on Honda's brand new link to the past!

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Jan 13

Posts: 1

delfunko says:

dude, an 883 is a foot forward v twin, this is a mid to standard bike position and an inline 4. why not get a goldwing while we're at it lol

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Sep 10

Posts: 1323

SatNavSteve says:


You like the bike but you would change half of it with different wheels and exhaust? I guess that would take the price to over 12 grand then, and within 12 months, worth probably less than half of that. Don't think we will see many of these on the roads, but probably more than the DN-01. I've only seen one of those!

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Dec 10

Posts: 12025

preunit says:

"Don't think we will see many of these on the roads"

All the more reason to get one imo, Honda didn't intended this to

replace any of it's big selling models, but to produce a beautifully

crafted bike that would appeal to (older?)riders who have an eye for detail

and a love of 70's,80's air cooled fours. :sunglasses:

Plus i don't think anyone who intends buying a CB1100 will be remortgaging

to do so, so depreciation won't be an issue to them, it'll be a long term investment

to admire,ride and polish.

If you can't dig this then that's cool, go get yourself a (sports bike/cruiser)......but that would just be a waste of money right?:wink:


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Oct 11

Posts: 2654

Piglet2010 says:

No More or Less

The Honda CB1100 is no more or less ridiculous than every Moto Guzzi, every air-cooled Triumph, etc. (meaning current models), and a lot more sensible than a Victory or Harley-Davidson cruiser.

As for buying a 30 to 35-year old UJM instead, fine if you just want something in the garage to polish. But if you actually want to ride, there will be a huge difference in maintenance, parts availability, and reliability in favor of the new bike.

Agreed if you want more practicality for the same money (at least in the US), get a Honda Dullsville or Honda Silver Wing – but that is not what the CB1100 is about. Not a bike anyone needs, but one certain people will really enjoy, which is what matters most.

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Feb 09

Posts: 515

STILL want one. Looks like I've reached "that age", but the styling appeals and does remind me of the bikes I had back in the 70's and 80's. Okay, I'm an old phart, but really, where can you get away with properly exercising the modern hyper bikes without getting zapped by a camera / clouting another dimwit road user / otherwise phuqqing it up? Think it's time to re - evaluate what I want from my biking, not sure I want to tear arse around any more. Too many scars and too many friends lost surfing the zeitgeist is catching up with me, which I'm not afraid to admit. You see, that's what I love about biking - you can be yourself and ride whatever you want, however you want, whenever you want. At the end of the day, it's a big family and every family has different characters in it. It appears that I've become the embarrasing dad dancer........... 

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bob the builder


Feb 03

Posts: 197

I have had Honda`s from the early seventies,I wish manufacturers would make taller road bikes for us over 6ft.

This bike looks way too small for me to be comfortable.

Dont think I will change my Suzuki GSX 1400 for it, Looks too small for the 6ft plus rider, thats why the GSX1400 suits me at the moment, but I`l go and try it out when it hits the dealers.

Also the price for a, retro?? an old design??? should be a bit cheaper, then the quality might probably suffer.

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Oct 10

Posts: 138


Almost 9K for this!Yet again Honda take the piss out of the punters.It makes me laugh how it's compared to Zephyrs,they'll be around in 20 yrs in various upgraded guises but this,i don't think it'll ever be a cult bike,bland,ugly,slow,overpriced HONDA.It'll be discontinued in 2 yrs max coz they won't sell any.

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Jan 13

Posts: 28

Boxer12 says:


What on earth are you on about?

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Sep 11

Posts: 2


I was getting quite excited about this new bike until I read some of the other reviews.  (I was considering this bike, the KTM690 and the BMW 800ST.   I have ruled out the KTM and BMW as they have been suffering from bits falling off during MCN tests. Almost beggars belief) .

- the seat is too low for taller riders

- the fuel tank is too small, for cosmetic reasons, so you can see the engine!

- the orignal non-uk model, I believe, has one throttle body and does about 70 mpg (claimed).  The UK model has four throttle bodies and is claimed to do about 50mpg. Why change it?  It was never destined to be a sports bike.

- as other people have already commented, there is a lot of chrome.  My life is too short to keep polishing chrome.  It looks as though a good idea has been turned into a master class of style over function.  However,  I need frugality and function.



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Apr 12

Posts: 143

69Fastback says:


Had a 94, CB750 F2. It rode just like Phil West describes the new CB1100. It was so user friendly to the point of 'A bit boring'.

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