HONDA X11 (1999-2002) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"Non-retro naked street-rod was brave and decent, but short lived"

Honda CB1100 X-11 motorycle review - Riding

"Non-retro naked street-rod was brave and decent, but short lived"

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

Non-retro naked street-rod motorcycle was a brave marketing decision from Honda. Unfortunately the Honda CB1100 X-11's sales were slow and the plug was pulled quickly. Often thought of as an unfaried Honda CBR1100XX Super BlackBird – but it’s not. The Honda CB1100 X-11 is indecently powerful, big, very well put together and slightly iffy in the corners.

Ride Quality & Brakes 2 out of 5

All that weight and quite modest forks – the Honda CB1100 X-11 is not a superb handling motorcycle in the corners although new springs and oil can improve things plenty. Brakes are effective but use Honda’s complex linking system. It works well although some very experienced bikers don’t like it. Expensive to overhaul or de-link.

Engine 5 out of 5

The Honda CB1100 X-11 has massive power, massive torque. Similar to the Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird but not the same – there’s one less balance shaft – and you do feel a few vibes through the bars as a result. Standard bikes make about 120bhp at the rear wheel – if that’s not impressive enough, a full exhaust system (the thin original down pipes are restrictive) and Power Commander can take the Honda CB1100 X-11 to over 135bhp at the wheel.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

Problems are exceedingly rare. Used oil comes out looking almost like new at oil changes – the Honda CB1100 X-11 is one well put together motorcycle. Finish is better than most. But run it though winter though and it’ll still suffer – the shock, fasteners and steel brackets will corrode – most other motorcycles would fair worse than the Honda CB1100 X-11 though.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

The Honda CB1100 X-11 makes a good used buy. They tend to be well looked after bikes and you can’t thrash a motorcycle like this. As they were never popular prices for the Honda CB1100 X-11 are lower than rival motorcycles although a small cult following is building. Ignore dealers asking OTT prices. Do your research and get an awesome motorcycle for middleweight money. Find a Honda CB1100 X-11 for sale.

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Equipment 4 out of 5

For a naked motorcycle, the Honda CB1100 X-11's wind protection is remarkably good. The instrument cluster deflects some air plus the bars are low so a 85-90mph cruise is quite sustainable.
Comfort’s pretty good although the low bars can cause wrist ache round town – some riders fit bar risers. The Honda CB1100 X-11 has decent pillion accommodation – but they’ll need to hang on tight.

Owners' Reviews

13 owners have reviewed their HONDA X11 (1999-2002) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your HONDA X11 (1999-2002)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.8 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.8 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

X11 HONDA

02 June 2016 by andy

Heavy. Yes i would recommend to a friend Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Back sub frame spring a bit of rust. Alarm and key fob could be a lot better.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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Buying experience

Traded my blue honda hornet 600cc for this red cb 1100 x sf best thing that i did i was always moving up and down on gears on the 600cc hornet nice bike but x11 wow .The cb1100 x was great all i needed was 1 to 3 gears the rest for move power.Its more power full then cbx1000 z and does not snike.at high speeds.only problem that it is heavey like a elephant i am only 10 stone and not big i got this bike back in 2001 m and s westgate road newcastle and i still have this bike its is a nice bike:)

5 out of 5

Discreet performance upgrades make this X11 into a superbike beater!

06 May 2016 by Jestermab

Believe me when I say this, this is a weapon of a motorcycle! I have actually fitted Galespeed wheels, a Nitron rear shock, Ohlins internal springs and reworked forks. It now handles amazingly, HH sintered pads and braided hoses has the stopping... Read more department sorted too. Considering this is now a 15 year old bike, it is ridiculously reliable, it is quiet, and over distance runs I can get 230-240 miles travelling at 70-80mph. This bike is heavy, but very stable and the steering geometry belies its actual weight. Genuine 0-60 times of sub 2.5 seconds and it has been off the clock on German Autobahns. One word of warning, the headlamp bowl can break at aver 150 mph over prolonged periods and if a fly screen is fitted, they can snap off at 130mph which can be pretty scary. Also, the radiator cowling is a feature that actually works. If travelling at high speed, the bike WEAVES badly if the rad cowling has been replaced with a chrome radiator guard. Be warned! I'm 6'3" and the bike it fits me great. Yeah, its pretty ugly, but when a bike is this good, looks aren't everything!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Get a Nitron rear shock with adjustable preload (£450) and Ohlins progressive front fork internals (£120) and braided hoses £220. It WILL transform the bike in every way possible! Galespeed wheels 6" rear with Pirelli Supercorsa's make this bike into a total street weapon! If these mods aren't done the rating would otherwise be 3 stars
Engine
5 out of 5
This engine is powerful and is NOT the same as a Blackbird motor. It makes BAGS more torque and the gearbox is smooooooooth. The bikes radiator cowl might be butt ugly but is there for a reason! I had a chrome grill fitted and it made the bike constantly over heat, even in the winter. Keep the cowlings or fit a big radiator.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Built to last... Engine is bullet proof and even when shims checked at 20000 miles there was no wear. Be careful with traffic film remover as it can stain the matt paint if its not washed off pronto.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
I service this myself, and parts are reasonable even from Honda. (Hunts). Castrol synthetic oil and filter is £45. Genuine Honda pads are £85 all round or EBC is £75. MOT £30, So servicing cost roughly £150 a year.
Equipment
3 out of 5
I have fitted genuine Honda heated grips. This makes the bike a full on hack winter and summer. OK, it doesn't have a fuel gauge, or any other rider aids, but it is comfortable. Its excellent for pillions and has adequate wind protection for a big naked bike like this
Buying experience

Private purchase. £1700 May 2012 Upgrades including: Suspension: Nitron £450 and Ohlins progress fork springs and oil £120 (£670) Brakes: Linked braided hoses £230 and HH pads £75 (£305) Givi flyscreen: £45 Galespeed wheels £700 2nd hand £1775 + £1700= £3475

4 out of 5

One of the best kept secrets and one of the most underrated naked Hondas

27 April 2016 by Jay

I am going to have to be picky here because the bad points are really a matter of taste rather than a matter of fact. Good. would have to be the engine, the build, the reliability and the price you can get a second hand one at, but this bike has... Read more gone from hard to rare when it comes to buying. Bad, if you're tall you may feel a little cramped, however if you height challenged like me, your find it very agreeable, the clocks are a pain, they are red and if you do any touring in Europe at night and try to view the speed in KM your be hard pressed to see the speed your doing, Brakes are Marmite, I have no problems with them at all, the looks your love them or hate them, I like them. And the steering lock, I've never had a problem but some owners say its very limited.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
This is a matter of taste, I have no problems or dislikes with the CBS (combined braking system) and its not the only bike to have this.
Engine
5 out of 5
Smooth, fast, massive torque and power in the right places. And even though the bike is a beast the engine still sits as the main focus.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Reliability, I haven't had many issues, a dead battery was the worst I have had, however for some reason once a month I have to spray the turn signal handle bar unit with electrical spray or they gradually stop working, other owners report the same. I may be a little bias but when you stand back and look at the bike it is a work of art, nothing less, so well put together.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
I do my own serving, so its just materials, but can be £150 for minimal service up to £500 for a major over the top service.
Equipment
4 out of 5
There isn't a great amount of stuff, but what there is, is expensive.
Buying experience

Although these can be very hard to come across, most owners are late 30's onward's so most owners tend to look after them, not that its easy to buy a lemon on these bikes.

5 out of 5

Friendly beast

02 October 2014 by Anonymous

I have had the pleasure of owning the x11 for a year now and it is without doubt the best bike I have ridden. Reason for buying was before a break from biking around year 2000 a biking friend was kind enough to let me try his Blackbird, it's engine... Read more was superb the sound the smoothness the power and torque loved it BUT the reach to the bars and lowness didn't allow me to drop my shoulder and it didn't feel right at 5,10 I was frankly a couple of inches too short . Some 14 years on and after a 10 year break had an itch to get a bike and the x11 came to mind a comfortable riding position AND that engine got to be good and boy is it :) The best bit was some great deals to be had and due to being naked quite a few low mileage examples to still be found. Looks wise I was lucky to find a Candy Apple Red one with carbon cans and every one has said how great it looks even have strangers come up and say nice bike, I think the ugly duckling has come good may be looks we're ahead of its time! Next point I have seen from MCN review is slightly iffy handling well have to totally disagree there, had pleasure this summer of riding down to Pyrenees and in the mountain twisties I was in heaven in company of KTM and GS Adventure bikes and didn't have any issues keeping up or any dramas in the process, bike was very secure and held line in a compliant and reassuring manner and would switch quick and easy, not effortlessly you do need a firm hand but not excessively so. Have marked bike down on Equipment as while clocks are supposed to deflect wind they aren't effective enough so I have fitted a Givi screen which has been perfect without buffeting also fitting luggage is tricky as Givi no longer make fittings for it although I have been lucky to find one and a 46L top box has been adequate for touring. I have no hesitation in recommending this bike it will be a future classic and a very hard act to follow!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Friendly beast

02 October 2014 by Anonymous

I have had the pleasure of owning the x11 for a year now and it is without doubt the best bike I have ridden. Reason for buying was before a break from biking around year 2000 a biking friend was kind enough to let me try his Blackbird, it's engine... Read more was superb the sound the smoothness the power and torque loved it BUT the reach to the bars and lowness didn't allow me to drop my shoulder and it didn't feel right at 5,10 I was frankly a couple of inches too short . Some 14 years on and after a 10 year break had an itch to get a bike and the x11 came to mind a comfortable riding position AND that engine got to be good and boy is it :) The best bit was some great deals to be had and due to being naked quite a few low mileage examples to still be found. Looks wise I was lucky to find a Candy Apple Red one with carbon cans and every one has said how great it looks even have strangers come up and say nice bike, I think the ugly duckling has come good may be looks we're ahead of its time! Next point I have seen from MCN review is slightly iffy handling well have to totally disagree there, had pleasure this summer of riding down to Pyrenees and in the mountain twisties I was in heaven in company of KTM and GS Adventure bikes and didn't have any issues keeping up or any dramas in the process, bike was very secure and held line in a compliant and reassuring manner and would switch quick and easy, not effortlessly you do need a firm hand but not excessively so. Have marked bike down on Equipment as while clocks are supposed to deflect wind they aren't effective enough so I have fitted a Givi screen which has been perfect without buffeting also fitting luggage is tricky as Givi no longer make fittings for it although I have been lucky to find one and a 46L top box has been adequate for touring. I have no hesitation in recommending this bike it will be a future classic and a very hard act to follow!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Honda X11

04 April 2008 by spenceX11

I have owned my X11 for two years best bike i have owned, got it to tour on instead of my fireblade, now sold my blade as the X11 does all i need, even a track day at Brands. Try one you will be surprised. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Pure Muscle.

20 January 2008 by johnboy1957

Got one loved it, so bought another, fitting turbo on one next year, mad or what! should pull 200bhp. Mine handles with all that torque pick right line and they turn ok for me, but agree with pegs to high get cramp and wrist ache,( could be abuse... Read more when younger).

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Honda X Beast

19 May 2007 by noddy570

I have owned numerous bikes and this is the best value, best grin inducing, best all rounder I have ever owned. Good for hacking, touring, racing or whatever else turns you on Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Great bike sadly, under rated by Biking press.

05 October 2006 by stevensonr

What can I say just bought an X11 and I love it. It can bimble along serenely or rip yer arms off. It is silky smooth and all day comfy. If you're in the market for a naked bike with balls look no further than an X11. Strengths: Power, comfort,... Read more imdividuality. Weaknesses: likes a drink.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Great Performace Poor leg room

26 July 2006 by CatsX11

Had the bike now 5 years I agree with a lot of the reviews EXCEPT no one has mentioned the poor leg room - THE PEGS ARE TOO HIGH! giving knee ache and ankle ache and wrist ache on any journey over 100 miles.Poor brakes as well. Still wouldn't swap it... Read more for anything else. Sold a zx12r to keep this! that's how much I rate the x11! Strengths: Performace Uniqueness Rareraity. Weaknesses: Seat too low or pegs too high. Brakes need up grading.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1999
Year discontinued 2002
Original price -
Used price £2,300 to £3,500
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 15 of 17
Annual road tax £82
Annual service cost £180
Performance
Max power 134 bhp
Max torque 83 ft-lb
Top speed 160 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.7 secs
Average fuel consumption 41 mpg
Tank range 195 miles
Specification
Engine size 1137cc
Engine type 16v in-line four, 5 gears
Frame type Twin aluminium spars, central rear section
Fuel capacity 22 litres
Seat height 795mm
Bike weight 222kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake Aluminium beam
Rear brake 256mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

1999: Honda CB1100 X-11 launched.
2001: Crank cases black rather than gold.
2002: Honda CB1100 X-11 discontinued.

Other versions

None.

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