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"

  • At a glance
  • 1137cc  -  134 bhp
  • 41 mpg  -  195 miles range
  • Medium seat height (795mm)

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.

Value & Running Costs 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.

Insurance group: 15 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

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

10 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.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.9 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

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!

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 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

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!

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 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

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

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
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).

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 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

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

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

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 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

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.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 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

I posted a previous review and gave it an 85% rating. I said that "ringing its neck is pointless"

12 July 2006 by casca

I had to take it to the IOM TT (2006)as my ZX9R was ill. It was only then that I found out how awesome this bike is. I was going to sell it but, on Mad Sunday, with a bunch of mates on very fast kit; GSXR 1000 (2006 model); 998 with Termi's and... Read more re-chip (140 bhp) and an RSV Mille, the X11 actually kept up and challenged. Unbelievable! Although it gets wheezy at 7 - 8 k rpm, go through that and it flies. It torqued all bikes out of corners. Incredible. I'm keeping it! Strengths: Engine. Weaknesses: None. It is what it is.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 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

Huge, big bike. Astonishing and rude. Pretty and scary!

28 March 2005 by Athelstanexxx

The best engine EVER built by Honda. (Apart the V5 I didn't test at the moment). You can proceed in 5th @ 1800rpm on the roads without any noise and with 24litres/100km, or you can overwhelm other bikes and scary old ladies in 3rd @9000 rpm over... Read more 108mph and @ 4litres/100km. I bought an used 2000 model (red, silver frame). I mounted a high handlebar (http://www.ab-m.de/produkte/superbikeumbau/superbike-kits/), an hugger (http://www.tcpsa.com/honda/x11c.htm) and a fairing (http://eshop.motonline.com/index.php?fuseaction=home.1082260). I'm using her (her name is Thorque, from my nickname Thor and her Torque feature) every day, with every weather. Strengths: Beautiful and ugly as only a Buell can be, but reliable as a Buell won't ever be. Weaknesses: Italian people decided to buy "naked" bikes only after "Mission Impossible 2"'s Triumph Speed Triple appearance. Honda X Eleven was in the market BEFORE. Honda had to point on another model to satisfy the market.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 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

Best bike I've had in 15 years, it's so deceptive!

09 December 2004 by red123

This is my second x11, first got nicked in Spain . Its got power every where, smooth as silk and it handles far better than you'd think . Big fuel tank, comfy seat . It doesn't turn too quick, but then if I wanted that I would have got... Read more a sports bike . It will see off most sports bikes in a straight line and out break them.I  found Dunlop 204 s work for grip and Macadams for lasting. I have a chain oiler fitted which is a must with all that power. The build quality is first class . Love it ! Strengths: Power, comfort, tank range, build quality . Weaknesses: Weight . Looks.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 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
Read all 10 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1999
Year discontinued 2002
Original price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 15 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
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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