HONDA CB1100EX (2017-on) Review

Published: 11 April 2017

Honda’s retro CB receives a few small, but significant, refinements for 2017

HONDA CB1100EX  (2017-on)

Honda’s retro CB receives a few small, but significant, refinements for 2017

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

If the sun is out and you want a carefree ride on a great looking retro, there aren’t many better options than the CB1100 EX. It’s Honda at its very best and has a feeling of quality and refinement about it as well as a welcome bit of old-school rawness and charm.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The EX is all about smooth motoring and the new conventional Showa Dual Bending Valve forks are set quite softly, which those aiming on hammering around bends may not appreciate. However if you are after a relaxed ride, they are wonderfully damped and help the bike glide over bumps with ease.

Engine 4 out of 5

The air-cooled 1140cc inline four is a beauty and is typically smooth and precise in its operation. However Honda has also engineered in a pleasing degree of old-school rawness and it pings when it is cooling like CB’s of yesteryear and has a lovely raw sound at low revs thanks to altered valve timing between the cylinders.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Honda doesn’t build a poor quality machine and the EX has the usual lovely level of detail. Everything has been thought about, refined, and then thought about again as it is developed over the years into this latest generation. It really is beautifully put together and has a real feeling of overall quality.

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 5

A price tag of £10,795 makes the RX more expensive than the £9800 Triumph Bonneville models (which are a higher spec), the £9990 BMW R nineT Pure and the £8395 Ducati Scrambler Classic. In this context it does look a little over-priced considering what you are getting.

Equipment 3 out of 5

The lack of adjustability on the suspension is a bit disappointing (you only get spring preload front and back to play with) but the motor has a slipper clutch as standard and there is also ABS. But this is a retro and the CB is all about the neat styling touches and on this front it really is impressive. What it lacks in traction control and varying fuel modes it makes up for in the fine details.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2017
Year discontinued -
New price £10,765
Used price £10,000 to £11,000
Warranty term 2 year unlimited
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £85
Annual service cost -
Max power 88.5 bhp
Max torque 67.1 ft-lb
Top speed 130 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption -
Tank range 170 miles
Engine size 1140cc
Engine type Four-stroke, air-cooled DOHC inline four
Frame type Tubular steel cradle
Fuel capacity 16.8 litres
Seat height 790mm
Bike weight 255kg
Front suspension 41mm conventional forks, -adjustable spring preload
Rear suspension Twin shocks, adjustable spring preload
Front brake 2x296mm disc four-piston calipers, ABS
Rear brake 256mm disc, one-piston caliper. ABS
Front tyre size 110/80X18
Rear tyre size 140/70x18

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