HONDA CB1100RS (2017 - on) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £170
Power: 88 bhp
Seat height: Medium (31.3 in / 795 mm)
Weight: High (556 lbs / 252 kg)

Prices

New £11,139
Used £7,500 - £10,000

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
3 out of 5 (3/5)

The RS feels like a retro that has been forced to be a café racer slightly against its will. The look is all there, and the engine is lovely, but it’s not as sharp handling as the competition and that lets it down. Honda have pulled their punches when they could have gone all-in.

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Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
3 out of 5 (3/5)

The RS feels like it is a bike that has had its sporting side forced upon it rather than engineered in and as such it slightly misses the mark and is behind the competition. It lacks the agility of its rivals and in a café racer with modern components such as radial brakes and beefy conventional forks you expect more.

Engine

Next up: Reliability
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The inline four engine is typical Honda in some ways – it’s smooth, fuels perfectly and has a sixth gear for added practicality, although the top three gears are very widely spaced and feel almost overdrives. And yet in other ways it is wonderfully un-Honda. Its designers have gone out of their way to inject some spirit into it and have engineered not only a lovely air-cooled pinging when it is cooling, but also a slightly off-beat note through altered valve timing between cylinders.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Honda doesn’t build a poor machine and the RS has the usual lovely level of detail when it comes to finish and overall level of quality. It hard to imagine any reliability horror stories or the finish being anything other than picture perfect.

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
3 out of 5 (3/5)

A price tag of £11,139 puts the RS at the higher end of the retro market and it is more than the £10,775 BMW R nineT Racer as well as the £9395 Ducati Scrambler Café Racer and Triumph Thruxton, which is £10,700. The higher spec Thruxton R with its Öhlins shocks, Brembo brakes and Showa BPF forks is only £800 more at £12,000.

Equipment

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 ABS, radial brakes and beefy conventional forks are quite nice touches, although they lack the big name branding. There are lots of neat styling touches, but for a café racer the performance spec doesn’t wow you.

Specs

Engine size 1140cc
Engine type Four-stroke, air-cooled DOHC inline four
Frame type Tubular steel cradle
Fuel capacity 16.8 litres
Seat height 795mm
Bike weight 252kg
Front suspension 43mm forks, -adjustable spring preload
Rear suspension Twin shocks, adjustable spring preload
Front brake 2x310mm disc four-piston radial Tokico calipers, ABS
Rear brake 256mm disc, one-piston caliper. ABS
Front tyre size 120/70X17
Rear tyre size 180/55x17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 53 mpg
Annual road tax £93
Annual service cost £170
New price £11,139
Used price £7,500 - £10,000
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term 2 year unlimited

Top speed & performance

Max power 88 bhp
Max torque 67.1 ft-lb
Top speed 130 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 170 miles

Owners' reviews for the HONDA CB1100RS (2017 - on)

5 owners have reviewed their HONDA CB1100RS (2017 - on) 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 CB1100RS (2017 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Engine: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Reliability & build quality: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.4 out of 5 (4.4/5)
Equipment: 4.4 out of 5 (4.4/5)
Annual servicing cost: £170
4 out of 5 An under the radar retro
23 October 2020 by Dicky

Year: 2018

A retro classic underrated by power crazy testers

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Comfortable seat.mirrors needed extension

Engine 5 out of 5

Not the most powerful but that’s exactly what attracts me to it. Super smooth delivery. Great for those that don’t want rider aids and unnecessary distractions

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Excellent fit and finish

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Awaiting next service

Equipment 4 out of 5

It’s looks

Buying experience: Dealer

5 out of 5 Mr
17 June 2020 by Feste

Year: 2018

Annual servicing cost: £180

Beautifully finished, very comfortable and a motor that is ultra smooth and torquey. Quite heavy to manhandle, but totally balanced on the move

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5

Heated grips and charger point should be standard

Buying experience: Bought new from a Honda dealer in 2019 for 9000.

5 out of 5 Worlds best cruiser
22 May 2020 by Crash

Year: 2019

Annual servicing cost: £150

Sheer all-day comfort from the soft seat.Top end fast enough,good torque in every gear,very stable in all situations.Fuel economy about 50 mpg.Low seat height inspires confidence with a heavy bike.Would recommend for older or shorter riders.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

This is the most comfortable bike I have ever ridden and being 73 years old was chosen for that reason,although being a head-turner is a bonus.I can honestly say that I could ride this bike all day,except for fuel stops.

Engine 5 out of 5

Long established inline four Honda lump,with over 90nm torque and as smooth as silk.Power arrives progressively and smoothly belying the 550 lbs. of weight.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

It s a Honda.Cannot remember how many Hondas I ve owned but never had one break down on me.Looking after the bike is the key to good reliability.Owned a cb750 all through the eighties and commuted over 2000 miles a month for almost 10 years,changed the oil monthly.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

In addition to dealer service for warranty reasons,I change the oil & filter every 3000 miles and do any running repairs as needed.

Equipment 5 out of 5

This bike only has ABS as required and I do not want anything else.The clocks are analogue and torque control is in my right hand,with no other distractions.Also comes with a centre stand ,making chain cleaning and adjustment a simple job.One of my favourite features is the very loud twin horns as standard.Why don t all bikes have these?

Buying experience: Bought this bike from a main Honda dealer.As I had previously purchased 3 bikes from him,and this was the last one left,(fortunately it was silver),he gave me a discount of almost a £1000.

5 out of 5 Honda CB1100rs
19 January 2020 by John F

Year: 2019

Annual servicing cost: £200

Great quality, smooth engine, great suspension and brakes. A joy to ride and own.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5

Super smooth.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5

Could do with heated grips and a 12v charger as standard

Buying experience: Excellent. Bought from Via-Moto, Sheffield

5 out of 5 Honda CB1100RS bike review
06 April 2019 by David andrew

Year: 2018

Annual servicing cost: £150

Does exactly what is says! Nice to have LED lights etc and being a Honda just all works, rear grab rail for passenger should have been included as standard.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5

Buying experience: Dealer was perfect.

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