HONDA CB1100RS (2017 - on) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£170|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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 qualityNext up: Value
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 rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||Four-stroke, air-cooled DOHC inline four|
|Frame type||Tubular steel cradle|
|Fuel capacity||16.8 litres|
|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|
|Used price||£7,500 - £10,000|
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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£170|
A retro classic underrated by power crazy testers
Comfortable seat.mirrors needed extension
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
Excellent fit and finish
Awaiting next service
Buying experience: Dealer
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
Heated grips and charger point should be standard
Buying experience: Bought new from a Honda dealer in 2019 for 9000.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In addition to dealer service for warranty reasons,I change the oil & filter every 3000 miles and do any running repairs as needed.
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.
Annual servicing cost: £200
Great quality, smooth engine, great suspension and brakes. A joy to ride and own.
Could do with heated grips and a 12v charger as standard
Buying experience: Excellent. Bought from Via-Moto, Sheffield
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.
Buying experience: Dealer was perfect.