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.
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.
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.
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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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.