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Honda CB1100 Spotted In California

Posted in Honda, Motorcycle by Kurt Ernst | April 8th, 2010 | 11 Responses |

Photo: Two Wheels Blog

The Honda CB1100 is a retro styled UJM (Universal Japanese Motorcycle) built for their domestic market. Honda has been pretty clear that they weren’t exporting the CB1100 to the United States, but a reader of Two Wheels Blog recently snapped a pic of the bike in California. I can’t tell if it’s wearing a manufacturer’s plate or not, which would help to clarify if it was a Honda import to test the waters or just another rich rider’s toy of the week.

The bike was designed for returning riders in the 40 to 50 year old demographic, and features a modest power output of 87 horsepower. Like the CBs of old, the motor is air cooled, both for simplicity and for an authentic retro feel. In fact, the motor looks just like an early 80s CB900F, right down to the black and silver cooling fins and the polished aluminum valve cover.

Having owned two Honda CBs from the early 80s (a CB750F and a CB900F), I understand this bike. At nearly $11,000, it’s a bit on the steep side for a trip down memory lane, particularly since it won’t do anything as well as a contemporary motorcycle. Still, Harley’s got their retro XR1200 priced at around $12k, so maybe there is a market for this kind of bike after all.

Source: Two Wheels Blog

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11 Responses

  1. Dave says:

    I have always liked the CB’s, but I’m more thinking about the 500-650 range personally. I do like the retro styling.

  2. Kurt says:

    Dave, if you’re looking for a bike in the 650 range, I’d say there are two choices: for street, there’s the Suzuki SV650 and for dual purpose there’s the Kawasaki KLR 650. Both are readily available on the used market and both have huge aftermarket support. Plus, neither is a bike you’d quickly outgrow.

  3. thorick says:

    I want one !
    I loved my old Nighthawk 750, air-cooled in-line 4 (with 4 killer gleaming headers out front) but finally gave it up because ‘I wish it were (at least) a 900′. Now, Honda have gone and fulfilled that wish (in Japan).

  4. Kurt says:

    thorick, I haven’t heard anything else about the CB1100 coming to America, but we can keep our fingers crossed…

  5. JimG says:

    Basically, it’s a successor to the old 750 Nighthawk, not sold here since 2003. What a great looking bike. I think it will sell pretty well here.

  6. Nomadlarry says:

    I love the retro naked standard look, but at 11k, I also like a 1982 Suzuki GS 850L for 2k.

  7. kpmsprtd says:

    Your 1982 Suzuki GS 850L for 2K, however, could end up like my 1980 Suzuki GS850G for $800. I think I’m about $4000 into it at this point. (It could be more if I try to remember all the details.) Not that I don’t love my old bike. I do. But only capable mechanics should own a bike like this. Unfortunately, that’s not me, and it’s hard to find shops that will work on the oldies but goodies.

  8. cnr1993 says:

    I waited forever for this bike to come… I couldn’t wait any longer, bought a ducati sport 1000 and haven’t looked back. They are about the same price, and that bike is no duc, lol. And bring out the R version and I’d think about it. I do have a 1971 cb750, we do need the choice, but it is to expensive.

  9. Kurt says:

    cnr, I agree that Honda priced itself out of the market with this bike, same as the early ’90s CB1000 (which they did import).

  10. JEAN MARC says:

    I know this is an old article but I love this bike and run across this piece you wrote. I just wanted to point out that this picture may be a fake. If you notice the motorcycle behind the Honda CB has the same license plate number.

    I really hope they bring this motorcycle to the US one of these days. Do they still produce it over seas?

  11. “Honda CB1100 Spotted In California” was indeed a
    great post, can not help but wait to read more of your postings.
    Time to waste a little time on the internet lol.

    Thank you -Angela