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