2010 Honda CB1100: the UJM returns

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Update: Now we’ve got all the official specs, riding video and nice photos of the 2010 Honda CB1100 in action. Click here to see them.

No official details on the 2010 Honda CB1100 other than that it’s confirmed as a production model. Nearly identical to the CB1100 concept from 2007, it represents a return to an era when well-engineered, high-spec bikes like the CB750 were designed to do everything rather than a single specific task. It should also make an excellent basis for customization, as proven by the Honda CB1100 Customize concept pictured above in red. It’s been reported that the CB1100 will make it stateside, but there’s no new information regarding that at this time.


  • http://www.damiengaudet.com damien

    Looks good to me!

  • kawalaser


  • Matt

    That’s a great looking bike. I’ve often wondered why so many manufacturers seem to barely acknowledge that there are many motorcycle riders that aren’t interested in either boy-racer styling or copies of Harley Davidsons.

  • s0crates82

    I’ll take one!

  • gappy

    Universal motorcycles are near extinct. The 1250 Bandit and a pair of 600′s (Gladius, en6r) is all that’s left. The US market has specialized mostly because of its recreation-oriented customers, unlike Europe. I hope new UJMs and utility-oriented motorcycles sell again, but the odds are against them. Honda alone has retired the Hornet and the 919 from the US, and every japanese manufacturer has its list of failed attempts. The engine is just a revised version of the old CB750 and CB1000 powerplants from the 80s and so is the frame. The development costs should have paid for themselves. If the bike sells for $8,500 or less, I would consider it seriously. I am afraid they will mis-price it though and target it to the nostalgic buyer. They should keep in mind the half-failures that the W650 and Bonneville have been.

    • http://ridethetorquecurve.blogspot.com hoyt

      The W650 may not have sold like it should have when new, but they are highly sought after now.

      Isn’t the Bonneville one of Triumphs best-selling models?

    • Oscar

      I disagree that the “universal motorcycle is nearly extinct”. They’ve merely evolved into different forms.

      The Triumph Tiger 1050, Ducati Multistrada and KTM 990 Supermoto & Supermoto T are universal motorcycles, as are the Yamaha FZ-1 and FZ-6R, Truimph Sprint ST, BMW F800ST, Kawasaki Versys, ER6-N and Ninja 650, Suzuki V-Strom 650 and 1000.

      All the bikes I named above, and probably many I didn’t, offer varying levels of performance with plenty of utility. All can be fitted with a full set of three locking panniers (either from the manufacturer or after-market), and many are available with ABS.

      It’s simply false to claim that manufacturers no longer sell bikes with a good combination of performance and practicality in the US anymore.

    • Da Foxx

      I cut my street riding teeth on a 1982 Suzuki GS750E, and replacing it with a Bandit 1250 got me everything I loved about a UJM with the modern stuff it was lacking. <3 that thing!

  • mat rempit

    I’ll take one.

    12 years from now.

    When it is $3k instead of $15k it costs new.

  • jcodyb

    perfect. i wanted something like this but didn’t want to settle for the gladius or en6r. please do a cb750 or cb650 and im sold-

    • http://bolty.net Stacy

      I agree! I dig the look of this bike, but the giganto displacement puts me off. Would love to see a 650 or 750 version.

  • Hiwatt Scott

    I don’t think it’s near extinct at all. It’s just that it’s niche has been encroached on by other niches. To me, the B-king is a standard, as is the Guzzi V7, the Speed Triple, etc.

  • http://www.robotribe.com robotribe

    Beautiful. Here’s hoping Honda surprises us in the opposite direction of their pricing history.

    I love it.

  • MrGone

    The Bonne has actually done very well for Triumph and while I admit that the classic UJM’s have been mostly abandoned by manufactures I think naked bikes still do quite a good job at blending comfort with fun. Also don’t forget Yamaha’s FZ6 and FZ1, they have been much bigger sellers at my shop than the new R1 or CBRs, only being beaten by the Street Triple.

  • raWorkshop

    I think even the FZ-6 is on the chopping block for next year in favor of it’s sportier looking, heavier cousin, the FZR-6. Speed Triples strike me as too powerful to be classed like the UJM’s, I’ll echo the call for a 650 or a 750 with good MPG.

  • chuluun

    This doesn’t do it for me I’m afraid, it’s very pretty but it will be priced to appeal to born-agains or mid-life-crisis bikers who want something that looks like what they used to ride or what was around when they wish they’d started. Honda already have a big-displacement retro bike in the CB1300, and I’d much prefer that.

    As for ‘UJMs’, for my money the best all-rounders of the last 20 years have been the slightly ‘softer’ sportsbikes like the CBR600F, Thundercat/Genesis, ZZR600 etc. or sports tourers like the VFR and BMW’s recent F800ST. You’ll also find plenty of riders who’ll tell you that a Fireblade will do pretty much everything they want, and Nick Sanders went round the world on a stock R1.

  • johnny

    yay, been looking forward to Honda putting this in production. great looking bike, I think. hopefully it means the ‘R’ Version is on it’s way too

  • nollid51

    I love the CB series, but 1100cc is a bit hefty. I’d rather have a remake of the CB550 or CB750 with fuel injection and other modern goodies. That being said, this is still awesome news that we might see the CB again.

  • ryan

    This bike’s all sorts of ugly.

    While I’m keen on the idea, attention to detail has to be paid.

    Honda bikes keep running through almost anything you throw at them, but this bike already looks old and dated.

    The new CB1000 shits on this monstrosity.

  • http://www.selfedge.com kiya babzani

    Whow, i can get into that.. cost?

  • tropicdiver

    I still remember my old Z1B. The thing rolled on smooth power and was so much fun back in ’73. It couldn’t handle a fast curve worth cr*p, but it still was so much fun to ride.

    It is refreshing to see a new rice burner than isn’t trying to be a Harley wanabe or just another crotch rocket.

    Honda’s have always struck me as just another stamped out look-a-like bike, but this one reminds me of the old CB400F and that is sweet.

    Look likes lots of fun. I hope someone from KAW is reading this that can make it happen.

  • chrisF

    I like this but I love the CB1100RR! I’ve been keeping a burning hope ever since they showed it off recently.

  • http://www.rockersct.com R13

    A worthy upgrade for my 76 cb750, but let’s see the weight numbers. Can we say bonneville eater?

  • Hobo Mike

    Question: How different would this bike be versus an older UMJ with new suspension bits, new rubber and maybe new brakes? Old liter bikes can be had for < $2000. Even if you went all Ohlins and Brembo, You’d still have a lot left over for fancy pants. just sayin’.

  • http://setthemfree.tumblr.com Sasha Pave

    Gorgeous! It’s always exciting to see genuine Japanese heritage.

    I love the models that throw the finger at marketing driven bikes, like:

    - Honda Hawk GT
    - Yamaha SRX 600
    - Kawasaki W 650
    - Honda CB-1
    - Honda FT/VT 500 Ascot
    - Honda Reflex
    - Honda GB500
    - Yamaha FZR 400

    I’m sure I’m missing a few.

    All pretty much complete sales failures, but shining examples of when bike makers dare to take a chance.


    • chuluun

      The best bikes in that list had something remarkably successful (even if not in economic terms) about the styling (SRX), the engine (W650) or the cycle parts (Hawk). I’m struggling to see anything remarkable about the new CB1100. I still think it’s a pretty bike that could do well if it’s priced right. But it won’t be.

  • http://www.motoflash.ro Paul Motoflash

    “Nearly identical to the CB1100 concept from 2007″

    Initially I thought so too but Honda fooled us. On closer look i discovered that most of the bike has been changed: wheelbase, frame, engine, fuel tank, tail, exhaust pipes, dash and so on. I think the concept lost a lot of it’s coolness on the way to the production stage. Check this animated gif for better comparison.


    • chuluun

      That’s very revealing, thanks Paul. The original concept had a bit more of a hunched cafe racer stance. Components always change from the concept stage but to alter (for the worse) the overall silhouette of the bike seems like a big mistake. It had a bit of attitude and now it just looks like a sit-up-and-beg Sunday pootler.

  • Ken

    It’s air-cooled so it’ll only weigh 200kg. It’s big capacity so it’ll have a good, torquey 110bhp. And it’s customisable so it’ll have a tickable option box that reads “quality suspension”.

    Won’t it Honda?????

  • CafeRacer1200

    I have a Triumph Sprint ST but do most of my urban commuting on a standard. My BMW R850R is really nimble in traffic, handles well, brilliant brakes and is much cheaper to insure. These standards are nearly everyone’s perfect bike but they just don’t know it yet.

  • Standards based

    Can any of you tell from the photos if it has self adjusting hydraulic valves? The air cooled inline 4 Nighthawk 650/700 series had that back in the 80’s. I hope this bike has that, or at least screw adjusted type valves (shim adjusted valves are a hassle).

  • blackdeth

    I’d buy one right now. This would be a good replacement for my aging FJ1200, for which Yamaha no longer supplies parts.

  • Alex

    Nice. Over 30 comments on a bike that looks like it just rolled off the line — in 1973. I love it. Reminds me of my dad’s 550four, minus the 2-tone brown paint. Chrome fenders and all. Me on the tank, my brother on the back, no helmets; what could possibly go wrong? Ah, the good ol’ days.

  • LADucSP

    This thing’s hideous. My first bike was the ultimate UJM – ’81 CB650, but with home paint job, megaphone exhaust and oli spitting head gaskets, it was bad-ass.

    I bought a ’94 CB1000 after it, and what a bike! It did everything. I put 30k on it in 2 years. The only reason I let her go, was because I took her to my first track day at Laguna and quickly over-rode her. Replaced with a “Stage VII” YZF750R Yamaha.

    I longed for a CB1300, which they never brought in, and I really miss having the CB1000 in the garage.

    But this thing? Hideous. Pass thanks.

    Still thinking about trying to find a pristine CB1000 and grafting on the updated tail section from the CB1300.

    This is too retro. Looks like they’re copying the Ducati sport classic line. Bad idea.

    What we really want is a bad-ass standard with awesome performance – tons of power, top-notch chassis, brakes, suspension, etc., but with beautiful classic styling.

  • burned

    where is the 750? dudes, we need more middleweights! I wanna take mama to the cafe for breakfast but i dont wanna tip over curbside either. C’mon 250 and a 750 like the nighthawk.

  • nick

    “This is too retro. Looks like they’re copying the Ducati sport classic line. Bad idea.”

    you are familiar with the Honda CB550 and 750s right? the number one selling bikes in history…Honda is not copying anyone but themselves here.

  • DoctorNine

    Gorgeous. I might have purchased this bike the last time I was looking for a standard, if it had been available. If they do this, and also add a nice light mid-displacement model built the same way, they are going to bring a lot of people back into cycling who are too put off by the repli-racer and cruiser idiom of current models.

  • http://spinynorman.tumblr.com Spiny Norman

    Ah, heck. I’m gonna get a V-stom or a Versys. THOSE are the UJM’s of today.

  • JOE

    Yamaha, are you listening? How about a little love for the XS-V1. That thing was infinitely sleeker than this. That being said, I really dig it. I wish they had chosen to utilize more of the styling cues of the SOHC models (straight line for the bottom of the tank, spoked wheels, etc.).

    • http://www.sohc4.net/ Mike R.

      I adore it, one please! This 2010 has many improvements over the 2007 model IMO. This is a retro bike, not a modern crotch rocket with upright controls like so many of the models referenced here in this thread. If I want sloped, pointed plastic to lay on I can buy any one of 100 bikes that are available. That is not what this bike is intended to be. I like the mags, but spokes and retro CBs go together like stained hands and a well maintained vintage CB like my 1000cc 78 750F RC Cobra in the garage (bam!). SOHC would be cool, no doubt. But it would never perform like a DOHC. I have to say the tank is less retro than I would like and leans too much towards current aesthetics (Cafe style knee depressions? Cmon now). A little too 1979 and later IMO. It’s the 69-78 SOHC CB750 that slapped the world across the face, the 79s and later were never loved like the SOHC bikes were/are. By ’79 Kawi’s and the other Japanese sport bike manufacturers were producing bikes like the Z1 that frankly outclassed the post 78 Honda CB’s. I like the displacement at 1100cc. Average male Americans are 5’8″ tall 185Lbs.

      I wonder why they dropped the Super Sport indicator off the model, CB1100F in 2007, now CB1100. (Where’s my beloved F Honda?) Please don’t make me buy one in Asia and have to ship it over!

  • Boggled

    I think it looks great. It’s nice to Honda exploring there own bike making heritage.
    Make it a 750 at an affordable price, and I might buy one. How about CL scrambler version – with a smaller engine of course.

  • Mike

    Another classic Honda misread of the market. Real UJMs must feature mid-mount foot pegs and higher rise handlebars. Buyers who’d consider this bike are not knee dragers but instead mature riders who desire comfort and traditional ergos.

  • Jon Bodwell

    Finally Honda is bringing back the motorcycle for the real rider. Although, yes, it is missing some of the nice design in the original 2007 concept, this bike speaks intelligence, fun and comfort.

    I’ve been waiting for this, lets get here in the states Honda… you are really slacking lately on the standard models. You need this bad.. and so do we!


  • Brad

    Hopefully this bike makes it to the showrooms. It’s what motorcycles are supposed to be. I’m an old school guy who started riding as a youngster back in the late 60′s.

    I had a 93 Honda Nighthawk that was also a back to basics bike that unfortunately was just too small for my old butt. This would be perfect. I’ve been hoping for years that the manufacturers would return to the basics as compared to the crotch rockets or Harley wanna be’s.

    Yeah Honda!

  • bob g troutman

    Looks like over 100 horses on a cb750/cb900 frame- top speed about 150…at least…Way to go, Honda! One suggestion though…a gel seat for us old farts with piles!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stan Kolodny

    I’m buying one.

  • RedRider

    Im in! For the days I dont feel like riding the Electra Glide this is perfect.

  • jg

    Me too! Can’t wait for this to hit the showroom!

    About time Japan brought back a bike for people who REALLY ride.

  • Matt

    HELL YES!!!

  • Extremus

    Bring the Honda CB1100 to USA and Europe. Support my petition on:


  • Aeon Ferox

    I read in another web site that Honda will not be bringing either the 1100 or the 1300 to the U.S. Honda has a history of keeping the good stuff from us, i.e., the 200 H.P. Civic Si. If Honda does bring these bikes to the states, I’d buy one now! Mid-life crisis or not, I’ve been tired of the crotch rockets and the V-twins; I just want a regular bike, damn it! Honda, don’t lose me as a customer.

  • scott

    I will ride it. It will park next to my cb 900 custom.

  • Al

    I want one, in blue to match my 1982 CB900 Custom. I like a nice compact inline 4 cylender bike and am glad that is going into production. Now please Honda, Make it affordable!!!!!!Al

  • ug kempenaer

    I like the red one much better than the white one. The red one stands more sportive and looks more agile.

    But nevertheless an interesting bike.

    Greetings from the South of the Netherlands.

  • Mark

    Its a nice looking bike, but common! 1100ccs? Why not a CB750; the bike that started it all? Price it competitively with the Bonneville and V7, add in a giant dealer network and bulletproof reliability, and you’ve got one hell of a bike. I like the slightly sporty ergos. Commute in your suit, but put on your leathers and slide you butt back for fun!

    Cambridge MA
    ’78 CB400

  • Michael

    To sum up what i’ve read here:
    #1 the bike is interesting to most of the readers
    #2 lower the displacement available: 750/900cc?
    There has to be a reason so many older UJM’s are sought after and still daily riders. Wake up Japanese manufacturers! Remember when your bike was nimble around town, but you could still strap on some gear and go for a nice ride of 100-500 miles? How about a bike that had reasonably good performance, but still got better mpg than a car? (note to self: 40 mpg isnt’ good for a bike). Most bikers aren’t looking for a crotch rocket, a jelly belly cruiser, or an old f*art land yacht tourer. A bike isn’t a toy -it’s a vehicle, fun to be sure, but not something to be polished and then cruised 10 minutes to the nearest gin mill where “war stories” are spun all day. Can you say gas at $4.00 per gallon being a way of life? A reliable, economical, versatile vehicle that is fun! Is that too much to ask?

  • Adrian

    I have a ’95 CB750F and a ’96 ST1100 one is too small the other is great on the open road but a little too big for the streets of Brisbane. This is the sort of bike I’m looking for one litre plus capacity, physically big and looks great. What is it with Japanese naked bikes over the past few years with their pointy headlights and Astroboy styling. Triumph, Ducati and now Norton are releasing modern retro bikes that have class styling. Blend this with Japanese build quality and i’m in. I’m not saying Honda needs to make a 60′s or 70′s style cafe racer (that would be nice though. This bike is my CB750 after being to the gym a practical bike that has a few berries for Sunday scratchin or a highway balst.

  • Dan Delehant

    The red CB1100 is the only bike I’d sell my 82 CB900c for. dan

  • tom

    Just bought a new Moto Guzzi V7 classic. Scared about not having dealer within 100 miles. Was considering the bonneville se, (prettiest bike I’ve seen in years} but went for slightly smaller and lighter. Had a cb1100f 25 years ago, loved it. If honda were to bring back a similarly styled 750, priced same as bonny or V7, my beloved wife could not possibly stop me. In case you were wondering, age 55, 5’6″ tall, just retired, south Niagara region, came back to riding two years ago {bought a 1980 goldwing, too big, heavy, and a money pit}. Can’t seem to be able to turn my back on the past.

  • Lazaros

    I like this bike a lot, but… it seems in conflict with my current CB1300 which i’m in love with and they seem to go for the same place in the market i think…

  • Rob T

    Great looking bike. Glad to see a bike for guys who don’t want a Harley Style or a crotch rocket. Now let’s get it into the showroom and for sale. This is going on too long….