Video: 2010 Honda CB1100 in motion

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The 2010 Honda CB1100 you see here goes on sale in Japan next week. It’ll be available in red, black and white; with or without ABS and with a choice high or low handlebars. Prices start at ¥950,000, which equates to about $1,600 cheaper than the Japanese price of a CBR600RR. We still don’t know if the CB1100 will make it to American shores, but that price comparison does indicate that if it does, a $10-11,000 starting price would be a reasonable guess. The production bike’s styling is almost 100 percent faithful to the CB1100F concept that was shown at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2007. That’s a good thing, the CB1100 is gorgeous. Looking at the complete specs indicates that the riding experience is going to be as retro as the looks; 87bhp and 535lbs (wet) do not a performance bike make.

Update: The CB1100 makes 87bhp and weighs 535lbs (wet), full specs below!
Update 2: Now we’ve got a full article analyzing the new CB1100.
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That’s no bad thing, the CB1100 is about fundamental two-wheeled experience over on-paper performance. Its 87bhp and 68lb/ft will likely be spread across a broad swath of the 8,500rpm rev range. Fuel-injection helps achieve a 63.5mpg (US) fuel economy figure while cruising at 37mph (the VFR1200 achieves 48mpg in the same test), while a small oil-cooler, combined with 2mm engine cooling fins, will help avoid over heating. A 9.5:1 compression ratio indicates that the 1,140cc engine is anything but stressed.

Describing what they hoped to achieve with the CB1100, Honda’s engineers say things like, “sublime 5th gear cruising,” “refined character over refined performance,” “impressive looks,” and “a feeling no figures can express.”

Perhaps the most revealing of those sentiments is the “impressive looks.” Honda is, to a certain degree, bowing to market forces by fitting the CB with such a large capacity engine. While a 750 would have been more in keeping with the brand’s history, the Boomers that the company is currently chasing – remember, development of this model likely began 5+ years ago, long before that generation’s unprecedented purchasing power was wiped out for good – do prefer bikes over a liter in capacity. Middle aged men’s need for capacity-based compensation aside, the large, clean monolith of an engine lends the CB1100 a purposeful, forward-biased stance, something the designers have perfectly accentuated with the crisp, striking lines of the 4.2-gallon fuel tank.

Honda_CB1100_Frame.jpgOther neat styling details abound. Particularly nice are the clean, simple wheels that benefit from a nice integration of the front brake disc carriers, the analog clocks with the large digital readout in the middle, the aircraft-style fuel filler cap, the minimalist seat and the cloisonne Honda badges. More subtly, check out the way the shocks run parallel with the frame tubes, visually increasing the emphasis of the forward stance.

Honda_CB1100_Cafe_Racer.jpgVisually, the CB1100 is near perfect in stock form, but it’s also ripe for customization. Remove the chrome rear fender, fit rearsets and clip-ons and you’d have a seriously nice cafe racer, as suggested by this Honda CB1100 Customize Concept, which does neither but still looks fast.

Wonder why we’re so excited about the CB1100? It’s the prospect of near universal function – commuting, touring, just riding around, scratching – combined with air-cooled character, Honda reliability, easy performance (unlike smaller capacity competitors like the Bonneville, high-speed highway work shouldn’t prove challenging) and yes, the styling. We sincerely hope American Honda decides to import the CB1100. 

Specs:

Length: 86.8″
Width: 32.9″
Height: 44.5″
Wheelbase: 58.7″
Ground Clearance: 4.9″
Seat Height:  30″
Weight: 535lbs (wet)
Consumption: 63.5mpg
Turning Radius: 106″
Engine Type: 4-cylinder, air-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC
Displacement: 1,140cc
Bore x Stroke: 73.5 x 67.2mm
Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
Power: 87bhp
Torque: 68lb/ft
Tank Capacity: 4.2 gallons
Gearbox: 5-speed
Rake: 27 degrees
Trail: 114mm
Front Tire: 110/80-18
Rear Tire: 140/70-18
Frame: Steel Double Cradle

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Thanks for the tip, Asaph.

  • robotribe

    More like this, Honda, and less DN-01 & Fury nonsense, please.

    • sundown

      IT needs to be up here in cansda, honda has lost the market with the harley look alikes I have not bought a new bike since the cx line nor am I likly till we get something that looks like a bike

  • Beale

    Ah, jeez, you mean I still have to do all the shifting?

  • Beale

    Lately Honda seems to be getting design inspiration for the proportions of its bikes from this movie:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=varaAADgC84

  • Kevin

    I wish Honda would make a 500 or 600cc version of this bike for the American market.

  • Peter

    I put a lot of miles on a ’94 CB1000. I now have a lot of miles on an ’04 CBR1000RR. I like this. Very nice.

  • The Grudz

    Funny how in such a competitive industry an antiquated design and low technology like this can be such a breath of fresh air. Only thing- Honda, I know your paint shop has something besides that sticky candy apple red that covers everything coming out of the factory. Beautiful scenery too.

  • Retrograde

    How much do you think it weighs? >500 lbs.?

    The clicking sounds of the engine cooling off at the end of the video was a nice touch. We’re all familiar with that sound- it’s usually followed by the sound of twist off beer cap at my house. Too bad they didn’t let us hear more of the engine.

    Is it hypocritical to like this bike, and at the same time criticize Harley Davidson for its retro bikes?

    • John Wayne

      No. Clinging to a retro business model extends to more than just the styling of HD’s bikes. In an era where even an entry level Japanese sport bike is capable of far more performance than even an above average rider can extract, then it is the time for simpler, more soulful bikes that can benefit from some of those great developments in alloys, machining, tooling, tires, brakes, fuel systems, etc etc. etc. Harley’s problem is that the limited capabilities inherent in the machine dictate the style of riding. Therefore, they have attracted riders satisfied with that experience, most of whom are delusional.

      • BL

        i was thinking along the same lines…
        if harley could make a CBR1000RR type bike, they could make as many retro cruisers as they wanted and escape the ire of the constituency here at HFL.
        and yep, the cruisers would benefit from the development.

        but there is something about this honda i don’t like.

        the only vintage wannabe bikes that actually pull it off (in my mind’s eye) are triumphs.

        • Russ

          “the only vintage wannabe bikes that actually pull it off (in my mind’s eye) are triumphs.”

          My thoughts exactly. I would throw the Moto Guzzi V7 in there as well, and both of them actually sound like a motorcycle. They may have two thirds the power of the Honda, but they look better and don’t sound like a giant fan blowing.

        • Joe

          Yea! I luv my Retro Triumphs, 04 Bonnie SE, 06 Scrambler 900 but I would buy this CB1100F in a hurry before I assume room temperature.

  • http://twitter.com/greatistheworld will

    Finally a standard that doesn’t pretend to be a streetfighter/dualsport/sporttourer thing. It’s just a motorcycle. Fantastic.

  • Bill W

    Well, I guess it’s a fair bet that it’s going to be available in New Zealand, anyway. I hope it’s coming to the US. I agree that an 1100 seems a bit like overkill. But then, I grew up when the only UJM was a CB350 (U in this case standing for Ubiquitous, since no design had yet become Universal).

  • patrick

    It has a fuel capacity of 14 litres.
    Do you still want it?
    Being Japanese, I’m curious what the riders over there would think about it.

  • patrick

    Oh and it weighs 246kg wet, which is about 540lbs.
    Seems Honda had no intention of making this motorcycle light, they wanted the engine to be quite huge.

  • Anon

    Looks a tad like a “large” SRX-6 or maybe that’s just the color scheme talking.

  • chili sv

    Cool bike, nice women’s jacket.

  • pbxorcist

    Wait a minute now.

    This is an 1100cc inline 4 motor only producing 87hp, in a retro styled bike. How is that any different than what harley is doing. The power is comparable to the air cooled Buells and the XR1200. Don’t get me wrong, I want one and all, but giving Honda a pass on neutered retro style motorcycles while taking harley to task is just a week bit hypocritical.

    • Justin

      There’s plenty of bikes to rib Harley for, but I don’t know if the XR1200 is the one. I don’t care for it, but I wouldn’t turn down a free one or feel dirty riding one. I rib on Harley for their roadkings and other massive cruisers with middling performance that cost as much as a nice new car. I can’t say there’s anything wrong with them, I just don’t get them. I feel similarly about RV’s.

      I think this is a fine refresh to the CB line. If you want a bike making well north of 100 RWHP, you can get that just about anywhere, but not every bike needs to be a roadburner. You just can’t use that much of a late model sportbike’s capability on the street, and it’s often nice to ride a more comfortable, less performance focused motorcycle from time to time.

  • stacius

    The difference is Honda has several high-performance bikes. Their whole business is not built on one particular engine or bike configuration. There’s nothing inherently wrong with an ol’ school UJM (after all it was the introduction of the CB750 that knocked the Sportster off it’s high performance perch), even if it’s heavier and has less power than my 1125R.

  • Ray

    What about appropriate technology? User serviceability? Evolutionary design rather than planned obsolescence? Aren’t those functional metrics? Half of the criteria you’d call functional seem like over-kill for the street, advances in technology to service marketing, rather than function.

    I like Harleys. I don’t like tough-guy posturing associated with all sorts of motorcycles. I have a sport bike and an AMF-era (rigidly-mounted un-counterbalanced motor with a 4 speed trans) Shovelhead FLH that I’ve had since the 80s, which was my daily transportation for more than 10 years (lived in Texas with no car voluntarily). Yes, it leaked here and there, and nparts snapped off, but when I needed it to get me to work, even if it did crap out, I could go to the auto parts store, local dealer, welder, or aftermarket shop and get a part in a pinch and have it back up and running immediately. Without much previous mechanical experience, I eventually rebuilt the transmission and engine, and the bike now has 70,000 some miles and is still functional and ready for another trip to British Columbia (I’m in NYC). They’re great for third world travel in that way. And parts are widely available, and I ain’t no pirate wannabe. I think part of being a poser is identifying with brand and image rather than getting out there and riding for its own sake.

    Where do you think custom culture in this country originates? From cafe racers? Lots of HD riders work on them themselves, it was part of the ethos. Bringing it in to the dealer for service, much less trailering them, was anathema. Harleys’ penchant for needing service was EXACTLY the mechanism that separated the committed riders from the wannabes. Ironically, now that H-D has updated its functional reliability, attracting more riders and capital, they have come to epitomize the fair weather biker.

    And they get about 45 mpg, better than my sportbike, which is Italian.

    When I’m on my sportbike, Harley riders don’t acknowledge me; when I’m on the Harley, sportriders don’t, and when I’m in the Ural sidehack, everyone does.

    So don’t ride a Harley. But don’t shit on me (or anyone really) as a type because I do (or did, now). Half of the people who used to bitch about Harleys when they were on sport bikes in the ’80s ended up on Harleys in the ’90s. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. I started on my H-D at 24, and went to sportbikes as I got older…

    Big flywheels are not jerky, you can let off the throttle and coast without clutching, appreciating the landscape around you without so much attention to riding. It’s not about aggressive riding, it’s more about having attention left for observation. These things evolved out of long distances and pre-1930s dirt roads, and people don’t only like them because of image. And they aren’t bad riders because they prefer to engage the scene around them.

    The enemy mentality is just silly and overblown rhetoric that finds voice in anonymous forums. You hate car drivers, but guess what, most of you are that.

    I resent having to take up this mantle, I’m hardly an apologist for HD, but some of the rhetoric around here is prejudicial and hypocritical. Most of the anti-Harley sentiment seems to stem from the fact that their brand image has gone down in its cool factor. So don’t denounce Harley riders because they are image conscious; they just subscribe to a different image than do you. Same goes for function; they have different functional metrics than do you.

    Lately HfL was dissing all of Ducati’s lame image marketing. So call a spade a spade, you don’t like Harleys, not because they aren’t functional, but because of their image; they have become symbolically associated with overweight, middle-class, mid-life, suburban, resource-wasting, uncommitted, trailering, costume-wearing wannabe weekend tough guys. In short, because they are lame. But don’t tell me your dislike stems from function rather than form. One new prejudice has definitely emerged recently, that of generational antipathy. I guess you’ll just quit riding when you hit 30. Cant trust ‘em.

    Be a committed rider, and appreciate riding, you don’t have to draw artificial lines among people who like different kinds of riding. I have personally observed Willie G. riding in the rain, day in, day out. (I am not an employee of H-D or motorcycle industry toadie, I am just not willing to swallow the idea that anyone who rides a Harley is a technophobic pirate wannabe). Used to be riders were funny, outrageous, self-deprecating, and irreverent rather than exclusive.

    And Wes, I do think you are adding gasoline to the flame, and it has gotten ugly and irresponsible when readers responded to you with homophobic epithets. So many other bulletin board blow up over stuff like this, you do need to be a relatively impartial voice of reason if you want this to blog to continue. Your constituency is a lot broader than you think. It’s not like panning or highlighting a film, you’re damning half of your congregation. Maybe you want to do that.

    If you have critical things to say, say them in an articulate way and with ample rationale, which you have done so often, notably in your electric bike manifesto. Most people are attracted to this blog, yes because of your irreverence and humor, but also your original manner of looking at and sorting through diverse motorcycle news, and Grant’s graphic excellence. Lead us to new ways of thinking rather than restating the same old antipathies. Keep doing that, you don’t need to wave the flag of derision to gain readers or refine your message.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      I’m not sure I understand your point about fanning a flame Ray. And when did this turn into a discussion about Harley? Can’t we just forget that they exist and focus instead on oggling Honda’s new hotness?

      • BL

        honda hotness?

        it’s not even electric?
        amazing that you think something with an ICE is ‘hotness’

        haha mostly kidding, anyhow,
        how long until instead of
        harley vs honda,
        it’s ICE vs EV ?

        guess it’s already started.

        the EV ‘image marketing’ is going to be glorious!

        this honda is boring….not interested, wouldn’t ride, wouldn’t buy, wouldn’t turn my head to look at.

    • Cameron Baum

      TL;DR

    • DoctorNine

      The technical term is ‘reaction formation’.
      You’re welcome.

  • The Grudz

    Ray! Damn! I haven’t even read that yet, but damn! That’s longer than half the articles in Motorcyclist! Way to go!

  • Ray

    Used ta be the world was divided into Harley and Honda. That Honda and it image marketing’s looking a lot like an HD from this rider’s perspective.

    • Justin

      I don’t see Honda making multiple websites to sell slightly different trim packages of CB1100′s to different gradations of self-styled outlaw biker like Harley does. I just see them showing their bike as a jack of all trades to some lamentable music. Not every bike needs to be used to beat Harleys and Harley riders over the head with, nor does need to be used to try to absolve HD of some of their marketing sins. Why everything needs to go back to HD is beyond me. This is just a nice looking standard bike that’d I’d like in my garage if Honda makes it ride as nice as it looks.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      I actually think Honda’s trying to sell experience over image here.

      You coming to Bar Matchless on Monday for the Dumb Way Round thing? You can berate me for my anti-Harley nonsense there.

  • Peter

    Well said Ray. I’m 50 now and eyeing some of Harley’s models, especially the XR1200 which this Honda reminds me of.

  • Ray

    Used ta be the world was divided into Harley and Honda. That Honda and its image marketing’s looking a lot like an HD from this rider’s perspective. I’d love to see it cafe’d by the way. Now that the Fury broke the taboo, Honda (like Triumph and Guzzi) can make its first factory “custom” retro cafe racer! Or Deus-y Speed-tracker, this season’s look.

    I don’t see the distinction between cafe and cruiser; both are more fashion than function. At least I admit my seduction by the fashionable. There was a comment on styling of motorcycles being perpetrated by a faggot. I guess no one here rides bikes because it is cool, merely because it is more functional than enclosed four-wheelers.

    Wes, you waved the bloody shirt… it was a response to a bunch of the flaming that’s been going on over here, my attempt to quell and get beyond it too, hardly berating you, just pointing out ironies.

    I’ve been online looking for somewhere to see the 200 live tonight. I’ve been to Moto, but not Matchless. Was just on their site to see if they were screening the 200. I’ve got the kids this Monday night, so I can’t make it. (We’ll catch up some other time there, or maybe for a ride. I’m on the greenie v11 Sport.)

  • Retrograde

    Any guesses about how much they’d charge for it ($USA)? How much would you guys be willing to pay?

    Wonder why they gave it a 5 speed?

    This has always been my favorite style of bike- functional and completely non pimpy looking. A single round headlight is just proper. Wonder if Craig Vetter will make a fairing for it.

  • CafeRacer1200

    For awhile, I owned a 78 Honda Hawk 400. This was in 2004. I traded an old Arai straight up for it. That bike started every time and ran great though it could have been prettier. The patina was nice though. Anyway, riding that bike made me remember my first bike and why I started riding to begin with. There was nothing pretentious about the Hawk. You just got on, puttered around and enjoyed the experience. This could be that bike again. Sign me up for a new one, not a Craigslist refugee :)

  • Epyx

    It appears that the only articles that get any traffic (comments) around here are the HD bitch fests. It behooves Wes to fan the flames.

  • Retrograde

    I posed the question, not him. He specifically asked this not turn into an anti MoCo rant.

  • Epyx

    Why would he not want it? Take a look at the last 30 articles and see what a majority of the comments are about.

    As far as HD and this blog go…
    “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”

    • http://Http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Comments do not equal traffic, in fact there’s very little correlation between the two. We don’t really understand where the harley debate comes from and kinda wish it didn’t take place here at all. Ideally all comments would be on-topic, relevant, insightful and/or funny.

  • DoctorNine

    This is the best looking bike I have seen in a very long time. And I agree, the rear end could be an SRX-6 Yamaha, but the engine gives it the deep chest of a thoroughbred stallion. I will probably have to buy one of these, even though I have less than 5K on a new bike I just bought last summer. Man… the embarrassment of riches we bikers have this year is outrageous. I need a bigger garage.

  • Chuluun

    Nice-looking bike, I only hope it doesn’t spell the end of the CB1300, which is one of the most underrated bikes Honda have made. Given the choice I’d definitely go for the 1300, not only is the engine much stronger and the tank much bigger but I actually think it’s a better-looking bike — more purposeful and less self-consciously retro.

  • AceCafeClipOns

    A.O.R SUCKS

    Therefore I haven’t been able to see the whole video. That said, I’ve seen enough to realize that that girly yellow leather jacket suck as much as A.O.R…

    Wish I could just have seen the bike!

  • James

    I think I’d prefer a restored 83′ CB1100F, or an 82′CB900F in black & red

  • IamZardoz

    Had been thinking about a Bonneville but I like this better, reminds me of my old GS750. First Japanese bike I’d seriously consider since the Kawasaki ZRX. Im too old/fat/whatever for sportbikes and really can’t stand those fake Harley “cruisers” (I think you need to be a “cruiser” to own one!) I’ll keep my FL but I’d love to have one of these for a nice ride as well.

  • Bolitho

    Looks good, I’m currently riding a Bonneville. I like the “standard” type motorcycle. There just aren’t that many out there to choose from.

    I don’t race, did that in cars for way too long, and while I like some cruisers, I don’t care for how heavy they are.

    Sportbikes crush a certain part of my anatomy, all of them do, ergonomically I’m just not the right type to fit on them.

    I like touring bikes too, but I’d probably buy this bike. It definitely appeals to me, nice and simple bike.

    (as for the bashing, could care less. I’m just going to go out and ride today and not care what others think)

  • Mr Breeze

    I want it.

  • Cameron Baum

    I like it.

    535lbs is by no means heavy -ESPECIALLY for a liter-class bike.

    Sure 87hp seems miniscule to people who think that anything less than 100hp is worthless and a “real” bike needs 150+ or it is a POS.

    But that is just plain silly. 87hp is more than most liter bikes of the 80′s and early-mid 90′s produced and I bet the dyno chart will show that the power curve is wide and flat. This IS a fuel-injected bike right? The 60+ MPG fuel consumption pretty much shows that is the case.

    So 87 sounds great considering it is an air-cooled engine, and PLENTY enough for law-abiding folks on the public roads. With fuel consumption that miserly even the smalish tank will yield awesome range as well as keep weight down and the pocketbook happy as gas prices inch back up again.

    It sounds like a great idea and I bet some folks will buy it. Hopefully it isn’t too expensive and people actually can buy it in numbers that will make the model successful.

    It’s a classic Asian OEM retro that still outperforms the top Harleys.

    Kudos to Honda! I only hope they decide to make a 750cc model, cut off 50-60lbs (or more) sacrifice a few ponies (65-70hp would be fine by me) and maybe even bump fuel consumption to closer to 70MPG.

    Now think what a 550cc model could do! This is exciting if only the concept takes off.

  • Richard Gozinya

    I don’t know, compared to its competition, it doesn’t really measure up. In that large displacement roadster segment, you’ve got the Griso, the R1200R, the Ducati Monster 1100 and GT1000, the XR1200, and perhaps I’m missing one or two others. Out of all those bikes, just based on specs, the CB1100 is closest to the XR1200, but in an odd twist, the Harley looks better than the Honda on paper. More horsepower, more torque and the weight is roughly the same, which is to say, heavier than their competition.

  • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

    Ok, any more Harley comments in this thread and I’m deleting them.

  • Epyx

    Wes,
    Can you please delete the comment from “Honda is Better”? Dude didn’t even write it, its a cut and past job, one the has been seen here on numerous occasions. It the same tired tirade that is all over the internet.

    Thanks.

    Back on topic, the Honda is ok, if not a little boring in appearance. I am sure it is a fine machine, just does not “do it” for me. Possibly its the paint choice shown, but it just looks dull.

    I agree with the above commentator’s preference for the Triumph retro bike but my favorite of the genre is the Ducati Sport Classic. Granted, my opinion is based on appearance only as I have not had the pleasure of riding the Duke or the Honda.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Done.

  • JustPete

    What I would really like to know is what this bike would sound like with a set of kerker pipes on there. If it comes close to the sweet sounding rumble of the old CB750′s, then that would be a nice start.

  • Epyx

    Wow, just noticed the red and black version with the fairing. That is hot but I still dislike the wheels.

  • Just Pete

    … to add on about the Kerker, maybe add a set of spoked wheels for a classic look as well? And maybe a little larger back tire in the 150 to 180, nothing crazy. Just add a little more beefiness to it.

  • Miles

    It’s unfortunate that there are so few true standards left. Triumph has the Bonneville, and Suzuki has the Bandit 1250. But Yamaha’s FZ1 and Kawasaki’s new Z1000 are very nearly sport bikes. I applaud Honda for adding a classically beautiful standard to the mix. Hopefully, we’ll have a chance to enjoy it here in the U.S.

  • Cameron Baum

    “More subtly, check out the way the shocks run parallel with the frame tubes, visually increasing the emphasis of the forward stance.”

    Almost totally parallel but not quite perfectly according to that sketch.

    Looks like they aimed to do it that way but engineering shook its head at that stylistic idea and someone forced the bottom shock mount back further (or the front one got inched forward) to make the linkage work correctly. I would like to know more about the engineering story behind that one little design detail. Such a story would make a great article in and of itself if only Honda would accede to release such details about the inner workings of the design/test shop.

  • PJ

    Thank you honda….for finding your Soichiro

  • Barrabas

    Everything is right except the weight. Half the point in ditching the plumbing is aesthetic, the other half is functional since you save lbs. So 535lbs wet is inexcusable. If they had put the lump and the looks into a Superduke template then we could get excited. Compartmentalised Japanese thinking: sportsbikes are light, aircooled fours are heavy. Very frustrating.

  • Tim

    Harley is…

    Sorry Wes, I couldn’t resist.

    “Used to be riders were funny, outrageous, self-deprecating, and irreverent rather than exclusive.”

    Tim

  • Nuevo Praetorian?

    So is the dude in the video Metro or what? I mean the jacket was one thing, but what about those shoes.

    I’m surprised no one’s mentioned the helmet- that’s pretty cool and is in character.

    I’d like to see someone Photoshop one of those old Vetter Windjammer fairings onto this bike along with some hard case panniers.

  • paulo

    hmmm those sheep looked pretty cute to me, Can’t believe no one’s mentioned that. Anyhoo I think its a step in the right direction and has lots of room for customizing (chopping off a few bits). Nice to see my old college town in a Japanese commercial.

  • enduro

    Looks like some of the video was shot in a place that looks similar to the bay area of California. The traffic signals, the western looking folks in the cafe, yet they did make a point to show the bike riding in the left lane. The biplane had New-Zealand registration (and they drive on the left side of the road there). Teasing us, Honda?

  • Justin

    I love the way the bike looks. Would I buy one? No. Why?

    1. Too heavy. This bike should be no more than 475 wet.

    2. The 5 speed. Are they freaking serious? It’s 2010. All the OEM’s need to quit the freaking cost cutting & start making 6 speeds standard on everything they make. Think of the mileage they could get it it had that extra gear. Same goes for the CB1300 someone else mentioned. It’s PERFECT except for the freaking 5 speed.

    3. The price. The author guesstimates it would be $10000-$11000 if it was to become a US model. The is ZERO chance of this bike being commercially successful in the USA if it is $11000. You can get an ABS Suzuki Bandit 1200 for $1500 cheaper. If they put a $7999 sticker on it, it would definitely sell.

    Sorry Honda, you had a chance to get me to buy this bike & you failed. Pity…

  • paulo

    It was all shot in New Zealand , The town /city stuff is Dunedin and the rest is Central Otago , Wanaka. Pretty.

  • Willie B.

    Price it a little more realistically (under $9K) and it’s a done deal.
    950,000 yen=10,488 USD or $11,261 (for the ABS-equipped version).
    To read for yourself paste this link into your browser address: http://www.honda.co.jp/news/2010/2100226-cb1100.html
    I suggest using Google’s translator (unless you can read Kanji) It’s rough, but readable.

    Sell this bike in the states and I’d buy one tomorrow to park next to my ’79 CBX. (Candy red please, so they match). My biggest decision of the day would then be which one to ride but, that’s exactly the kind of decision you want to HAVE to make!
    Oh…and make available the customize concept accessories shown in the photo. I’ll take them all.

    Honda of America marketing, ARE YOU LISTENING?!

  • Doug Magee

    I like the styling , wouldn’t mind 10-15 more hp.

  • kpmsprtd

    I am willing to place my order now at $9,999 with ABS. (That’s $1,000 less than the NT700V with its fairing, shaft drive, and liquid cooled engine. It’s still a lot more than comparably equipped Suzukis. I’m willing to pay the premium for the real motorcycleness…

  • John Malseed

    Why not simply update the 919. This is a city bike and it is to heavy for traffic. I owned a 93 750 Nighthawk that was great in the Washington DC traffic.

    Make a 919 option that is about 75 pounds lighter and sells for $8500. PS add a six speed and match other brands.

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