2014 Honda CB1100: Deluxe Model and 6-Speed Gearbox Added

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The 2014 Honda CB1100 is being updated with a new, 6-speed gearbox (up from 5 speeds) and a new trip computer with MPG readout an a gear position indicator. There’s also a new 2014 Honda CB1100 Deluxe which gains a new 4-into-2 exhaust, a patterned seat and larger fuel tank.

The regular CB1100 will go for 10,399 when sales start in March and is available in black. The Deluxe model is available in red for $11,899, adding ABS, .5 gallons of fuel capacity, the different exhaust mentioned above, and the stitched seat.

We were already huge fans of the smooth character delivered by the 2013 Honda CB1100, so the extra gear and enhanced looks and functionality added by the Deluxe model are welcome surprises.

Also, the 6th gear should lower highway RPMs, making long distance both easier and more economical.

  • jaski_sm

    Don’t You have spoked wheels in US?

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      Why would we want them? They’re much heavier and require tubed tires.

      • Stuki

        They’ll be needed for the scrambler version……..

        • MCC315

          Too heavy, I’ll pass

          • Robotribe

            EDIT: Hit the “post” button too quickly.

            I wanted to add that while cast wheels on retro bikes are a personal choice, I’d liken it to wearing Chuck Taylor low tops with tuxedo. Sure, it’s perfectly acceptable, and perhaps even more practical, but some prefer going traditional with their “fashion” choices, and in this case, choice would be welcome.

            • hunkyleepickle

              Isn’t that kind of the style these days anyway with the kids?

              • Robotribe

                True that for tuxedos and sneakers, but with regards to this CB1100, I don’t think kids are lining up to turn this into their rat bike/bobber/cafe statement. Well, maybe some rich kid might be.

      • Robotribe

        Yes, but if someone’s buying this bike for reasons based on performance and handling factors like weight, I’d say they’re buying the wrong bike. Let’s be honest; this bike is about retro-fashion (something I have NOTHING against) and spoke wheels are completely appropriate for this design exercise.

        Exhibit A:

        • appliance5000

          It does look good in white. Tubeless tire spoked wheels would be a nice option.
          Funny thing about this bike -I feel they chose the wrong era of retro.. I guess only time will tell.

        • Piglet2010

          But at the tail end of the UJM era, most bikes came with cast wheels, so they are a proper look.

          • Justin McClintock

            I think they look they were going for was somewhat reminiscent of the old Comstar wheels Honda used to put on everything. While some hated them, they honestly weren’t bad wheels. And these cast wheels harken back to that while also bringing some of the same flare of the “resto-modded” classic cars out there with modern running gear. While I don’t hate it with spokes, if I were to buy one it would be with the cast wheels.

        • 200 Fathoms

          Oh…tasty in white.

    • Mark D
      • http://krtong.com/ Kr Tong

        They were also TERRIBLE back then. These are so much nicer.

        • KeithB

          I have never liked the Comstar wheels.
          They just look cheap.

  • 200 Fathoms

    Odd that they would make this transmission change in only the second model year.

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      It’s been on-sale in Japan for much longer.

      • 200 Fathoms

        Oh, right, the rest of the world…

  • http://metabomber.com/ Jesse

    Ah, the Honda Bonneville.

    Don’t be mistaken, I’m not saying that like it’s a bad thing. Good ergos + some UJM styling + ABS is all good in my book.

    • appliance5000

      Retro yes – but mechanically far more sophisticated than the Bonneville.

      • Piglet2010

        I like the CB1100, but too similar to my Bonnie for me to buy one unless I get a winning lottery ticket.

    • 200 Fathoms

      Anyone ridden both the Bonnie and this bike? Wondering how the two differ.

      • Paul Cypert

        If you look in the bonnie forum and the cb1100 forum there’s a lot of comparison articles. Also for some reason there’s one comparing these to the CB500 LOL

    • JohnnyWaffles

      I like it…the price is a bit steep for what it is I feel.

  • Justin McClintock

    Can’t help but think there’s probably a few folks out there with the 5 speed that are none too pleased about this.

    • Mikesee

      Yup! I am still madly in love with mine though.

  • Jack McLovin

    Do want, now if I could just pry my wallet open.

  • Nate Terrill

    Still limited to 115mph = still not opening my wallet.

    • Mark D

      It is what it is. How often do you have the chance to do 115 mph anyways, without fear of cops or imminent death due to road conditions or texting drivers? I bet this thing is a blast at 85.

      • Piglet2010

        It would be a real (wind) blast at 115 mph.

        • Nate Terrill

          You’ve never done the ton on the Bonnie? Just put down the passenger pegs and lay on it !

          • Piglet2010

            No buffeting on the Bonnie, but above 90 mph it feels like running into a wall of viscous fluid. OK when passing a truck on a 2-lane highway, but not something I would want to put up with for long.

            I have laid on the tank on my TW200 to be able to run 70 mph on the expressway, however. Not the most comfortable.

            • http://metabomber.com/ Jesse

              Flat out on a Tee Dub? That’s so beautiful, I might have a tear in my eye.

      • Mykola

        The better question is why does Honda think they need to nanny us in the first place? and why on *this* bike? It isn’t the type to attract speed freaks.
        There is a speed limiter on the ZX-14 and the ‘busa (which could probably be its own story, RideApart), but if 186mph is considered sufficient by Kawasaki and Suzuki, why the wrist-slap from Honda?

        • Paul Cypert

          It’s due to Japanese restrictions. Maybe if they sell in significant numbers outside of Japan (from what I’ve read it’s the Honda Moto President’s daily drive if I read right) it’ll get the limiter dropped.

    • Justin McClintock

      I can’t imagine a scenario where I’d ever really want to do more than 115 on this bike. The dragstrip? Really? Honda didn’t build this thing for the drag strip and 99.999% of the folks who would ever even consider one aren’t going to think about taking it down a dragstrip. I would say that either you’re not the market for this bike or you’re completely missing its point. Probably both.

      • Nate Terrill

        That’s the thing, YOU can’t imagine a scenario where YOU would not want to do more than 115 on this bike, which makes it a good bike for YOU. My Dad has 79 cb750 in the garage, so I am familiar with what Honda is going for here, so im not missing the point. IMO, Honda picked the wrong era to pay homage to with this bike. I simply stated why I am uninterested in a bike that is not right for ME because I dont like bikes with a limiter set so low. Why on all discussion forums is it the mission of people to try to convince others what is right for them?
        I paid alittle more for a competing retro bike that should be getting here next month (hopefully) that should be superior in every way. The low end retro market is absolutely owned by Triumph Modern Classics with a sprinkling of other makes (Ural, etc) and the high end will absolutely belong to BMW and possibly Norton (if they get their act together) leaving this bike out in the cold.

        • Justin McClintock

          Actually, it’s not a good bike for me. I have no interest in a newer retro bike. I’d rather just go out and buy a 70′s CB350 myself. And that 79 CB750 was shooting for a completely different market anyway. Back then, it was a superbike. Now if you want a superbike, you’ll go buy a superbike, not a CB1100. Or if you were dead set on performance in something older looking, you’d already have a ZRX or a Ducati Sportclassic in the garage. Honda was smart not to tackle that end of the market. Both those bikes did. Both those bikes are gone. The BMW will probably follow suit shortly after introduction. It’s just too much of a niche.

          • Nate Terrill

            Maybe that’s why they are calling the BMW limited production. That way they can kill it quickly if sales drop off a cliff. I don’t care if they never make another one after mine arrives at the dealer. Well, as long as parts are available.

  • Rameses the 2nd

    Ah… CB1100EX. I am so glad this bike came to the US. I absolutely love it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJSSeoUKO7c

    http://www.honda.co.jp/motorshow/2013/sp/images/list/img_cb1100ex-c.jpg

    • chris ordanez

      I do believe that black bike is givin’ me the vapors.

    • Paul Cypert

      They really need to bring this one over. I’m betting tons of folks want the retro simple, clean bike look but also ABS and other upgrades. I want that black one bad.

  • Michael Love

    Why is everyone dissing the com-star wheel reference, reminds me of my dad cx500deluxe.

    • Piglet2010

      My first bike (1980 CB400T) had Com-Star wheels, so I like them.

  • Kevin Broce

    http://i1375.photobucket.com/albums/ag475/Kevin_Broce/IMG_20140127_194309_zpse7db05be.jpg
    I’m plenty happy with my 2013. I don’t have a car or another (running) motorcycle. I’ve done a couple 400 mile days with a wind screen and it was fine, the six speed is a great addition though. Glad the’re keeping it around.

    • http://krtong.com/ Kr Tong

      Nice rack.

    • frankfan42

      Nice bike, just love the look of it.

    • Mark D

      I bet you could ride all day on that if you stayed off the highway. It really is a looker.

      • Kevin Broce

        It gets a little much over 80 for longer freeway rides, but with a screen it’s OK. I imagine that’s about the same with any naked bike. I don’t typically ride extended periods faster than that, but the bike does it easily when you want to. I road HWY 101 LA to SF (~400 miles) for thanksgiving and it was a much better experience than I anticipated, I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again. I’ve spent very little time on bikes with full faring, so maybe I just don’t know what I’m missing. But for an only vehicle, this is proving a pretty easy one to live with.

  • Guzzto

    White house in japan do a K0 style tank and side covers etc if you want the looks of the original (without the horrible bendy frame that makes you pucker in the corners)

    http://racingcafe.blogspot.co.nz/2012/10/honda-cb-1100-k10-2-by-white-house-japan.html

    • IRS4

      Oy, I had 1983 CB1100f. GOod power, flexiframe, and tired suspension taught me a lot about throttle control and finesse while learning SoCal’s back roads.

      • Guzzto

        totally get you re throttle control and being delicate in the curves, I sold my 78 CB750F and Got a 78 Guzzi SP1000 , the difference in handling was night and day, I still have a soft spot for the Honda though.

        • IRS4

          Yesterday I was watching videos of bikes crashing over and over again in Edward’s Corner on Mullholland, and 90% of them I was shouting “sloppy wrist” at the monitor.

  • Paul Cypert

    Would really love the white or black with ABS to hit over here. Maybe 2015…

    But more importantly I hope these sell well and force the other “retro” makers to update the vintage looks with modern performance enhancers like ABS.

  • Ken

    I bloody love this bike. It’s so effortless, so democratic, so functional and so downright pretty. Every other retro in the world – even the Guzzi – makes you think twice about owning it because you look like a fashion victim. Not on this. ABS and 6 speed? Why not. Good work Honda.

    • Kevin White

      Democratic?

      • Ken

        Yeah. As in classless. No social baggage.

        • Kevin White

          Ah, understood. Thank you.

  • Nemosufu Namecheck

    Its good to see standard motorcycles are still popular. I hope these bikes get more people to ride.

    • octodad

      do not see this bike boosting popularity. customers I observed not interested. appears CTX getting more play…

      • Nemosufu Namecheck

        Interesting observation – what do you see as the draw to the CTX? (over these)

        • octodad

          Hi N, CTX sits great. acceleration pushes you into bike. had a 750F(stock seat) kept pushing me off bike. do not care for that 70′s chrome style w/glossy tank. Shadow has carbon fiber look that is hip. at H dealer customers looked at the 1100, then moved on. the motor looks like 900 Kaw from 1976. update the exhaust system appearance. working my CTX now to change tail piece and discard plastic panels. tuck the turn signals into frame so they cannot be grabbed and broken. dry streets soon…

          • Nemosufu Namecheck

            Wow – amazing research! Thanks for sticking to this. I may drop down to the shop this weekend to check them out. Cheers Octo!

        • octodad

          hey N.M. was at Honda store other day. the CB1100 is still sitting in same place, people look and then move on. manager told they sold 3 CTX over the winter, so new bikes getting more attention than retro units. had my CTX out couple times this year, started right up, and now that it is getting broken in can I open it up a little. safe riding to you…

  • Flying Couch

    The small fuel tank was actually one of the biggest turns off for me. Nice to see a larger one.

  • frankfan42

    The larger tank makes this a lot more tempting ride, and that sixth gear sure will make it even more so I’ll bet.

  • Larry

    File under odd…in Canada, no deluxe model, no 6 spd…but abs standard and it comes in a blue. This is why I wouldn’t have lasted a week in business school…how does 2 different model roll outs for north america make any sense?

    http://motorcycle.honda.ca/sport/cb1100a/specifications

    • KeithB

      Agree! I don’t understand it either.
      Canada and the US are, effectively, the same market.

      • CB

        I think they see us (Canada) as a much smaller market. Less population, plus less awesome states where it’s warm all the time and you can ride year round. We often only get the version of a bike that that they think will sell the most, and that will be most profitable for the dealer without having all kinds of stock on the floor. Thus we don’t get all the variations.

    • CB

      I totally agree that it’s weird that we don’t get the 6 Speed. We have many highways. So many long, long, highways. I want my sixth gear mileage improvements! Also, black please.

    • Justin McClintock

      Don’t even think about looking at the auto market differences then. It’ll make your freakin’ head explode.

  • HyperLemon

    I rode this bike a few years back in Japan and really enjoyed it. Speed limits are much lower in Japan though. But one thing I don’t like is how limited the choices are in the US. If I wanted ABS on this bike, I’d have to get the DLX in red. I wouldn’t mind the bigger tank, but I don’t care about the exhaust (it actually adds weight).

    Similar with other Honda bikes, why can’t you pick color and ABS independently in the US?

  • Sentinel

    Now if only they would have “fixed” the fact that you have to check and or adjust the PITA shim under bucket valves ever few thousand miles it may have been worth a second look!

    • octodad

      similar bike showed last year did not sell. sat in the dealership all alone. customers examined it, then bought a Shadow. maybe too traditional. that valve adjustment issue should be addressed…

  • Nate Terrill

    Well, that’s the issue Paul, no one has been able to reverse engineer the limiter, at this point. No, I am not advocating top speed runs on public roads, but hey let’s say I did a full retro fairing and took it to the track. I can think of several scenarios in which I would not want the limiter.

    • Nate Terrill

      Also, just wanted to add that I am not a hater and I really like this bike except the limiter thing and the lack of a 4 into 4 exhaust.

      • http://metabomber.com/ Jesse

        Mmmm… 4 into 4, or bring back the swoopy 4 to 1 of the CB400

        • Nate Terrill

          You would have loved my weekend. We picked up a 76 cb750 Super Sport in amazing condition for my dad with the cool 4 into 1 on Friday. The next day, I helped a friend of mine with no license pick up an 81 CB400T. My poor Bonnie thinks im cheating on her with these vintage Hondas. I don’t have the heart to tell her that its true.

          • http://metabomber.com/ Jesse

            You cannot see it, but I’m wearing my slightly jealous face.

    • Paul Cypert

      Actually that’s a fair point. Watching vids of cafe cruiser folks modifying their bikes and taking them for speed runs on tracks sure seems fun (controlled environment). Still not something I see myself doing ever, but you never know. If I did get up that high I’d probably want to do it in something more purpose built than something I worked on myself though :D

      • Nate Terrill

        I agree, I’ve had a couple of “did I tighten that down to spec or did I just guess” kind of moments before I went and bought decent tools and manuals.

  • HammSammich

    Dissappointing. I just checked Honda’s website and it looks like you have to go with the Burgandy Color on the DLX to get ABS. The base model is available in black and looks so much better, IMO. 6-Speed is a nice step up, though (are you seeing this Triumph?!)

  • Josh M.

    Honda is so ruling right now. I love you RideApart.

  • Ton Up Jax

    6-speed- good, gear position indicator-good, larger fuel tank-good, black color-good, designing a modern engine with 8k mile valve adjustment intervals- absolutely no f-ing excuse. I really want to like like this bike, but what on earth was Honda thinking with that valve maintenance schedule- it’s even less than the original CB’s! Dumb. Dumb. Dumb.