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By its very definition, comparing the retro roadster class by performance figures is a bit silly. These bikes aren't created to go fast, they're created to recapture some sort of fundamental two-wheeled experience with handsome looks, easy-going power and a nebulous thing called "character." That's why we prefer the Triumph Scrambler to its slightly faster sibling, the Bonneville: character. Still, looking at these numbers should tell us a little about the 2010 Honda CB1100.
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In fact, this whole class is a little hard to define compared to, say,
600cc sportsbikes. Retro bikes like these don't share common capacities,
engine configurations or much at all beyond old technology
re-interpreted with modern manufacturing. So, we've chosen all
air-cooled bikes that aren't overtly specialized in either riding
position or purpose and only bikes that are available in the USA. We've also thrown the Suzuki TU250 and a 1969 Honda
CB750 into the mix just to give things a bit of perspective. Is the BMW
R1200R really a direct rival for the Moto Guzzi V7? Probably not, so
we're not picking winners, allowing you to draw your own
conclusions. Don't see a bike you feel should be included? Look up the
numbers and drop them in comments.


Power

Honda CB1100: 87bhp

Triumph Bonneville: 67bhp @ 7,250rpm

Triumph Scrambler: 58bhp @ 6,800rpm

Ducati GT1000: 92bhp @ 8,000rpm

Harley XR1200: 90bhp @ 7,000rpm

BMW R1200R: 109bhp @ 7,500rpm

Moto Guzzi V7: 48bhp @ 6,200rpm

Moto Guzzi Griso 1100: 87bhp @ 7,600rpm

Suzuki TU250: 20bhp @ 8,000rpm

1969 Honda CB750: 69bhp @ 8,000rpm



Torque

Honda CB1100: 68lb/ft

Triumph Bonneville: 51lb/ft@ 5,800rpm

Triumph Scrambler: 50lb/ft @ 4,750rpm

Ducati GT1000: 67lb/ft @ 6,000rpm

Harley XR1200: 74lb/ft @ 3,700rpm

BMW R1200R: 85lb/ft @ 6,000rpm

Moto Guzzi V7: 44lb/ft @ 3,200rpm

Moto Guzzi Griso 1100: 66lb/ft @ 6,400rpm

Suzuki TU250: 15lb/ft @ 5,500rpm

1969 Honda CB750: 44lb/ft @ 7,000rpm



Dry Weight

Honda CB1100: 223kg / 491lbs (est)

Triumph Bonneville: 205kg / 451lbs

Triumph Scrambler: 205kg / 451lbs

Ducati GT1000: 185kg / 407lb

Harley XR1200: 255kg / 562lbs

BMW R1200R: 198kg / 437lbs

Moto Guzzi V7: 182kg /  401lbs

Moto Guzzi Griso 1100: 227kg / 500lbs

Suzuki TU250: 123kg / 271lbs

1969 Honda CB750: 218kg / 481lbs



Power to Weight (bhp:kg)

Honda CB1100: .39:1

Triumph Bonneville: .33:1

Triumph Scrambler: .28:1

Ducati GT1000: .50:1

Harley XR1200: .35:1

BMW R1200R: .55:1

Moto Guzzi V7: .26:1

Moto Guzzi Griso 1100: .38:1

Suzuki TU250: .16:1

1969 Honda CB750: .32:1



Torque to Weight (lb/ft:kg)

Honda CB1100: .30:1

Triumph Bonneville: .25:1

Triumph Scrambler: .25:1

Ducati GT1000: .36:1

Harley XR1200: .29:1

BMW R1200R: .43:1

Moto Guzzi V7: .24:1

Moto Guzzi Griso 1100: .29:1

Suzuki TU250: .12:1

1969 Honda CB750: .20:1



Engine

Honda CB1100: 1,140cc, DOHC, air/oil-cooled, fuel injected inline-four

Triumph Bonneville: 865cc, DOHC, air/oil-cooled, fuel injected
parallel-twin

Triumph Scrambler: 865cc, DOHC, air/oil-cooled, fuel injected, 270°
parallel twin

Ducati GT1000: 992cc, Desmo, air/oil-cooled, fuel injected 90° twin

Harley XR1200: 1202cc, OHV, air/oil-cooled, fuel injected 45° twin

BMW R1200R: 1,170cc, SOHC, air/oil-cooled, fuel injected flat twin

Moto Guzzi V7: 744cc, SOHC, air-cooled, fuel injected, 90° twin

Moto Guzzi Griso 1100: 1064cc, SOHC, air/oil-cooled, fuel injected 90°
twin

Suzuki TU250: 249cc, SOHC, air/oil-cooled, fuel injected single-cylinder

1969 Honda CB750: 736cc, SOHC, Air-Cooled, carbureted inline-four



Tires

Honda CB1100: 18" front and rear, tubeless

Triumph Bonneville: 17" front and rear, tubeless

Triumph Scrambler: 19" front, 17" rear, tubed

Ducati GT1000: 17" front and rear, tubed

Harley XR1200: 18" front, 17" rear,  tubeless

BMW R1200R: 17" front and rear, tubeless

Moto Guzzi V7: 18" front, 17" rear, tubed

Moto Guzzi Griso 1100: 17" front and rear, tubeless

Suzuki TU250: 19" front, 18" rear, tubed

1969 Honda CB750: 19" front, 18" rear, tubed



Price

Honda CB1100: $10,500 (est)

Triumph Bonneville: $7,699

Triumph Scrambler: $8,799

Ducati GT1000: $11,495

Harley XR1200: $10,799

BMW R1200R: $12,795

Moto Guzzi V7: $8,490

Moto Guzzi Griso 1100: $13,490

Suzuki TU250: $3,799

1969 Honda CB750: N/A



People purchasing retro roadsters tend to do so based on brand loyalty,
image and whichever ratio of chrome to paint fits their particular
taste. Our two favorite bikes here, the Moto Guzzi V7 Classic and the Triumph
Scrambler are also two of the slowest, running counter to our usual
preference for performance. One thing these numbers indicate about the
CB1100 is that it should be a great highway cruiser, with a superior
torque to weight figure over the above two bikes and a smooth
inline-four to boot. While the Honda is cheaper than the Moto Guzzi Griso 1100, it looks like it'll retail for about the same as the Harley XR1200, all three of which look very closely matched. Looking for style
and speed? The Ducati GT1000 or the R1200R are your best bets. And yes,
the TU250 does feel as slow as its numbers suggest.

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