With its classic and evocative lines, handsome air-cooled engine and the sort of quality and attention to detail that inspires devotion and real pride of ownership, the Honda CB1100 was an immediate success when it was brought to Europe in 2013. For 2014, two CB1100 models will be available. The standard bike has evolved into a bare-bones café racer base, available in a striking all-black paint scheme, while the CB1100 EX adds further subtle difference and enhancements.
Honda CB1100’s steel double cradle frame houses the 1,140cc inline four-cylinder engine, with 41mm conventional telescopic forks and twin rear shocks providing compliant and finely tuned suspension. The riding position is upright and relaxed, a perfect platform from which to watch the world slide by.
The large round headlight (raised 25mm for 2014), scalloped fuel tank and blacked out engine, front fork and wheels add style and substance, while familiar analogue dials, slim seat, side-swept 4-2-1 exhaust pipe and chromed front and rear mudguards provide the finishing touches. New instrumentation includes a gear position indicator, as well as fuel computer. Revised indicators round out the updates.
Centrepiece of the CB1100 is its handsome DOHC engine. Air and oil-cooled, it revs to 8,500rpm and features a compression ratio of 9.5:1. Maximum power output is 66kW at 7,500rpm, with a peak torque figure of 93Nm at 5,000rpm. Bore and stroke is set at 73.5mm x 67.2mm. Drive for the twin camshafts is via central chain, and the valve included angle is 26.5° inlet and exhaust. Inlet valve diameter is 27mm, with a 2.5mm stem; exhaust 24mm with 2.5mm stem. A single secondary balancer shaft ensures smooth running. The most important addition is a six-speed gearbox, improving fuel economy and making for more relaxed cruising. Final drive is by 530 chain.