Intermot 2012: Honda CB1100 Enters European Market

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As we expected, Honda announced it will bring its retro-styled CB1100 to Europe at the 2012 Intermot show in Cologne, Germany. Previously only available in Japan and Australia, the CB1100 will be available in Europe for 2013, though there is still no sign it will ever be offered in North America.

Though it sounds close in name to Honda‘s CB1000R, the two naked standards reflect two differing philosophies. While the CB1000R has an aggressive, modern look, the CB1100 reaches back into the past, taking influences from the 1969 CB750 which harkened the rise of the Inline-Four engine configuration.

Unlike the CB1000R and its liquid-cooled 998cc engine, the Honda CB1100 is powered by an 1140cc air-cooled engine Honda claims an output of 88.5 hp and 68.6 ft-lb., both lower than the CB1000R’s claims of 123 hp and 73 ft-lb., but the numbers only tell part of the story. The CB1100 is tuned for useable torque, peaking out at just 5000 rpm with its horsepower peak arriving at 7500 rpm, just short of the 8500 rpm rev limit. The modest figures contribute to good fuel economy, with Honda claiming a fuel economy of 59 mpg. With its 3.9 gallon tank, that translates to a range of about 227 miles.

The chassis is comprised of a tubular steel double cradle frame, 41mm preload-adjustable telescopic fork and preload-adjustable twin rear shocks from Showa. The CB1100 comes standard with Honda’s combined ABS system with a four-piston Nissin caliper gripping the dual front brake discs and a single-piston caliper gripping the rear.

Honda will produce three color options: Pearly White, Glory Red or Graphite Black. The white and red versions come with Eternal Silver side panels while the black version comes with matching side panels.

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[Source: Honda]

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  • Doug D

    Beautiful bike, wish they would offer it here. Could be a great rival for the Triumph Bonneville line. I know if priced well I would buy, I love the look of this bike, clean, crisp and mechanical.

  • Kaz

    I ride a Bonneville, but would be very interested in purchasing this bike, even if not “priced well” (which I don’t think Honda could do, which is why it likely won’t be sold here). Sad.

  • Carlos

    It’s great they are honoring the past with the production of a bigger & modern model. Whats old is new again.

  • JR Pelletier

    Damnnnnnnnn!……I’d own one…..I’d love to sweep that Honda around the lake…….anyway to get one into the states?

  • Andy

    The Honda CB 1100 is a fantastic looking bike, I was so disappointed when I saw it was chain driven as opposed to shaft drive.
    I used to own a Honda CB 650cc Nighthawk,that was shaft drive, it was fantastic, clean running without the nasty oil splashes everywhere coating the back wheel .
    I now have a Triumph Bonneville T100 which is a lovely bike but is spoilt by being chain driven.
    There must be more than me who think that these type of bikes should be shaft driven.

  • Denis

    What a handsome looking motorcycle. I have an original ’72 CB750 and I like the way Honda has reached back in time and borrowed some of the old styling of this great bike. Many of us don’t like the knife-edged angular look of so many of today’s bikes. Hey Honda, bring this bike to the USA! I think it will be succesful.

  • doc

    Shaft drives are very heavy and do not transfer power as efficiently as a chain drive.

  • mike

    This thing is perfect. Better than the Bonnie, I think, with its fake carbs, low power and sketchy seat. This looks completely ridable, anytime anywhere, as good as a motorcycle can get.

  • don

    Beautiful bike …where there’s a will there’s a way : )

  • Larry G

    The perfect standard motorcycle of a bygone era when motorcycles were simple, how they should be, I want one as well!!!

  • JC

    Ahh that double overhead cam look- still the best.