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2014 Honda CB1100 EX Revealed
Alongside the updated 2014 CB1100, Honda revealed a new variant it calls the CB1100 EX. Both 2014 models were announced at the Tokyo Motor Show but we’re still waiting to hear whether Honda will be bringing it stateside.
The difference between the regular CB1100 and the EX are not that apparent, and at quick glance, it may be difficult to tell them apart. Like the CB1100, the EX version builds on Honda’s long line of CB models, sharing the same lines as models like the CB500 Four, CB750F and CB900F.
The most obvious difference is the 4-2-2 exhaust system with the second silencer on the right side, each 1.6 inches shorter than the CB1100′s single exhaust. Another visible difference is the wire-spoke aluminum rim wheels replacing the regular CB1100′s cast aluminum wheels.
Claiming a kerb weight of 573 pounds, the CB1100 EX is 26.7 pounds heavier than the regular CB1100, and fuel economy takes a hit. According to Honda, the CB1100 EX can get 42.1 mpg compared to 43.5 mpg on the regular model. The EX however has a 4.6-gallon fuel tank, 0.8 gallons larger than the CB1100. Based on Honda’s fuel economy claims, the EX has a range of 194.6 miles on a full tank compared to 167.8 on the CB1100.
The EX shares the CB1100′s steel double cradle frame and 1140cc Inline-Four engine. It also gets the 2014 CB1100′s new six-speed transmission, higher headlight and updated instrument panel with gear indicator and fuel economy display.
The suspension is also identical, with a 41mm fork and twin rear shocks, both with adjustable spring preload. ABS is standard on both versions, at least for Europe, with four-piston Nissin calipers and twin 296mm discs up front and a 256mm disc and single-piston caliper at the rear.
At the moment, the new CB1100 EX has not been announced for the U.S., but then, the CB1100 has yet to be confirmed for 2014 either. We expect American Honda will announce the updated CB1100 shortly, though whether the EX version will be offered remains in question.