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2017 Honda CB1100 EX Review
2017 Honda CB1100 EX Review | Retro, With A Modern Ride
Gone from the Honda lineup since 2014, the big retro four returns as the 2017 Honda CB1100 EX. Rather than treat it as an update, the gap has been long enough that it’s worth revisiting the CB1100 EX as a new bike.
Here are the essential fast facts we found while riding the 2017 Honda CB1100 EX.
1. The 2017 Honda CB1100 EX doesn’t recall any single vintage Honda era. The air-cooled DOHC motor is definitely patterned after the legendary 1983 CB1100F, while the wire-spoke wheels, flat seat and abundant chrome represent the 1970s. The tank is all its own—a beautifully sculpted affair that recalls CB tanks from the 1960s to the 1980s. Put it all together and the 2017 Honda CB1100 EX is a timeless design.2017 Honda CB1100 EX Review
2. The air-/oil-cooled motor is smoother than it is quick. It’s not a high-revving motor with generous output. Instead, the 1140cc powerplant has a hitch-free ultra-flat torque curve. That means it pulls consistently through the rev range, though never particularly hard. It’s an incredibly easy motor to live with, but you won’t get much satisfaction by flogging it. Just ride with a good flow and enjoy the smooth experience.
3. Weighing in at 562 pounds, the CB1100 EX has gentlemanly handling. This is a big retro, dare I say, sporting cruiser. With a leisurely 27 degrees of rake and nearly 59-inch wheelbase, along with some serious poundage—it’s 13 pounds heavier than a Harley-Davidson Roadster 1200—the Honda CB1100 EX is a substantial package. You feel a great connection with the road, and don’t feel like imperfections will toss you around.
4. Don’t expect to change direction quickly. Cornering is done deliberately on the CB1100 EX, from entry to exit. If you’ve selected the right line, you’re going to feel quite satisfied. Prepare to add muscle if you feel the need to deviate from the approved glide path. This is a thinking man’s motorcycle, designed to reward smart choices and good planning.2017 Honda CB1100 EX Review
5. The Showa suspension is dialed in. You can only adjust for spring-preload—expect a wide range of weights among CB1100 EX owners—but that’s not a problem. Honda and Showa have worked together to perfectly set the damping up to match the chassis dimensions, weight, and power output. While the dual Showa shocks are minimalist, they complement the modern Showa Dual Bending Valve forks exactly. The balanced ride works in town on trashed city streets, as well as rougher rural roads and beat-up canyon routes. With the road is smooth, the CB1100 EX glides.
6. Braking is matched to the rest of the bike. Honda did a brilliant balancing job with the 2017 CB1100 EX. Everything just fits together when it comes to performance and handling. The braking is satisfying and easily modulated. Two-channel ABS will try to bail you out, should you make any grievous errors; it’s definitely not overly intrusive.
7. You are expected to ride like an adult. Other than ABS, there are no electronic aids. You won’t find traction control, wheelie control, launch control, or any other controls. This is a great bike for a seasoned rider who knows what he wants out of a motorcycle, and understands what he’s riding. However, it’s so easy to ride that even a less-experienced rider can hop on and love the CB1100 EX, as long as he has a good head on his shoulders. I should mention that it does have an assist-and-slip clutch, and the result is a delightfully light touch needed for the left-hand lever.2017 Honda CB1100 EX Review
8. There aren’t many demands put on the tires. One aspect of the CB1100 EX that separates it from a sport bike is the use of 18-inch wire-spoke wheels. The extra inch of diameter enhances the traditional, stable character of the handling. The choice of Dunlop Sportmax Touring rubber tells you quite a bit about the focus of the CB1100 EX. The cornering clearance is fairly limited—on Mulholland Drive I touched down unexpectedly in a tight turn and almost hit a Botts’ dot—so there’s not much the Dunlops need to do. Regardless, they are predictable tires and have a fine feel.
9. The 2017 Honda CB1100 EX’s ergonomics define standard. When people talk about a “standard” motorcycle, this is exactly what they are referring to. The ergonomics are as neutral as Switzerland, and as comforting as a Swiss Miss. When I was a kid, dreaming of riding a motorcycle, the CB1100 EX has exactly the feel I imagined. Oh, and the new sculpted tank—which features beautiful paint—has knee indents that make the EX feel smaller than it is.2017 Honda CB1100 EX Review
10. Round clocks and headlight look and work great. That round headlight with a chrome nacelle looks retro, but it houses impressive LEDs. You get big sweeping hands for the engine speed and bike velocity, with an LCD panel between them that gives you info such as gear position. Okay, you really don’t need to know the rpm when riding this bike, but it’s a classic design. Switchgear is modern, with comfortably ergonomic sculpting of the switches. The twin round horns up front are also a nice detail, and they sound pretty good.
11. A beautifully balanced motorcycle, the 2017 Honda CB1100 EX is a tremendous ride. Everywhere you go, people will be admiring its style—you’ll bathe in luxuriously reflected glory. This is a motorcycle that can mix with any street bike crowd and quickly be the center of attention. No one needs to know how fast your bike goes—they only need to know that it’s an absolute joy to ride anywhere you deign to take it.
2017 Honda CB1100 EX Specs
- Type: Inline-4
- Displacement: 1140cc
- Bore x stroke: 73.5mm x 67.2mm
- Compression ratio: 9.5:1
- Cooling: Air and oil
- Induction: EFI
- Valve train: DOHC; 4vpc
- Ignition: Digital transistorized w/ electronic advance
- Transmission: 6-speed
- Final drive: Chain
- Front suspension: Spring-preload adjustable 41mm Showa Dual Bending Valve fork
- Rear suspension: Spring-preload adjustable Showa shocks
- Front tire: 110/80 x 18; Dunlop Sportmax Touring D205F radial
- Rear tire: 140/70 x 18; Dunlop Sportmax Touring D205 radial
- Front brakes: Floating 296mm discs w/ 4-piston calipers
- Rear brake: 256mm disc
- ABS: Standard
DIMENSIONS and CAPACITIES
- Wheelbase: 58.7 inches
- Rake: 27º
- Trail: 4.5 inches
- Seat Height: 31.2 inches
- Fuel capacity: 4.4 gallons
- Curb weight: 540 pounds
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2017 Honda CB1100 EX Review of Specs & Changes
– 2017 Honda CB1100 EX Changes / Specs: Engine, Frame, Suspension on Honda’s New Vintage / Retro Styled Bike –
2017 CB1100 EX / Motorcycle Announcement Update October 4, 2016:
Honda kicked off today with a BANG and not only introduced (2) new 2017 CBR1000RR models but they also released (2) New 2017 CB1100 models! This post will be covering the CB1100 EX model and if you want to check out the CB1100 RS you can Click Here. Update 12/10/2016: Honda is bringing the CB1100EX to the USA! Release Date information is below…
2017 CB1100 EX Model updates: With its lines refreshed in exquisite detail the Honda CB1100 EX exudes even more classic style, and features new stainless steel spoke wheels, Showa suspension and LED lighting. Its evocative four-cylinder engine breathes through revised inlet and exhaust systems and is now equipped with an assist slipper clutch.
- 1. Introduction
- 2. Model overview
- 3. Key features
- 4. USA bound?
- 5. Technical specifications
1. 2017 CB1100 EX Introduction
Since 1959, when they first adorned the twin-cylinder CB92 Benly, the two letters CB have always meant a great deal to Honda, and Honda owners. And they came to mean even more in 1969; the four-cylinder CB750 was a seminal moment for motorcycling as the world’s first production superbike took center stage, laying down a blueprint that still stands today
In the present day, old school has become very much new school and in 2013 Honda brought the CB1100 – already a best seller in the Japanese market – to Europe, satisfying pent-up demand from an army of riders for whom a traditionally styled air-cooled four-cylinder CB was a must-have piece of engineering craftsmanship.
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For 2017, two versions of the CB1100 will be available. The CB1100 RS* offers a new kind of more sporting appeal, while the CB1100 EX has been imbued with extra layers of retro style and several performance upgrades.
Manufacture takes place in Honda’s Kumamoto factory, with a production process that’s been fundamentally revised to integrate technology and expert skill in order to create motorcycles rich in craftsmanship and attention to detail, plus a place in history that only comes with the passage of many decades.
Mr M. Imada, Large Project Leader (LPL) 17YM CB1100 EX
“As with past CBs, we understand the timeless pleasure that our customers get from owning and riding an air-cooled inline four-cylinder motorcycle. So building on the CB1100’s desirability and joy of ownership, while adding functionality and quality to deepen the sense of fulfilment, were very important elements for us to consider. With the CB1100 EX we hope many riders get to appreciate and understand a very traditional motorcycle structure.”
2. 2017 CB1100 EX Model Overview
The CB1100 EX outlines the proportion and silhouette of a true 1970s superbike. Its curvaceous fuel tank – made without seam-welded lips – evokes hand-made craftsmanship, while the single round headlight and twin instrument dials denote Hondas from a bygone age.
Adding crisp-edged modernity, the front and rear lights are now LED and new 18-inch wheels run stainless steel spokes. Offering improved suspension compliance, the 41mm Showa Dual Bending Valve front fork is matched to Showa rear shocks.
The engine breathes more easily thanks to revised inlets and smaller, lighter dual mufflers. An assist slipper clutch makes for easier lever engagement and rear wheel stability on downshifts.
With its classic lines the CB1100 EX conjures memories, mixing the engine’s addictive performance and soulful sound with evocative appeal. It’s also a machine to savour and contemplate and everywhere you look; every angle and part is satisfyingly perfect.
3. 2017 CB1100 EX Key Features
The CB1100 EX’s classic tubular steel double cradle frame holds the engine with four rigid and two rubber mounts. It features relaxed steering geometry, with rake and trail of 27°/114mm and wheelbase of 1490mm, delivering sure-footed stability with neutral handling characteristics. The ‘rider triangle’ is also relaxed and upright; seat height is 790mm and the handlebar shape has been revised to maintain a neutral position. Curb weight is 562 lbs (255kg).
To give excellent control the CB1100 EX is equipped with a Showa Dual Bending Valve (SDBV) 41mm front fork, which uses two valves to generate both compression and rebound damping force for a linear suspension feel. A new die-cast aluminum top yoke features a buffed finish and clear coat, while the bottom yoke holds the fork legs in a higher position.
Twin Showa rear shocks offer adjustable spring preload and operate through a steel swingarm, which has a clean look thanks to an under slung rear brake hose. An aluminum chain guard replaces the previous plastic design.
The CB1100 EX features redesigned 18-inch spoke wheels, wearing 110/80 R18 and 140/70 R18 front and rear tires. Smaller aluminum hubs lace the wheel rim with 40 longer stainless steel (rather than the 48) zinc-plated spokes. Twin 296mm floating discs up front are mated to four-piston Nissin calipers, with a 256mm disc and single-piston caliper at the rear. ABS is fitted as standard.
Together with the look of the exposed engine, the shape of the fuel tank – its curves and lines – go a long way to give a naked motorcycle its character and appeal. Honda’s engineers wanted to maintain a 186 mile (300km) plus range, but were also focused on creating a truly hand-made look. The 4.4 gallon (16.8L) fuel tank they came up with does away with the seam-welded lips along both bottom edges, and pays homage both to CB history and contemporary style with a cutaway rear section that displays the cam cover to the rider. An aircraft style filler cap adds another visible touch of class.
The side panels are made of brushed aluminum with a textured ‘hairline’ finish while the seat is well padded and comfortable. Chrome seat rails add seamless lines, with no clutter, and the chrome steel rear mudguard has a more rounded cross section. Smaller die-cast aluminum hangers mount both rider and pillion footpegs, while a longer sidestand makes it easier to get the machine upright.
A chromed round front headlight (it’s now LED, with a spiral running light) crowns the front of the machine, underlined by twin horns. It’s held with aluminum stays and flanked by classic-style 70mm diameter indicators. The LED rear light, indicators and number plate mounting bracket has been minimalised for a streamlined look.
The circular speedo and rev counter are adorned in chrome; equipment includes a fuel gauge and clock, gear position indicator, fuel efficiency gauge and range computer. Ignition is now via a ‘wave’ style key.
Subtly blacked-out, the engine wears natural aluminum engine covers, and features a cylinder head finished in silver with a burnished aluminum cam cover and chrome end caps. The CB1100 EX will be available in Pearl Shining Yellow, Pearl Sunbeam White and Candy Prominence Red, with a super smooth finish suggestive of repeated, and fastidious, wet sanding.
Proudly at the heart of the CB1100 EX is its silky-smooth DOHC engine. Linear, instantly accessible power and torque is what this motor’s all about, and plenty of it, anywhere in the rev range. Maximum power output of 89 horsepower (66kW) arrives at 7,500rpm with peak torque figure of 67 lb/ft (91Nm) delivered @ 5,500rpm.
Air (via 2mm fins) and oil-cooled (via a 335mm 9-tier, front-mounted oil cooler), the engine revs to 8,500rpm and features a compression ratio of 9.5:1. 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.
PGM-FI and 32mm throttle body are fed through a revised, shortened air inlet tract and new air cleaner, and work with the pair of shorter (minus 70mm in length, 7% less in diameter and 5.3lbs (2.4kg) lighter than previous design) chrome plated exhaust mufflers to boost low and mid-rpm engine reaction.
Internally split into two expansion chambers, each muffler features dual hole-punched link pipes optimised for resonance and the generation of an evocative four-cylinder engine note. Both mufflers hug the machine tighter for improved ground clearance and the downpipes are double skinned to stop heat-induced discoloration.
An assist slipper clutch is now fitted. With die-cast aluminum cam and slipper cam it saves weight, reduces lever effort by 16% and minimizes rear wheel ‘hop’ through engine braking on rapid down changes. The six-speed gearbox, with carefully matched ratios for gears 1-5 gives crisp response and acceleration, while 6th is an overdrive reducing fuel consumption and lowering engine rpm at highway speeds. Final drive is by 530 chain.
The CB1100 EX engine is EURO4 compliant.
4. 2017 CB1100 EX = USA Bound?
Now… To the underlying question at hand that so many of you are probably wondering about. Will the 2017 Honda CB1100 EX cross the pond and be for sale in the USA? That’s a negative. Well, atleast at this time. Honda hasn’t officially answered that question which can be a good thing. Think of it like when you asked the hottest girl out in school and you got a “maybe” haha. In all seriousness though, we’ll know within the next 60 days as to whether or not Honda will release the 2017 CB1100 EX in the US. Until then, let’s all drool over this B-E-A-UTIFUL piece of machinery Honda has built – the CB1100 EX!
Honda just made it ‘official’ and the 2017 CB1100 EX releasing in the USA and will be available to buy in May of 2017 per Honda’s scheduled release date on the CB1100EX. Check out the detailed 2017 CB1100 EX Model Announcement / Release for the USA by Clicking Here.
Let’s hear your thoughts… Do you want Honda to bring the 2017 CB1100EX to the US of A?
5. 2017 CB1100 EX Technical Specifications
|Type||Inline four-cylinder, air and oil-cooled, DOHC|
|Engine Displacement (cm³)||1140|
|Bore ´ Stroke (mm)||73.5 x 67.2|
|Max. Power Output||89 HP (66kW) @ 7,500rpm (95/1/EC)|
|Max. Torque||67 LB/FT (91Nm) @ 5,500rpm (95/1/EC)|
|Carburation||PGM-FI electronic fuel injection|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||4.4 gal (16.8 liters)|
|Battery Capacity||12V 11.2Ah|
|ACG Output||12V 21.7A/5000rpm 0.336kw|
|Clutch Type||Wet, multiplate clutch|
|Type||Double steel cradle|
|Dimensions (L´W´H)||2,200 x 830 x 1130mm|
|Type Front||41mm conventional fork (SDBV) with adjustable spring preload|
|Type Rear||Twin shocks with adjustable spring preload|
|Type Front||Wire spoke|
|Type Rear||Wire spoke|
|Rim Size Front|| |
18in x 2.50MT
|Rim Size Rear||18in x 4.00MT|
|Tyres Front||110/80 R18|
|Tyres Rear||140/70 R18|
|ABS System Type||2 Channel|
|Type Front||Hydraulic dual floating 296mm disks (2-channel ABS)|
|Type Rear||Hydraulic disk (2-channel ABS)|
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All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice.
2017 Honda CB1100 RS – A Closer Look
2017 Honda CB1100 RS – A Closer Look
One of the sleeper hits of Intermot 2016 was the Honda CB1100 RS – a sportier, sexier version of the retro-styled CB1100 that’s been around since 2013. But you wouldn’t have known that from Honda’s attitude toward it. At the press conference, Honda showed journalists a charming – perhaps overly saccharine – video telling the story of multiple generations uniting around two wheels. And that was pretty much it.
The CB1100 RS and revamped CB1100 EX were mentioned and seemingly placed aside in more or less a single breath. Big Red was far more eager to unveil the new CBR1000RR SP Fireblade amid a seizure-inducing spin of flashing lights, ear-splitting music, and some impressive pyrotechnics. The official press release that showed up in my inbox after the event offered just two paragraphs on the CB1100 models as well.
My guess is that Honda is keeping its expectations low for the new CB1100 RS in light of the lukewarm reception the CB1100 received three years ago. After being unveiled amid a lot of fanfare, the actual bike left some reviewers and customers feeling flat. RideApart rated it highly, but many other mo-jos felt the CB1100 was a little too Honda perfect, despite the bike’s air/oil-cooled 1140cc inline four having been deliberately tweaked to give a slightly rougher, more old-school feel.The 2017 Honda CB1100 RS would've been the most amazing bike ever produced...if it was built in the 70s.
The CB1100’s undergone a handful of quiet updates since then, including different tank, different seat, and the addition of a sixth gear. But it still doesn’t seem to have fired the imagination and opened the wallets of enthusiasts in the same way as, say, the Triumph Bonneville T120, or BMW R nineT.
Having seen the CB1100 RS in person, and having instantly fallen in love with its looks, I’m optimistic Honda may have finally gotten things right in this genre. I’m really eager to get a chance to ride the bike, so, to whet my appetite I thought I’d gather up as much information about it as I could find.The 2017 Honda CB1100 RS is cool and has so much potential. Can you tell we dig it here at RideApart?
The story of the CB1100 RS starts almost 70 years ago, when the twin-cylinder CB92 Benly was introduced in 1959. The CB series was born and has maintained a place in Honda’s line-up, and the hearts of Honda fans, ever since.
The CB1100 draws its inspiration from the fabled CB750 of the 1960s and 70s. That lived on in various guises until 2003, and almost as soon as it was gone it seems Honda was pining for the bike’s heyday. The CB1100 floated around as a concept for a number of years before finally going into production in Japan in 2010, where it was a hit.Hopefully the CB1100 RS will be a hit so Honda will bring more of these CB concepts to production.
“As with past CBs, we understand the timeless pleasure that our customers get from owning and riding an air-cooled inline four-cylinder motorcycle,” said Mitsunobu Imada, who designed the first generation CB1100’s frame, and served as Large Project Leader on the CB1100 RS. “With [this bike] we hope many riders get to appreciate and understand a very traditional motorcycle structure.”
The bike was instantly a personal favorite of Takanobu Ito, the CEO of Honda Motor Co. from 2009 to 2015, serving as his daily commuter. One suspects he may have played a role in pushing the bike from concept to reality, and in seeing it expand to markets outside Japan in 2013.Honda seems to have got the right mix of old school cool and new tech when it created the CB1100 RS.
Perhaps he also helped keep the concept alive, as an almost immediate refresh of the bike in 2014 suggests it didn’t quite catch on as well as Honda had hoped. Hot on the heels of that refresh came the tweaked-just-enough-for-aficionados-to-notice CB1100 DLX; Europe got the spoke-wheeled CB1100 EX.
For 2017, Honda’s rolling out an updated version of the CB1100 EX, which is equipped with a better suspension, improved exhaust, a slipper clutch, and LED lighting. But the CB1100 RS is what grabs your attention first.It may look like a traditional headlight, but it is not. The CB1100 RS is chock full of brilliant LED goodness.
Built on the CB1100 platform, the RS is, admittedly, not very sporty by Honda standards. The new CBR1000RR SP Fireblade, for example, is said to produce upward of 190 hp at peak –– some 100 horses more than the 89 hp delivered by the CB1100 RS. But, of course, 89 hp is still enough to get your license taken away and obviously this moto is about more than mind-melting performance.
Honda takes great pride in its craftsmanship, for instance, a big deal was made of the fact that the new fuel tank is made without seam welds. Analogue dials help to mask the bike’s modernity; its fat Inline-Four gives it the stature of an old-school bruiser. Quality touches are to be found everywhere; an aluminium chain guard replaces the previous plastic design. Adjustable Showa suspension improves handling, and the presence of 17-inch cast aluminum wheels means you can fit quality tires, rather than the bias ply stuff you normally get stuck with on retro bikes.Those trick 17-inch wheels mean you can use quality sport tires on the RS. Trackday sleeper anyone?
Honda says the sportier wheels also produce a 3-percent increase in acceleration. The CB1100 RS features tighter steering geometry than the standard CB1100, with a rake and trail of 26 degrees/99 mm and wheelbase of 1485 mm (as opposed to 27 degrees/114 mm/ 1490mm) to give faster steering and more responsive handling. The ergonomics of the bike are a little sportier, as well, but seating is still pretty upright. Again: don’t expect to outgun any modern sportbikes; the CB1100 RS weighs in at 252 kg (555 lbs.) wet. But we venture to bet it will handle well for a bike of this size.The simple dash includes a speedo, tach, gear position indicator and fuel gauge. Where's the Mode selector?
Even on a retro bike, you can't escape the modern rider assist sytems, so ABS is standard equipment here. A seat height of 795 mm (31.3 inches) means most folks will be able to get feet flat on the ground too. Honda says the 16.8-liter (4.4 US gallons) tank should deliver upward of 186 miles of range – that’s about 42 miles per gallon, which is very-much Honda.
The bike’s side panels are pressed aluminum and the streamlined seat performs the trick of simultaneously looking sporty and old-school comfy. The LED tail light isn’t really to my liking but at that point I’m really grasping at straws to find a complaint.The Honda CB1100 RS looks inviting to us. It says "Come on, let's ride. Every little thing, is gonna be alright."
When mentioning the CB1100 RS’s smaller, lighter 4-2-2 exhaust system Honda quietly mentions that it has been “optimised for resonance and the generation of an evocative four-cylinder engine note.” I’m hoping that means the RS will quell previous murmurings about the CB1100’s lack of character. You want an old-school bike to sound a little old school, after all.Thank you Honda, may we have another? The Honda CB1100 RS is cool but is their a racier version out there?
Meanwhile, Honda says the bike’s DOHC Inline Four offers linear, “instantly accessible drive… anywhere in the rev range.” The 89hp peak comes around the 7,500 rpm mark, whereas the bike’s peak torque of about 67 ft-lb hits closer to 5,500 rpm.
Beyond these facts and figures we don’t know when the CB1100 RS will be available, nor how much it will cost. To be perfectly honest, we don’t even know if the bike will show up in the United States (Intermot was a European event, after all). What we do know is that we are going to put on our very best pair of Pretty Please Pants and beg Honda to give us a chance to ride this bike as soon as possible.Honda takes great pride in the CB1100 RS's seamless tank. We agree that these lines are pretty sweet. 2017 Honda CB1100 RS 2017 Honda CB1100 RS 2017 Honda CB1100 RS 2017 Honda CB1100 RS 2017 Honda CB1100 RS 2017 Honda CB1100 RS 2017 Honda CB1100 RS 2017 Honda CB1100 RS 2017 Honda CB1100 RS
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Improving On a Classic Idea…
Since 1959, when they first adorned the twin-cylinder CB92 Benly, the letters CB have always meant a great deal to Honda and Honda owners. They came to mean even more in 1969, as the four-cylinder CB750 represented a seminal moment for motorcycling, as the world’s first production superbike took center stage, laying down a blueprint that still stands today.
Old school became new school in 2013, when Honda brought the CB1100 to the U.S., satisfying pent-up demand from an army of riders for whom a traditionally styled air-cooled four-cylinder CB was a must-have piece of engineering craftsmanship. For 2017, the CB1100 EX has been imbued with extra layers of retro style and several performance upgrades. Manufacture takes place in Honda’s Kumamoto factory, with a production process that’s been fundamentally revised to integrate technology and expert skill in order to create motorcycles rich in craftsmanship and attention to detail, plus a place in history that only comes with the passage of many decades.
“As with past CBs, we understand the timeless pleasure that our customers get from owning and riding an air-cooled inline four-cylinder motorcycle,” said Mr. Mitsunobu Imada, Large Project Leader for the 2017 CB1100 EX. “Building on the CB1100’s desirability and joy of ownership, while adding functionality and quality to deepen the sense of fulfillment, were very important elements for us to consider. With the CB1100 EX, we hope many riders get to appreciate and understand a very traditional motorcycle structure.”
CB1100 EX The CB1100 EX outlines the proportion and silhouette of a true 1970s superbike. Its curvaceous fuel tank, which now has a seamless design, evokes handmade craftsmanship, while the single round headlight and twin instrument dials denote Hondas from a bygone age. Adding crisp-edged modernity, the front and rear lights are now LED and new 18-inch wheels run stainless steel spokes. The classic tubular-steel frame has relaxed steering geometry, sure-footed stability and neutral handling characteristics. The 41mm Showa Dual Bending Valve fork (SDBV) and twin Showa shocks offer improved suspension compliance, and ABS brakes are standard. The subtly blacked-out engine breathes more easily thanks to revised inlets and smaller, lighter dual chrome mufflers, producing linear, instantly accessible power and torque. An assist slipper clutch makes for easier lever engagement and rear-wheel stability on downshifts. With its classic lines, the CB1100 EX conjures memories, mixing the engine’s addictive performance and soulful sound with evocative appeal. It’s also a machine to savor and contemplate from every angle.
You want proof that a great idea never goes out of style? Then just check out the new 2017 Honda CB1100 EX. Externally, it’s pure Honda classic: that red steel tank, the air-cooled transverse-four engine, the brushed aluminum sidecovers, the round headlight, the chromed fenders, the comfortable, upright seating and tubular-steel handlebar. But twist the throttle, and you’ll see there’s nothing retro about the CB1100 EX’s performance. Displacing a full 1140cc, the six-speed overdrive gearbox and electronic fuel injection deliver performance no 1970’s classic ever could.
But check out some of the details we’ve given this new machine: 18-inch wire wheels front and rear, laced with stainless-steel spokes. That fuel tank we talked about? There’s no bottom seam, so it has a super-clean, hand-built look. The headlight is a powerful LED unit, and there’s a new slipper-type clutch underneath that right engine cover.
Perfect for just about anything you’ll ask a bike to do, the CB1100 EX takes a great idea and improves on it—Honda style.
“Seamless” Fuel Tank
Holding almost four and a half gallons, the CB1100 EX’s fuel tank features gorgeous “seamless” construction (no visible bottom weld seem), for a super-clean, classic look, as well as impressive cruising range.
Honda pioneered the modern motorcycle inline-four engine, and they remain one of the best designs on two wheels. The CB1100 EX carries that tradition and takes it to the next level, displacing 1140cc and featuring air cooling along with a modern blacked-out look—why hide it under a fairing?
Honda’s original inline-fours and Grand Prix bikes featured twin-loop full-cradle steel chassis in basic black. The CB1100 EX gives you the same look, but executed with modern engineering. You’ll find this machine handles as well as it looks.
Triple Disc Brakes
Honda’s first CB750 introduced disc brakes to motorcycling’s mainstream. The new CB1100 EX offers triple discs with huge calipers for excellent stopping ability. ABS is standard equipment.
2017 Honda CB1100EX www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
Spirit, Soul and Innovation.
The CB1100 EX is a modern classic. An evolution of the CB1100, it’s a motorcycle as motorcycles used to be, with an air-cooled 1,140cc DOHC inline four-cylinder engine that delivers smooth power and torque, all packaged within a classic style.
Welcome to the Honda CB1100 EX. A motorcycle made to move you.
At a glance the CB1100 EX’s design captures the heart, but it’s the details that really take your breath away.
At the heart of the bike is the flowing form of the fuel tank. The lustrously chromed mudguards then lead the eye upwards to a large round headlight and twin speedo and rev counter. Double-skinned exhaust downpipes keep the chrome shining and shorter twin silencers emit a spine-tingling howl.
Addictive smooth power
Whether you’re taking on the city or heading out on the open road, the CB1100 EX’s air and oil-cooled 1,140cc DOHC inline four-cylinder engine is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Fed by PGM-FI fuel injection it serves up the kind of low-mid range torque and joyful rush of power that becomes instantly addictive. The six-speed gearbox, with five wide ratios for strong acceleration and a sixth for relaxed cruising and improved fuel consumption.
Confident comfortable riding
The CB1100 EX has been designed to offer total comfort and practicality, wherever your journey takes you. A true all-rounder, its long, padded seat and upright riding position make long weekends on the open road feel effortless. The low centre of gravity helps manoeuvrability at all speeds, while the wide handlebars add intuitive control. Because, in the true spirit of classic motorbikes, sometimes you just want to go for a ride. No reason, no goal, no destination. Just to ride.
2017 Honda CB1100EX www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
Comfortable Riding Position
Honda’s classic inline-fours were very comfortable, and it’s the same for the new CB1100 EX. Ride it for 10 minutes or two hours and you’ll see that it’s one of the easiest-to-live-with machines in any class.
Twin-Shock Rear Suspension
Easy to adjust and equipped with preload adjustability, the CB1100 EX’s new Showa suspension offers improved compliance and proves that the traditional design, done right, can provide excellent handling characteristics.
Two-Channel Anti-Lock Braking System
Honda’s ABS system, standard on the CB1100 EX model, provides additional confidence when stopping in less-than ideal conditions.
Wire Spoked Wheels
Classic spoked wheels look great, but the CB1100 EX rolls on hoops with 40 stainless-steel spokes per wheel and aluminum hubs. Light and strong, they perform as good as they look.
An air-cooled inline four engine in a classic like the CB1100 EX just has to bolt up in a twin-loop full-cradle steel chassis. The twin shock mounts complete the look. But this isn’t some retro frame: Honda’s chassis engineers have graced it with modern materials and construction techniques. The result is a bike that both looks great and handles like a modern bike should.
Combined with the CB1100 EX’s steel-tube full-cradle twin-loop frame, the stout steel swingarm is part of the bike’s excellent handling package.
Large Seamless Fuel Tank
The CB1100 EX features a fuel tank with 4.4 gallons of capacity. That, plus the bike’s excellent fuel efficiency, give you plenty of range.
Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI)
Improved cold-weather startups, no-drama high-altitude riding and no choke are just three benefits of PGM-FI.
1140cc Air-Cooled Engine
With an engine this size, you get power everywhere—enough to go on a spirited street ride, an hour-long cruise or carry a passenger with ease.
Blacked-Out Engine with Aluminum Highlights
Subtly blacked-out, the engine wears natural aluminum engine covers, and features a cylinder head finished in silver with a burnished aluminum cam cover and chrome end caps.
The CB1100 EX’s four-into-two exhaust pipe gives this bike a classic look along with a crisp sound, and the chrome finish is a great highlight, too.
41mm Front Fork
The CB1100 EX is equipped with a Showa Dual Bending Valve (SDBV) 41mm front fork, which uses two valves to generate both compression and rebound damping force for a linear suspension feel and excellent control.
New digital instruments tuck into classic round chromed instrument housings—the best for both worlds. You get proper looks and all the electronic functions you expect from a modern bike.
Triple Disc Brakes
Nothing retro here: the CB1100 EX’s huge twin front discs and single rear disc are drilled for lighter weight and less heat retention, and offer smooth, predictable, powerful stopping capability. Naturally, the system features ABS as standard equipment.
Chassis/Suspension •Fuel tank does away with the seam-welded lips along both bottom edges, and pays homage both to CB history and contemporary style with a cutaway rear section that displays the cam cover. Aircraft-style filler cap adds another visible touch of class. •A chrome round front headlight (now LED, with a spiral running light) crowns the front of the machine, underlined by twin horns. It’s held with aluminum stays and flanked by classic-style 70mm diameter indicators. •LED rear light, indicators and license-plate mounting bracket have been minimalized for a streamlined look. •Classic tubular-steel double-cradle frame holds the engine with four rigid and two rubber mounts. It features relaxed steering geometry, sure-footed stability with neutral handling characteristics. The rider triangle is also relaxed and upright, and the handlebar shape has been revised to maintain a neutral position. •Showa Dual Bending Valve (SDBV) 41mm front fork uses two valves to generate both compression and rebound damping force for a linear suspension feel. A new die-cast aluminum top triple clamp features a buffed finish and clear coat, while the bottom triple clamp holds the fork legs in a higher position. •Twin Showa rear shocks offer adjustable spring preload and operate through a steel swingarm, which has a clean look thanks to an under-slung rear-brake hose. An aluminum chain guard replaces the previous plastic design. •Redesigned 18-inch spoke wheels wear 110/80 R18 and 140/70 R18 front and rear tires. Smaller aluminum hubs lace the wheel rim with 40 longer stainless steel (rather than the 48) zinc-plated spokes. •Twin 296mm floating front brake discs are mated to four-piston Nissin calipers, with a 256mm disc and single-piston caliper at the rear. ABS is standard. •Side panels are made of brushed aluminum with a textured “hairline” finish, while the seat is well padded and comfortable. •Chrome seat rails add seamless lines, with no clutter, and the chrome steel rear fender has a more rounded cross section. •Smaller die-cast aluminum hangers mount both rider and pillion foot pegs. •Longer side stand makes it easier to get the machine upright. •Circular speedometer and odometer are adorned in chrome; equipment includes a fuel gauge and clock, gear position indicator, fuel efficiency gauge and range computer. Ignition is now via a ‘wave’ style key.
Engine/Drivetrain •Subtly blacked-out, the engine wears natural aluminum engine covers and features a cylinder head finished in silver with a burnished aluminum cam cover and chrome end caps. •Silky-smooth DOHC engine produces linear, instantly accessible power and torque, anywhere in the rev range. •Engine is cooled via air (via 2mm fins) and oil (via a 335mm 9-tier, front-mounted oil cooler). •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. •PGM-FI and 32mm throttle body are fed through a revised, shortened air inlet tract and new air cleaner, and work with the pair of shorter (minus 70mm in length, 7% less in diameter and 5.3 lb. lighter than previous design) chrome-plated exhaust mufflers to boost low- and mid-rpm engine reaction. •Internally split into two expansion chambers, each muffler features dual hole-punched link pipes optimized for resonance and the generation of an evocative four-cylinder engine note. Both mufflers hug the machine tighter for improved ground clearance and the downpipes are double-skinned to stop heat-induced discoloration. •New assist slipper clutch has a die-cast aluminum cam and slipper cam to save weight. It also reduces lever effort by 16% and minimizes rear wheel hop during engine braking on rapid down shifts. •Six-speed gearbox, with carefully matched ratios for gears 1-5, gives crisp response and acceleration, while 6th is an overdrive, reducing fuel consumption and lowering engine rpm at highway speeds. Final drive is by 530 chain.
2017 Honda CB1100EX – www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details US MSRP Price: $ USD
ENGINE Engine Type 1140cc air-cooled inline four-cylinder Bore And Stroke 73.5mm x 67.2mm Induction PGM-FI with automatic enrichment circuit, 32mm throttle bodies Ignition Full transistorized Compression Ratio 9.5:1 Valve Train DOHC; four valves per cylinder
DRIVE TRAIN Transmission Six-speed Final Drive #530 O-ring-sealed chain
CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES Front Suspension 41mm fork with spring preload adjustability; 4.21 inches travel Rear Suspension Twin shocks with spring preload adjustability; 4.49 inches travel Front Brake Dual four-piston calipers with full-floating 296mm discs with ABS Rear Brakes Single-caliper 256mm disc with ABS Front Tire 110/80R-18 Rear Tire 140/70R-18
DIMENSIONS Rake 27.0 degrees (Caster Angle) Trail 114mm (4.4 inches) Wheelbase 58.7 inches Seat Height 31.2 inches Fuel Capacity 4.4 gallons Curb Weight 540 pounds. Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel-ready to ride.
OTHER Model ID CB1100CAH Emissions Meets current EPA standards. California version meets current CARB standards and may differ slightly due to emissions equipment. Available Colors Candy Red
FACTORY WARRANTY INFORMATION One Year Transferable, unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.
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Bore Ã— Stroke (mm) 73.5 x 67.2 Carburation PGM-FI electronic fuel injection Compression Ratio 9.5:1 Engine Displacement (cc) 1140 Engine Type (cm³) Inline four-cylinder, air and oil-cooled, DOHC Max. Power Output 66kW/7,500 rpm Max. Torque 91 Nm/5,000 rpm Starter Electric
Brakes Front Hydraulic double disk (2-channel ABS) Brakes Rear Hydraulic disk (2-channel ABS) Suspension Front 41mm conventional fork with adjustable spring preload Suspension Rear Twin shocks with adjustable spring preload Tyre Size Front 110/80 R18 Tyre Size Rear 140/70 R18 Wheels Front Wire spoke Wheels Rear Wire spoke
Dimensions and Weights
Battery Capacity (VAh) 12V 11.2Ah Caster Angle 27° Dimensions (LÃ—WÃ—H) (mm) 2195 Ã— 835 Ã— 1130 Frame type Double steel cradle Fuel Consumption 50.6 mpg (WMTC) Ground Clearance (mm) 135 Kerb Weight (kg) 260 Seat Height (mm) 795 Trail (mm) 114 Wheelbase (mm) 1490
Clutch Wet, multiplate clutch Final Drive Chain Gearbox 6-speed
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