Tuesday, October 04, 2016
2017 Honda CB1100RS, CB1100EX unveiled at the Intermot
For those who love retro-styled inline-four-powered Japanese motorcycles, Honda have unveiled the new-retro CB1100RS that pays homage to the legendary late-1960s Honda CB750. With hints of 1970s café racer, the CB1100RS is nice and curvy, without giving in to any short-lived design fads. It has timeless appeal, combined with high levels of build quality. Compared to the more laid-back CB1100EX, the RS gets sharper steering geometry, firmer suspension settings, radial-mount four-piston calipers for the front disc brakes, 17-inch cast-aluminium wheels and sportsbike-spec tyres. A lower, more compact riding position also moves the rider’s weight slightly forward, making for a proper sportsbike-spec riding position, but one that's not too hard on the wrists.
The Honda CB1100RS' air-cooled four-cylinder DOHC engine (Euro 4-compliant) produces 89bhp and 91Nm of torque - not exactly superbike-spec numbers, but probably enough to keep you entertained for hours on a Sunday morning. The gearbox is a 6-speed unit, with slipper clutch. With its steel-tube double-cradle chassis, the CB1100RS has a kerb weight of 252 kilos, which isn't too bad really. There's a 43mm conventional Showa fork up front, which is adjustable for spring preload, while the Showa twin shock setup at the back is also preload adjustable. The bike rolls on 10-spoke, 17-inch diecast aluminium wheels, sho with 120/70 (front) and 180/55 (rear) tyres. Two-channel ABS is standard, headlamp and taillamp are both LED units. Available colours include black and red, both of which look good - though we prefer red in this case!
For those who prefer something a bit more relaxed, a bit more laid-back, there's the new Honda CB1100EX, which shares its engine and chassis with the 1100RS but keeps the styling a bit more classic, with 18-inch stainless steel spoke wheels, more muted colours and no graphics. Manufactured at Honda's factory in Kumamoto, Japan, the CB1100EX also has high levels of build quality and even modern bits like LED lights, preload adjustable suspension, ABS and slipper clutch etc. If it were our money, however, we'd just take the CB1100RS in red, fit a Yoshimura or Akrapovic exhaust and be done with it...
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