The History of the Honda CB1100

Honda CB1100 (1980 to 1983).

The first Honda CB1100 was launched in 1980 and received immense popularity due to its powerful engine schematics, notable handling as well as the promulgation of a visibly comfortable riding experience. In essence, termed as a sports bike, the original CB1100 featured an in-line four stroke, air cooled (4 valves per cylinder) DOHC engine with a displacement rating of 1062 CC. On the other hand, it had a bore value of 70 mm as well as stroke value of 69 mm in conjuction with a compression ratio of about 9.7 to 1.

Consequently, in accord with such a powerful engine, the CB1100 had the ability to produce 110 Horse Power at about 8500 revolutions per minute which meant that it could effortlessly accelerate to a top speed of about 128 miles per hour. On the other hand, acceleration was further enhanced because of the incorporation of a 5 speed chain transmission gearbox that allowed the CB1100's rider to shift smoothly from one gear level to another.

On the other hand, the Honda CB1100 was also fitted with a commendable suspension system that not only allowed for exceptional handling at high speeds but also addressed in an extremely comfortable riding experience. The front tire dimensions were measurable at 100 / 90-18 whereas the rear tire dimensions measured at 130 / 90-17. In terms of braking power, the CB1100 had a dual disc braking unit inside its front tire as well as a single disc braking unit within the rear tire. In essence, these two units were able to provide ample braking power allowing the rider to slow down the bike easily and effortlessly.

Lastly, the CB1100 also had a large fuel capacity of about 20 liters which was another plus point since one could get excellent mileage out of it.

Honda CB1100 (2000-2003)

After the first version of Honda CB1100 was manufactured and produced from 1980-1983. The Honda Motor Company released a brand new version of the CB1100 during the year 2000 and its production continued until 2003. In essence, the latter model was inherently different from its predecessor in terms of its physical exterior, design and styling. The new Honda CB1100 had a slightly more rugged outlook as well as an old school Harley look to it which is why it became so popular among local as well as international consumers particularly in Australia. On the other hand, there were also slight modifications in terms of engine schematics and most experts agreed that the newer version of the CB1100 outclassed the latter one easily.

Fundamentally, the new Honda CB1100 featured a liquid cooled, four stroke, in-line four cylinder engine with a displacement capacity of 1140 CC. On the other hand, it had a bore value of about 73.5 mm as well as a stroke value of 67.2 mm. Also, the CB1100 had a compression ratio of about 9.5 to 1 which was similar to its predecessor. Another similarity that the new Honda CB1100 shared with the 1983 Honda CB1100 was the fact that both were fitted with a five speed chain drive gear box. However, the wheelbase of the 2000 Honda CB1100 was about 1490 mm whereas the trail was approximately 775 mm. This inherently allowed the Honda CB1100 (2000 model) to provide more stability particularly at high speeds.

On the other hand, the front tires comprised of Dunlop D205 110 / 80R18 whereas the rear tires consist of 140 / 70R18. Similarly, the wet weight of the new CB1100 was about 247 kilograms, slightly on the heavier side although this did not have any impact whatsoever upon the overall engine performance of the bike in terms of speed and acceleration. Lastly, in terms of mileage the 2000 CB1100 was slightly expensive with a fuel consumption rating of about 6 liters per 100 kilometers. However, motorcycle enthusiasts fell in love with the rugged stylish outlook of the 2000 Honda CB1100 as well as its commendable performance.