After bringing the retro-cool CB1100 to the U.S. in 2013, and then whisking it away just as quickly after the 2014 model year, Honda has announced that we will once again see the CB1100 in U.S. dealerships. The 2017 CB1100 EX, as it’s now called, has received a facelift as well as a host of performance upgrades that should make it attractive to today’s retro-obsessed riders.
The 2013 CB1100 was designed to evoke the lines and feel of a 1970s super bike, and the 2017 iteration stays true to that design, while adding a few modern touches. The fuel tank is now a seamless design, and front and rear lights are now LED. New 18-inch wheels run stainless steel spokes. The classic tubular-steel frame was designed for a 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 features smaller, lighter dual chrome mufflers, producing linear power and torque. An assist-and-slipper clutch makes for easier lever engagement and rear-wheel stability on downshifts.
The 2017 CB1100 EX will be available in May 2017, in Candy Red. Pricing is TBD.