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Honda Confirms U.S. Will Get the 2017 CB1100 EX

Rider Magazine StaffDecember 09, 2016
2017 Honda CB1100 EX (European model shown).

2017 Honda CB1100 EX (European model shown).

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.

2017 Honda CB1100 EX (European model shown).

2017 Honda CB1100 EX (European model shown).

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.

2017 Honda CB1100 EX (European model shown).

2017 Honda CB1100 EX (European model shown).

The 2017 CB1100 EX will be available in May 2017, in Candy Red. Pricing is TBD.

2017 Honda CB1100 EX (European model shown).

2017 Honda CB1100 EX (European model shown).

10 comments

  1. Very cool. I hope they keep the price down ($8000?) and sell a bunch of them. I recently rode a 1970 CB750 and was shocked at how quick it was and how nice it rode; I’d forgotten what a good bike they were. It’d be great to see standards on the road again.

  2. It has no soul… I’ll take my Guzzi any day of the week…

  3. Congratulations Honda on selling the best looking bike to the world & sending the scraps to the U.S.A.The RS is the much nicer model.I wouldn’t even consider the EX.

  4. Kind of like the old school look with the modern features after taking out my old z1 h2 kz for
    short rides to keep them lubed. I would love to test ride the EX

  5. Larry "Doc" Chambers

    When a bike has “soul” it simply means it breaks a lot. One has to have some superlative to apply when a machine has no attributes. Reliable, well built, powerful, smooth, great brakes, great dealer network, reliable, good resale value, not hot to ride on a summer day, parts are easy to get. Oh, did I mention reliable. All can be used to describe a Honda.

  6. I love the CB 1100, had a new 1972 CB 750 at the age of 19 so much fun and bought a 2013 CB 1100 so retro.

  7. I think that it’s awesome when Honda builds Hondas and doesn’t try to build Harleys. They build fantastic bikes when they stick to their own designs. They fail miserably when they try to copy The Motor Company.

  8. My 69 Triumph has soul, it vibrates, is mechanically noisy and requires a lot of TLC to maintain. My 74 CB 750 does not share those attributes but guess which one has the most miles.

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