Honda CB1100 RS
88.5bhp | 252kg | Seat height 795mm
The explosion in performance oriented modern classics is a trend no manufacturer can ignore, and this RS version of Honda’s often overlooked retro is aiming for a slice of that café racer pie, with its uprated 43mm Showa Dual Bending Valve two-piece front fork and remote reservoir rear shocks, 17in cast aluminium wheels and dual radial Tokico calipers. The massive engine also now breathes through revised inlet and exhaust systems and gets a slip/assist clutch, too.
The air-cooled four breathes more easily thanks to a new inlet tract and its smaller, lighter and shorter 4-2-2 exhaust, while an assist slipper clutch makes for a lighter action at the lever, and improved stability on aggressive downshifts.
Apart from the more meaty aesthetics, the most welcome change is likely to be the Showa Dual Bending Valve (SDBV) 43mm fork, which uses two valves to generate both compression and rebound damping force giving linear feel, for improved ride quality and road holding. The fork is complemented by matching twin Showa remotereservoir rear shocks.
The RS’S chassis uses sharper geometry than its more traditional EX sibling.
Uprated engine and suspension for the big retro Honda