Honda CB1100RS

A harder-edged ver­sion of the retro CB1100 at last ap­pears, yet it could have been so much more

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Welcome - WORDS MARK GRA­HAM PHO­TOG­RA­PHY HONDA

Honda launch a re­vamped retro with very de­sir­able forks and brakes

IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN the long straw.yet, while this cor­re­spon­dent was lurch­ing around Catalun­yan moun­tain roads on the new CB1100RS, the ed­i­tor (unan­nounced, and caught un­awares by such an un­ex­pected plea­sure, it should be recorded) was swap­ping yarns with none other than Fast Fred­die Spencer in the PS Peter­bor­ough Por­tak­abin®.any­way…

Honda, woe­fully slow to re­spond to other man­u­fac­tur­ers’ glee­ful won­der at mod­ern bike buy­ers’ love of all things neo-retro (ie BMW andyamaha), have at last de­cided to mar­ket a bit of her­itage.what her­itage they have – and how apolo­get­i­cally they’ve brought it to mar­ket.

The CB1100R con­cept bike (re­mem­ber that?) should have been made metal as soon

as it ap­peared, to such un­equiv­o­cal ac­claim, way back in 2009. But no.

In­stead, in Spain, we, a large sec­tion of the mod­ern, and neo-clas­sic press, were treated to a five-bike model year 2017 ex­trav­a­ganza. This in­cluded the CB1100EX, a re­vamp of the orig­i­nal air-cooled 11, and the RS, a halfway de­cent ef­fort at rekin­dling the glory years, in semi-sil­hou­ette form at least, of Honda’s 1980SAMA tri­umphs. No ti­tle for Fred­die back then, but an undy­ing legacy of pre­co­ciously loose rides, a de­cent num­ber of wins, and a num­ber 19 CB750 in sil­ver and blue that re­mains im­move­able still in the mind of any­one who ever saw him work it.

So, the CB1100RS packs the same 80bhp en­gine as the cook­ing ver­sion, it wears con­sid­er­ably more pre­sentable cy­cle parts, though in re­al­ity not that much more ef­fec­tive, run­ning gear.and it costs £11,139 (the EX £10,765).

Since these bits will be avail­able as of­fi­cially listed spares it may in­ter­est prospec­tive hot-cb builders that Showa gold-an­odised rwu 43mm forks with ra­dial monobloc four-pot­to­kico calipers and 310mm float­ing discs will now be on a mi­cro­fiche (or what­ever a mi­cro­fiche has now be­come). Friendly deal­ers might be able to as­sist a builder, oth­er­wise break­ers (as­sum­ing enough sell) will be the go-to.

It’s al­most painful to wit­ness how Kawasaki milked the Lawson trip via var­i­ous ZRX ver­sions and how Honda stood idly by and let a back cat­a­logue of Spencer won­der­ment go by the way­side. Only a ded­i­cated big-h, big-four sub­cul­ture has kept the RSC/HRC flag fly­ing.

Go to the Honda web­site (as­sum­ing you’re en­abled) and have a gan­der at the lat­est CB re-en­act­ment. It might up­set you, but at least there are some dis­tant rum­blings of tribute – and per­haps more im­por­tantly – some bits to be had. Sorry to have missed you Fred­die. My loss.

“The CB1100R con­cept bike should have been made metal as soon as it ap­peared way back in 2009”

Dig those Showas and ra­dial To­ki­cos. Best bits

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