The CB1100F returns!
Photos courtesy Ben Wojdyla for Jalopnik.com
By now you’ve probably seen photos of the prototypes Honda debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show in late 2007.
If not, check them out here
Two were of interest to retro fanatics like us: the CB1100F (seen here at Honda’s stand at the show), a modern air-cooled standard that looks like a newer, bigger, meaner version of a 1975 Honda CB400F, and the CB1100R, an endurance-racer-inspired ride that’s got us chomping at the bit for a production model already.
While we’re still waiting to hear if the CB1100R will ever see production, according to Motorcycle News in the UK, the suits at Honda have announced that the CB1100F will be produced and will be coming to the U.S.
While details are still sketchy, plan to see it on showroom floors in late 2008 as a 2009 model. While there’s been no word on pricing just yet, we’re all hoping it is $10,000 or under (preferably under).
While the styling is mildly blocky (and reminiscent of many of the late 1970s and early 1980s Honda Supersports), it keeps the chrome fenders of some of the earlier CB’s. Many have already commented on their desires for spoked wheels (which most of the other retro bikes now being sold, including the Triumph Bonneville and the Ducati SportClassics, now feature).
While this great looking standard trades on style and history more than as innovation, there are reports of a new engine block design that allows air to pass between the two middle cylinders, along with speculation that it will fuel injected and that ABS brakes will either be standard or optional.
Welcome to the retro game Honda! Glad you finally made it!
To see a walk-around video of the CB1100F, click here
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