Improving On A Classic Idea
You want proof that a great idea never goes out of style? Then just check out the new 2017 Honda CB1100 EX. Externally, it’s pure Honda classic: that red steel tank, the air-cooled transverse-four engine, the brushed aluminum sidecovers, the round headlight, the chromed fenders, the comfortable, upright seating and tubular-steel handlebar. But twist the throttle, and you’ll see there’s nothing retro about the CB1100 EX’s performance. Displacing a full 1140cc, the six-speed overdrive gearbox and electronic fuel injection deliver performance no 1970’s classic ever could.But check out some of the details we’ve given this new machine: 18-inch wire wheels front and rear, laced with stainless-steel spokes. That fuel tank we talked about? There’s no bottom seam, so it has a super-clean, hand-built look. The headlight is a powerful LED unit, and there’s a new slipper-type clutch underneath that right engine cover.
“Seamless” Fuel Tank
Holding almost four and a half gallons, the CB1100 EX’s fuel tank features gorgeous “seamless” construction (no visible bottom weld seem), for a super-clean, classic look, as well as impressive cruising range.
Honda pioneered the modern motorcycle inline-four engine, and they remain one of the best designs on two wheels. The CB1100 EX carries that tradition and takes it to the next level, displacing 1140cc and featuring air cooling along with a modern blacked-out look—why hide it under a fairing?
Honda’s original inline-fours and Grand Prix bikes featured twin-loop full-cradle steel chassis in basic black. The CB1100 EX gives you the same look, but executed with modern engineering. You’ll find this machine handles as well as it looks.
Triple Disc Brakes
Honda’s first CB750 introduced disc brakes to motorcycling’s mainstream. The new CB1100 EX offers triple discs with huge calipers for excellent stopping ability. ABS is standard equipment.