American Honda has announced that it will bring the CB1100 EX to the U.S. in May 2017. A version of this retro-styled machine has been part of the Stateside line-up before, the CB1100 first introduced in 2013 and followed-up by a 2014 model. It’s been absent from the American line-up since then however, but with the surging popularity of nostalgically-styled motorcycles we can’t say it’s surprising that the CB1100 is taking another run at the U.S. market.
“As with past CBs, we understand the timeless pleasure that our customers get from owning and riding an air-cooled inline four-cylinder motorcycle,” said Mr. Mitsunobu Imada, Large Project Leader for the 2017 CB1100 EX in a company press release. “Building on the CB1100’s desirability and joy of ownership, while adding functionality and quality to deepen the sense of fulfillment, were very important elements for us to consider. With the CB1100 EX, we hope many riders get to appreciate and understand a very traditional motorcycle structure.”
The CB1100 EX got a few new details since last we saw it, including a more refined, seamless fuel tank. Headlights and taillights are LED and the bike’s 18-inch wheels have stainless steel spokes.
As for the mechanical details, most everything on the CB1100 EX is unchanged from the 2014 CB1100 model. It’s got the 1140cc air-cooled Inline Four engine with 75.5 x 67.2mm bore and stroke and 9.5:1 compression ratio. It’s got a steel tube, full-cradle frame and steel swingarm. Additionally, it’s got the six-speed transmission, 41mm Showa fork and Showa shocks, dual full-floating 296mm discs with matching four-piston calipers and a single 256mm disc, single piston caliper arrangement out back. Anti-lock brakes are standard.
The CB1100 EX carries 4.4 gallons of fuel (half a gallon more than the 2014 CB1100) and is estimated to tip the scales, ready to ride, at 540 pounds.
Candy Red is the only color option available and MSRP is yet to be determined.