He’s just spent the first couple of hours of the day riding the revamped CB1100s.
Here are his first impressions, filed from the coffee stop: ‘The EX version is the standard chrome roadster, while the RS version [pictured above] has sportier brakes, suspension and riding position.
‘Updates to both models over the old bike include a larger fuel tank, new Showa suspension, LED lights, slipper-clutch and other detail cosmetics.
‘First impressions are that the things that made the CB1100 good are still good - the off-beat motor (literally, with different cam timing between cylinders giving the engine a slightly gruffty exhaust noise; it sounds a bit like a misfire, but in a good way) is a big, smooth, boomy air-cooled thing that grunts from 1000rpm and pulls cleanly through the new six-speed transmission.
‘Mid-range beef isn't overwhelming - top gear overtakes need a shift down; it's only 88hp after all.
‘Handling is solid; the RS is slightly quicker steering and more responsive, the brakes are sharper and the riding position a bit more front end biased (with flatter bars).
‘Ride quality is good, and in dodgy conditions it's easy to sling both bikes around with confidence - enough to find the limits of ground clearance. More riding to do, hope the weather improves for a bit more action.’
Prices are £10,765 for the EX and £11,139 for the up-spec RS.