Intermot: Honda CB1100 reaches Europe

Air-cooled retro at last reaches this side of the world

IT'S five years since Honda's CB1100 first appeared at the Tokyo Motor Show and three years since the same bike went into production and on sale in Japan and Australia. And now it's finally coming here.

Inspired by the 1969 CB750 Four, the CB1100 might only make 88.5bhp but it's already found a strong following in the countries where the bike is already on sale. Despite the old-fashioned looks and lack of liquid cooling, the motor was developed specifically for this bike and is actually one of the most modern in Honda's range.

Revealed in European form at the Intermot show in Cologne today, it's barely changed from the machine already offered in Japan and Australia.

With a steel frame, the weight is suitably old-school – 248kg wet – but it's held low and Japanese testers report that it feels lighter. As an alternative to a Bonneville, Kawasaki W800 or Moto Guzzi V7, it's got to be worth considering – although its success here will surely hang on the as-yet-unannounced UK price.

You will be able to see this bike at the NEC Motorcycle Live from 24th November to 2nd December.

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