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My new (to me) 2014 Honda CB 1100.

Lost in the 60's

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Location
Mobile, Alabama
My plan is to keep both for a while and decide which one I like the best, then sell the other one. It's going to be a tough decision but I can't justify two bikes. I don't really have the space for them, plus the cost of maintenance, registration, and insurance does not appeal to me. I've now put 44 miles on the Honda and there are a few areas where there are differences from my Triumph. Some of them are positives and some are negatives.
 

Lost in the 60's

Well travelled
Location
Mobile, Alabama
One thing I noticed when I took it out this morning was that the wind buffeting on the Honda was way worse than on my Triumph. At 70 mph it was all I could stand. When I got back home I remembered a youtube video I had seen where the guy said that a windshield could cause turbulance and actually make things worse. So I took that little flyscreen off. I didn't like the looks of it anyway, and took it back out for another ride and there was a huge improvement. The wind was hitting me in my chest just like it does on my Triumph. That was much more tolerable. Before, with the flyscreen, it was buffeting me in and around my face. So I'll be eighty sixing that flyscreen.
 

kballowe

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Location
Villa Ridge, MO
Ah, Honda. How bad can that be? ;)

Look, any of you that don't have room for an extra motorbike can simply send them here. I will make room - and take good care of them !

17066

The inline 4-cylinder Honda has a special place in my heart.

It's the first type of "big" motorcycle that I owned.

Enjoy your new ride - and congratulations on a fine choice !!!

:)
 

Lost in the 60's

Well travelled
Location
Mobile, Alabama
Took another ride today. This time I did part of it on a 55 mph highway and I did notice that the CB 1100 is buzzier that my T100. But it's not so bad that it's something I couldn't get used to. Another difference I noticed is that the clutch pull is harder on the Honda. This is not a big deal until you get stuck at one of those busy intersections with an interminably long cycle length of which Mobile Alabama seems to have quite a few. Then holding in the clutch in 1st gear gets a bit onerous. I might try shifting into neutral and letting the clutch out when I get stuck at one of these.
 

StefArmstg

Well travelled
Location
Colorado
My eighth bike had four cylinders, an original Z1. It replaced a Norton Commando, which replaced a Triumph Daytona.

I never bought another four cylinder.

I consider your first two bikes to have been remarkably well chosen. You can't do better than the Triumph, IMHO. But after a lifetime of owning bikes, I'd be a hypocrite to say don't buy whatever catches your fancy.

I've found fly screens and low windshields on sport fairings to be worst than nothing, except when laying on the tank. They always directed the wind straight to my forehead.
 

2LZ

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Location
Volcano, CA
My eighth bike had four cylinders, an original Z1. It replaced a Norton Commando, which replaced a Triumph Daytona.

I never bought another four cylinder.

I consider your first two bikes to have been remarkably well chosen. You can't do better than the Triumph, IMHO. But after a lifetime of owning bikes, I'd be a hypocrite to say don't buy whatever catches your fancy.

I've found fly screens and low windshields on sport fairings to be worst than nothing, except when laying on the tank. They always directed the wind straight to my forehead.
A couple years back, I resurrected a Yamaha XS11 Special. It turned out nice and ran great when it was done, but that will be my last four cylinder. It was a fun project, but four times the issues. Thankfully I did ok on the sale.
 

Gone in 60

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Location
California
So, Lost (very cool avatar, by the way), are we to understand that you have a T100, a CB1100 and a Royal Enfield? If so, we must be dopplegangers. Channeling Road Warrior... "Gotta hand it to ya mate, last of the air-cooled inline fours. Be a shame to sell it."

I can understand the challenge of storing multiple bikes. I've "feng shui'd" my garage to maximize space and can keep two bikes and two cars, and have the luxury of being able to store a bike at work as well, but not everyone can, I know.

All three bikes, the CB1100, Bonneville and Interceptor 650 have such different characters that I enjoy riding each of them equally. Your '14 has a six-speed while my '13 has five, but I don't mind the missing gear. Just means I don't have to downshift to pass stupid. And in Southern California, there's lots of stupid.

The CB does get the most attention in public. Being the least common, most people have never seen one and assume it's from the 70s. I just took it on the DGR, and even among seasoned riders, I got questions like "Hey is that the six-cylinder model?" "What year is that... 74, 75?" One guy fell in love with it, and exchanged numbers with me - he says he's going to start shopping for one, and wants me to help him inspect any candidates he looks at.

Interesting thing, windscreens. I have Dart Classics on all three of my bikes, and find that they keep the wind off of my chest, and clean air just at the neck, keeping my helmet in "clean" air with no buffeting. But, in the summer, I swap the Classic for a Dart Piranha which uses the same mount. It's lower, and directs air up under my neck, so that I get more airflow through my helmet. They fit everyone differently, just a matter of what works for you, or doesn't in the case of no screen. I rented an Interceptor 650 for a day before I bought mine, and rode for a full day at all speeds without a screen, and it felt fine.

Hope you make the choice that makes you the happiest!

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Lost in the 60's

Well travelled
Location
Mobile, Alabama
So, Lost (very cool avatar, by the way), are we to understand that you have a T100, a CB1100 and a Royal Enfield? If so, we must be dopplegangers. Channeling Road Warrior... "Gotta hand it to ya mate, last of the air-cooled inline fours. Be a shame to sell it."

I can understand the challenge of storing multiple bikes. I've "feng shui'd" my garage to maximize space and can keep two bikes and two cars, and have the luxury of being able to store a bike at work as well, but not everyone can, I know.

All three bikes, the CB1100, Bonneville and Interceptor 650 have such different characters that I enjoy riding each of them equally. Your '14 has a six-speed while my '13 has five, but I don't mind the missing gear. Just means I don't have to downshift to pass stupid. And in Southern California, there's lots of stupid.

The CB does get the most attention in public. Being the least common, most people have never seen one and assume it's from the 70s. I just took it on the DGR, and even among seasoned riders, I got questions like "Hey is that the six-cylinder model?" "What year is that... 74, 75?" One guy fell in love with it, and exchanged numbers with me - he says he's going to start shopping for one, and wants me to help him inspect any candidates he looks at.

Interesting thing, windscreens. I have Dart Classics on all three of my bikes, and find that they keep the wind off of my chest, and clean air just at the neck, keeping my helmet in "clean" air with no buffeting. But, in the summer, I swap the Classic for a Dart Piranha which uses the same mount. It's lower, and directs air up under my neck, so that I get more airflow through my helmet. They fit everyone differently, just a matter of what works for you, or doesn't in the case of no screen. I rented an Interceptor 650 for a day before I bought mine, and rode for a full day at all speeds without a screen, and it felt fine.

Hope you make the choice that makes you the happiest!

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All I have is the T100 and the CB 1100. I traded in my Interceptor for the T100. I agree there is no need for 6 gears on any motorcycle. Just give me 5 and space them out a little wider. Six gears is just a marketing gimmick IMO. All it does is make you shift more.
 

Lost in the 60's

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Location
Mobile, Alabama
Went to the Honda shop today and got some new tires ordered to replace the 10 year old ones that are on the bike. Bridgestone BT 54's'. It's gonna cost me $766 bucks and change for everything. I could have saved about $150 by getting them from Cycle Gear but I would have had to take the wheels off and put them back on. I decided to save myself the hassle. But damn motorcycle tires are expensive! I paid $700 for the 4 Michelin Defenders that are on my Honda Accord and they have 50,000 miles on them and still have plenty of thread left. I'll probably get at least 70,000 miles, maybe as much as 80,000 out of them. I'll be doing good to get 1/10 that many miles out of these two motorcycle tires that cost me more than 4 car tires. :mad:
 

StefArmstg

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Location
Colorado
Motorcycle tires are more labor intensive to make. And it's a much smaller market.
If good tires delay joining the choir invisible, it's money well spent.
 
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