• Oct 22, 2009
Honda CB1100 - Click above for high-res image gallery

Honda officially took the wraps off a couple new motorcycles this week at the Tokyo Motor Show, and along with the hotly anticipated VFR 1200F, the retro-styled CB1100 is one bike that's receiving plenty of attention. We've been hearing rumblings that the new large-bore, air-cooled standard might make its way Stateside, and while that hasn't quite been confirmed by Honda, we've got our fingers crossed.

The CB1100 would mark the return of the classic Universal Japanese Motorcycle, more commonly known as the UJM, which was best exemplified by Honda's own CB750 series from the 1970s. As we've noted in the past, the Big Four have all but forgotten the UJM, which is a shame – there's an unfortunate lack of no-nonsense, reasonably-priced, do-it-all motorcycles offered here in the U.S.

Check out our gallery of live photos below of one standard model in black and one featuring a nice flyscreen, blacked-out exhaust and cafe-style seat in red... oh, and be sure to contact your local Honda dealer to let them know you're interested.



Photos copyright ©2009 Jonathon Ramsey / Weblogs, Inc.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      According to this link, http://www.motorcycle.com/events/2009-tokyo-motor-show-report-88845.html, the bike will be available only in Brazil and Australia.

        • 5 Years Ago
        I had to read that and can't believe it. This has to be going to Europe at least. I'd give it a look if it came here. Probably the weak dollar has doomed us.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope BMW soon realizes this whole old is new trend in bikes. A new proper airhead in the 750-1100 cc range would absolutely rule. At least to me. Otherwise I'm just going to break down and get an R90 soon.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They make the r1200r standard now. You won't see an 1100 because they don't make an 1100.

        The r1200r is a handsome, competent, light 1200cc airhead. The only thing that kills it is the price.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The big 4 still make TONS of UJM's. The problem is that they only sell them in Japan and other overseas markets. Here in Japan, these big are very popular. Sportbikes are actually considered kinda dorky in the Land of the Rising Sun.

      Look up Kawisaki Zepher for a look at UJM still being made new.
      • 5 Years Ago
      UJM is actually Ubiquitous Japanese Motorcycle, see also UJB.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I always thought it was Universal Japanese Motorcycle. Same thing, I guess.

        This thing is gorgeous. I loved the 599 (hornet in EU markets), but damn that thing was grossly overpriced (even used).
      • 5 Years Ago
      If you told me Honda was releasing a retro bike, I'd have thought they were crazy. But, after seeing it, I want one!! I hope it doesn't weigh as much as their 1970's counterparts
      • 5 Years Ago
      Want it! That slightly tilted forward stance is exactly the way I want my '79 GS750 to sit. I'll be visiting my Honda dealer in a few years if these come here. I'll take the black one but with the flat-black fenders.
      • 5 Years Ago
      After a really bad experience with a Honda motorcycle, I swore I'd never buy another one. However, if this thing comes to America and the price is right ($7000 or less) I might just have to consider it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You must have been riding a 'Hongda' or something like that...

        I don't have statistics, but I honestly believe Honda has been making the world's highest quality bikes since the mid-1960s (of course there are exceptional models and outliers, as they make many, many bikes).
        • 5 Years Ago
        The bike itself wasn't the problem, let's just say that a Honda warranty (an extended one that I paid for) is worth about as much as GM stock. They simply look for any way to get out of covering what is obviously a manufacturing defect.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Blacked out fenders, chain drive, rear disc and stitching on the seats. I'll trade my Magna for one in red, please!

      It will go nicely with my (future) Hornet.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is what it would take to ever get me to buy another bike. Is it finally dawning of the manufactures that people are sick of Harley cruiser look a likes and the never ending parade of sport bikes.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Give a lot of credit to Triumph for the Bonneville and variants, Ducati for their retro bikes, etc. And that 1200 Kawasaki replica didn't do too bad the years it was made. The Japanese manufacturers are slowly waking up to the idea that there's a lot of 40-60 year old guys out there who don't want to crouch down on a full blown sportbike, over stretch out profile on a cruiser.

        That the bike looks like what this crowd remembers from the teen years is good for extra points.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Look at the badge! Its a mid-60's style superhawk badge! YAY! YAY! YAY!
        • 5 Years Ago
        The new VFR has the old school Honda badge as well. Wonder if they are returning to that across the board?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Disclaimer: I work for Honda House in Richmond, VA.

      The sales staff just finished slavering all over my computer screen when I showed them this one. Honda's got to bring it over, and there's enough evidence that it'll sell in reasonable but modest numbers. Just look at the Triumph Bonneville Thruxton, Ducati Paul Smart, etc. sales.

      The catch is going to be price. Someone mentioned $7000.00. I don't think so. Most of the sales staff were hoping for $7500-8000.00. Acceptance is going to be VERY price critical, and unfortunately Honda has a past history of overpricing anything interesting or new (remember the GB500, 647 Hawk, Ascots?) which guaranteed poor sales when new and incredibly high collectible values twenty years later.

      Let's hope. If this comes over, it'll put me on my first Honda in a bit over 30 years.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The US sorely needs more of the UJM style motorcycle. There are so few option out there when shopping for a simple motorcycle with an upright riding position for under $8k. Triumph's Bonneville and Harley Davidson's Sportster are about the only two I can think of off the top of my head.

      The options open up when looking for a sport bike but not everyone is looking to "sit on their balls and stuff their feet up their ass" as I once heard it. Dual sports are another option but they are not always comfortable and always on the tall side. The cruiser crowd also has their field well represented but again that's a riding position that is not to everyone's taste.

      Short in the long of it, I would love to see some UJM bikes from the Japanese.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Suzuki Bandit 1250
        Yamaha XJR 1300
        Kawasaki Z1000 even?
        Not sure if these bikes are available in the US though.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I loved the idea of the SV1000 and Honda SuperHawk 1000cc.

        Suzuki did well, but still cancelled it. Honda let the Superhawk wither on the vine for far too long.

        They are somewhat sporty UJMs, with half fairings and narrow V-twin torquey engines that are easy to ride.

        Suzuki Gladius is basically an SV650 in swoopy lines. Nice bike... but what happened to the 1000cc class, heck, even 800-900cc... Ducati seems to be the only one diverse on that front.

        R1200S is cancelled, as was the K1200R-Sport, and BMW only leaves the R1200R naked bike that still interests me, that is still built.

        I am not a cruiser fan. I am not a pretzel, so a super-sport isn't really my cup of tea, and modifying a dirt bike for pavement is interesting, but a street bike is still a street bike.

        Hopefully the UJM and other normal motorcycles benefit from the development of the supersports, and the VFR's development as well.

        Just because it is a standard bike, doesn't mean it needs to be stone-aged, either. What was cutting edge a few years ago should be inexpensive enough to be standard now. Like cartridge forks, and monobloc brake calipers, and quality shocks. Maybe even new, compact, low-maintenance versions of shaft-drive, and light weight, efficient engine design. Not necessarily cutting edge, but still better than 70's era. equipment being sold as new.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Kawi ER-6N and the Suzuki Gladius are meant for that riding position, but they look bad and don't have 1100ccs of grunt. Honda could easily build a version of this around 600ccs and blow those bikes off the sales charts. An 1100 would (and should) be too intimidating for newbs.
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