BIKES: Honda reveals retro-styled 2017 CB1100 EX

Honda has announced the 2017 CB1100 EX, a motorcycle styled after the renowned 1969 Honda CB750. That model was the world’s first production superbike and transformed the world of motorcycling when it debuted. 

The CB1100 EX’s sculpted fuel tank, blacked-out air-cooled four-cylinder, and spoked wheels are strongly reminiscent of what the company calls “Hondas from a bygone age.” While illumination comes from an appropriately retro single round headlight, the light has now been modernized with LED power instead of a bulb.

From the riding position, simple, easy-to-read twin instrument dials also evoke the CBs of old.

“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 Mitsunobu Imada, head of the 2017 CB1100 EX project. “We hope many riders get to appreciate and understand a very traditional motorcycle structure.” Hopefully a similar philosophy will spill over into the automotive department too.

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8 Responses to BIKES: Honda reveals retro-styled 2017 CB1100 EX

  1. SHC said:

    Well said Mr. Imada, we can only hope you are right. I think I feel a CB1100 EX test ride coming on.

  2. BlitzPig said:

    I currently ride a new era Triumph Bonneville, but if I ever thought of replacing it, this Honda would be on my short list, being a Honda car guy since the first generation CRX hit the US.

  3. Jake Smith said:

    Wow! From these pictures, it looks like Honda has really
    captured the essence of the CB750. This one feels more like
    the late 70s dual cam version rather than the original single
    cam 4.

  4. Yuri said:

    I think this is great. I just wish it were this easy to build and sell truly retro style cars….

  5. PDXBryan said:

    This captures the “era” more than it replicates the original CB750. It almost looks more Italian than Japanese. Whatever, it looks fantastic! If Nissan did this well recreating the 510 or Toyota with the RWD Celicas, they have hits on their hands I’m sure.

  6. WOW lam from the 50’generation and I owned a early k1 and have had many other Honda’s since I currently ride a vf1100s saber. I STILL think of my k1 maybe it’s time to go back in time

  7. james said:

    Now I gotta definitely get my motorcycle licence, I love the lines.

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