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CB1100 debut

Finally the rain has eased. It is mid week but I am off work like many for the break between Christmas and New Years and so let me introduce my new CB1100.


How's that for low k’s haha. It arrived on the back of a truck. I thought I did pretty good saving nearly $3K off retail yet I see a further $500 now slashed by one dealer. Not sure if they are just clearing this years stock or the model is not selling well. Perhaps a bit of both, I hardly think this sort of bike would be a volume seller in Australia where so many people are still spellbound with full fairing race bikes. In Europe it was rare to see a full fairing sports bike, instead big dual purpose bikes are the clear majority with the odd Ducati or full tourer but scarcely any Japanese race/supersport type bikes. Even in Japan their home there are very few full fairing race/sport bikes. I perhaps saw a handful of GSXR’s/R1’s etc on my first ride there and none last trip. Naked bikes have been the most popular there the last ten years that I have been visiting and and there is also a huge scene for classic older Japanese bikes. Harleys also are popular in Japan and Europe and guess what there is no attitude so they wave to Japanese bike riders and visa-versa. Something that took me awhile to get used to.

South looked better on the forecast this morning so I went down the M1 to Currumbin and refueled and rested there. I did not have my Airhawk fitted and the thin seat was starting to get sore by 100km. Riding in Japan I had padded winter pants that helped a little with this and also the bike was not new so the seat would have been broken in a bit. Never mind as I already have a booking to have the seat recovered and raised to look more like the original CB seats. The benefit will be 3 fold, extra leg room, extra comfort and better looks.


The weather was not as fine as predicted. I ran into showers at Burringbah and did a quick U-turn (not having any wet gear with me).

This photo above is at the end of the sealed section of the Tyalgum Creek Road, which I think has been extended from last time I visited. You are almost at the bottom of the Caldron ridge.  As you can see the CB is mostly the same as the Japanese version. Some polished and chromed items on the engine are only painted finish and the wheels are plain silver.

Fresh tar north of Tyalgum (mess) and a loose surface so give it a miss for a few weeks, should be good once settled.


There was A LOT of debris on the roads. I don’t so much mind the loose stones and sand about as I can mostly get a clean-ish line by riding in the car wheel tracks however water run off in corners requires extra care as does roads that have been flooded. The Tweed valley appeared to have been under water in a number of places. There were some landslides on the road work area south of Uki and a patch of red mud on the road made a mess for all bikes.


Crazy two U beam car bridge to a property south of Tyalgum. More substantial bridge further south was washed out. (again)


After Mt Burrell I further ran into light showers so turned back and called into the Sphinx Rock Café for some early lunch. Coffee was better this time than last visit and the food was tasty enough but nothing remarkable for the price.

Below; looking east at rain near Mt Burrell.



Did I mention there were a lot of road hazards today. This water was deceptively deeper than it looked, which at least washed off some of the other road grime.


A easy paced ride today then with one eye scanning for the next item of danger on the road ahead. The great thing is the easy pace is where the CB1100 shines and one reason I purchased it.

Just some perspective on that, I don’t mean to suggest a snails pace but if I use the Burringbah range as an example, which I rode today, it is still enjoyable there despite the wide smooth hotmix at a lesser pace than my Buell which itself was rewarding at a lesser pace than my MV Agusta – which wanted to be ridden fast all the time.


Of course all this may sound like some old mans talk except I am not that old yet. Just reached a point where I do everything for just my own fun. Not concerned what other people think of my bike or rider equipment or pace. Feel no need to respond to what others are doing nor do I still have any personal riding tests calling me.

It’s not a bad place to be.



  1. Nice that Honda finally jumped on the retro bandwaggon. And yet another beautiful bike that will probably never make it to Canada. I hope to read a lot about your new adventures, and wish you many miles and smiles with your lady in red. The last pictures is a gem, by the way. Cheers, SonjaM

  2. The bike looks awesome IC. I've been looking forward to seeing the CB1100 in the wild, and all that chrome is very nice!!

    Great photos of a beautiful part of the world - I'll definitely have to go back with the bike and ride those roads again one day. I used to drive across the Burringbah Range all the time and have only ridden on it once.


  3. I really like the look of the new CB1100. I had a CB900F Hornet (before swapping it for a Honda SilverWing maxi scooter). The Hornet was a similar bike in many ways to the CB1100; it always amazed me why they were never more popular (much the same as maxi scooter I suppose :-) ).

    I feel some empathy with your views on other folks opinions (as you must do if you ride a scooter with your local Ulysses Branch mates.

    I hope the experience with the CB only gets better. I like your blog.


  4. Peter, maxi scooters are wildly popular all over Japan. Big custom scene too. I saw a maxi and a Harley touring together near Mt Fuji last time. They pulled into a large bike parking lot of a tollway service area and no one except me blinked an eye.

  5. Thanks Anthony, I was thinking you need a overnighter to ride a bunch of the border roads but looking at the map it is not that far if you stuck to south of the border roads. Up to Woodburn and across to Lismore and then take your pick.

  6. Hi SonjaM, your right, it looks like the CB1100 is not going to Canada or indeed the northern hemisphere outside of Japan at this stage.

    Thanks for your kind words, I am enjoying reading your blog also.

  7. Great story and excellent pics of a special riding area.

  8. What an awesome bike - I was looking at those but they were just too similar to the GSX1400. Congratulations mate...looking forward to more pics of it.

  9. Thanks Beaker, I am going to get some items polished and add a few personal touches which I hope will work our well.

  10. Well, like the Buell, I don't see too many of these on the road. So your fast red one should be easy to identify - stand out white helmet, red CB1100. Nice!

    My Chrissy pressy was a black CB900 and new black lid for even more reduced visibility. Retro rocks!



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