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2017 CB1100ex Bennetts "Real World test"
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cbkev Offline
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2017 CB1100ex Bennetts "Real World test"
https://www.bennetts.co.uk/bikesocial/re...world-test
07-16-2017 08:43 PM
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Cormanus Offline
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Queensland, Australia
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RE: 2017 CB1100ex Bennetts "Real World test"
Either you get it or you don't. This guy gets it.

Quote:It’s easy to read the spec sheet and dismiss Honda’s CB1100EX as not powerful enough, not special enough and maybe a bit pricey. Until you ride one, when you realise that having a smooth, torquey, easy-to-use engine is far more important than some numbers in a brochure.
07-16-2017 09:31 PM
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baxtercat Offline
1st Service Completed

Rhode Isand USA
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RE: 2017 CB1100ex Bennetts "Real World test"
he get it more than most. I have to disagree about the fake carbs, tho. That was a turn-off for me with the Bonneville, as is its ambivalent relationship to water-cooling. The CB gets it right by not pretending its FI is actually some other technology. The Honda designers handled the LED headlight, ABS bits, LCD screen and other 21st century amenities in a way that is both honest and respectful of past bikes, IMHO.
07-17-2017 07:30 AM
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curlyjoe Offline
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Massachusetts
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RE: 2017 CB1100ex Bennetts "Real World test"
Yeah it always seems to come back to "too heavy" and not enough peak horsepower.

My simple understanding is peak HP relates to top speed and torque relates to acceleration. The fact that the CB1100 has such a nice flat torque curve makes this rider quite happy.

Lest we forget, the CB1100 is pretty good at the drag strip.




2013 CB1100 ABS
2008 ST1300
07-18-2017 01:34 PM
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Flynrider Online
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Phoenix, AZ
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RE: 2017 CB1100ex Bennetts "Real World test"
(07-18-2017 01:34 PM)curlyjoe Wrote:  Lest we forget, the CB1100 is pretty good at the drag strip.

That's not bad, as the terminal speed isn't going to get any better than that with the speed limiter in place.

I think it could do even better with the limiter disabled and shift points about 1500 rpm lower. The dyno charts I've seen show peak hp at around 7300 rpm. Power actually drops off above that.

Phoenix, AZ
2013 CB1100 - Big Red
1993 CB750 Nighthawk - Tahitian Blue
07-18-2017 06:00 PM
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W/R Offline
Running Like a Top

New Brunswick, Canada
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RE: 2017 CB1100ex Bennetts "Real World test"
I don't know if it has been mentioned on here (I'm sure it has but I couldn't find it in a search) but I took my CB out yesterday and did a quick test - at the 180kph speed limiter the bike was just slightly over 5000rpms. For reference I weigh 220lbs, was on flat ground and it was a calm day with no head wind.

2014 CB1100A
2009 Buell Ulysses XB12XT
2003 HD Night Train with sidecar
08-08-2017 10:50 AM
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Cormanus Offline
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RE: 2017 CB1100ex Bennetts "Real World test"
W/R in top gear I assume?
08-08-2017 01:17 PM
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W/R Offline
Running Like a Top

New Brunswick, Canada
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RE: 2017 CB1100ex Bennetts "Real World test"
Yes, that is that correct - I was in 6th gear.

2014 CB1100A
2009 Buell Ulysses XB12XT
2003 HD Night Train with sidecar
08-08-2017 07:25 PM
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LongRanger Offline
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Evergreen, CO
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RE: 2017 CB1100ex Bennetts "Real World test"
This is my favorite line from the Bennett's review:

"Going back to where we started, the CB1100EX is not a ‘cool-as’ hipster-sled, but it could form the basis for one without too much work and is a thousand times more enjoyable to ride than any 70's or 80's classic, no matter how deep your rose-tinted view of the world."

My conclusion exactly, after having lots of time and miles on two '70's CB750's, a CB400F, and an RD350. There's no comparison.

'14 Honda CB1100 DLX #000094
'15 BMW R1200RT
'13 BMW F800GT
'98 BMW K1200RS
'06 Ducati Monster 620
08-08-2017 07:44 PM
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bigsheep Offline
Running Like a Top

Hamilton, ON
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RE: 2017 CB1100ex Bennetts "Real World test"
6th gear???? Lol.....

2013 CB1100
2002 CBR600F4i
2014 Honda CTX700N (sold)
10-02-2017 06:16 AM
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