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CB 1100 RS
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rookallures Offline
Break-In Period

Lisbon, Portugal
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CB 1100 RS
Hey there everybody! I'm brand new to this forum.
The reason I'm writing is to know owners opinions about the new CB 1100 RS (character, brakes, handling, comfort, weight, etc...). I'm completely stoked on the black version of this bike... These days I'm riding a Bonneville T100 Black. I really enjoy the bike but I want a little bit more engine and comfort, specially for longer rides. I've read a lot about CB's lack of character, but had the chance to try an EX last year and all I can say is that I really enjoyed it!
Thanks a lot!
Rui
11-30-2017 04:57 AM
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Cormanus Offline
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Queensland, Australia
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RE: CB 1100 RS
G’day rookallures. Welcome to the forum.
11-30-2017 05:03 AM
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rookallures Offline
Break-In Period

Lisbon, Portugal
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RE: CB 1100 RS
Thanks Cormanus!
11-30-2017 05:09 AM
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The ferret Offline
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Ohio
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RE: CB 1100 RS
Hello Howdy and welcome to the forum

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2014 DLX and 2006 ST 1300
"a good chunk of life's problems can be solved by going for a ride"...Guth ..... "daily" ...Ferret
11-30-2017 06:45 AM
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popgun Offline
Lives On Two Wheels

Virginia Beach
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RE: CB 1100 RS
Welcome Rookallures!!

If you come to a fork in the road, take it!
2013 CB1100
2012 ST1300
11-30-2017 01:12 PM
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Macduff Offline
1st Service Completed

NE UK
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RE: CB 1100 RS
RS owner here , I've not ridden an EX but reading the same journo reviews of both bikes and owning a different but 18" wheeled skinny tyred bike I would expect an EX to feel significantly different to an RS due to the wheel tyre size difference. The RS feels heavier to steer than my 18" wheeled bike and feels like it wants to track road irregularities more willingly so takes more effort for reward. This seems to be backed up in journo comparisons between the two models. That said I would never have bought an EX if it was the only model available.

2017 CB1100RS (1st service done), Puig Engine Bars.
11-30-2017 01:32 PM
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SportsterDoc Offline
1st Service Completed

southern Nevada
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RE: CB 1100 RS
My 2012 Triumph Bonneville (16" wheels) handled very well, with a top end over 112 MPH and very smooth; but did not have the grunt of the CB1100.

The Bonneville had a very comfortable touring saddle, as an option.
The stock saddle was a pain after ~50 miles...torture after a 300 mile ride across the desert from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. But with the touring saddle, a 460 mile day was no issue.

Tomorrow's ride on the CB1100 is planned for about 270 miles and I expect no saddle issues with stock seat.

Only negatives noticed after 3 weeks of ownership (900 miles) are minor:
1. Would like a 5+ gallon fuel tank
2. Surprised no position light and no headlight relay

Like the Bonneville:
A. Oil cooler (never knew it was hot in southern Nevada)
B. Sizable oil capacity (4.1 quarts with filter change)
C. Smooth
D. Good torque, but more of it (66 compared to 50 ft lbs) and reasonable HP (86 compared to 67)

CB has more storage under seat and seat opens with a key

Bonneville had room for small tool pouch.

CB has room under seat for tool pouch, Seal N Air, compact foot pump, plug kit (I have standard with alloy wheels).

Snorkel removal was beneficial on Bonneville, but not much difference on CB, other than sound.

CB has 4 way flashers, great when I stop on the edge of a two lane for a photo op,

Recent bikes:
2014 Honda CB110 standard (new 7 Nov 2017)
2018 Yamaha XT250
2016 Moto Guzzi V7II
2017 Yamaha TW200
2012 Triumph Bonneville
2002 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Sport
2003 Harley-Davidson Sportster XLH883
11-30-2017 03:04 PM
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The ferret Offline
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Ohio
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RE: CB 1100 RS
What is a position light? and headlight relay?

Doesn't the Bonneville have a 3.8 gallon tank?

My brother has a 2016 T 120 and his does. We both stop for gas in the 175 mile range, but I have gone over 225 miles on my dlx (larger tank but still less than 5 gals) before getting gas. He can't go that far.

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2014 DLX and 2006 ST 1300
"a good chunk of life's problems can be solved by going for a ride"...Guth ..... "daily" ...Ferret
11-30-2017 03:48 PM
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SportsterDoc Offline
1st Service Completed

southern Nevada
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RE: CB 1100 RS
A position light is a low wattage bulb mounted in the headlight reflector to show M/C position if headlight is out.

http://motorcycle.com.vsassets.com/blog/...0-5217.jpg

My Triumph and Moto Guzzi had them.

On some bikes, the headlight is not drawing current until the engine is started and kills the headlight a few seconds after engine shutdown.

My Bonnie was a 4.2 tank.

My HP and torque comparisons are for a 865cc motor.

Recent bikes:
2014 Honda CB110 standard (new 7 Nov 2017)
2018 Yamaha XT250
2016 Moto Guzzi V7II
2017 Yamaha TW200
2012 Triumph Bonneville
2002 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Sport
2003 Harley-Davidson Sportster XLH883
(This post was last modified: 11-30-2017 04:07 PM by SportsterDoc.)
11-30-2017 03:58 PM
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The ferret Offline
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Ohio
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RE: CB 1100 RS
oh like a parking light? Interesting. Don't know that I've ever had a motorcycle with that feature so didn't know I was missing it, or if it would be beneficial in any way.

My brothers 1200 Bonnie gets slightly better mileage than my CB (62 vs 57) but I don't remember what my 2003 790 Bonnie got mileage wise. My 790s saddle was a plank! It even hurt me on long trips and I can ride literally all day on the stock CB saddle.

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2014 DLX and 2006 ST 1300
"a good chunk of life's problems can be solved by going for a ride"...Guth ..... "daily" ...Ferret
(This post was last modified: 11-30-2017 04:14 PM by The ferret.)
11-30-2017 04:12 PM
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