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DJRTX Offline
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Was wondering what you guys thought of your CB1100; I don't currently own one. I have a 2003 ST1300 and a 2011 CB1000R. I am trying to decide if I want to trade the ST in on a CB1100. I have enjoyed the ST (60K miles), but I don't ride it too much anymore. And compared to the CB1000R, it feels big and heavy. The only thing I am concerned about is long distance travel on the 1100. I assume I can put a rack on the back, saddlebags on the side and a windshield on it when I want to tour. What are your experiences with long distance rides? My longest ride on the ST was 830 miles from Durango, Colorado to home in Fort Worth, Texas. I once rode 1200 miles from Fort Worth to El Paso and back in a day. But that was on a Honda Shadow 1100. I figure the CB1100 couldn't be any more difficult to travel on than the Shadow.
05-16-2014 03:50 PM
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furious_blue Offline
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The Honda Shadow is a good touring mount. One summer I took a month off and made a big circle around the U.S. on one. Perfect mile muncher.

Only 2 things would make me shy away from using the CB1100 as a long haul mount:

1. The valve inspection is every 8000 miles. That is way more often than I would want to have to deal with if you're really pouring on the miles.

2. Ditto for the tires being too skinny. They'd have to be replaced way more often that I'd care for.
(This post was last modified: 05-16-2014 04:03 PM by furious_blue.)
05-16-2014 04:01 PM
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Ridem32 Offline
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I would not think about valve adj. I would ride my cb anywhere any distance. I would keep the st and sell the cbr. Smile
05-16-2014 04:19 PM
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Randy B Offline
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San Jose CA
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(05-16-2014 04:01 PM)furious_blue Wrote:  2. Ditto for the tires being too skinny. They'd have to be replaced way more often that I'd care for.


I can tell you that is NOT the case. I got a good 9,000 miles on my front, with meat to spare and almost 15,000 mile on my rear, again with PLENTY of meat to spare. I just don't like riding my tires bald.
05-16-2014 05:18 PM
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Aussie Offline
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Australia
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RE: Trading
^^
I'm getting more out of these tyres on this bike than on any other bike I've owned. The small fuel tank is more of a hindrance than tyre wear. Valve inspection coming up this month though, approaching 12000 klms.
(This post was last modified: 05-16-2014 08:23 PM by Aussie.)
05-16-2014 08:22 PM
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Cormanus Offline
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(05-16-2014 08:22 PM)Aussie Wrote:  ^^
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Valve inspection coming up this month though, approaching 12000 klms.

Eeks! Me too.
05-17-2014 02:28 AM
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redbirds Offline
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Patterson, GA, USA
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(05-16-2014 08:22 PM)Aussie Wrote:  ^^
I'm getting more out of these tyres on this bike than on any other bike I've owned. The small fuel tank is more of a hindrance than tyre wear. Valve inspection coming up this month though, approaching 12000 klms.

+1, the seat is also an issue for long days. The limited fuel capacity means stopping for a fill up about the time the butt burn sets in. Valve inspection looks so easy on this bike and I doubt many will need adjustment for at least 30K to 40K miles.

A change to a better seat is about all the CB needs to make it into a top tourer for me. I can live with the small fuel range.

Philippians 4:8 (NIV)
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
05-17-2014 04:59 AM
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furious_blue Offline
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(05-16-2014 05:18 PM)Randy B Wrote:  I can tell you that is NOT the case. I got a good 9,000 miles on my front, with meat to spare and almost 15,000 mile on my rear, again with PLENTY of meat to spare. I just don't like riding my tires bald.

That's a surprise to hear (the pleasant kind). While tire life is definitely a case of YMMV, I hope to find out that I get really long life out of mine !

I seem to be getting more mileage out of rear tires on 2 other bikes:

Honda Fury @8000+ and the rear tire still has more than 1/2 left.
Honda CBR250R @9000+ and the rear tire still has more then 1/2 left.

I would wonder if non-sport tires in general are just getting better as far as tread life goes but my Harley Softail was begging for a new tire @9000... (a 200mm size at that)

hmmm...
05-17-2014 08:11 AM
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Ridem32 Offline
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The z rated tires are softer rubber. Sport bikes have have sticky

Have to be sticky
(This post was last modified: 05-17-2014 10:01 AM by Ridem32.)
05-17-2014 10:01 AM
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DJRTX Offline
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I hadn't thought about the gas tank. I only had a range of about 120 miles on the Shadow, so I got used to stopping. The ST has a 7.7 gallon tank (that's not a typo), so I have forgotten what short range is like. I can go 320 miles on that if I have to. I assumed I would have to change out the seat; there aren't too many stock seats worth keeping.

Other than that, are you guys generally happy with your bikes? I've been looking at this thing for some time and trying to decide. If I had room in the garage (and wasn't married), I would just add the CB1100 to the stable. Don't think I can pull off three bikes.
(This post was last modified: 05-17-2014 01:24 PM by DJRTX.)
05-17-2014 01:23 PM
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