John, the CB1100 is my current "if I could snap my fingers and make it appear" bike. I need (want, really, if I'm being honest, there's no Need about it) to sell the old FZ6, and I want either this or a bonnie. I've sat one of these on a showroom floor, and watched every youtube video of them. I get the low power-to-cc thing, and I don't find it a problem. Seems like a great bike to ride forever and rarely have to work on, and all with classic looks I desperately wish I had, as opposed to the fizzer's anime alien bug face.My current 2-wheeled affair...
After a long day's ride and a hike up the Beehive Trail, it's time for dinner in Bar Harbor. by John Flores, on Flickr
On Friday I took a run over to Silverstone to photograph the practice sessions for the British round of the Moto GP. Silverstone was it's usual bleak, cold place dispite the bright sunshine, it's always cold there no matter when you choose to go. Struggling with an ailing camera, the light meter of which is now a very hit and miss affair, I managed some shots but the day hammered home just how much in need I am of a new Canon body.
Lots of expense going on at the moment with revamping my garage and insulating it all aganst the coming winter cold - "winter is coming" - and a new / old car is arriving soon - imported from Japan in June but been at a restorer's place since. As soon as all that's sorted I will most definitely be on the hunt for another camera body, which will be either a Canon 7D or 70D or if I can stretch to it a used full frame 1D. Anyway - Friday's photos .......... Hope you like.
Andrea Dovizioso on the Works Ducati.
One of the racing Espargaro brothers (both race in MotoGP) - this is Pol
Valentino (Vale' say "Vallay" ) Rossi leaning the Yamaha M1 into his namesake corner at Vale.
Team mate of Mac Marquez, Dani Pedrosa on the Works Repsol Honda
Loris Baz - up close and personal
One of the Moto 2 riders
Valentino Rossi at the end of the final session
Pol Espargaro's team mate,British rider, Bradly Smith at Beckets on the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha
Jorge Lorenzo - he's a contender to win the championship this year, he's hungry for it and riding like a demon
Vale "on it" through Stow
Dovizioso at Stow
Bradley Smith waves to his Brit fans at the end of the final session - nice lad is Bradley.
And a couple after playing about in Silver Efex - I love that thing
Marc Marquez leads a gaggle through Beckets
I've been lucky enough to ride many of the new retro bikes - BMW RNineT, Indian Scout, Moto Guzzi Griso, Royal Enfield Continental GT, and now the CB1100. It's a very capable bike. I managed 350+ miles on the highway one day and exploring 220+ miles of backroads a couple of days later. It's refined in the typical Honda fashion, which some would say sands away some of the character. But I think the CB1100 has character...if you ride it like you stole it. It's geared quite high - 65mph in 6th gear is less than 3,000 RPM IIRC - so a quick pass requires two downshifts to 4th to execute. So in that sense it doesn't feel like an 1100cc bike. But if you keep the revs up above 5k on the backroads and use your right wrist to accelerate out of a turn and decelerate into the next...now you're cooking with gas, literally.John, the CB1100 is my current "if I could snap my fingers and make it appear" bike. I need (want, really, if I'm being honest, there's no Need about it) to sell the old FZ6, and I want either this or a bonnie. I've sat one of these on a showroom floor, and watched every youtube video of them. I get the low power-to-cc thing, and I don't find it a problem. Seems like a great bike to ride forever and rarely have to work on, and all with classic looks I desperately wish I had, as opposed to the fizzer's anime alien bug face.
How's it been? How long have you been on one? Could you maybe mail it here please thanks.
If you count everything in terms of hard cash then yes I guess it is, but a BMW will depreciate far less over the years than most other bikes. At 6 years old I could still buy a decent car for what it's worth in the UK. But, that's not the point. Where biking is concerned I never count things in £s ...... or $s to you Americans, I prefer to see it in terms of perceived personal value, and this is probably the best bike I've ever owned in almost 50 years of biking - and there have been many many bikes.Isn't that beemer like, way overpriced (said everyone who ever considered a new BMW)?