2017 Honda CB1100 EX First Look Fast Facts | Retro Motorcycle Rebirth
We loved the Honda CB1100 when it first arrived in the United States in 2013. Unfortunately, its stay was just two years before it left our shores. Well, the CB1100 returns as the 2017 Honda CB1100EX!
1. The 2017 Honda CB1100 EX is not a complete reboot. Using the same basic platform as before, there are changes, and they range from functional to aesthetic.2. There are new Showa suspension components on the EX. The forks are now 41mm Showa Dual Bending Valve units (we’ve seen those on Harley-Davidson tourers) and Honda tells us the shocks have “improved suspension compliance.” The only adjustment at both ends is spring-preload.3. The CB1100 EX also gets new wheels. In addition to stainless steel spokes for the traditional 18-inch hoops, ABS is standard for the triple-disc braking.[Visit 2017 Motorcycle Previews]4. Intake updates allow the CB1100 EX to breathe more freely. In addition to changing the air inlet designs, the EX also gets lighter mufflers that are also smaller. Honda calls the exhaust tone “soulful”.5. The CB1100EX gets a new clutch design. As we’ve been seeing quite a bit lately, the clutch has a torque-assist function to lighten the springs and pull, along with the more familiar slipper operation to make for safer downshifts.6. The big visual change is the new tank. A bit less retro than before, the 2017 Honda CB1100 EX has more organic styling, and is a seamless design.7. Lighting is now LED.8. Price is not set, but you can get the 2017 Honda CB 1100 EX in May 2017. “Building on the CB1100’s desirability and joy of ownership, while adding functionality and quality to deepen the sense of fulfillment, were very important elements for us to consider,” according to Mitsunobu Imada, the bike’s Large Project Leader. “With the CB1100 EX, we hope many riders get to appreciate and understand a very traditional motorcycle structure.”
KTM Super ADV R + Lightning Motorcycles’ Richard Hatfield
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Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends—the weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams rides KTM’s new 1290 Super Adventure R. This hardcore ADV bike is big, powerful, and a true expert-level machine. Interestingly, it has multiple points of adjustment within its highly capable electronics package, and Don discovered several big surprises where the bike changed personality completely. His is an intriguing look at one of the most capable off road ADV bikes on the market today.
In the second segment, I chat with Richard Hatfield, CEO of Lightning motorcycles. This silicon valley based manufacturer was founded in 2006, and having racked up several notable race victories (including Pikes Peak in 2013 with the late Carlin Dunne on board) Lightning have certainly dominated in racing terms. In another first, Lightning has just announced a new rapid-charging battery technology that may well bring electric motorcycles into becoming real-world, practical transport.
So from all of us here at Motos & Friends… we hope you enjoy this episode!