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2014 Honda CB1100 Deluxe Changes Look to Satisfy Purists


When Honda’s new CB1100 (tested by MD here) was originally revealed, it excited Honda enthusiasts with an appreciation for the look and feel of a “traditional CB”. Nevertheless, it had some design quirks that annoyed purists, such as the black wheels, blacked-out engine cooling fins, odd shape to the tank and side panel (which was not color matched) and four-into-one exhaust system.


Honda remedies all this (some owners were even spending big bucks to do it on their own last year) with the 2014 CB1100 Deluxe. The Deluxe gets the re-shaped 0.5 gallon larger gas tank, four-into-two exhaust, new, more traditional seat, silver wheels, silver engine fining, and re-shaped, color-matched side panel. The Deluxe model also gets ABS brakes.

You can compare the look of the 2014 Deluxe model above with the picture of last year’s CB1100 below.

Both the Deluxe and the Standard CB1100 (which looks like last year’s model) receive a six-speed transmission for 2014, together with new, more thorough instrumentation. The Standard CB1100 will be available in March (color is black) for an MSRP of $10,399. The Deluxe is priced at $11,899, and will also be available in March (color is Candy Red, as pictured). Take a look at Honda’s web site for additional details and specifications.



  1. Dave says:

    There are other sites that have images of the standard model in Black. It looks very good. The side panels are black too.

  2. John says:

    The Deluxe looks WAY better. I wasn’t impressed by the earlier version, but never thought of why. But that looks damned nice.

    I would PREFER a CB750F or CB900F because THOSE were dead sexy and still are. The first modern looking naked bikes.

  3. MikeO says:

    Still makes 86 horsepower… no sale.

    • Norm G. says:

      re: “Still makes 86 horsepower”

      that’s what nicky said (in Sepang)…! LOL

      see, there’s truth in what I said about it being Honda’s engineering philosophy.

    • John says:

      That is plenty of power, because it has plenty of torque. Without a fairing, there’s little point to very high horse power. It won’t be raced and it isn’t going to be ridden at 120mph.

  4. Starmag says:

    Harley is the master at using one platform for many models. I’m wondering why Honda shouldn’t do the same with the CB1100F. Three different bikes with basically just sheet metal changes. Seems like a cost effective way to satisfy different tastes. Hidden mounts on at least the deluxe like a R1200R for option hard bags seems easy to do also.

    1) CB1100R

    2) Whitehouse K10

    3) CB750 Freddie Spencer LE RC42

    • MGNorge says:

      While I wouldn’t mind seeing other flavors of bikes with this engine I’m not sure comparing to what Harley does makes sense. Harley and it’s customers remind me rather like Apple and its lot. Lots of bling and a seeming need of owners to belong to a community of like minded. Not sure that translates well into the rest of the market? Still, it’s easy for me to recall Honda during the glory years with CB’s, CL’s, SL’s built on the same platform. You do see it in some lines today but not across the board.

      • Starmag says:

        260,839 high dollar, high profit Harleys off three engine platforms in 2013. One designed in 1937, one in 1957, and one in 1977. Lots of those buyers also own bikes other than Harleys, not the least of which is Peter Egan. They aren’t all in the skull and bones doo rag club. To say Harley is conservative design wise is a real understatement and Honda would be the opposite, always trying to reinvent the wheel, which I love about Honda, but I’m just thinking they might want to try it again (like the cb,cl,sl you mention). There’s lots of young folks who ride Harleys, cafe racers, bobbers etc and like more traditional styling, so it’s obviously not just an “Old Guy” thing.

        • MGNorge says:

          I like that about Honda also. I’ve always admired them for pushing technologies, not always successfully, but at least they’re trying. More recently, with the downturn, that seems to have been muted but it’s starting to show sign of life. I still think what Harley does is unique and is largely driven by a fan base looking for the name and the community.

        • mickey says:

          Over on CB1100 a poll of age showed 71% of owners responding were 46 and older while only 14% were younger than 36

          • Bob Uglum says:

            And as the average age the of licensed riders in the USA is 58, that would make your average CB1100 owner a youngster! Give me the ’83 model, blue, but red will do.

  5. Randy says:

    Well… I roll the page up and down flipping from the 2013 to the Deluxe and I can barely generate any reaction to either. Must not be the bike for me. Someday I’ll ride one and maybe I’ll change my mind.

    I never did own a CB750, in the day or otherwise. I did own a CB500 for a while in the late 90’s – a well maintained Shriner bike. I dug the English Styling cues but the performance was, lacking.

    Bring back the CB400F! I’ve always thought Honda nailed the styling on the CB400F. I had also always assumed it was a peaky not that flexible of an engine. A few years ago I was able to ride a fellow’s somewhat clapped out unmaintained 400. Wow, was I wrong about the engine! It was stouter across the rev range than the 500, easily. I really enjoyed the ride, even with the leaked out original shocks and worn out swingarm bushings. It growled and snarled up twisty mountain roads very nicely.

  6. Dave Joy says:

    A buddy in England has just bought a CB1100. It’s a 2013 model but comes with Black tank and side panels, silver engine and wheels, and it looks really good! It seems that the blacked out engine and wheels was for North America? If the standard one is going to be Black, I will stay with that and make do with the engine and wheels!

  7. Jim Cherry says:

    If riders could just ride the 2013 or the 2014, they would see and feel what they were missing. The Honda CB-1100 is a (great) motorcycle!!


  8. Brian says:

    The Deluxe looks as less like a CB400F and more like a GS850G… Like the 6 speed, but little else…My favorite Honda just got a little less desirable…

    • VLJ says:

      “The Deluxe looks as (sic) less like a CB400F and more like a GS850G…”

      Hmmm. That’s actually true.

      • mickey says:

        GS 850 G was a great bike ahead of it ‘s time. Mid size shaft driven tourer with triple discs and a large gas tank. Had one. Another of my favorite bikes of all time.

        • Brian says:

          No disrespect to the GS intended…It would be great if Suzuki built a bike with the 850’s versatility but styled like a GS1000S to add a touch of “spice”… Honda has its own history to draw from, no need to copy somebody else’s.

          As far as “ahead of it’s time” though, while the GS850G WAS a better bike, the XS750 had a middleweight engine, shaft drive, triple discs and a big tank 3 years before the suzuki…

    • Starmag says:

      Good eye, I thought the same thing. Two side covers for a 2013 are $240, which is outlandish, but you’d then be close in looks to a 2013. You could even paint them flat black like a 400f’s and you’d still have the 6 speed and .5 gal.

      To me it’s got a fairly beautiful engine which looks better in aluminum than black. Really makes it stand out. Same for the rims, but silver will be harder to keep clean.

  9. Lenz says:

    Hey if they can sell em for more than the cost of production the wheels still turn at Honda.

    Personally this exercise in retro-whatever is of zero appeal

    • Blackcayman says:

      you have to be 50 or 60 years old to really appreciate it

      • mickey says:

        I do think this appeals to people 45 and older for the most part. I am 63, and the CB looks how a motorcycle should look to a person my age. It’s what we grew up with and began on, and have fond memories of. Just like Rock and Roll, I prefer the Beatles and the Stones and Hendrix as opposed to the Red Hot Chili Peppers or I don’t know Korn or something. If you are 21 to 40 I don’t expect this genre of motorcycles appeals to you., just like I don’t expect my style of music, clothes, haircuts or whatever to appeal to you. But you know there is only a few bikes like this out there whereas there are dozens that look like transformers or insects to us older guys. Relax, or as the Beatles would say LET IT BE lol

        • Norm G. says:

          re: “I do think this appeals to people 45 and older for the most part. I am 63, and the CB looks how a motorcycle should look to a person my age.”

          if more of our moto peeps (regardless of age) made the pilgrimage to barber, I think they’d be pleasantly surprised to learn what appeals to them. their tiny pond will turn into an ocean.

          in fact if it doesn’t…? dare I say they should probably sell all their kit, surrender their membership in the BOM, and exit the sport. it’s literally a litmus test.

      • Austin ZZR 1200 says:

        I dont think so. I’m 44 and I think its great. The hipster (20’s) crowd is into this look as well

      • Joe Bogusheimer says:

        At 46, I’ve already owned a “retro” nostalgia bike – a Kawi ZRX1100, in red, black and silver livery, looking very similar to the GPz550 that I lusted after in high school, but didn’t have the coin to buy. Anything earlier than that to me is not so much “retro” as “classic” – to be appreciated much the same way I appreciate sports cars of the 50s and 60s which had pretty much come and gone before I had any awareness of them.

  10. Austin ZZR 1200 says:

    The funniest much we all drool over the quintessential UJM…(you hear that Kawi..bring an updated ZREX already)

  11. goose says:

    I don’t know why this bike still fails to interest me but it is really gratifying to see Honda listen to their customers. A nice change from the usual “we know best” from Honda.


    • Norm G. says:

      re: “I don’t know why this bike still fails to interest me”

      you’re 6-4, yes…? okay might be the whole Russian bear on a tricycle thing.

      • goose says:

        If you think I’m too big for the CB1100 you would have loved me on my R5, RD350, RD400 and SR500. I was lighter but just as tall. A monkey and a coconut.

        It just seem weird, I’m just about exactly the target market for this bike. I’m old, I have great memories of my SOHC Honda four, I’m way over being concerned about class leading power. The bike…just…doesn’t… quite… jell for me. I don’t know why but I do know the deluxe is getting closer.


        • billy says:

          Just missing spoked wheels now. Lots of us guys like shiny spinnig stuff. Would put me over into buy mode.

        • Norm G. says:

          re: “I’m just about exactly the target market for this bike. I’m old, I have great memories of my SOHC Honda four, I’m way over being concerned about class leading power.”

          it’s settled then, your ship has come in…! you’ll purchase and ride tall in the saddle. it should be noted, this was a valued aesthetic in the cowboy era. ditch the lester mags and the fast/furious racing stripe and the .5 will give you extra range… on the range.

  12. denny says:

    YESSSS! Not one ugly oversized exhaust like ‘racer’. Two are just about right for decent 4cylinder. Just about right; four would be too many. This is bike I want.

  13. joe b says:

    when I sat on one at the cycle world show, I had not realized how downsized the bike really is, pictures make it seem larger than it really is. I don’t want to say small, but the Harley and victory twins all seemed like excursion buses or mini-vans. if I hadn’t recently bought a new CB1000R recently, I would want one of these.

  14. dino says:

    Now that is what the CB should have looked like… Nice! Color choices would be nice for any model, as I have never understood the argument “costs more to be able to offer multiple colors”. At least the Red is a nice shade.

    It would be nice if they also brought out an updated version of the old Honda (insert your first model here). Actually, a nicely restored “whatever” model can be just fine for most, but this new version 1100 should be able to be ridden just like any new cycle, and hopefully never let you down.

    Good job, Honda… Now about that updated 1984 Nighthawk 650…

  15. mickey says:

    Ooh ooh in my list of changes below I forgot to mention the beautiful 4 into 2 upswept exhaust with actual double walled chromed head pipes ( the ones on the standard are stainless and discolor with heat)

    • MGNorge says:

      Having owned a number of Hondas that had double walled pipes it took me awhile to get used to my Norge’s stainless pipes turning a mix of browns, purples, and golds too. After awhile though it becomes part of the charm. I now rather like the look myself, especially after using a little Mother’s on them.

  16. billy says:

    Neat bike, but there is one fact that’s inexcusable to me.

    There’s no choice of colors! It’s crazy isn’t it? I’d like to see a burnt orange, or metallic blue. How about bright red or avocado green? Maybe black. They don’t have any black paint?

  17. Brinskee says:

    I can’t help but think… Whoa, what a price! For a porky, older tech, retro design, it is not cheap. I realize it’s been redesigned, new parts all around, etc. But for what you’re getting? Seems very pricey! See: 2014 FZ-09 @ $7990

    • mickey says:

      The FZ09 is without a doubt one heckova bike, but they are two different buyers. BTW the Honda/Yamaha dealer I ordered my CB from today has sold 4 CBs and still has 5 FZ09s sitting in his showroom and has yet to sell the first one.

    • Jeremy in TX says:

      That is my feeling too – a lot of coin for what it is. It is a good bit more expensive than its competition. However, it is also more bike in all respects by a pretty wide margin than the Bonnies and V7’s. And if your idea of retro is UJM, there are no competitors. For those looking for this kind of experience, it is probably a fair price for what you get.

      • Norm G. says:

        re: “it is probably a fair price for what you get.”

        what’s a sandcast ’69 running these days…? $20 grand…?

        • todd says:

          Sure, but you can buy a 1980 CB750 – a bike that this more closely resembles – for like $1000.

          • mickey says:

            Sure if you want a bike with 34 year old cables, fork seals, fork oil, electrical connections, steering head bearings, switches, alternator, fuses, lousy non oring chain, worn and sticking brake calipers, questional service records, something you can MAYBE trust riding around the neighborhood but certainly couldn’t or shouldn’t trust if you want to ride it 3 states away. Believe me having owned several true classic bikes, the reality soon outweighs the charm if you are a true rider, and not simply a mechanic who owns an older bike.

          • denny says:

            Yu are putting Mickey lots of investment where is really no-argument. There is no way to compare 1980 bike with 2014. No pint….

          • Jeremy in TX says:

            Yes, and you would have a $1000 bike.

          • Norm G. says:

            re: “Sure if you want a bike with 34 year old cables, fork seals, fork oil, electrical connections, steering head bearings, switches, alternator, fuses, lousy non oring chain, worn and sticking brake calipers, questional service records”

            the carbs. my bud’s got an ’82. between those and reconditioning the fuel tank, it took 3 of us to get the damn thing running. it almost got pushed in the river.

    • Starmag says:

      “Whoa, what a price! For a porky, older tech, retro design, it is not cheap.” Also applies to those 260,000 Harleys that were sold last year. Buying by spec is a relatively small portion of the American market as a whole. Panigales are no doubt impressive, but I don’t want one. Where do you use or where do you go from 200HP and 400LBS? The FZ09 seems to be the answer to everything nobody wants, or at least, is willing to pay for. I’m pretty sure it has something to do, not it’s function, but rather, it’s cartoonish styling. Remember the ads? “Just wait till you see our dark side!” I waited and it was awful.

    • Norm G. says:

      re: “Seems very pricey! See: 2014 FZ-09 @ $7990”

      surprisingly, many people can’t see the price for the looks.

  18. ham says:

    Some of you guys are such cheap scrooges:) Its all funny money anyway…nothing about motorcycles makes monetary sense and it never did.

  19. mickey says:

    Love my 13 CB 1100 , betting I’ll love the 2014 Deluxe I ordered today even more

    You really get a lot on the 14 deluxe over the 13 std

    Same beautiful red paint in a slightly larger tank
    Matching side covers
    Retro looking patterned seat
    Smaller turn signals
    6 speed with over drive
    Gear position indicator
    Fuel computer
    Silver engine
    Silver wheels
    Repositioned headlight 1″ higher
    New gauges with wide chrome bands
    Chrome bar end weights
    I’ve read the bars are 1″ higher as well, but can’t verify
    ** and in the picture it looks like passenger grab rails are chromed as well

    • MGNorge says:

      We want a full report on it Mickey when you get some miles on it!

      • mickey says:

        Well, I’ve put 7000 miles on my ’13 including 2 multi day multi state trips. Nice motorcycle. It’s no ST 1300 but does a yeoman’s job of traveling when asked. But that’s not really what it was designed for. Around town and off the freeways it’s a delight to ride. Averaging over 50 mpg. I’ve gone 180 miles on a tank and it took less than 3 1/2 gallons. Like all Hondas, beautiful fit and finish, and runs like a Swiss watch. Handles better than I can ride it. Don’t know what more you can ask out of a motorcycle. I like it so much, I bought another.

        • VLJ says:

          Congrats on the order for the new ’14 Deluxe, mickey. Such a beautiful bike. I still haven’t had an opportunity to ride a CB1100, otherwise I’m sure I would be hopelessly smitten. Having spent a decade as a Honda dealer and having opened my wallet for two VFRs, an ST1100, an ST1300ABS (can you tell I love Honda V4s?), and a CBR600F4, I’m keenly aware of a Honda’s uncanny ability to belie a spec sheet. As heavy and seemingly underwhelming as 571 lbs divided by 80-ish rwhp appears on paper, I’d bet Norm G’s carbon fiber monocle that the thing still handles great, accelerates just fine, and feels a hundred and fifty lbs lighter than it really is. I would also bet that it will prove to be a wonderfully faithful companion for many, many trouble-free years.

          Definitely some serious pride of ownership, with this one.

          • mickey says:

            Thanks VLJ..if we ever bump into each other, I will make sure and remedy the fact that you’ve never ridden one.

  20. J Wilson says:

    Well, this is just getting spookier and spookier.

    I thought bringing the new Interceptor would be a great idea (since for me, the Starship Enterprise-esque VFR1200 was not the ticket), and they are going to have it here. Really?

    I thought the CB650’s would be great for moaners who just didn’t like the 500’s as they’re twins. So it’s going to be here too. No, really?

    And I fell out dead for the CB1100 last year, but just was disappointed with the black wheels and engine, and the 4×1 exhaust, even if it was from their Back Pages. Oh well.
    So then, they restore the look the same as the Far East and Europe (!), they update the tranny to six speeds(!), and go to dual exhausts (! ! !). I didn’t like that-style seat back in the day, but that’s really small potatoes to fix.

    Somebody Up There Likes Me !

    So I’ll get the new, proper CB this year. And a few years down the road, I’ll find this new Interceptor in a ‘low miles, adult owned, dealer maintained’ ad in Craigslist and my life will be complete.

    It’s just great when things work out.


    • Norm G. says:

      re: “I thought the CB650′s would be great for moaners”

      close, as casey stoner would say, it’s for the 600RR and 1000RR seeker who’s ambition exceed their wallets.

  21. Will says:

    I’d rather have my ZRX

  22. Starmag says:

    Beautiful. Very likely to be my next bike after the ZRX, which, with “only” 122 HP, I can rarely use the power of because I need my driver’s license for work. I just wish that if Honda is going to offer two versions that Whitehouse of Japan’s CB1100 K10 was one of them.

    It’s Honda’s styling after all and Harley, Triumph, Royal Enfield and Indian don’t seem to be doing too badly with copies of their own previous bikes. Somethings are just right the first time and can’t be improved on. Have you seen the prices of say, early Stratocasters and Les Pauls? While pointy headstock mega guitars sell for nothing.

  23. Sean says:

    Here’s one for the old guys.

  24. Norm G. says:

    peel off those tanks stripes, fit some spokes, and we’re off to the races. no seriously, WSBK hits laguna in july and that extra .5 will get you down the 101 and back.

    • VLJ says:

      I might be with you regarding the spokes (provided Honda went the BMW route and retained tubeless tires), but I kinda like those tank stripes. With that retro pleated seat, though, yep, spokes would be very cool. Otherwise, with the Comstar-replica wheels, I think I would swap out that pleated seat for the more modern-looking Standard one.

      Increased porkage aside, this new CB1000 Deluxe pretty much addressed every niggling item on my wish list.

      • Starmag says:

        +1 No spokes unless tubeless. Tubes turn an inconvenience into a real PITA. I don’t need that much “adventure”.

    • clasqm says:

      “peel off those tanks stripes, fit some spokes,…”

      You mean, like this one?

      Looks like you’ll have to source those wheels from Honda Somewhere-Not-in-the-US.

  25. VLJ says:


    A gear indicator, a trip computer featuring MPG, a six-speed transmission, a larger fuel tank, and they ditched the cheapo-looking black wheels and motor treatment?

    All welcome improvements. The $900 bump sucks, obviously, but it can at least be somewhat justified by the new tranny and instruments package. I’m not a fan of the new pleated seat, but it’s no biggie. The only real potential deal-breaker now regarding the Deluxe is that massive curb weight. 571 lbs propelled by 80-ish rwhp sounds a bit pokey, particularly for a modern I4 pushing $12K. I won’t go so far as Provologna in his outrage over the CB’s relatively meager power-to-weight ratio, but it certainly does provide some cause for concern. I love practically everything about this bike, but once the novelty wore off would I soon find it a bit underpowered and, well…boring?

  26. VLJ says:

    Though I do wonder how much weight that second pipe will add to what was already a somewhat heavy bike, I like every change they made with the Deluxe (particularly the larger fuel tank) except for the pleated seat and the $900 price hike. I definitely prefer the silver wheels and motor, vs last year’s blacked-out items. I’m curious as to the “new, more thorough instrumentation.” A trip computer? An ambient temperature gauge? Hmmm. In any case, the addition to both models of a six-speed transmission is probably the biggest improvement.

    Checking Honda’s website, however, wooo, that all black Standard model looks niiiiice! Shame it didn’t also receive the larger fuel tank. That’s just silly, giving the two models different tanks.

    • VLJ says:

      Just checked Honda’s website again. Wow. That second pipe for the Deluxe adds thirty-one pounds! The new curb weight is a whopping 570.9 lbs! Honda also claims a 0.7-gallon increase for the Deluxe’s new fuel tank, not the 0.5-gallon increase mentioned in this article.

      Meanwhile, despite the addition of a sixth gear and the aforementioned “new, more thorough instrumentation,” the Standard model retains the same claimed 540-lb curb weight.

      Oh, wait. Uh-oh. Honda lists both new models as having five-speed transmissions.

      Dirck, a little clarification, please?

      • Dirck Edge says:

        Honda’s press release (dated today and reprinted in the article we posted on the new 650 and Interceptor) states both 2014 CB’s get 6-speed trannys, and the Deluxe tank is 0.5 gallons bigger. Not sure why Honda’s web site would say anything different.

      • Norm G. says:

        re: “not the 0.5-gallon increase mentioned in this article.”

        I saw .5 in at least one area on Honda’s site, and on the Honda site is actually where I read this little factoid first.

        • VLJ says:

          Honda’s official website Specifications link lists a 4.6-gallon tank for the Deluxe, which would be a 0.7 increase over the Standard’s 3.9-gallon tank. Then again, that same link also lists both models as having a five-speed transmission, which is clearly incorrect.

          Sounds like the same people who set up the original Obamacare website may also be handling Honda’s interwebs these days.

          • Norm G. says:

            re: “which would be a 0.7 increase over the Standard’s 3.9-gallon tank.”

            can’t fill tanks all the way, must leave room for expansion. only .5 usable.

          • VLJ says:

            The listed capacities are the listed capacities. You have to leave room for expansion with the 3.9-gallon tank, too.

          • Norm G. says:

            re: “You have to leave room for expansion with the 3.9-gallon tank, too.”

            it’s your lucky day. you’ve just received a bonus. unbeknown, we know we had a 4.1 tank all along.

          • Provologna says:

            Honda forgot to hire Norm G. (AKA “Hondapolgist”) to fact-check prior to publishing their specs.

            /sarc off

    • VLJ says:

      Direct from the Honda Powersports link…


      The timeless style of the CB1100 captures the hearts and imaginations of long-time riders who fondly remember iconic four-cylinder Hondas from years past, and sparks younger riders eager to experience these landmark machines. The CB1100 can be considered a purist’s kind of motorcycle, a modern reincarnation of the timeless and legendary CB750 Four. Boasting big-time roll-on power, nimble handling and more modern performance features that the original Four could never touch, the CB1100 also delivers the reliability and quality of modern-day Honda motorcycles with a nostalgic feel. New for 2014 is a six-speed transmission in place of the previous five-speed gearbox and that makes an excellent powertrain even better. Also, a new meter package features MPG, trip computer and gear position indicator. Color: Black; Price: $10,399; Availability: March

      So, okay, both 2014 models do sport a new six-speed transmission. Honda needs to correct their Specifications link on their official website.

  27. takehikes says:

    Like it or hate it it fills a market and if I had the cash I’d buy it.

  28. skortch says:

    My response is an emphatic (and expensive) “meh.” It’s too bad they didn’t devote this time to developing and marketing the CB1100R, which would have been a nostalgic Honda I’d be interested in buying.

    • MGNorge says:

      Let’s face it, Honda has had many iconic bikes down through the years. The CB series just hits a chord that many recall in their early years of motorcycling. I dig it!

  29. Norm G. says:

    re: “it had some design quirks that annoyed purists, such as the black wheels, blacked-out engine cooling fins”

    did it ever. hated those with a passion.

  30. powermad says:

    It takes some big nads to gouge customers like that.

    • Provologna says:

      Big fat ditto! There’s no ’13 CB1100 owners in this valley with 120k population, but if there was, you could hear their scream of outrage over Honda’s outrageous maneuver. ’13 resale value dropped $3k overnight. Sucks being an early adopter, sometimes it really sucks, witness this “update.”

      The sum total of the update/facelift is huge. Compared to ’14 the ’13 looks like a committee-designed band aid kluge job.

      What’s Honda’s excuse for omitting the market research prior to ’13 release? They release the ’13 model about ten years after the peak of interest for such model, and now this? Does Honda not have stock OEM ’69-’75 CB750K models for side by side comparison?

      This is epic fail, Honda. Pathetic.

      Watch out before you trade your ’13. Probably ’15 they’ll fix the dearth of HP. How the ’13-’14 can have a girly 80HP per liter, even air/oil cooled, is beyond me. Generally Dirck’s road tests are superb. But letting Honda off the hook on this horrid HP peak is fail. I don’t care if it seems like “plenty” or adequate. It’s far below what’s possible and below what’s useable forty five years after the ’69 release. (HP per liter about the same in ’69…if that’s not fail I don’t what is.)

      • Jeremy in TX says:

        Haha. Feel better after getting that out?

      • Norm G. says:

        re: “It’s far below what’s possible”

        check their lineup. everything they make is “far below what’s possible”. while certainly contradictory to their grandprix exploits, if you notice, FBWP has actually been their engineering philosophy for more than a decade. ie. it’s deliberate.

      • Max says:

        Hmmm, I like the ’13 better. Looks like a modern bike with a few 70s design cues. The new one looks like a 70s bike with a modern tank. I never found old CBs to be particularly sexy.

      • Dave says:

        Everyone who has a ’13 will remain happy with it, I’m sure. As for the hp figure, this is not the bike for a shopper who considers that figure important and there are a lot of them (see Harley Davidson). With this bike, Honda is delivering a vintage experience that many have been asking for. They did their research and from what I hear, the 2013 CB1100 sold very well. Maybe that’s why they did an update and are offering two versions of it this year instead of waiting to sell through all the 2013’s that didn’t sell…

        • mickey says:

          Hey he’s right. Think I’ll cancel the order on mine and go buy a 65 HP Indian Chief or Harley Glide something for twice as much money..or wait one of the new 80 HP Nortons for twice the money or wait …. Maybe a 50 something HP Triumph Bonnie deluxe for almost as much money, or wait maybe a 40 something HP Moto Guzzi v7 for almost as much money

  31. Blackcayman says:

    This is what it should’ve been from the beginning. MOst that are interested in this bike will spring for the more legit throwback look and get the ABS.

    They should just bin the original parts

  32. Jeremy in TX says:

    That just seems wrong to charge that much extra for cosmetics. But I guess Honda figured if their customers were paying the aftermarket for it, that might just make out the check to Big Red instead.

    • KenHoward says:

      I’d figure $800 of the additional cost for the Deluxe is for ABS. I think the more-useful tank should be standard on both, but then, they WANT you to get the higher-priced version; that’s just business. For the most part, this is what I’ve been waiting for.

      • Jeremy in TX says:

        I missed that the standard doesn’t come with ABS. Still a gouging, but not as bad. They’ll probably discontinue the Standard after they use up their supply of original spec parts. Then we will only have the $12K version available and forget all about this gouging business.

    • Norm G. says:

      re: “I guess Honda figured if their customers were paying the aftermarket for it, that might just make out the check to Big Red instead.”

      YAHHHTZZEEE…! despite our attempts to feign otherwise, they know you have the money.

  33. Tank says:

    I wish Honda would make a smaller version of this bike.

  34. Austin ZZR 1200 says:

    So…they are charging a $1,500 nostalgia premium which probably cost them less to produce. Well played, Honda. I’ll bite

    • Norm G. says:

      re: “So…they are charging a $1,500 nostalgia premium which probably cost them less to produce.”

      many a denverite paid $1,500 to see their beloved manning get DESTROYED by seattle, yet they still don’t begrudge the NFL profitability.

      why do you think that is…?

    • Yoyodyne says:

      The 2013 model with ABS cost $11,000. So for $900 more than the 2013 model you get a bigger tank, dual exhausts, silver vs black wheels, a nicer-looking seat, etc. The 2014 Standard at $10,399 doesn’t have ABS, so the 2014 Deluxe is really only $500 more once ABS is factored in.

  35. Hair says:

    Nice bike. I would not mind having one.