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 – New 2017 Honda CB1100 RS Vintage / Retro Style Motorcycle Announced –

Today is October 4, 2016 and today is a good day… Why is this? Honda has just announced quite a few new 2017 motorcycles at the 2016 Intermot Motorcycle Show and with the CB1100 for 2017 we have (2) new model variations. This page is going to go over the 2017 CB1100 RS model. I’ll cover the 2017 CB1100 EX model on another page here shortly.

New 2017 Honda Motorcycles / Models Released - 2017 Honda CB1100 RS

2017 CB1100 RS Model Updates: Honda’s new CB1100 RS delivers minimal, hand-crafted style and sporting edge with sharper chassis geometry, uprated 43mm Showa Dual Bending Valve two-piece front fork and remote reservoir rear shocks, plus 17-inch cast aluminum wheels and dual radial-mount four-piston brake calipers. The engine breathes through revised inlet and exhaust systems and is now equipped with an assist slipper clutch.

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  • Contents:
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Model overview
  • 3. Key features
  • 4. USA bound?
  • 5. Technical specifications

1. 2017 CB1100 RS Introduction

Since 1959, when they first adorned the twin-cylinder CB92 Benly, the two letters CB have always meant a great deal to Honda, and Honda owners. And they came to mean even more in 1969; the four-cylinder CB750 was a seminal moment for motorcycling as the world’s first production superbike took center stage, laying down a blueprint that still stands today

New 2017 Honda Motorcycles / Models Released - 2017 Honda CB1100 RS

In the present day, old school has become very much new school and in 2013 Honda brought the CB1100 – already a best seller in the Japanese market – to Europe, satisfying pent-up demand from an army of riders for whom a traditionally styled air-cooled four-cylinder CB was a must-have piece of engineering craftsmanship.

For 2017, two versions of the CB1100 will be available. Newly arrived to sit alongside the upgraded CB1100 EX, is the CB1100 RS. Imbued with layer upon layer of retro style – and several new performance upgrades – the CB1100 RS offers a new type of sporting CB1100 appeal.

Manufacture takes place in Honda’s Kumamoto factory, with a production process that’s been fundamentally revised to integrate technology and expert skill in order to create motorcycles rich in craftsmanship and attention to detail, plus a place in history that only comes with the passage of many decades.

New 2017 Honda Motorcycles / Models Released - 2017 Honda CB1100 RS

Mr M. Imada, Large Project Leader (LPL) 17YM CB1100 RS

“As with past CBs, we understand the timeless pleasure that our customers get from owning and riding an air-cooled inline four-cylinder motorcycle. So 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. With the CB1100 EX we hope many riders get to appreciate and understand a very traditional motorcycle structure.” 

2. 2017 CB1100 RS Model Overview

Stripped back and lean, the CB1100 RS has the look of a 1970s race bike, with more than a hint of café racer. The curvaceous fuel tank – made without seam-welded lips – evokes hand-made craftsmanship, while the single round headlight and twin instrument dials outline a timeless silhouette. Adding crisp-edged modernity, all lighting is LED.

Backing up the sportier styling, the CB1100 RS’s chassis uses sharper geometry matched than the EX, with firmer Showa suspension, front radial-mount four-piston brakes, cast aluminum 17-inch wheels and sportsbike-spec tire sizes. A lower, more compact riding position moves the rider’s weight forward, complementing the chassis changes.

The air-cooled four-cylinder engine breathes more easily thanks to a revised inlet tract and smaller, lighter 4-2-2 exhaust system while an assist slipper clutch makes for easier lever engagement and rear wheel stability on downshifts.

With a keener edge to its appeal and performance, the CB1100 RS is a perfect machine to cut through the city in style, and cut loose on winding roads at weekends. It exudes exquisite engineering that draws in the observer, and is also a platform ripe for customization, and ready for an owner’s imagination.

3. 2017 CB1100 RS Key Features

3.1 Chassis

The CB1100 RS’s classic tubular steel double cradle frame holds the engine with four rigid and two rubber mounts. It features tighter steering geometry than the CB1100 EX, with rake and trail of 26°/99mm and wheelbase of 1485mm (as opposed to 27°/114mm/1490mm) to give faster steering and more responsive handling. Seat height is 795mm with curb weight of 55 lbs (252kg).

As well as a more aggressive stance and riding position the CB1100 RS is also equipped with a Showa Dual Bending Valve (SDBV) 43mm two-piece front fork, which uses two valves to generate both compression and rebound damping force giving linear feel, excellent ride quality and precise road holding. A new die-cast aluminum top yoke features a buffed finish and clear coat, while the bottom yoke holds the fork legs in a higher position.

Twin Showa remote-reservoir rear shocks (with damping rates to match the front fork) operate through a new aluminum swingarm, which has a clean look thanks to an under slung rear brake hose. An aluminum chain guard replaces the previous plastic design.

Dual radial-mount four-piston Tokico brake calipers grip 310mm floating discs with ABS control, the rear single-piston caliper works a 256mm disc. The CB1100 RS also features 17-inch cast aluminum wheels – finished in black – wearing sportsbike-sized 120/70 ZR17 and 180/55 ZR17 front and rear tires. Three effects from this change are obvious: quicker side-to-side steering, improved cornering traction and a 3% increase in acceleration due to the overall gearing change of the smaller rolling diameter of the rear tire. L-shaped air valves make checking tire pressure easy.

Together with the look of the exposed engine, the shape of the fuel tank – its curves and lines – go a long way to give a naked motorcycle its character and appeal Honda’s engineers wanted to maintain a  186 mile (300km) plus range, but were also focused on creating a truly hand-made look.

New 2017 Honda Motorcycles / Models Released - 2017 Honda CB1100 EX / RS Retro Bikes

The 4.43 gallon (16.8L) fuel tank they came up with does away with the seam-welded lips along both bottom edges, and pays homage both to CB history and contemporary style with a cutaway section that displays the cam cover to the rider. It’s topped with an aircraft style filler cap.

Building on the modern café racer theme the sidepanels are constructed of pressed aluminum with a textured ‘hairline’ finish while the seat is stripped back to a slim, sporty profile. The black seat frame rails add seamless lines without clutter and the black chrome steel rear mudguard has a more rounded cross section.

A compact black resin front mudguard skims the front tire and ties in subtly with the machine’s minimalism. A long sidestand makes it easier to get the machine upright.

The handlebar is clamped 7mm forward (compared to the previous design) and more compact, sleeker die-cast aluminum hangers mount both rider and pillion footpegs. Standing proud, the round front headlight – an LED unit with spiral running light – crowns the front of the CB1100 RS and is held with aluminum stays flanked by compact LED indicators.

The LED rear light, indicators and number plate mounting bracket has been minimalized for a streamlined look and the circular speedo and rev counter are dressed in satin black with a chrome band. Equipment includes a fuel gauge and clock, gear position indicator, fuel efficiency gauge and range computer. Ignition is now via a ‘wave’ style key.

The CB1100 RS will be available in Candy Prominence Red and Graphite Black with a super smooth finish suggestive of repeated, and fastidious, wet sanding,

3.2 Engine

At the heart of the CB1100 RS is its muscular DOHC engine. Linear, instantly accessible drive is what this motor’s all about, and plenty of it, anywhere in the rev range. Maximum power output of 89 horsepower (66kW) arrives at 7,500rpm with peak torque figure of 67 lb/ft (91Nm) delivered @ 5,500rpm.

Finished in black, with natural aluminum engine and cam covers its air (via 2mm fins) and oil-cooled (via a 335mm 9-tier, front-mounted oil cooler) and revs to 8,500rpm. Compression ratio is 9.5:1, with bore and stroke set at 73.5mm x 67.2mm.

The twin camshafts are driven by a central chain, and the valve included angle is 26.5° inlet and exhaust. Inlet valve diameter is 27mm, with a 2.5mm stem; exhaust 24mm with 2.5mm stem. A single secondary balancer shaft ensures smooth running.

PGM-FI and 32mm throttle body are fed through a revised, shortened air inlet tract and new air cleaner, and work with the pair of shorter (minus 70mm in length, 7% less in diameter and 2.4kg lighter) chrome-plated exhaust mufflers to boost low and mid-rpm engine reaction.

Internally split into two expansion chambers, each muffler features dual hole-punched link pipes optimised for resonance and the generation of an evocative four-cylinder engine note. Both mufflers hug the machine tighter for improved ground clearance and the downpipes are double skinned to stop heat discolouration.

An assist slipper clutch is now fitted. With die-cast aluminum cam and slipper cam it saves weight, reduces lever effort by 16% and minimizes rear wheel ‘hop’ through engine braking on rapid down changes. The six-speed gearbox, ­­with carefully matched ratios for gears 1-5 gives crisp response and acceleration, while 6th is an overdrive reducing fuel consumption and lowering engine rpm at highway speeds. Final drive is by 530 chain.

The CB1100 RS engine is Euro 4 compliant.

4. 2017 CB1100 RS = USA Bound?

Now… To the underlying question at hand that so many of you are probably wondering about. Will the 2017 Honda CB1100 RS cross the pond and be for sale in the USA? That’s a negative. Well, atleast at this time. Honda hasn’t officially answered that question which can be a good thing. Think of it like when you asked the hottest girl out in school and you got a “maybe” haha. In all seriousness though, we’ll know within the next 60 days as to whether or not Honda will release the 2017 CB1100 RS in the US. Until then, let’s all drool over this B-E-A-UTIFUL piece of machinery Honda has built – the CB1100 RS!

Let’s hear your thoughts… Do you want Honda to bring the 2017 CB1100RS to the US of A?

5. 2017 CB1100 RS Technical Specifications

Type Inline four-cylinder, air and oil-cooled, DOHC
Engine Displacement (cm³) 1140
Bore ´ Stroke (mm) 73.5 x 67.2
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Max. Power Output 89 HP (66kW) @ 7,500rpm
Max. Torque 67 LB/FT (91Nm) @5,500rpm
Oil Capacity 4.9l/4.4l
Carburation PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Fuel Tank Capacity 16.8 litres
Fuel Consumption
Starter Electric
Battery Capacity 12V 11.2Ah
ACG Output 12V 21.7A/5000rpm 0.336kw
Clutch Type Wet, multiplate clutch
Transmission Type 6-speed
Final Drive Chain
Type Double steel cradle
Dimensions (L´W´H) 2,180 x 800 x 1100mm
Wheelbase 1,485mm
Caster Angle 26°
Trail 99mm
Seat Height 795mm
Ground Clearance 130mm
curb Weight 252kg
Turning radius 2.7m
Type Front 43mm conventional fork (SDBV) with adjustable spring preload
Type Rear Twin shocks with adjustable spring preload
Type Front 10-spoke diecast aluminum
Type Rear 10-spoke diecast aluminum
Rim Size Front 17in x 3.50MT
Rim Size Rear 17in x 5.50MT
tires Front 120/70 R17
tires Rear 180/55 R17
ABS System Type 2 Channel
Type Front Hydraulic dual floating 310mm disks with radial fit 4-piston calipers (2-channel ABS)
Type Rear Hydraulic disk (2-channel ABS)
Security System HISS
Headlight LED
Taillight LED


All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice.

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18 Comments on this post

  1. Please bring it here…I am buying a new bike this coming year, I want it to be the CB1100RS. IF you don’t bring it, I’ll buy me a new Indian.

    Allen Papa Smith /
  2. If they don’t bring it, I will not be buying a Honda next year….

    JettisonX /
  3. I’ll buy one the minute they bring the CB1100RS to the USA! Nice around-town bike.

    not a parasite /
  4. I have been looking at the CB1100 for several years now, but something was missing. The CB1100RS is a winner. I’ll buy one if it’s available in the US.

    Patrick /
  5. Well it’s been 90 days since this article was published. What’s the word? I’ll take that lovely Blcak beauty

    Mike McGinnis /
    • Sadly, the 2017 CB1100 RS will not be coming to the USA as Honda has made their final announcement of models for us and it wasn’t included. Such a shame… It took 4 years for us to get the EX model, hopefully it doesn’t take 4 years for us to get the RS model too lol.

      Thanks for checking out the site and for posting up too, much appreciated!

  6. Is there any news for launching this bike in India, I loved this bike.

    YUVI /
  7. I’d love an inline 4 stripped down bike
    Iike the RS. Bring it here.

    Erik Moore /
  8. Needs more power. And 1 less cylinder to make ot lighter and narrower.

    Maybe a speed triple motor, or an fz-09 motor would do.

    David Hamilton /
    • I like your thinking!

      As much as I’d like to see Honda build a triple, this definitely wouldn’t be the bike they would throw it in though as the CB1100 variants are “throw-back” bikes with a nod to the old-school CB models which were all four-cylinders. It would be pretty wicked though to see Honda go out in left field compared to what they are known for doing and build an awesome triple to throw in a couple bikes…

  9. does someone knows what is the fuel type?
    is it petrol, diesel or something else

    Bartek Budyłowski /
  10. Oh wow, she looks B-E-A-UTIFUL! Any more pictures you’d like to share?

    HondaPro Kevin /
  11. Hi Kevin,

    Do you know if the RS would be available in the US next year?

    Hima /
  12. A. Needs to come to the U.S. Badly. This is the bike people have been begging for, for YEARS.

    B. Needs more power. That engine should easily pull 120 hp and 90-100 ft/lbs of torque. Shame, Honda!

    C. Needs optional round and square cafe fairings, center stand, luggage rack and passenger back rest. Like my CB750.

    Robert Ries /
  13. WTF, Honda. You could sell thousands of them here…..

    Robert Ries /

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