Honda’s CB1100RS, the sporty sibling of the CB1100 EX (which is updated for 2017) shares the same 89bhp @ 7500 RPM, 67lb-ft @ 5500 RPM 1140cc air/ oil-cooled four cylinder motor, but has a sharper geometry – a rake of 26° and trail of 99mm, on a wheelbase of 1485mm, as opposed to 27°/114mm/1490mm.
|2017 Honda CB1100RS|
A set of 43mm Showa Dual Bending Valve forks replace the EX’s 41mm units, and are carried in a new die-cast aluminium top-yoke. The rear shocks are upgraded to remote-reservoir Showas, and carry a new aluminium swingarm. Brakes are switched to radially-mounted four-pot Tokicos, stopping new 17in cast wheels with 120/70 17 and 180/55 17 rubber (the EX runs on 110/80 18 and 140/70 18). The tank remains at 16.8 litres, but the seams along the bottom edge have been removed. Seat height is 795mm, with a kerb weight of 252kg.
|2017 Honda CB1100 EX|
The EX gets new stainless-steel spoked wheels, updated 41mm Showa Dual Bending Valve forks, and – like the RS – LED lighting all round, and a slip-assist clutch that reduces the lever pull by 16%.