• Can The Honda CB1100 Survive Global warming?

  • Honda CB1100 ES On its way out? Air-cooled engine unable to meet emissions regulations
  • Is this the end? Could Honda do a Suzuki and withdraw the model to work on a direct replacement?

Images from Honda Taiwan Suggest Air Cooled Engine are on their out

Introduced in 2010 in Japan and Australia and then to the rest of the world in 2014, the CB1100 modern classic has received few upgrades in its life and now it appears to be on its last legs in the face of ever more stringent emissions regulations.

Honda CB1100 On Its Last legs?

Can The Honda CB1100 Survive Global warming?
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Honda CB1100 ES
On its way out? Air-cooled engine unable to meet emissions regulations

Of all the modern classic, or retro, bikes on the market, the Honda CB1100 has always been the most low-key and possibly underrated. Since its introduction in 2014, it has remained largely unchanged while its rivals from Triumph, Kawasaki and Suzuki have stolen all the thunder.

Now, it looks as if the model will be discontinued in the near future after Honda Taiwan posted a teaser image portraying the CB1100 ES and RS Final Edition models. It’s likely happening because the air-cooled motor is unable to escape the ever-tightening emissions regulations that have all-but-outlawed air-cooled motors, with them unable to meet noise and pollution regulations.

Can The Honda CB1100 Survive Global warming?
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Is this the end?
Could Honda do a Suzuki and withdraw the model to work on a direct replacement?

Nor is it likely that the Final Edition models will receive any significant upgrades as a final hurrah. There might be some special colours to mark the end and perhaps new alloy wheels but the engine will probably remain unchanged, maintaining the same 90bhp and 68lb.ft torque figures.

While it seems as if Honda is pulling the plug on the model, could it perhaps be a pause while a new Euro5-compliant model is developed, much as Suzuki did with the Hayabusa? Nothing beyond speculation is possible at the moment, but we can expect more information at the upcoming EICMA show in Milan in November this year.

Harry Fisher
Harry Fisher
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Born and raised in England, he has lived in South Africa with his family since 2002. Harry has owned examples of Triumph, Norton, BSA, MV Agusta, Honda, BMW, Ducati, Harley Davidson, Kawasaki and Moto Morini motorcycles. He regrets selling all of them.  Read full bio
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