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The powersports.honda.com site shows the engine as the same as the one we rode. It's mostly blacked out but has several chrome/silver accent pieces. Which site are you looking at?
The dedicated CB1100 site:

Honda Worldwide | CB1100 | Introduction

As far as I can see, all the photos show the silver engine. They even mention the "polished silver finish" in the text.
 

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So Johnny Future is gonna buy a relic from the past.

It's time for some "viable technology" Kenneth.
Forget it Buzz. I told you, we're THROUGH since you've been boasting about your wild drinking trips to FL without a Quiznos or even a call for me.

You just go on about your business, Mr. Mister. There's nothing for you here anymore.
 

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It's the hip Kenneth...he's afraid of how that will effect your "interludes" so he's unsure of himself...give him time and he'll come around, I'm sure of it!
 

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No matter what the Euros get, we're getting the black engine in North America.
Well that's just wrong. Dead wrong. It's an outrage.

This is a "retro" bike, and it's supposed to evoke the CB750. I don't remember any Honda CBs; from 350's, 500's, to 750's, that came with black engines, do you? They were all sliver, just like damn near every other UJM that was imported from the late '60's through the 80's. Putting a black engine in this bike is like Triumph painting a Bonneville in Kawasaki neon-green.

Who's in charge at Honda USA? I need names, email addresses, phone numbers.
 

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Well that's just wrong. Dead wrong. It's an outrage.

This is a "retro" bike, and it's supposed to evoke the CB750. I don't remember any Honda CBs; from 350's, 500's, to 750's, that came with black engines, do you? They were all sliver, just like damn near every other UJM that was imported from the late '60's through the 80's. Putting a black engine in this bike is like Triumph painting a Bonneville in Kawasaki neon-green.

Who's in charge at Honda USA? I need names, email addresses, phone numbers.
The CB750F of 78-81 had the engine mostly blacked out.

 

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The CB750F of 78-81 had the engine mostly blacked out.
Thx, Seru, for saving me the research for edumacating! That's the era used for the basis of the new CB11. I actually prefer the black motor. YMMV...
 

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This movie has made this mature rider want one more than I did before. It was just like riding the back roads in Ohio.
Me too. But I have to admit: it's sort of hard to get used to the idea that I'm relating to products and designs marketed for "mature" riders.

There's some really nice shots of the hardware in there, and I like the design sketches etc. too.
 

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Buzz is going to have a sh*tfit...

Because it's not electric.

I went to Riva today and put down a deposit on a CB1100 ABS. It'll be here 3/15. It's going to be a really long 5 weeks!

Anybody want to buy a really well-maintained VStrom 1000?
 

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Congratulations

Because it's not electric.

I went to Riva today and put down a deposit on a CB1100 ABS. It'll be here 3/15. It's going to be a really long 5 weeks!

Anybody want to buy a really well-maintained VStrom 1000?
I think you made a good choice. Good luck. I did see a Brammo on the road today stopped at an intersection coming from the Ortega Highway. It's the first time I've seen one on the road.
 

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One of these with a simple bolt on screen would be perfect for general riding around. Funny how they discuss the feel of an air cooled engine. The air cooled I4 bikes I have ridden (old GPZs, GS1000, GSXR1100 engine feel is different, cool and "rustly". Air cooled bikes have more "garage appeal" too, they are more approachable somehow.

An old Kawi ZRX is worthy of consideration if after this experience too. I suspect the ZRX has similar "easy" power, just considerably more of it, but without the air cooled rustle. Would be interesting to ride them around back to back and see how they "feel" as the feel is the thing with this kind of bike.

My current ride is funny. It is comfy and upright, steers lightly and has smooth power at low and middle rpm. The incongruent thing is the quick revving monster top end hit. From 7 to 12K it does a fine R1 impression. I guess I am still young enough to totally dig that. Would probably be willing to lose 20hp off the top though, and spread it around below 7K. Then again, maybe not. The Bandit 1250 I rode left me a little cold. Don't mind me. I dunno what I want. Well I do know actually - multiple bikes in the garage. A new CB in red would be cool, Type I please :)
 

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Congrats, Spaceman.

ANY New Bike is cause for Celebration - Petrol OR Electric.
 
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