A reading from the New Testament: We picked up one of the new CB1100 EXs from Honda this week, and so far we’re impressed with its nicer finish details and upgraded suspension – seamless fuel tank, too. And that reminded us of this little comparison test we did shortly after BMW’s R-nineT debuted, which compared the new Boxer with the CB1100 and Moto Guzzi’s oddly cool Griso. A trio of characters with distinct personalities.


  • JMDGT

    It is hard not to get caught up in the published specifications. I like all these bikes except on paper. Maybe I don’t like them as much as I thought.

    • Old MOron

      Of course you know this already, JMD, but you gotta ride the things before you decide. It should be pretty easy to get demo rides on the Beemer and the Guzzi.

      Oh, wait! You just got a new bike. Tell us how that’s going.

      • JMDGT

        You are absolutely correct on the riding of the bikes. You never know unless you ride one. The new bike is working out great. I decided to strictly adhere to the Triumph break in schedule so I haven’t thrashed the thing thoroughly. I am still getting used to switching the ride modes on the fly but it isn’t that hard to do. It is really quick especially with the speed shifter. The M50 brakes are the best I have ever had the pleasure of using. The Supercorsa tires are also the best I have ever used. They are definately confidence inspiring. Not cheap and I doubt I will get the mileage out of them that I get with the Road Pilots I use on my RT but I will definately buy them again when replacement time comes. I haven’t messed with the suspension settings but the out of the box factory setting is working well so far. I like the bike so much I doubt I will ride the old roadster much anymore. It is probably time for it to go to a new home. I am glad I went to a middle weight bike. I haven’t enjoyed riding this much since I first got my old CBR600. It’s almost like getting glasses at age twelve. I can see again. Ride safe.

        • spiff

          765 RS?

          • JMDGT

            Yes.

          • spiff

            Ooh la la.

          • JMDGT

            It’s tits.

  • SRMark

    Since I live in the ding-weeds and no longer have the enthusiasm for working on bikes that I once had, I’d get the Honda. There is a dealer about 10 miles away. There should be some really nice lightly-used examples floating around. The lack of a smokin’ hot motor isn’t at all of-putting to me. That is one fine trio of bikes.

  • I spent a couple of weeks with Mr. Griso and I really liked that bike. There’s a 2011 on Craigslist locally for $6000. A deal.

    • Jon Jones

      Sweet bikes, but a bit too pricey and crude. Wrenched on a Stelvio not long ago and found it poorly assembled. Lots of mashed wires and hoses under the tank.

      That said, I’ll take a Moto Guzzi, old or new. Can’t help but like them.

      • Such high expectations of Italian craftsmanship! You can’t unmash a hose or two?

        • Jon Jones

          Well, I suppose I’m being a bit picky.

          And carrying a fire extinguisher and spare wire harness isn’t asking all that much. ‘Tis the price of character, I reckon.

    • Born to Ride

      There’s something inherently manly about the Griso. It’s in the name, the style, and the sound. It’s a modern cafe bike with big shoulders and beefy components. My ego tells me I need one, despite the fact there are countless bikes that are superior in performance and fit n finish. 6 grand is a steal.

    • Mr. Canoehead

      If you look at a pre-2013 Guzzi, make sure it has the roller lifter kit installed. The flat tappet bikes eventually eat their lifters.

  • Andrew Capone

    I still have my CB1100, which I bought after my Griso nearly burned up in a cloud of acrid electrical smoke…twice. No hard feelings, though. I keep aiming to sell the CB, but man it is a lovely thing to look at, and really does a fine job at ‘nice’ in the riding department. And it’s built and finished beautifully. They are a steal in the used market. But with a Thruxton R in the stable, the CB is gathering some dust.

  • Old MOron

    Can someone with Biblical knowledge help me out?
    I’m guessing that “The Book Of CBthians” is a play on The Book of Corinthians.
    But I don’t know what retro roadsters and Corinthians have in common?
    Anybody?

    • Andrew Capone

      In 1 Corinthians, Paul wrote; ‘When I was a child… I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.’ I believe he was referring to his transition from sport bikes to retros.

  • spiff

    I hope Paggio give Guzzi some money to keep building the entire line. The California is a solid bike, but an updated Griso and a Lemans would be cool.

  • Gruf Rude

    Local Craigslist has three 2013 CB1100s that are in like new condition for around $4500 asking price. Under 10K miles and pristine. Makes it hard to consider buying new.

    • Andrew Capone

      As an owner, it’s nauseating to see how low the values are. Honda did nothing to market these bikes, and zero on the accessory front, in the US. I might just keep mine and cafe the crap out of it. But at 550 lbs, it’s more like a frappucino.

  • Erich Martin

    Ok, I know I can be a tick slow, but why not test the 2017 CB1100??. I own a 2014 CB1100 and after shocks and front springs, it is the near perfect bike. Need power?, an Arrow full system and a power commander got me 96 rwhp and a boatload of torque. The 2017 had some nice upgrades that may have made a difference. my 2c.