Honda revealed a new concept model based on the CB1100 at the Osaka Motorcycle Show. The new concept, dubbed the Concept CB Type II, is described as “a new direction in air-cooled CB models.”
The Type II follows another CB1100-based concept shown at Japanese motorcycle shows last year (the red bike pictured below that we’ll dub the “Type I”). The Type I looks fairly similar to the existing CB1100 and appears close to being production-ready while the Type II is a café-influenced variant on the CB.
Both concepts appear to share the same engine and frame as the existing CB1100. The concepts have new, straighter header pipes with the Type II receiving an exhaust from Over Racing. The Type II also gets radial-mount Brembo brake calipers, twin Öhlins rear shocks and a Showa fork, likely the 43mm Honda Multi-Action System (HMAS) fork used on the Interceptor (the VFR800F uses one of the few right-side-up fork designs with a separate fork lowers designed to fit radial-mount brakes.)
The Type I uses wire-spoke wheels for a more retro look, while the Type II sports lighter-weight alloy wheels. The Type II’s sporting intent is revealed by a beefy new aluminum swingarm, solo seat, underslung bar-end mirrors and several carbon fiber goodies.
At the moment, the two models officially remain concepts, though the Type I appears entirely ready for production. The Type II is probably a step further from production, but it would add a measure of sportiness sorely lacking from the existing CB1100 and would make for a well-timed introduction to do battle with Triumph’s exciting new Thruxton.