Although I’ve stated that the Honda CB1100 lacks a soul of being a modern cafe racer, it sure has the right ingredients to become one. But in that specific article, I was talking about the model from 2010 and up. This bike right here is based on the rather rare CB1100F that was only built in 1983. It was based on the CB900F and the CB1100R. This bike had written ‘speed’ all over it, and with a slightly modified engine (hotter cams, larger pistons, and 4 Keihin 34mm CV racing carburetors) it produced an impressive 108hp and 97Nm of torque (tuned down to 100hp for European markets). In 1983, Cycle World magazine tested the CB1100F 11.13 seconds/120.48 mph quarter mile and 141 mph half a mile and gave it the label ‘fastest stock bike’. So we’re talking about something special here.
The bike you see right here is built by Tux Customs from Norway. It’s an absolute masterpiece and it deserves a top spot in our Top 10 Best Honda CB Cafe Racers. Everything single modification of this bike is done with care and precision and the result is one of the best looking CB’s I’ve seen in a long time. Let me start with the engine modifications. Despite the fact that the original bike has a lot of power and torque, it got some performance upgrades. The head is ported and the cylinders are slightly bored and got a set of new Wiseco Hicomp pistons on Carilli rods, the displacement increased to 1170cc’s. The crankshaft was balanced and the ignition system was replaced by a Dynatek Dyna 200. A custom Vance & Hines exhaust was placed and to give this a bit more air and fuel, a set of Keihin CR carburetors with K&N filters were placed. The complete engine is painted in a beautiful, original looking titanium high-temperature coating.
The frame section required some serious modifications to suit the new engine setup and make the bike a fair competitor for modern day machines. The complete front (incl. brakes) end comes from a 2008 Yamaha R6 finished with a custom triple tree with an integrated Motogadget Motoscope Pro. The original gas tank was kept in place and the custom seat was fitted seamlessly on the customized subframe. The original dual shock setup had to make place for a sing shock setup, which comes from a 2005 Ducati Multristrada 1000DS, including its original braking system. The shock itself comes from a Ducati 749. The hand controls are custom CNC’ed pieces and the foot controls come from Tarozzi.
The electrical system is built from the ground up with of course, a MotoGadget M-Unit as the beating heart. Maybe one of the best parts of this build is the beautiful set of custom Kineo wheels. For some serious grip, a set of Michelin Power Cup Evo tires were used (front: 120/70-17, rear: 190/55-17). Below the images, you can find a short interview with the builder about the CB1100 Cafe Racer.
How did you get the bike? Was it a customer order or was it your idea to completely modify this Honda?