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    New Bike for Clyde?

    If anybody was following my posts about my GT380, some comments were made that maybe that bike is too small for me. I'm going to have to agree. It is something that I could live with, but ultimately it's just not right. So I went to the local shop I frequent, and he had this for sale. It's an 83 Honda CB1100F with 21,000 miles. He says his brother put bigger pistons in, K&N air filters (Carbs jetted properly too) and has maintained it throughout it's life (all maintenance paperwork included, including paperwork for engine work). It has a few blemishes, but does look very nice. Tires are newer, stock airbox included with sale and also a bunch of other parts which I'm not really sure what they are right now, but included in the sale. Just installed a new starter clutch, which he said is a problem on these bikes. Ready to ride, no missing parts and titled. Price is $3000. Just looking for some insite on these bikes, pros and cons really. And also if that is a good price. Thanks for any advice and insite.
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    that's a pretty good price. It's low retail but if you really like it nobody will say you got ripped off if you paid that.

    the cb1100F is an awesome bike. I really like the DOHC cbFs a lot, they are excellent GT bikes. But don't take my word for it, ride the damn thing.

    you can get lower bars and factory rearsets (called the honda sport kit) for them fairly easily.

    Starter clutch, timing chain adjustment, and charging system are the three things you need to check on these bikes. If they all get a clean bill of health, then you are good to go.

    I owned a blue one when I lived in New Orleans. It threw a lot of heat on 100+ degree days, but I don't expect you get many of those in michigan.
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    Thanks for the reply Geeto, those were the kinds of things I was looking for. I would test ride it for sure before I commited to buy. We get alot of hot days in Michigan (90-95 deg) in the summer with high humidity. Maybe not as hot as New Orleans, but still hot enough. He said I have some time to think it over, so I guess that time will be spent looking for any information the internet will provide. Do you think parts are readily available for this bike? Hopefully its not a bike they made parts for that they didn't share with other bikes. My understanding is that this is a one year production bike?
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    it is part of the Cbf family of bikes so it shares a decent amount of parts with the 1979-1982 cb750F and cb900Fs. I think the forks and brakes are the same as the 900F. All the service items are the same, common, plentiful, and cheap.

    CB1100F only parts:
    wheels
    engine
    engine covers
    fairing
    exhaust
    carb bodies (carb internals are all the same between the bikes, just the orifice is bigger)
    foot peg brackets (but only for the lattice design, earlier ones will work but look different)
    Exhaust (black chrome - otherwise the same as a stock 900F system).

    parts it shares with the 900F only:
    forks
    brakes
    shocks
    tank (petcock mount is different from the 750F)

    parts it shares with all other cbF bikes:
    everything else.


    cb1100f.net is a finiky message board but the valhalla for these bikes. There you will learn how easy it is to upgrade these bikes and make them real hot rods with cbr wheels and brakes.
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    here is a little teaser:

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    CBR wheels swap FTW!

    I would like a CB1100F or a twin shock CBX one day.
    Build a nice simple fighter out of it.


    yours looks relatively stock and very clean.
    keep it that way.
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    I might get corrected but even tho you have nice pods and supposedly jets that work you will probably never get the same performance that you would from air box. I would put it back on. These carbs hate pods even more than the 70s bikes. With cv carbs.

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    Jag,
    I'm done modifying motorcycles. Stock is good for me, that way I know it actually works
    Joep, That was going to be the one thing I had them do if I bought it.
    Geeto, thanks for the website info. I'm going to check that out.
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    K&n makes a reusable filter that fits inside the air box and flows great. If you put the air box back on, put one of those in.
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