This '83 CB1100F was purchased by me about 10 years ago. The seller worked in
an auto detail shop and was fanatical about maintaining it. He also was short
of cash and sold it to me very cheap. It
already had the European Sport Kit set-backs and bars and Koni shocks
installed, which convinced me to snap it up. It also had the Wolf 4-into-2
racing exhaust. This system pairs cylinders 1 and 4 & 2 and 3, which gives
it a unique sound. It's quite different from a typical 4-into-1 or the stock
system. The pipes were rusty so they got Jet-Hot coated and have stood up well
The only other engine changes are a carb
jet kit to go with the pipes and a K&N filter element. I swapped the stock
seat for a Corbin, which makes longer rides much more comfortable. Reliability
has been great, overall. Fork seals had to be replaced and the Konis were
swapped for new Progressive shocks and springs. The Konis will get rebuilt and
remounted someday. I use quick-mount Honda soft saddle bags on trips.
Battery life had been a problem, with
two seasons being about normal, so this year I went for a sealed
"gel" battery which seems to spin the starter faster than the old
Yuasas could manage. I'm hoping for much longer service life from it.
One other change was the switch from the
recommended NGK DR8ES plugs to Denso XR-24ESR-U, which are hotter. The bike
had always been a cold-blooded beast and would often foul the plugs when
started cold. Warm-ups took a long time to get it running on all 4. The hotter
Denso plugs cured this immediately. Now it lights up almost instantly cold or
hot, and runs smooth right from the get-go. I can start from cold and 3
seconds later hit the street, and only need the choke for about half a minute.
If you have cold-bloodedness in your 1100, try this.
I use a 16-tooth front sprocket which
gives brutal acceleration, but still allows 42-45 MPG and great high-gear
roll-on passing. I plan on having this bike for a long time. Last year I had
to pull the motor to replace a bunch of leaky seals and gaskets (old age) and
did a valve job on it. The bike gets lots of attention at "Bike
Night" and I never tire of riding it.