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    The Honda CB1100 is a Café Racer for the Modern Age: Review

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    LT, Cafe Racer Magazine is doing a CB1100 project. They have defeated the "governor" on the bike a few months ago. Very cool bike with lots of power.
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    I have always been a fan of the old Honda CB750's. It was called the first Superbike when it was introduced in 1969. I rode my first one in 1970. I went from a CB350 to one soon after. I loved that bike.
    I sat on one of the new classic ones at the dealer a few months ago and it felt so small, spongy springs and it just didn't fit. I was disappointed. It didn't feel like I remembered at all. But I still kind of like them.
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    The article compared it to a Kawasaki W800, now thats a pretty bike. Anyone have a clue how hard it is to import a bike? Or if its even possible?
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    To bad the CB 1100 has shimmed valves. Don't even start on how it was a performance move , that's BS.
    The "old" cb750 was just fine with hydraulics.Shame on Honda.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TWROG View Post
    The article compared it to a Kawasaki W800, now thats a pretty bike. Anyone have a clue how hard it is to import a bike? Or if its even possible?
    First – find a second hand motorbike dealer that ships from Japan – you can find them on Flea bay by searching for various models that were never destined for your country.

    Second – find the bike you want on a Japanese web site – it’s best to go for large warehouse dealers that regularly do import and export. Here’s an example – ????????????

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    By clicking on the various examples – you will find this puppy is available for a mere 6859 of your US Dollars ???? W800 ??????????? / Kawasaki W800 Special Edition ?2016 ????? ??????? 401cc-? ??????????

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    Sounds good huh ? – the exchange rate between the Yen and the Dollar is good right now – but the advantages are about to diminish slightly ……

    “If” you can sweet talk the dealer into contacting the seller (dealer) – he can then arrange to ship the bike over on the next container load he has coming in from Japan. The cost will depend on the distance to his yard in Japan, shipping fees, any duty payable on entering your country, and any further fees incurred during the registration process (which I strongly recommend you let him handle).

    There are distinct advantages to having the dealer do all of this – for one he can negotiate in Japanese to buy the bike, he will already have containers coming over, plus he will know whether the bike can be registered in your country, and be familiar with the details. At this point he should be able to give you a price (roughly), and will expect a deposit, typically up to 25%.

    Then all you have to do is twiddle your thumbs for anything up to three months, until you finally get the call.

    The end price that you pay (here in the UK) could be up to an extra 2500 dollars on top of the Japanese purchase price – this covers shipping, duties, registration, and the dealers cut – and as your monetary advantage is only on the exchange rate, in this case on the 6859 U.S.D - it can pay to shop around and choose the bike carefully.

    Seems like a lot of complications, but these are mostly for the importing dealer who does this on a regular basis. But it can, and has been done – depends how badly you want the bike.

    The next bit is going to be up to you – parts availability and insurance. You average insurance company may be reluctant to insure a bike that parts are not readily available for. However, if you can find a specialist insurer (with a sense of humour) the cost is not that much more. You just have to get past the “We do not recognise that model Sir” bit, so expect to make a few phone calls on that one.

    However, Badcats done it – I’ve done it – and I expect there will be a few more on here too ……..

    Good luck ………..
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    Thanks Purple, yeah I started doing some research so to me............................no I cant import one Wish Kawasaki would import it themselves so I can just buy one
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    Sort of hijacking this thread but to continue.... There is a local TW rider that has a W650 for sale. PM me if you would like his contact info.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TWROG View Post
    Thanks Purple, yeah I started doing some research so to me............................no I cant import one Wish Kawasaki would import it themselves so I can just buy one
    How about a Triumph Bonneville? Looks almost the same but readily available....
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    I have a big ol soft spot for the 78 CB550 Fours/k's

    Dad had a minty one but I never got my hands on it. Took a few years of living on my own before I got into bikes and it was long gone by then.
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