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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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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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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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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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I would love one of those 1100s.I always had a love for the 83 cb1100.candy apple red and pearl white with gold wheels.Excuse me I need a moment..................Ok I'm good now.I hope to have my 78 cb750 back on the road this spring after 15 years in pieces.I can still remember how good it felt to sit on it and how good it sounded with the single exhaust.
 

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I would love one of those 1100s.I always had a love for the 83 cb1100.candy apple red and pearl white with gold wheels.Excuse me I need a moment..................Ok I'm good now.I hope to have my 78 cb750 back on the road this spring after 15 years in pieces.I can still remember how good it felt to sit on it and how good it sounded with the single exhaust.
My KZ is getting closer. It will be on the road before the end of the year, waiting on carb parts. I did get a new replica seat cover for it, only took a month and a half..........from China! :)



 

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Nice..Did you paint it? I'm hoping to just do a polish and wax for now.Mine is all original except for the exhaust and a bit lower handle bars.
 

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No, original paint, faded bad, should be a very deep red but is just about orange now. Im thinking a paint job next winter.
 

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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.
Wasn't the Kawi Mach III the first superbike? The reason Honda built the 750 in the first place- to beat them?

Also- while I'm sure the 1100 is nice, why doesn't Honda make the CB a 750? The whole 'retro' thing is the whole point of the bike-right? So why not go with the engine size that made the bike cool in the first place?
 

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Not sure exactly. Wikipedia says the Honda was the first bike called a superbike. They were both superbikes in my eyes and very fast. I rode both and that Kawasaki was so fast, I think it was faster than the Honda. The Honda sure handled better. The 750 is still one of my all time favorites.
 

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I think the Norton first used the term superbike. But Kawis Z1 was the king of the hill for most of the 70s. My little KZ650 held its own too. Kawasaki claimed it would out perform any bike from any manufacture that was 750 ccs or smaller :)
 

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And I know its true this cool 70s dude says so, go to the 1:20 mark :)

 

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I think the Norton first used the term superbike. But Kawis Z1 was the king of the hill for most of the 70s. My little KZ650 held its own too. Kawasaki claimed it would out perform any bike from any manufacture that was 750 ccs or smaller :)
The Z1 was cool, but I believe the mach iv was faster. It's just that the mach III and mach IVs killed 93.141592% of the people that rode them [because they put the 500 and 750 2stroke engines in a 350 frame that wasn't designed for such power] that caused people to prefer the z1- because you were less likely to die riding one.
 
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