"It's Deja vu all over again"
This new CB takes me back... It reminds me of the 1973 Honda CB750 that I owned in the late '70s. That '73 CB was my first big street bike, and my motorcycling role models rode tricked out Honda 750s and Z1 Kawasaki 900s.
This new CB is very tempting, and I'm certainly going to give the new CB1100 a close look when it hits the dealer's showrooms this Spring. But I'm afraid I'd be tempted to make the same mistake I made almost 30 years ago - trading a more advanced machine for a charming but lesser bike.
Back in 1980 I wanted to buy a brand new bike, and I really wanted the European Yamaha XJ 650, but of course we couldn't get that bike here. So, in 1981 I bought the new whizz-bang Yamaha Seca XJ750. That really turned out to be a great bike for me, and it was somewhat advanced for it's time. A couple years later I sold the XJ750 and bought a leftover 1982 Seca XJ650 after Yamaha finally brought that model into the US market. Although the XJ650 was a fine bike, and I probabaly would have been very happy with it in 1980, I thought the XJ750 was a superior machine in all respects - except for the classic European styling of the XJ650. I realized that I missed my XJ750 when the newness wore off the XJ650.
And so here I am today, with a perfectly fine 2007 Suzuki Bandit 1250S, thinking how nice it would be to have a charming new CB1100 Honda. Yes, it takes me back. But I'm getting that "Been here before feeling"... in more ways than one.