With all respect - RUBBISH!
Anyone who knows bikes is aware that the early 80's 'naked' bikes of this style are ill handling bits of history compared to a modern bike. Seriously if all you want to do is toodle in a straight line down to the bar and back that bit of history will be fine, but if you want to get around a decent set of corners in a hurry expect to spend a lot of $ on frame and suspension modifications! 1986 - GSXR750 was the start of the 'modern' bikes, everything else is tinted by fuzzy memory.
That new 1100 Honda reminds me a lot of the GSX1400 retro Suzuki we had available for about 4 years recently in NZ - only 95 or so HP but it has a load of grunt and is a proven performer. Many a wizz band sport bike rider has had a surprise when passed by one!
Allan, I think some of the comments here reflect the fact that maybe some of us are just growing a bit tired of Honda's "Lets see what we can conjure up out the old parts bin and put a ridiculous price tag on it. Again". I never say never, but I struggle to see how my next bike is going to be a (new) Honda due to this and a few other factors.
It will most probably have a frame as rigid as a bowl of jelly and the usual spongy generic suspension and brakes. I can't believe it’s the same mirrors that come out stock with the 919. It could have been soo much more, see the Ducati GT1000.
The difference between the Ducati's, Moto Guzzi's and the Honda (not too sure about the Triumph Bonneville) is that the Honda is sadly not a retro, but a replica, as far as I can see, in looks and technology. Replica's are purely turning the clock back 20, 30 or more years and switching on an old production line producing the same or damn near to now obsolete technology. (Ok, they will be using contemporary generic crap suspension)
Look at the Guzzi's and the Duc, that's retro. A blend of Old School styling with a modern components. So the best of both worlds. You have classy styling and configuration with modern technology, such as good USD suspension, frame, brakes, etc. etc. The Italians know a thing or two about styling and building a BIKE , be it modern or retro. Just look at the Ducati's, Aprilia's, MV's(drool) and Guzzi's. Honda should take a leaf out of their book more often (apparently the CB1000R is Italian styled).
Just on the CB1000R, as its been mentioned here in a few posts. This bike would have been in my garage ages ago, had the price tag been more realistic, like NZ$16K. I refuse to pay the NZ$20K list price for this bike (sure, you can hunt around for dealer specials or demo's, but even this obviously reflects the RRP)
The CB1R is already in its second year, and it's still NZ$1000 (list price) more than the newly released Z1000 and is basically old technology in new packaging. They didn't even bother to throw something as basic as a gear indicator on the bike (same thing on the CBR). The new Z1000 has linked rear suspension, more horses and torque than the CB1R, a brand new engine specifically built for it, being a start. How did a relatively smaller division of Kawasaki manage to do R&D on a brand new engine and frame, etc. etc. and still manage to put it on the showroom floor $1K cheaper than the giant that is Honda?!
Another, although not comparing apples with apples, comparison with the CB1R: I saw a brand new GSXR1000 on special for NZ$19K this weekend (saw the 750’s at about NZ$16K). You can’t even begin to compare technology and performance between the two. Very telling at how ridiculous and out of touch Honda’s pricing has become.
In a nut shell, the Japs (more so Honda) are becoming overpriced, under spec'd (decked out in mass production bits and pieces and skimping on toys or gadgets) and the Euro's are becoming more and more reliable, decked out in top gear and relatively more affordable (closing the gap with the Japs), and Euro styling is the best, IMO.